Hazardous Materials Operations

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Hazardous Materials Operations provides training in basic methods of recognition and identification based upon the chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials; basic safety procedures when utilizing specific types of protective clothing and equipment; basic tactical information relating to scene management. Satisfies minimum standards for certification testing set forth by the current ProBoard and/or Arizona State Training and Certifying Authority.

This is a Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.


Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Academic Plan
Hazardous Materials Operations (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Clock Hours Required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2023
Admissions criteria

1. 17 1/2 years of age to enroll.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Define Hazardous Materials nationally and internationally.
  2. Identify the hazards to health and safety created by hazardous materials.
  3. Identify the risk assessment consideration made by first responders.
  4. Define requirements of the National Fire Protection Association and Department of Transportation.
  5. Explain the roles of police, fire departments, industrial, pre-hospital and hospital personnel, and other governmental and private agencies at the scene of a hazardous materials emergency.
  6. Identify the components of a pre-emergency plan for hazardous materials incidents.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
  • The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.

Courses Sequence

Block 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
EMC105 Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations 40

Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.

Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm12?id=180641).

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