(HAZardous Waste OPerations and Emergency Response)


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Students participating in the January 2022 HAZWOPER certification course

HAZWOPER certification is required for many types of geoscience jobs.  Most geoscientists never have to use their HAZWOPER training, but to work on many geoscience job sites you need to know what to do in case there is an emergency.  The training is designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and the storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Although most geoscience jobs do not include these tasks as a regular part of the job, it is good to be prepared for emergencies.

Having your HAZWOPER certification can give you a big leg up in the job search for either internships or permanent employment.  Employers appreciate that they do not have to provide this training for you, and you are “job-ready” on Day 1.

The LET’S GEO program is providing the 40-hour HAZWOPER training to UWM Geosciences students during one week over winter break (January). The training is free to you, and has a value of about $500. This cost is covered by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


To participate in the training, you must be a declared Geosciences undergraduate major or a Geosciences graduate student.

How to Apply

Applications for the January 2023 course are now open. The course will be held from January 9-13, Monday – Friday, 8 hours per day. 

To apply, send an e-mail to paradisc@uwm.edu with the subject line: “HAZWOPER APP: Your Last Name, Your First Name Initial” with answers to the following questions in the body of the e-mail

  1. Are you currently employed in work that may require HAZWOPER?
  2. Are you planning to be employed in work that may require HAZWOPER?
  3. What semester and year do you plan to graduate?
  4. Can you fully commit to attending this 5-day, 8 hour per day course?

Note: if you are unsure whether this course is right for you, please contact your advisor or any member of the LET’S GEO team (Drs. Czeck, Bowles, McHenry, McCoy, Paradis, and Rob Graziano)