Environmental Health & Safety Training

Effective Monday, March 16, the Grossmont and Cuyamaca college campuses are closed to all students and the public until further notice. We are monitoring COVID-19 guidance and will update our class schedule accordingly. The latest district information regarding COVID-19 can be found here.

Instructor putting mask on student“After 25 years of attending annual re-certification, the Corporate College instructors are still able to keep my attention. Great teachers!” -Hazwoper student

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Environmental Health and Safety Management program provides a curriculum that prepares new and continuing students for both immediate professional opportunities as well as furthering their educational pursuits at the bachelor’s level and higher. Focused on the occupational health and safety and the environmental health arenas, the program occupies an unique niche enhancing students’ knowledge regarding training.

Associates Degrees and Comprehensive Certificates

The District also offers an Associate of Science degree and technician certificates in two areas: Environmental Management and Occupational Safety and Health Management


8 Hour Refresher

This 8-hour Hazardous Waste Operator and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) course is designed to maintain the 40-hour or 24-hour Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) annual certificate required for employees in the public or private sector, large or small businesses, who work with hazardous waste from management operations to on-site clean-up. This course includes lectures, table top exercises, and hands-on activities. A certificate and a wallet card will be issued upon completion of the course.

Cost: $125

HAZWOPER CONTACT: GEORGE DOWDEN (george.dowden@gcccd.edu)

Location: Cuyamaca College


Obtain local, hands-on training with an OSHA certified instructor. Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, CA has been delivering 40 Hour HAZWOPER training for 20 years. Our 40 hour course provides federal and state certification for those who work with hazardous waste for management operations, emergency response teams or trainers, and site cleanup. This course satisfies the requirements for generalized employee training under the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 1910.120 and State of California Regulations 5192 Title 8.

Cost $400

HAZWOPER CONTACT: GEORGE DOWDEN (george.dowden@gcccd.edu)

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Location: Cuyamaca College

Department of Transportation

This course covers the Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) governing the transportation of hazardous substances. This course fulfills the DOT 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Transportation Awareness Training required by DOT and includes: using a hazardous materials table, preparing shipping papers, marking labeling, placard requirements, security awareness and site policies, handling emergencies, notification, identification and communication of hazards of transportation.

Cost $150

Location: Cuyamaca College