Course Information

Understanding Hazardous Waste in Solid Waste Operations Online


Certification Only:No


Class I, III Landfill Operator4False
Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill Operator4False
Material Recovery Facility Operator4False
Spotter / Waste Screener4False
Transfer Station Operator4False



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This course is approved through July 2026.


This course provides basics of the hazardous waste regulations that apply to solid waste operations, and is beneficial training for any personnel who collect or transport solid waste, work at landfills, construction and demolition sites, solid waste transfer stations, household hazardous waste facilities, and materials recovery facilities.

The goal of this course is to provide a general understanding of how the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) applies to operations that take place at solid waste management facilities.

After completing the course, you will be able to describe common RCRA terms, recognize possible compliance issues involving waste management, and find resources for maintaining compliance with the hazardous waste regulations. You will also learn about identifying and characterizing hazardous waste, preparing for an inspection, managing universal waste and used oil, keeping records, reporting spills, and contingency planning for emergencies that involve hazardous waste.


This course is intended to take no more than 8 hours to finish, with a 30 day completion deadline.

It consists of five content modules, with required readings, links to resources, some videos, and practice quizzes.

After completing all of the modules, you will receive a certificate of completion of the course.

There are end-of module quizzes that are 5 questions each. You may take the quizzes as many times as needed, but must score at least 70% to advance to the next module.

Please note that you will not be able to obtain your certificate until you have passed the course with an overall grade of 70% or above.

Notes about online course access requirements:

Accessing the course:

  • Student will receive course access once the registration has been processed by our office during normal business hours.
  • If you are taking a refresher course, we will first verify your eligibility. Your registration might be placed on hold until this is completed. If you are not eligible to take a refresher based on our records, we will contact you.

Once the registration has been processed by our office, you can expect the following:

  • An email will be sent to you asking to complete your enrollment.
  • Follow the link to the Enroll Now page.
  • You will be asked to create your login using an external identifier. The University of Florida has approved the use of Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google (Gmail) to enter our courses. You can use an existing account for this course. You will want to make sure you know your credentials for this outside account.
  • The use of an external identifier as listed above is required to enter our courses. We cannot provide another method of access to the course.
  • If you are unsure about any of these requirements, please contact us before you register, and we'll be happy to assist.