How Long Does 40-Hour HAZWOPER Certification Last?

When to Renew 40-Hour HAZWOPER 

The 40-Hour HAZWOPER online training course from National Environmental Trainers (NET) is the most trusted, authoritative, and popular 40-hour HAZWOPER online training course. The 40-Hour HAZWOPER training isn’t a one-and-done experience. To maintain quality and ensure technicians are up-to-date on changing best practices and regulations, OSHA requires annual refresher training for HAZWOPER-covered workers. For convenience, NET offers both 40-Hour HAZWOPER training and 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher training.



What is the 40-Hour HAZWOPER training?

The 40-hour HAZWOPER training is required for compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) 29 CFR 1910.120(e) (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) regulations and is the initial certification training for individuals who work in areas defined as HAZWOPER work sites. Workers who will be exposed to hazardous substances at or above the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) during remediation of a contaminated site also require this training.


Per OSHA: "General site workers (such as equipment operators, general laborers and supervisory personnel) engaged in hazardous substance removal or other activities which expose or potentially expose workers to hazardous substances and health hazards shall receive a minimum of 40 hours of instruction off the site, and a minimum of three days actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained experienced supervisor."


Key topics covered in the 40-Hour HAZWOPER training include hazardous substances and materials, workplace risks, and toxicology as well as site safety and health plans and job hazard analyses.


NET’s 40-Hour HAZWOPER course has been fully revised and reorganized and features exceptional content containing current research, standards, and technology.


How Long Does the 40-Hour HAZWOPER Certification Last?

Your 40-hour HAZWOPER certification is valid for 12 months following the completion of the course. Pay close attention to this deadline. Failing to renew in time may result in you having to take the 40-hour HAZWOPER training again.


How to Renew HAZWOPER Certification?

Luckily, the HAZWOPER refresher course isn’t nearly as time intensive as the original 40-hour certification. All workers who work with hazardous materials need to take the 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher within 12 months of their previous HAZWOPER training to stay compliant. The 8-hour refresher course must be repeated every year to maintain your certification.


Why Use NET to Renew Your 40-Hour HAZWOPER?

NET are industry leaders and pioneers in online safety training. All of our courses are easy-to-access and available online. You can work through your credit hours at your own pace, from the comfort of your home or jobsite.



To learn more about our courses, feel free to contact our team.