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.

Program Courses

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. View all courses.

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).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • 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.

Need help?

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.

Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $500 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.