Education and Training

C-12 Training Requirements for Drivers of Waste Transportation Vehicles

Regulation 347 under the Environmental Protection Act has been designed to ensure that wastes are effectively managed from the point of their generation to where they are ultimately processed or disposed of. To provide this necessary control, the regulation includes definitions for different waste types and detailed requirements for a range of waste management activities. This guideline deals with one of the major responsibilities for the transportation of municipal waste, liquid industrial waste or hazardous waste: driver training.

Regulation 347 (see paragraph 9 of subsection 16 (1)) requires that drivers of vehicles used for the transportation of municipal waste, liquid industrial waste or hazardous waste be trained in the following five areas:

  1. the operation of the vehicle and waste management equipment,
  2. relevant waste management legislation, regulations and guidelines,
  3. major environmental concerns for the waste to be handled,
  4. occupational health and safety concerns for the waste to be handled, and
  5. emergency management procedures.

The responsibility for providing driver training rests with operators of companies involved in the transportation of municipal waste, liquid industrial waste or hazardous waste. This guideline and procedure have been prepared to assist these operators (carriers) in the design and assessment of training programs given to their drivers. It can also be used as a syllabus either by carriers or by specialized training organizations involved in the design and offering of effective training programs.

In the case of carriers of hazardous wastes, the training program described in this guideline can be integrated with the requirement for training specified under the federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDGA) or the provincial Dangerous Goods Transportation Act. Although training under TDGA is, for the most part, sufficient to ensure compliance with Regulation 347, training is required in the following additional areas to ensure full compliance:

  • relevant waste management legislation, policies and guidelines,
  • major environmental concerns for the wastes to be handled.

For municipal wastes, liquid industrial wastes and for those hazardous wastes not covered by the TDGA such as Leachate Toxic Waste and Severely Toxic Waste, training programs should follow this guideline.

Because of the varied nature of the waste management industry, programs will have to be tailored to meet the needs of individual companies. In some cases, it may be necessary for carriers to train beyond the areas identified by the guideline where there exists an important environmental or occupational health concern.


Members: $200.00 (+HST)

Non Members: $350.00 (+HST)

Duration: 4 Hours

C-12 Waste Transportation Vehicle – Training Registration Form

Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI)

Basic Service Technician/ Best Practices Training Series

The following courses are offered both separately and as a series. The series is designed to address the basic competencies required for success in the role of a portable sanitation professional and serves as a prep course for those seeking certification through the PSAI. When taken together and followed by successful completion of the exam, these three courses will satisfy the licensing requirements in the states of Illinois and Georgia.

Transportation and Logistics in Portable Sanitation

This 90-minute course is designed to address the major areas of competency required for portable sanitation professionals operating vehicles and setting up sites in the field.

You will learn how to:

  • Prepare portable sanitation equipment for safe transportation on public highways
  • Identify specific equipment and explain its function in tank vehicles, and understand the unique issues involved in transporting loads of liquid waste
  • Select sites and place equipment under a variety of conditions
  • List the relevant laws and regulations that apply to waste disposal
  • Explain the relevant vehicle inspection and maintenance protocols that pertain to most portable sanitation operations

Servicing and Maintaining Portable Sanitation Equipment

This 2-hour course is designed to teach learners about the proper use of pumping equipment, techniques for cleaning equipment in the field and on the yard, and best practices for field repair.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify the key considerations involved in the safe and effective operation of pumping equipment
  • Clean and service the most common types of portable sanitation equipment, both in the field and on the yard
  • Adjust your procedures for cleaning in extreme temperatures
  • Conduct field repairs

Health, Safety, and Professional Excellence in Portable Sanitation

This 2.5-hour course is designed to teach learners about the responsibilities of employers and workers for safety on the job, how to minimize the risk of illness or infection from job-related exposure, and how to approach the position of portable sanitation professional for maximum success.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify and describe the required personal protective equipment for service technicians and when/how it should be worn.
  • Outline and explain the proper procedures for materials handling, spill containment, and accident/incident management that may occur on the job
  • Name the infectious diseases that are potential risks for portable sanitation technicians and how to reduce the risk of contracting them
  • Understand the record-keeping protocols that pertain to most portable sanitation operations
  • Give examples of professional demeanor and conduct in a variety of scenarios


Members (All 3 Modules): $400.00 (+HST)

Non Members (All 3 Modules): $750.00 (+HST)

Duration: 8 Hours

Portable Sanitation Best Practices – Training Registration Form

Vacuum Truck Technician Training

The Vacuum Truck Technician training course is targeted to those that own or operate a vacuum truck which is used to clean septic tanks, aerobic treatment units, holding tanks or grease traps. It is directed specifically at owners and employees who may just be starting in business and need a good solid base of information to work with to perform their daily tasks. At the same time this one day training provides a good refresher and overview for even experienced operators.

Topics of instruction include:

  • Materials to pump and avoid
  • Government regulations
  • Truck equipment and components
  • Drive and Control mechanisms
  • Basic and advanced pump out skills and procedures
  • Loading and unloading
  • Safety and emergency response plans
  • Customer interaction and education
  • Reasons to manage these materials
  • Basic science of vacuum and pressurization
  • Pumps
  • Basic Pump Truck Operation
  • Manifests and reports

This training is done through the use of presentations, videos and hands on exercises with a pump truck. The program has been developed with a grant from the USEPA, funding provided through the NAWT Education program and in partnership with the National Onsite Wastewater Education and Research Foundation, Inc. and the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA). The PSMA has developed and conducts a “train the trainer” program so that the course can be presented in your state or within your company.


Members: $350.00 (+HST)

Non Members: $550.00 (+HST)

Duration: 6 Hours

Vacuum Truck Technician – Training Registration Form

How to create an Effective Spill Response Plan

The primary objective of these Plans is to help prevent or reduce the risk of spills of pollutants and prevent, eliminate or ameliorate any adverse effects that result or may result. This training provides detailed information and guidance on actions important for the prevention of spills and procedures to detect and respond to them when they occur.

The Ministry has developed, after extensive consultation with stakeholders representing the MISA sectors, the Regulation under section 91.1 of the EPA. This Regulation defines a class of persons that is subject to the Regulation, as well as the requirements for developing and implementing Plans. The design of this Regulation is consistent with the principles of risk management of environmental emergencies (i.e., prevention, planning, response, restoration and review).
The purpose of this training is to provide the regulated community guidance on the development and implementation of Plans, as prescribed by the Regulation by explaining the meaning of key terms of the Regulation and providing details on the minimum Guideline for Implementing Spill Prevention and Contingency Plans requirements for prevention and contingency planning for spills.

Please note that the Regulation will take precedence where a conflict or ambiguity exists between this training and the requirements of the Regulation. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within this training, and that it is consistent with the Regulation, it should not be construed as legal advice.


Members: $150.00 (+HST)

Non Members: $350.00 (+HST)

Duration: 5 Hours

How to Create and Effective Spill Response Plan – Training Registration Form