Hazardous Waste Management

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Hazardous Waste Management provides a foundational understanding of the principles, regulations, and technologies required to manage hazardous materials and hazardous waste. You’ll be taught the methodologies and tools used to conduct risk assessments, respond to hazardous materials spills, plan emergency operations, and remediate hazardous waste sites. Regulatory requirements for storing, transporting, and reducing the generation of hazardous waste are also covered.

The curriculum for this online program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Hazardous materials management issues
  • Hazardous waste management politics, handling, and dangers
  • Public laws and regulations of hazardous waste management
  • Hazardous waste treatment, chemistry, and disposal
  • Hazardous material incident preparation, response, and recovery
  • Packaging, transportation, and delivery of hazardous materials

This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students who want to expand their knowledge of hazardous waste management without committing to a degree program.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:


  • Identify the purpose of a hazardous waste management program.
  • Define the categories of waste including hazardous, universal, potentially hazardous, and non-hazardous.
  • Explain the purpose for regulating hazardous waste and the regulatory standards that apply to hazardous waste management.
  • Identify the container, labeling, and storage requirements for hazardous waste.
  • Describe transportation and disposal requirements for hazardous waste.
  • Explain the requirements for emergency preparedness and contingency planning.
  • Explain the requirements for training personnel, reporting, and recordkeeping.
  • Describe methods of reducing the generation of hazardous wastes.
  • Describe proper management and disposal procedures for typical hazardous, universal, and potentially hazardous wastes.



Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Undergraduate students with less than 9 transferable credit hours may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment to determine current math and writing skill levels.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.