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    Default 40hr vs 160hr Tech class

    I am finishing up my 160 hour HazMat Technician class in Dec. I have heard of people getting certified as a Technician with a 40 hour course. With all of the information presented in the 160 hour course, I find it hard to believe that you can be certified in 40 hours. Does anybody know what the difference is in the classes? Are the 40 hour classes still offered?
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    As long as the end result is a DOT haz mat tech cert it is probably close. I'm not familiar with your 160hour class does it also include IC or chemistry?
    The DOT class is the standard anything over is a bonus. By us tech is two 40 hour classes for DOT recognition.

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    The 160 includes the chemistry, IC, and Tech Ref. We can add 2 more modules (80hrs) to obtain our Specialist Cert. This is the CSTI curriculum and is very comprehensive.

    We responded to an incident yesterday and the info I learned during the class helped me in my position as Tech-Ref, but there is still a lot more to learn!

    I guess when we stop learning it is time to leave the buisiness!
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    Post tech class

    I am a hazmat tech in North Carolina. The operations level cert is 40 hours but our tech cert is 92 hours plus all candidates must obtain the NFA chemistry or have a college level chemistry course. I know there are many advanced classes in ICS and specialty areas but the general tech class is 92 hours and I agree we used all of it.

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    In Illinois there is the 8 hours awareness level, 40 hours operations level, 40 Tech A, 40 hours Tech B levels to become a hazmat tech. The Hazmat IC 16 hours level is optional. There is also an optional hazmat branch officer course (not a certification level) and Hazmat chemistry 80 hour level. I heard the 92 hours class has a little more hands on than just the 80 hours class, which is a good idea.

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    NJ: Awareness - 8 Hour (Notification and Identification training)
    Operations - 8 Hour (Defensive and Decon Operations)
    Technician - 80 Hour (Offensive, including Chem and On Scene IC)
    Specialist - 40 Hour (2 Seperate classes: Rail or Tank car)

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    In Illinois there is the 8 hours awareness level, 40 hours operations level, 40 Tech A, 40 hours Tech B levels to become a hazmat tech. The Hazmat IC 16 hours level is optional. There is also an optional hazmat branch officer course (not a certification level) and Hazmat chemistry 80 hour level. I heard the 92 hours class has a little more hands on than just the 80 hours class, which is a good idea.
    In the interest of correctness, the Tech "A" class is 45 hours. Day four of the class includes a night drill that adds the extra hours.
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