OSHA Hazmat Emergency Responder per 29 CFR 1910.120(q) & 1926.65(q)

Course Overview

Who Should take this course?

This online Hazmat Incident Commander Level V Responder Refresher Online (4 Hour) training course is intended for those who are trained to the Hazardous Materials Incident Commander level per 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(v) of the OSHA HAZWOPER Standard.

Hazmat Incident Commanders are trained to respond to hazardous materials emergencies for the purpose of managing the incident beyond that of the First Responder at the Operations Level.

Hazmat Incident Commander Refresher (4 Hour) Option

Many people falsely assume that Hazardous Materials Incident Commander refresher training needs to be a minimum of eight hours in length annually.

This is because the traditional OSHA 8 Hour Refresher Course is required each year for those trained to the 40 Hour HAZWOPER and 24 Hour HAZWOPER levels per section (e) of the OSHA HAZWOPER Regulation.

However, the refresher training requirement for the Hazardous Materials Incident Commander is found in section (q), not section (e), of the HAZWOPER Standard.

Excerpt from 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(8)(i):

Those employees who are trained in accordance with paragraph (q)(6) of this section shall receive annual refresher training of sufficient content and duration to maintain their competencies…

By offering shorter 4-hour versions, employers have the ability to have their employees take a 4-hour version twice a year for a total of 8 hours of annual refresher training if that is the goal.

This benefits the employee since it shortens the time frame between refresher training sessions to 6 months rather than 12 months.

Many employers go as far as conducting a 4-hour refresher session every three months to keep their Hazmat Incident Commanders at a high level of readiness.

Hazmat Incident Commander Refresher (8 Hour) Option

For those who prefer 8 hours of refresher training, we also offer 3 versions of an OSHA 8 Hour Hazardous Materials Incident Commander Level V Responder Refresher course. (COMING SOON!)



The objective of our online OSHA 4 Hour Hazardous Materials Incident Commander Level V Responder Refresher training is to meet the OSHA HAZWOPER refresher training requirement of 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(8) and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(8).

This course is also intended to meet any OSHA HAZWOPER training requirements for the EPA and State OSHA regulations.

Learning Objectives

Version 1

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the role of a Hazmat Incident Commander;
  • Identify the primary features of the Incident Command System;
  • Explain the difference between the Command Staff and General Staff;
  • List common functional group leaders in ICS;
  • Explain the positions in the Hazmat Group;
  • Describe Incident Command as it relates to the Private Facility Response; and
  • Describe a Hazmat Incident from start to finish.

Version 2

Coming Soon.

Version 3

Coming Soon.

Q - Why are there different versions of this class?

The multiple course versions are designed with the intention of offering you more options for your training. The more applicable your training can be toward your job, the better.

Q - Are all versions accepted by OSHA?

Yes, all versions meet OSHA requirements. OSHA allows flexibility in training and prefers training to be individual specific.

Q - Which version should I take?

Pick the material that seems most relevant to you and your job, or that you are most interested in.

Q - Will I receive the same certificate?

Yes, the certificate you receive is the same and does not vary depending on which version you choose



Course Sections

This course consists of 1 module broken down into 9 sections. Students are required to take each section in sequential order as listed below.

Course Modules, Sections, and Exams
ModuleSectionSection Title
Module 1
1 Hazardous Materials Incident Commander Refresher Overview
2 Introduction to the ICS
3 Incident Commander
4 Command Staff and General Staff
5 Hazmat Group Functional Leaders
6 Additional ICS Hazmat Group Positions
7 Hazmat IC and the Private Facility Response
8 The Hazmat Incident from Notification to Termination Part 1
9 The Hazmat Incident from Notification to Termination Part 2
Final Exam

Version 2

Coming soon.

Version 3

Coming soon.


This course has 1 final exam. The student must complete all course sections before attempting the exam.

The final exam consists of 20 questions randomly selected from a large pool of questions. A 70% score or better is required to pass the exam. Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Additional Training


Mobile Version


We're excited to announce that this course is now available in HTML 5, making it more compatible with the browser on your mobile device (e.g., smartphone or tablet). This course requires only the most recent version of your mobile device's web browser.

Tablet Pros and Cons

Mobile versions of this sort of training are new, but below are some Pros and Cons that we have noticed during our extensive testing.


  • No computer needed
  • Tablet mobility
  • Tablet screen graphics


  • Smartphone screens can be too small to see
  • Mobile browsers react differently than computer browsers
  • Phone calls can interrupt training

During our testing we really noticed that tablets work much better than smartphones, simply due to their screen size.

Growing Pains

Because this is a Beta Version of our course, you may encounter some issues as we work out the kinks.

Your Mobile Browser

While HTML5 makes taking this course on mobile devices possible, not all mobile browsers are optimized for HTML5, meaning you may not have complete functionality. If you have difficulty taking this course using the browser on your mobile device, you may need to use a different browser.

Test the functionality of your browser using HTML5 and compare it to the performance of other browsers. If you find other browsers are more compatible than your own, you may want to make the switch.


Below are some frequently asked questions specific to this course.

Q - How long will this course take to complete?

Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may actually take longer to complete their training. Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.

Q - Do I have to finish the course in one sitting?

No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.

Q - Can I take the course from more than one computer?

Yes, you can take the online portion by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer does need to meet our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.

Q - Will I receive a certificate for this course?

Yes, once you have completed a course, you are able to download, save or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.