Hazardous Materials Advisor Course (HMA)


This comprehensive 3-week training course equips delegates with essential knowledge and skills to perform the role of Hazardous Materials Advisor with confidence.

The training enables delegates to develop a systematic approach to all Hazmat incidents ensuring that the required safety measures are in place and risks minimised.

Although the training is practical with useful techniques, methods, and checklists, there is also an emphasis on building an understanding of the theory and current legislation, ensuring that activities are evidenced correctly.

Exposure and contamination are key issues in the Hazmat industry and the course includes an overview of different Personal Protective Equipment in use, enabling delegates to get more confidence in PPE selection and decontamination options when it matters the most.

The handling of commonly-encountered substances such as asbestos is reviewed to give an essential grounding in procedures of dealing with these substances in the field.

Our purpose-built training facility provides a supportive learning environment offering a great opportunity for delegates to ask all types of questions to highly knowledgeable and experienced trainers.
The course is structured in a way that sees delegates progress through each section, building on their skills and knowledge to deal with more complex scenarios as they progress.

The Hazardous Materials Advisor training course is accredited by the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE); The only regulated Awarding Organisation in the UK that specialises entirely in the fire sector.

For the course dates please view our training calendar.

To book or express interest, email info@tacticalhazmat.com and one of our account managers will be in touch with you shortly.


  • Week 1
  • Foundation knowledge– this week is designed to provide participants with the principles and skills required to perform as a specialist in a Hazardous Materials Role.
  • the role of the Hazardous Materials Advisor, chemical principles and hazards, physical properties and classification, the use of chemical detection, categorisation and monitoring, information sources and an in depth look at illicit hazmat.
  • Week 2
  • Application – This week is designed to practice a standard approach to Hazardous Materials Incidents.
  • a detailed look at each of the hazard classes and scenarios where the role of the Hazardous Materials Advisor may be required. The implementation of the Generic Standard Operating Procedure (GSOP) supported by risk assessment and the recording of rationale.
  • Week 3
  • Subject Matter Expertise – This week seeks to broaden the knowledge of Hazardous Materials covering some of the more legislatively involved areas in greater detail.
  • consideration of other Generic Risk Assessments (GRA) applicable to hazardous materials incidents i.e. explosives, radiation, asbestos, gases, biohazards and a detailed assessment of agrochemicals, COMAH, petrochemicals
What You'll Learn
  • Upon completion, participants will be competent to carry out the role and duties as a Hazardous Materials Advisor in line with the FRS National Guidance Document regarding incidents involving hazardous materials. Successful completion of the course will provide suitable assurance for agencies to deploy officers at operational incidents where hazmat advice will be of benefit.

Three weeks


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