CCCHST (Community College Consortium for Health and Safety Training)

CCCHST Training

CCCHST is one of twenty model worker training programs recognized and funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).  The reauthorization of the Superfund program in 1986 directed OSHA to develop worker protection regulations for handling hazardous waste.  This resulted in what is commonly referred to as the HAZWOPER regulation, covering Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. The reauthorization also directed NIEHS to develop model worker training programs.  CCCHST is the only community college consortium sponsored by NIEHS.  Congress intended these programs prepare a highly trained workforce capable of safely handling the cleanup of hazardous waste sites and other incidents in which hazardous materials are involved.

CCCHST membership consists of community colleges partnered with business and industry, universities, and community-based organizations This program is administered by the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (NPETE)

CCCHST Quick Facts

  • 125+ Training Organizations
  • 175+ Trainers
  • 32+ States and Territories
  • 50,000+ Students/Workers Trained per year
  • 300,000+ Contact Hours per year


CCCHST members are prepared through a no cost,  one -week (5 1/2 Day)  HazWOPER Train the Trainer Program called the GreatEST (Great Environmental Safety Training) Institute to deliver required certifications for public and private responders and workers.

Certifications Include:

  • 40-hour Waste Site Worker Health and Safety
  • Confined Space Non Entry Rescue Awareness
  • Hazard Awareness and Communications

NPETE also offers a 2.5 Day Industrial Emergency Response Train the Trainer program at no cost to members. The program involves more intense application of the skills learned in the GreatEST.

Members are able to access curriculum at no charge to train workers and responders in their local area. Twenty-Four Hours of the HazWOPER course is available online to members at no cost.  Members report to NPETE the number of courses they provide to their communities. If significant, they are provided a small reimbursement for the effort.  NPETE reports these numbers to NIEHS.  CCCHST members may charge for the courses offered in their local area. Members must report numbers to CCCHST & are required to complete Refresher Training every other year, offered virtually and face to face at no cost to maintain status in the organization.

CCCHST has three training components:

  • Hazardous Waste Worker Training (HWWT)
  • DOE Worker Training
  • HazMat Disaster Site Worker Preparedness Training (HDPT DSRT)
  • 2.5 Day Industrial Emergency Response Training (IBSMART)

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