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Event Name: Oil Response Training - OPA 101 - Virtual Delivery (Oil Pollution Act)
Topic: Oil Pollution Act 101 - Virtual (OPA101)
Hosted By: Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)
Event Description:

This multi-day ONLINE Instructor-led course is designed for On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The goal of this course, which covers portions of the legislation in the National Contingency Plan and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990,  is to introduce new OSCs and refresh current OSCs on the regulations, funding and methodology for responding to oil spills.

This course may be delivered in-person(at the EPA ERT Warehouse in Erlanger, Kenucky) or virtually.

Topics that are covered include the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, National Contingency Plan, understanding oil spill basics, accessing and using the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, oil spill response, alternative technologies, preparedness and prevention, case studies, and exercises. Instructional methods include lectures, real-life case studies, and a hands-on virtual exercise that emphasizes the practical and problem-solving skills related to spill control and cleanup. After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how major legislation relates to spill control and cleanup activities
  • Identify basic technical issues associated with inland oil spills
  • Access and use the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund
  • Identify the basics of spill prevention control and countermeasures
  • Understand the use of basic containment and recovery methods
  • Discuss various agencies’ roles when responding to inland oil spills

Course instructors may include current and former federal and state OSCs who may also serve as technical advisors in oil spill control and cleanup along with U.S. Coast Guard representatives. Other instructors include experienced oil spill responders from the public and private sectors.

Class is limited to 30 students and class registration is first-come-first serve

Continuing Education Units: 3.2

Participants must complete all modules for all days of the course to receive the course completion certificate.


Participants must complete all modules for all days of the course to receive the course completion certificate.

*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*


“Although this course is open for EPA and EPA partner staff that register, registration priority for this course is for EPA OSC’s (On-Scene Coordinators) and EPA staff involved in the managing or working in, or with the oil program or projects.  All other registrations will be on a first-come-first serve basis.”

*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

IMPORTANT NOTICES – Applicable to all ERTP courses :

  1. ERTP’s receipt of a Trainex course registration is a Registration Request, it is not a Guaranteed Enrollment in the Course. All ERTP training courses require applicant registration thru the Trainex system. Last minute course arrivals without prior ERTP Trainex course registration approval is not permitted. Before ERTP issues final approval to deliver any course and/or any EPA offices incurring expenses for the training event (including but not limited to EPA staff travel TA’s and/or ERTP training contractor expenses incurred), all EPA mandatory pre-approvals must all be met. The pre-approvals include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Training location’s availability;
    • COVID status and/or other COVID Guidelines in effect for the location, as well as staff;
    • Agency limitations, scrutiny, and approvals of ‘Conference Spending Requirements (known as the “5170”)’ for the specific training course(s) scheduled delivery timeframe;
    • Weather (blizzard, hurricane, etc);
    • Contractual number of available course training slots;
    • EPA training location staff having priority registration over all other registrations; and/or
    • Hosting site Training Coordinator approval.

    In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.
  2. For in-person course deliveries, confirmed course registered participants must abide by all facility physical access requirements for the location (examples: check-in at the security gate, Federal ID, Government PIV/CAC cards, photo id’s, etc.). If applicable for the course or location, restrictions may apply to non-citizens and acceptable identification may be required for facility entry.
Registration Status: Completed
Event Begins: March 7, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Event Ends: March 10, 2022 at 4:00 PM
This event will be held at: Internet Based
Live Online Class, Internet Based

Class Dates and Times:  March 7, 2022 - March 10, 2022 from 11PM to 4PM Eastern Time

Course participation:      Details will be provided to registered/enrolled participants prior to the course start date thru an Outlook calendar invite to the participants email address.

For questions about this event, please contact:  Shelly Norland, E-mail:



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