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Hazardous Waste Identification

COURSE NO: C04-051
Hazardous Waste Identification
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces the hazardous waste identification process, describes how to determine if a waste is a solid waste, and provides the regulatory definition for hazardous waste. It also discusses those wastes specifically excluded from Subtitle C regulation and those wastes exempted when recycled.


Proper hazardous waste identification is essential to the success of the RCRA program. This identification process can be a very complex task. Therefore, it is best to approach the issue by asking a series of questions in a step-wise manner. If facility owners and operators answer the following questions, they can determine if they are producing a hazardous waste:


  • Is the material in question a solid waste?
  • Is the material excluded from the definition of solid waste or hazardous waste?
  • Is the waste a listed or characteristic Hazardous waste?
  • Is the waste delisted?


This 4 PDH online course is intended primarily for environmental, civil, and chemical engineers  and other technical staff who are interested in determining whether a given waste is a RCRA hazardous waste.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:


  • Understanding the fundamentals of the hazardous waste identification process
  • Learning the definition of the term "solid waste" as used by RCRA
  • Learning the definition of hazardous waste
  • Identifying listed hazardous wastes
  • Identifying characteristic hazardous wastes
  • Interpreting the 'mixture' and 'derived-from' rules
  • Interpreting of the 'contained-in' policy
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, " Hazardous Waste Identification ".  It is Chapter III, Part 2 (Hazardous Waste Identification), from the 2014 edition of the USEPA RCRA Orientation Manual.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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