Program Description

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The Community and College Consortium for Health and Safety Training (CCCHST), administered by the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) has training components for the EPA Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP), the Haz Mat Disaster Preparedness Train-the-Trainer Program (HDPTP), and the DOE Worker Training Program. The CCCHST HWWTP consists of 120 partners offering hazardous materials instruction (HAZWOPER and related Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.120) in most states of the nation. CCCHST uses a curriculum developed by the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) Davenport, Iowa through a train-the-trainer model program. CCCHST instructors, prepared by PETE and HMTRI, annually train 10,000 workers, technicians, and supervisors to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials encountered during waste site clean-up, disaster site cleanup, Brownfields redevelopment, in the transportation of hazardous materials, and in the response to spills and releases of hazardous materials. CCCHST membership consists of community colleges partnered with business and industry, universities, and community-based organizations offering a response to the national training need for hazardous waste workers, disaster site workers and emergency response personnel.

Instructors use CCCHST curriculum to train workers and responders in their local area and report to PETE the number of courses they provide, for which they are provided a small reimbursement. PETE reports these numbers to NIEHS. CCCHST members may charge for the courses offered in their local area. Instructors reporting numbers may return at least every two years for Instructor Refresher training offered at colleges across the nation.


In 2017, membership numbered 152 training organizations with 253 trainers in 35 states and two U.S. territories. CCCHST institutions offered 3710 classes to 60,888 students generating 409,579 contact hours this past year.


CCCHST is sponsored by the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) headquartered in South Portland, Maine. PETE is one of twenty-two affiliated councils of the 1,150-member American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the only council whose core mission is environmental, health, safety and security training. PETE has more than 400 community, technical and tribal college members for whom PETE provides faculty development programs, workshops and institutes. This program is supported with grant funding from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Quick Facts

  • 150+ Training Organizations
  • 250+ Trainers
  • 35+ States and Territories
  • 3700+ Classes Offered
  • 250+ Trainers
  • 60,000+ Students
  • 400,000+ Contact Hours

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