Hazardous Waste Coordinator Certification

Providing the necessary tools for New Hampshire industries to attain and maintain compliance under the hazardous waste rules.

The Hazardous Waste Coordinator Certification program provides the necessary tools for New Hampshire industries to attain and then maintain compliance under the NH Hazardous Waste Rules. This program requires each hazardous waste generator that generates more than 220 pounds of hazardous waste in one month to have a Hazardous Waste Coordinator (certified by NHDES) on staff at the facility where the hazardous waste is generated. The goal is to ensure that no business will be out of compliance due to a lack of knowledge of the rules. NHDES is committed to enhancing environmental stewardship in New Hampshire through this training and certification program.

This first-in-the-nation certification program for Hazardous Waste Coordinators (HWCs) is being implemented to provide a forum for educating generators in the complex regulatory area of hazardous waste management. Initial certification will provide the HWC with the regulatory nuts and bolts to assure the generator's compliance understanding of the Hazardous Waste Rules. Future certification courses are designed to encourage generators to move “beyond compliance,” by developing resource conservation, waste minimization and recycling programs at their facilities.

an image of drums of hazardous waste neatly lined up on palletsHWC forms and applications

Forms and applications are important to compliance with hazardous waste management. Two of the most frequently used forms are: 

Hazardous Waste Coordinator Application   

RCRA C Site Identification Form

See all Hazardous Waste Coordinator forms   

an image of a countdown clock and signageFact Sheets and additional information

NHDES provides a number of fact sheets for quick and concise information on specific topics. For example: 

Hazardous Waste Coordinator Training and Certification 

Federal and State Regulations: Hazardous Materials and Waste 

More Hazardous Waste Coordinator Fact Sheets  

an image of an empty classroomHazardous Waste Manual and Class Materials

As part of our continued commitment to protect the environment and help reduce waste, we have provided links to electronic copies of our class material.  Some of the information may only be available for a limited time period after the module has occurred, and others will be available permanently.  This is because we are frequently updating our in-class materials, but some information (like the Hazardous Waste Manual) is consistent for greater periods of time.  If an attendee ever needs assistance with retrieving information from a module they have attended, contact us and we will find a way to get an electronic copy of the material to you. 

See the HWCC Manual  

Certification Training

For the foreseeable future, all NHDES training will be provided in an online format: NHDES will continue to offer these events frequently to provide training to coordinators whose certification dates are near, or past expiration. Please use the following link go to the instructions for the Hazardous Waste Coordinator Certification Training Application. You will find the link to the application below the instructions. Fill it out with the training date you desire, print it, sign it and send it to us. The most current list of training dates in the top right section of this webpage.

Registration for each event closes 7 days before the event date, and dates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Once your application has been processed, you will receive an email with information about how to register for the webinar. It is vital that you complete this second registration step. If you have further questions, please contact Julie.Ashton@des.nh.gov or Timothy.J.Prospert@des.nh.gov.

To register, please follow the instructions for application and send the $300 payment (checks made out to: Treasurer State of New Hampshire) to:

NHDES Hazardous Waste Certification Program
c/o Judy Small
29 Hazen Drive; PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095

Training Class Descriptions

On your application for any of the following courses, please let us know your first choice of training date from the list at the top of this page. Dates are available on a first come, first-served basis.

  • Basic Certification - Online
    This is an online option to the Hazardous Waste Coordinator Basic training. Because of the amount of material and the testing requirement, we are offering this as a live two-day training that runs from 8 AM to 3:30 PM, and attendees only need to have internet access with speakers. This is the class required of all applicants who are either first-time attendees, or whose certification has expired. The class consists of an overview of the RCRA requirements that apply to all full quantity generators of hazardous waste in New Hampshire, and includes a comprehensive exam at the end of each day.

  • Basic Certification Refresher – Online
    This is an online version of our Hazardous Waste Basic Refresher module ONLY for currently certified Hazardous Waste Coordinators. The purpose of this webinar is to review the full quantity generator RCRA requirements, and answer as many questions, as we can. The webinar is a one-day live event that runs from 8 AM to 3:30 PM, and attendees only need to have internet access with speakers.

  • Retail Basic – Online
    This class is available only to staff from facilities that are in the retail business. The topics for this class will include understanding hazardous waste determinations, generator size classifications, storage requirements, completing manifests and requirements for other paperwork submittals. The class will also review regulatory standards on emergency plans, training and pharmacy operations. First-time attendees, or those whose certifications have expired, will be required to take an exam after the class.

Basic Certification
  • February 7, 2024 - CLOSED
  • April 18, 2024 - in-person
  • May 29, 2024 - in-person
Basic Certification Refresher
  • November 22, 2023 – CLOSED
  • December 7, 2023 - CLOSED
  • January 10, 2024 - CLOSED
  • February 15, 2024 - online
  • February 28, 2024 - online
  • March 6, 2024 - in-person
  • March 13, 2024 - in person
  • March 21, 2024 - online
  • March 28, 2024 - in person
  • April 10, 2024 - online
  • April 25, 2024 - in person
  • May 1, 2024 - in person (Pease)
  • May 16, 2024 - in person
  • May 22, 2024 - in person
Retail Basic
  • January 17, 2024 - in-person
  • April 3, 2024 - in-person
  • June 26, 2024 - in-person

View the full training calendar  

Hazardous Waste Certification Program Manager
Program Assistant