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    Emmetsburg, IA

    Default Certifying agency?

    Help me out here...I've been through what was called a "Haz-Mat Technician" course, but I'm trying to figure out if what I did enables me to identify myself as a Haz-Mat Tech. Is there an agency that oversees the qualifications or issues any certification? I have a certificate that says I completed the Haz-Mat Tech course from the private company that conducted the training, but isn't there some governmental agency that regulates this? I mean, what's to stop me from offering my own "Haz-Mat Tech" course and telling people they're techs without any regulatory oversight?

    I do teach the IAFF Haz-Mat Ops course, and the training I took certainly exceeds the material covered in the Ops course, but shouldn't there be some official indication that I have attained that level of training?

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    Wheaton IL



    In Illinois the state fire marshal oversees the haz mat classes for fire departments. But after completing the two 40 hour classes you are awarded a DOT Hazmat tech certificate. If you take hazmat somewhere else and the end result is the DOT certificate it is the same.

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    You seem to have a common question that floats around every state. Some states regulate Hazmat Training and some do not. Private agencies can go around and teach you all of the DOT, OSHA and NFPA standards for Hazardous Materials, it is up to your employer to evaluate the training and decide if the training is par enough to title you awareness, operations, technician or specialist certified. There are some organizations that accredite or certify the training that you receive, but it is not required. IFSAC, Pro-Board, etc. do accredidation saying that the training meets or exceeds OSHA and NFPA requirements, but thats all they do is accredite it.
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