Go to Top

HazMat/WMD Technician for Surface Transportation (HWMDTST) — PER-293 FEMA Funded

Course Duration: 10 days, 80 hours

Price: Open Enroll (Self Pay): $3,070 + $60 background fee

Register Open Enroll (Self Pay) | Calendar Apply for DHS Funding | Calendar


Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Technician for
Surface Transportation (HWMDTST), 10-day, 80-hr course
DHS/FEMA-Funded NTED Course Catalog #PER-293


This FEMA certified 80 hour course will provide state of the art Hazardous Materials Technician training that complies with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (q) and NFPA Standard 472 requirements. Course modules include Laws and Regulations, Chemical Properties, NIMS, Emergency Response Planning, HazMat/WMD Monitoring Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment, Respiratory Systems, Decontamination, and modules relating to rail, freight, intermodal, and highway transportation systems. Participants will respond to a number of scenario-based HazMat/WMD incidents and perform risk/hazard analysis, site assessment, operate, with competency, in the prescribed level of protection, use and interpret monitoring equipment, perform offensive corrective actions, perform decontamination procedures, write and/or have input into the development of reports, identify safety devices, valves, and container types for rail, intermodal, pipeline, fixed facilities, highway, and water vessels used to carry HazMat/WMD. The course provides technical information and includes extensive hands-on practice of planning response actions in dealing with full-scale simulations of HazMat/WMD surface transportation incidents.

This course is academically and performance challenging. Designed to prepare participants for the offensive measures necessary to mitigate a HazMat/WMD emergency, participants respond and demonstrate proficiency with non-bulk and bulk packaging, rail cars, cargo tanks, intermodal and portable tanks, and techniques necessary to perform containment and confinement procedures. Participants develop and assist in the development of plans while functioning in an incident command structure with the LMSTI course Students. Balanced classroom and field-work time maximize the learning experience.


Travel Arrangements

Students are now required to drive daily approximately 25 miles to SERTC from recommended hotels. Travel time to SERTC is approximately 40-45 minutes. Arrive at the TTC main gate parking lot no later than 0720. Bus(es) leave the TTC main gate parking lot at 0730.

Safety Equipment

This course is designed for Participants to move quickly and frequently between classroom and field exercises. In the field, Participants will be training in many working conditions; e.g., hot and dusty, cold and snowy. Weather in Colorado is subject to rapid and diverse changes. We suggest that you come prepared to dress in layers so that you can adjust to the temperature and condition changes. Click for Weather Forecast.

 Participant should bring:

  • Leather work gloves
  • Standard protective footwear — ASTM F2413-11
  • If you have a spectacle kit for a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) that meets respiratory protection standard (OSHA 29CFR 1910.134), please bring it with you.
  • If necessary, prescription safety glasses, with attached side shields must be worn at all times
  • Appropriate work clothing (no shorts, sleeveless shirts, or sandals)
  • Come prepared with sunscreen, lip balm, and any other items that will protect you from the elements

SERTC will provide as necessary:

  • Hard hats
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety vests
  • And all other safety gear required for the training.

Participant Requirements

Participation is a requirement for successful course completion. Physical demands involve lifting and climbing in various weather conditions. Participants are required to complete a medical questionnaire upon arrival, before personal protective equipment is issued. Pre and post-medical evaluations are performed.

Use of Participant Images

Upon registration, participants are given a release to sign permitting SERTC to use their image in photos, videos, or publications for training or advertising purposes. If you do not want your image to be used for these purposes, a written and signed refusal is required by the first day of the course.


Our preferred choice of payment is by credit card. We accept most major credit cards; e.g. Visa, MasterCard. Payment by check or purchase order is also accepted, but payment must be received 30 calendar days before the first day of class, or the registration is subject to cancellation. Call 800-933-4882 or email sertc@aar.com to make arrangements or for additional information.Cancellation-Rescheduling-Substitution PolicySubstitutions are permitted provided SERTC is notified in writing prior to the course. Cancellations made at least 30 days prior to the course will receive a refund minus a $100 processing fee. Tuition fees are forfeited, if cancellations are not made 30 days before classes start. Subject to class availability, rescheduling can be completed 30 days prior to the course without penalty.

Refund Policy

Cancellations and rescheduling are only accepted in writing by mail, fax, or email. If our cancellation/rescheduling policy is followed, we will refund the tuition payment minus a processing fee of $100 per tuition. Tuition fees will be refunded 30 days after the refund request is received.

Reporting Instructions

Complete reporting instructions and information about travel arrangements to Pueblo are on the registration website and will also be emailed to you automatically after your registration is confirmed.

Travel Arrangements

Attendees are responsible to making their own travel arrangements. Please register before making travel arrangements. Classes fill very quickly. Make sure your space is reserved. Local Airports: Denver International Airport is a 2-hour drive to Pueblo. Colorado Springs Airport is a 1-hour drive. Pueblo Memorial Airport about 30-minutes from most Pueblo hotels.

Course Start Time

Arrive at the TTC main gate parking lot no later than 0720. Bus(es) leave the TTC main gate parking lot at 0730. Classes start at 0800.