Hazardous Materials Advisor

Course overview and learning outcomes

Since the release of the National Operational Guidance, Foundation for Hazardous Materials, we have re-written the Hazardous Materials Advisor course, making it fully compliant with the Guidance.

In recognition of the latest developments in the world of hazardous response incident management and new national guidance, we have updated our award-winning HMEP course. This prepares learners to undertake the role of a Hazmat Advisor (HMA) as a specialist support function at emergency incidents. The role of the HMA continues to evolve and is closely allied with other aspects of incident management, including: environmental protection, detection, identification and monitoring and also areas of national resilience, such as CBRN(e) and counter terrorism. In a multi-agency response situation the HMA will perform a vital safety critical role in the integrated emergency management of an incident, whilst also being able to advise at incidents, such as criminal activity, involving hazardous materials.

In order to develop leaners to be able to competently carryout this role, specialists are brought in to assist with the delivery of this course from;

  • National Chemical Emergency Centre
  • Met Office
  • Compass Environmental Consultancy
  • Public Health England
  • Gloucestershire Police CBRN(e)  
  • Quicksilver Special Effects

How is the course assessed and accredited?

This course consist of a forty question pre-course learning package based around the NOG Foundation for Hazardous Materials and a three week residential course at our unique site, one of the worlds' largest operational fire and rescue training facilities.

During the course a combination of theory sessions, table-top scenarios, role play exercises and fire ground scenarios utilising the latest equipment from Thermo-Scientific and Vetter products are carried out.

The summative assessment for the course is in the form of two written papers, one of which is based around IT chemistry and information gathering, the second being based on providing hazardous materials tactical advice to an Incident Commander.

2018 editions to the HMA course include training in emotional response and stress management, plume modelling and Chemdata and Chemsafe training from the National Chemical Emergency Centre.


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Dates and prices

26/06/2023 - 14/07/2023

£3250.00 +VAT

11/09/2023 - 29/09/2023

£3250.00 +VAT

20/11/2023 - 08/12/2023

£3250.00 +VAT

Prices quoted are our standard, one-off rates and discounts are available. Please contact us via the form on the right so that we can discuss your training requirements and how we can work together to offer you the best price.

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