Hazardous Materials Response

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Hazardous Materials Response includes training in the use of chemical protective clothing, respiratory protection, air monitoring, equipment field sampling, spill control technology, decontamination, and controlling and stabilizing chemical releases to assist professionals to cope with hazardous materials incidents.


Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Hazardous Materials Response (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Effective Term
Fall 2011
Admissions criteria



Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Identify and demonstrate the appropriate survey techniques and treatment protocols for treating the various types of common medical emergencies. (EMT/FSC104)
  • Explain the roles of police, fire departments, industrial, prehospital and hospital personnel, and other governmental and private agencies at the scene of a hazardous materials emergency. (FSC105)
  • Identify the components of an inspection, the enforcement steps that are utilized, and the difference between laws, regulations, and standards. (FSC108)
  • Describe the application of Hazard Categorization (Haz Cat) techniques, spill response, inventory categorization, and the interpretation of necessary tests. (FSC213)
  • Perform size-up and command a simulated hazardous materials exercise. (FSC125, FSC204)
  • 6 Identify specific safety and regulatory requirements for working in a hazardous materials environment. (FSC127)
  • Describe the requirements for material safety data sheets and draw a site plan that incorporates the essential components for response and spill control measures. (FSC127)
  • 8 Explain the application and limitations of air purifying, self-contained breathing apparatus, and supplied air respirators. (FSC128)
  • Describe the types of direct reading instruments, gas indicators, colormetric tubes, and photoionization instruments. (FSC128)
  • Define the physical and chemical characteristics of flammable materials and identify the health concerns associated with exposure to these products. (FSC129)
  • Define the physical and chemical characteristics of reactive and unstable materials and identify the health concerns associated with exposure to these products. (FSC129)
  • Describe the process of hazard assessment for the selection and purchase of Personnel Protective Equipment and explain the requirements for medical monitoring of personnel. (FSC132
  • Describe the need for spill response teams, methods of identifying spilled products, containment procedures, and the proper management of hazardous waste. (FSC132)
  • Define the major terms and components of fire chemistry and the basic components of a coordinated fire attack. (FSC113)
  • Describe the reaction to heat and fire of various types of construction including wood, ordinary, concrete, and high rise. (FSC208)
  • Describe basic chemistry to include the structure of matter, chemical nomenclature, and chemical reactions and explain the hazards of flammable gases, liquids, and solids. (FSC211)
  • Explain the destructive potential and actions required to safely mitigate an incident involving oxidizers, reactive, unstable, and explosive hazardous materials. (FSC212)
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
EMT/FSC104Emergency Medical Technology9
FSC105Hazardous Materials/First Responder3
FSC108Fundamentals of Fire Prevention3
FSC113Introduction to Fire Suppression3
FSC125Hazardous Materials Emergency Scene Management1
FSC127Codes/Regulations and Contingency Planning for Hazardous Materials Response1
FSC128Hazardous Materials Air Monitoring/Breathing Protection1
FSC129Physical Properties of Hazardous Materials1
FSC132Personnel Protective Equipment for Emergency Spill Control at Hazardous Materials Incidents1
FSC204Firefighting Tactics and Strategy3
FSC208Firefighter Safety and Building Construction3
FSC211Fire Investigation III3
FSC212Fire Investigation IV3
FSC213Hazard Categorization (HAZ CAT)1
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits

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