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8-Hour RCRA 
Training Course

This online RCRA refresher course keeps you up to date on the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) as well as key rules, policies and guidelines created for the safe management of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes.

8-Hour RCRA Training is ideal for workers at Large Quantity Generator (LQG) facilities who completed previous training on RCRA regulatory standards and need to satisfy their annual refresher training requirement under 40 CFR 262.17. Our 1-Hour RCRA General Awareness course is available for students who have not completed previous RCRA training.

Once you complete the RCRA training course, you can instantly download your Certificate of Completion. The course also includes free resources on used oil management and recordkeeping requirements for Large and Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) of hazardous waste.

Complete Your 8-Hour RCRA Refresher Training Online

This course covers Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements and RCRA regulatory standards, including manifest completion, recordkeeping and the cradle-to-grave waste management rules.

Our 8-Hour RCRA training course has numerous benefits, including:

  • Train at your own pace
  • Satisfy annual retraining requirement for LQG employees
  • Unlimited test attempts — Guaranteed to pass
  • Reference guides for SQGs and LQGs

You can instantly download your Certificate of Completion after completing the course, which includes several quizzes and a final exam. You have 180 days to complete the course. This training program takes about eight hours to complete.

About the 8-Hour RCRA Training Course

Throughout the course's nine learning modules, students will refresh their knowledge of RCRA requirements for waste management and skills such as identifying solid, hazardous and non-hazardous wastes.

You must complete a five-question quiz at the end of each module and score at least 80% to advance to the next section. You have an unlimited number of attempts to pass each quiz.

When you complete the course, you must take a 50-question final exam. There is a 60-minute time limit on the final exam, and you have an unlimited number of attempts to get a passing score of 70% or higher.

After you complete the course and pass the final exam, your Certificate of Completion will be available for instant download.

Who Should Take 8-Hour RCRA Training?

This course is ideal for employees of businesses that must follow RCRA hazardous waste regulations, including:

  • Waste management facility personnel
  • Waste management facility transporters
  • Employees at SQGs or LQGs

The 100% online course satisfies annual refresher training requirements for LQG employees as outlined in 40 CFR 262.17. It is designed for waste management facility personnel with previous knowledge or training on RCRA topics.

Note: If your business is subject to state RCRA regulations, you may need additional training on these requirements. The 8-Hour RCRA Training course covers EPA requirements and general RCRA regulations, but it may not address specific waste management regulations for your state.

Learning Objectives for 8-Hour RCRA Training

The primary goal of this course is to educate waste management facility personnel on key safety and health requirements under RCRA. You'll refresh your knowledge of important safety guidelines and the EPA's "cradle-to-grave" approach to waste management.

Key topics covered in the course include:

  • The importance of regulated waste management
  • Definition of solid, hazardous and non-hazardous wastes according to RCRA criteria
  • Types of recycling activities and how the type of material and method of recycling impacts regulation
  • Regulatory requirements associated with RCRA and its subsequent amendments
  • The purpose of the Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest, Biennial Report and Exception Report
  • Steps involved in the RCRA Corrective Action Program and the Superfund cleanup process

RCRA Training Course Outline

The 8-Hour RCRA training course is divided into nine learning modules on key rules and requirements related to RCRA and regulated waste management. You can find a full outline of each module below.

Module 1: RCRA Purpose and Scope

Topics covered in Module 1 include:

  • History of RCRA
  • RCRA Objectives
  • Legislative Overview and Amendments

Learning objectives include:

  • Describe recycling and pollution prevention regulations relevant to municipal and industrial waste
  • Explain the impact of RCRA on human health and the environment
  • List key amendments to RCRA

Module 2: Related Legislation

Topics covered in Module 2 include:

  • Hazardous Waste Policy
  • CERCLA/Superfund Objectives
  • Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation Regulations

Learning objectives include:

  • List policies related to RCRA that address hazardous waste management and cleanup
  • State the similarities and differences between RCRA and CERCLA/Superfund
  • Describe the objectives and environmental impact of CERCLA/Superfund
  • Explain the steps of the Superfund cleanup process
  • List the four areas covered by the DOT's Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

Module 3: The Cradle-to-Grave Approach

Topics covered in Module 3 include:

  • Cradle-to-Grave Hazardous Waste Rules
  • Waste Generator Responsibility
  • Episodic Events
  • Hazardous Waste Manifest System
  • Stages of the Waste Management Process

Learning objectives include:

  • List the goals of the cradle-to-grave approach set by the EPA's waste management framework
  • Summarize the five stages of the waste management process

Module 4: Waste Identification

Topics covered in Module 4 include:

  • Solid Waste and Exclusions
  • Types of Hazardous Waste
  • Mixture Rule, Contained-In Policy and Derived-From Rule

Learning objectives include:

  • List terms commonly used in hazardous waste regulations
  • State what constitutes solid waste according to RCRA
  • Differentiate between hazardous and non-hazardous waste as defined in the regulatory text

Module 5: Treatment, Storage and Disposal

Topics covered in Module 5 include:

  • RCRA Permitting Process
  • Hazardous Waste Management Units
  • Elementary Neutralization Units
  • On-Site Accumulation

Learning objectives include:

  • Describe the purpose and scope of the RCRA hazardous waste permitting program
  • List the storage and treatment options known as hazardous waste management units
  • State the rules for using a satellite accumulation area

Module 6: Recycling Methods

Topics covered in Module 6 include:

  • Hazardous Waste Recycling
  • Burning Waste Fuels
  • Materials Subject to Alternative Management
  • Sham Versus Legitimate Recycling

Learning objectives include:

  • List terms used in RCRA regulations that are relevant to hazardous waste recycling
  • Differentiate between sham and legitimate recycling
  • Describe the four factors of legitimate recycling

Module 7: Emergency Preparedness and Cleanup

Topics covered in Module 7 include:

  • RCRA Corrective Action
  • RCRA Facility Assessment (RFA)
  • RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI)
  • Emergency Preparedness for Generators

Learning objectives include:

  • List the steps involved in the RCRA corrective action cleanup process
  • Describe the objectives and environmental impact of the corrective action cleanup program
  • State the requirements of emergency preparedness for each category of generator

Module 8: Recordkeeping and Reporting

Topics covered in Module 8 include:

  • Guidelines for LQGs and SQGs
  • Guidelines for Transporters
  • Guidelines for TSDFs
  • Biennial Reporting
  • Exception Reporting

Learning objectives include:

  • Explain why it is necessary to retain copies of certain documents
  • Summarize the requirements associated with exception and biennial reporting for generators of waste

Module 9: Used Oil Standards

Topics covered in Module 9 include:

  • What Is Used Oil?
  • Recycling Used Oil
  • Used Oil Generators
  • Used Oil Collection Centers and Aggregation Points
  • Used Oil Transporter and Transfer Facilities
  • Used Oil Processors and Re-Refiners

Learning objectives include:

  • Define used oil according to RCRA regulations
  • List management standards for handlers of used oil
  • Describe the various methods of recycling used oil

Additional Links and Resources

Find more information about safe waste management, including OSHA standards, informative fact sheets and OSHA's HAZWOPER standard.