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Advanced Radiation Safety for EPA Emergency Responders
Apr 02, 2019 - Apr 03, 2019
North Chelmsford, MA

This two-day advanced radiation safety course is designed to meet the advanced radiation safety training requirements for Emergency Responders as stated in U.S. EPA Safety, Health and Environmental Management Program (SHEMP) Guide 38, and the U.S. EPA Emergency Responder Health and Safety Manual. This course is intended for U.S. EPA Emergency Responders who engage in emergency response activities or manage a removal site where the potential for exposure to ionizing radiation exists. This course will provide emergency responders with essential tools and information necessary to address radiation responses and removal actions.

Participants who attend this course are expected to have met the basic radiation safety training requirements for emergency responders as stated in U.S. EPA Safety, Health and Environmental Management Program (SHEMP) Guide 38, and the U.S. EPA Emergency Responder Health and Safety Manual. Participants needing to meet the basic radiation safety training requirements, and gain a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of radiation safety will benefit from attending the Radiation Safety Overview For Environmental Professionals course prior to attending this course.

Topics that are discussed include radiation detection equipment; initial site surveys; dose limits and control; regional health physics support; posting requirements; placard and labeling; and EPAs radiation response resources and assets.

Instructional methods include presentations, class discussions, demonstrations, and exercises that provide the use of hands-on radiation detection equipment.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss procedures and techniques that have been established for using radiation detection equipment.
  • Discuss initial site surveys, and perform radiation surveys safely.
  • Implement procedures for securing expert radiation safety or health physics assistance.
  • Identify work practices and supervisory techniques that can be used to ensure employee exposure is as low as reasonably achievable.
  • Discuss procedures for allowing exposures that may exceed the Administrative Control Level of 500 mrem per year.
  • Identify EPA radiation response resources and assets.

The successful completion of an examination must be demonstrated by the student attaining a score of 80 percent or higher.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at 

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=40

 

Continuing Education Units: 1.2

NOTE: The course training materials and duration may be modified based on regional needs. The presentation of this course is coordinated between the ERTP and the designated regional training coordinators. 

THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.

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

More information and registration

 

CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
CESCL-101
Apr 02, 2019 - Apr 03, 2019
Vancouver, WA

CESCL certification is required by the Washington State Department of Ecology, Construction Stormwater General Permit for personnel responsible for monitoring stormwater at construction sites disturbing one or more acres of land, or are part of a larger common plan of development. NWETC’s 2-day CESCL course is a dynamic interaction between traditional classroom style lecture and hands-on field exercises. Interactive dialogue between the attendees and the trainers is also promoted, to encourage a shared learning environment.

Day 1, and the first part of day 2 is spent in the classroom, discussing regulations, discussing impacts to water quality and construction activity, learning the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of the permit, and examining the most up-to-date erosion and sediment control techniques using examples and case studies. Best Management Practices (BMP) products are brought into the class to allow students to see first hand the types of control measures there are available to them in the industry. At the end of the morning on Day 2, the required CESCL exam will be given. 

On the afternoon of day 2, the class will visit a field site to learn more about the BMP products and practice correctly installing a variety of erosion control BMPs. Other BMP demonstrations will also be conducted and the BMP installations performed by the students will be tested against a mock rain event.

Upon completion attendees will have met the requirements of BMP C160 certification and will receive a CESCL card valid for three years.

Registration: Earlybird pricing for registrations $350-$375; $375/$400* thereafter.  Click the registration link below for specific tuition information. (*reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes; government employees; nonprofits; students; and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members).

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/cescl-101-mar-19-20-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

Federal Facility RPM
Apr 02, 2019 - Apr 04, 2019
Seattle, WA

Federal Facility RPM, a 3-day training course, is geared toward Federal Facility (FF) Remedial Project Managers (RPM) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to facilitate an understanding of how the FF RPM role, responsibilities and authorities differ from a private or Fund-financed Superfund EPA RPM. By taking this course, participants will:

  • Discuss and examine best practices for managing the unique circumstances Federal Facility National Priority List (NPL) sites present.
  • Be exposed to the institutional knowledge of experienced FF RPMs and cover the history of the FF program and complexity of legacy DOD and DOE sites.
  • Review the statutory and regulatory authorities, executive orders and policy and guidance that are important to Federal Facilities.
  • Examine the programmatic organization unique to Federal Facilities and identify the programmatic differences between Federal Facility and private and Fund-financed Superfund sites.
  • Discuss in detail the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA), including negotiating and implementing the provisions of the FFA.
  • Examine and evaluate the unique technical and management issues presented by Federal Facilities.
  • Discuss current issues associated with emerging contaminants that may be present at Federal Facilities.
  • Obtain valuable materials and references for managing a Federal Facility NPL site.

This course is specifically designed for EPA FF RPMs of all experience levels. Participants with one to two years of experience and who have taken the Fundamentals of Superfund and Remedial Process courses may derive the most benefit. This course may also be taken by other EPA RPMs, DOD/DOE RPMs, EPA RCRA personnel, state personnel who manage Federal Facilities across the nation, tribal RPMs and managers. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONTRACTORS, CONSULTANTS OR OTHER PRIVATE ENTITIES.

The format of the course includes lecture, facilitated discussion, case study review, situational training with exercises, and use of multiple media. Short tests will be given at the end of each module to assess whether training objectives are met.

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

Important Notice: Due to the content presented during a CEC course and the restrictions in place for non-citizens to enter federal buildings, international attendees are not permitted to attend CEC courses.
 

Daily Class Times:
Tuesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

More information and registration

 

Introduction to Environmental Geophysics
Apr 02, 2019 - Apr 04, 2019
Athens, GA

This 3-day course provides individuals who have little or no geophysical exploration experience with practical information to effectively design and supervise geophysical surveys during hazardous waste site investigations. These techniques can be used on Superfund or Brownfields sites or sites where decisions have to be made as to buried hazardous materials. The course focuses on plan design, types of equipment suitable for hazardous waste site characterization, equipment operation, procedures for safely collecting data, and the fundamentals of making simple interpretations of the data. It is intended for personnel responsible for inspections, site characterization, site investigations, and removal and remedial actions at Superfund and other potential hazardous sites.

The course is designed to be consistent with the EPA protocol and guidance documents entitled, Compendium of ERT Soil Sampling and Surface Geophysics Procedures, A Compendium of Superfund Field Operations Methods, and Data Quality Objectives Process for Superfund.

Topics that are discussed include field work plan development; procedures for the use of geophysical methods for field screening; procedures for collection of field data using magnetic, seismic, gravity, electromagnetic and resistivity instruments; geophysical borehole logging; ground-penetrating radar; and quality assurance considerations.
Instructional methods include lectures, group discussions, demonstrations, computer modeling of data, and outdoor field exercises with an emphasis on the hands-on use of geophysical equipment.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the various geophysical methods available for shallow environmental characterization.
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of the magnetic, electromagnetic, seismic refraction, gravity, resistivity, borehole geophysics and ground-penetrating radar methods in environmental applications.
  • Operate geophysical instrumentation under field conditions.
  • Collect geophysical field data for use in resolving buried objects and determining geologic and hydrogeologic characteristics.
  • Make an interpretation of simple geophysical field data to resolve buried objects and determine geologic characteristics.

The course is usually offered at a specially-constructed field site. The course includes three half-day outdoor exercises. Participants should dress for field work; the exercises are conducted regardless of weather.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at:

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=11

Note: Scientific calculators are recommended.
Continuing Education Units: 2.1

THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.

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

More information and registration

 

CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
CESCL-101
Apr 04, 2019 - Apr 05, 2019
Corvallis, OR

CESCL certification is required by the Washington State Department of Ecology, Construction Stormwater General Permit for personnel responsible for monitoring stormwater at construction sites disturbing one or more acres of land, or are part of a larger common plan of development. NWETC’s 2-day CESCL course is a dynamic interaction between traditional classroom style lecture and hands-on field exercises. Interactive dialogue between the attendees and the trainers is also promoted, to encourage a shared learning environment.

Day 1, and the first part of day 2 is spent in the classroom, discussing regulations, discussing impacts to water quality and construction activity, learning the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of the permit, and examining the most up-to-date erosion and sediment control techniques using examples and case studies. Best Management Practices (BMP) products are brought into the class to allow students to see first hand the types of control measures there are available to them in the industry. At the end of the morning on Day 2, the required CESCL exam will be given. 

On the afternoon of day 2, the class will visit a field site to learn more about the BMP products and practice correctly installing a variety of erosion control BMPs. Other BMP demonstrations will also be conducted and the BMP installations performed by the students will be tested against a mock rain event.

Upon completion attendees will have met the requirements of BMP C160 certification and will receive a CESCL card valid for three years.

Registration: Earlybird pricing for registrations $350-$375; $375/$400* thereafter.  Click the registration link below for specific tuition information. (*reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes; government employees; nonprofits; students; and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members).

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/cescl-101-mar-19-20-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

CESCL: Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Re-Certification
CESCL-102
Apr 04, 2019 - Apr 04, 2019
Corvallis, OR

We are happy to now offer CESCL re-certification courses at a new reduced price.

This exciting course examines the most up-to-date techniques in the management of sediment and construction sites. Students who complete the course will receive a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) card, good for three years. CESCL certification is required in the state of Washington by the Washington State Department of Ecology for personnel responsible for construction stormwater inspections and sampling at construction sites. Participants will also benefit from a dynamic interaction between traditional lectures and hands-on exercises. The course covers the essentials of being a certified lead and includes information on how new regulations will impact CESCL job functions. Upon completion, students will know how to simply and confidently comply with federal, state, and local regulatory requirements of stormwater management.

Note: This CESCL certification course is recognized as meeting the training and certification requirements of the General Permit, and BMP C160 Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) in Washington State Department of Ecology’s stormwater management manuals for Eastern and Western Washington. The Construction Stormwater General Permit requires that site inspections be conducted by a CESCL. 

Registration: Earlybird pricing for registrations $200; $225 thereafter. 

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/cescl-102-nov-6-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

Pacific Salmonids: Ecology
BIO-303
Apr 08, 2019 - Apr 09, 2019
Issaquah, WA

Salmonids, including Pacific salmon and trout, are an important component of ecologic and economic health in western North America. Salmon and trout of the Pacific Coast have continued to evolve in the face of natural disturbances such as floods, fires, volcanoes, wind-throw and disease. In fact, these influences have helped these species maintain their resiliency. Even when natural disturbances have been severe their effects have remained localized, thereby allowing ecosystems to more easily recover. However, the magnitude of human-caused disturbances may be so great that irreversible changes will occur by increasing the impact that natural disturbances have on aquatic communities, resulting in both acute and chronic consequences for salmonids. Moreover, the changes that human activities create may be so widespread that the recovery of individual ecosystems and their components, including salmonid stocks, could be drastically altered. While each salmonid is unique, the genetic diversity within species across drainages may be as significant as those found across different species. Despite this variety, salmonid stream management, recovery and protection initiatives rely on certain fundamental biological requirements.

This course will provide general information regarding:

  • Origins and evolution of Pacific North American Salmon;
  • Life stages of salmon and trout in both coastal and inland streams;
  • The habitat requirements applicable to each life stage;
  • Substrate quality and hydraulic flow affecting spawning behavior and redd success;
  • How habitat features, in-stream complexity, bank structure and large woody debris influence success of salmonids at different life-stages;
  • How water chemistry, water temperature and food availability affect trout and salmon behavior; and
  • How migration patterns can be impeded or enhanced by changes in flow, water quality, barriers or obstacles

Registration: Early bird rate $495/ $445* until March 8, 2019; $545/$495* thereafter. *Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/bio-303-apr-8-9-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

Superfund 101
Apr 08, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Superfund 101 consists of two introductory-level courses: Fundamentals of Superfund and Enforcement Process Overview. The target audience for each course is On-Scene Coordinators (OSC) and Remedial Project Managers (RPM).

Fundamentals of Superfund, a 3-day introductory training course, provides an overview of the purpose, legal framework and implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) for newly hired OSCs and RPMs. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand the evolution of the Superfund program. The course explores the origin, accomplishments and future of the Superfund program.
  • Understand the statutory and regulatory basis for the authorities of OSCs and RPMs. The course provides an overview of the roles of the OSC and RPM as they are defined in laws, regulations, policy and guidance, including a comparison of authorities and liabilities.
  • Learn about the three types of response activities defined under CERCLA. The course discusses the components of the removal, remedial and enforcement programs and the major responsibilities of OSCs and RPMs in their work on Superfund responses, site cleanups and enforcement activities.

Enforcement Process Overview, a 2-day course, provides an overview of the EPA’s Superfund enforcement process for OSCs and RPMs. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Learn about the goals, priorities, and actions of the Superfund enforcement program. The course provides an introduction to response actions and enforcement authorities under Superfund; illustrates the relationship between major enforcement actions and remedial and removal actions; defines Superfund enforcement goals and principles; identifies objectives of Superfund enforcement reforms; and highlights current enforcement priorities of the EPA.
  • Understand the EPA’s fundamental principles and policies related to enforcement, the four types of potentially responsible parties (PRP), common defenses against liability and other enforcement policies. The course examines the four classes of PRPs, identifies PRP’s defenses and exemptions to liabilities, and identifies major enforcement discretionary policies.
  • Understand the Superfund enforcement process and the roles of states, tribes, Federal agencies and communities in the enforcement process. The course examines and applies EPA’s cost recovery strategy and discretionary enforcement policies, as well as the roles of administrative and judicial law in the enforcement process.
  • Develop their ability to use the tools available to encourage settlements. Participants will learn about the various types of enforcement tools, such as alternative dispute resolution, that are used in the settlement process.

Superfund 101 is mandatory for OSCs and RPMs to meet the inspector training requirements set forth under EPA Order 3500.1. The target audience is OSCs and RPMs as well as other programmatic and field support staff (i.e., enforcement personnel, HQ regional coordinators, Special Team members). THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES. In addition, the Superfund 101 course is a prerequisite for EPA employees who would like to attend the Removal and Remedial Process courses.

Please note: For OSCs/RPMs to receive your certificate for this training, you will need to attend class until 3:00 p.m. local time on Friday. Please plan your travel accordingly.

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

Daily Class Times:
Monday - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday - 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

More information and registration

 

Air Monitoring for Emergency Response
Apr 09, 2019 - Apr 10, 2019
New Castle, DE

This course instructs participants in the practices and procedures for monitoring airborne hazardous materials. It is designed for personnel who evaluate airborne releases of hazardous materials. Evaluation of worker exposure to these releases is emphasized.

Topics covered include air monitoring strategies, techniques and equipment; instrument calibration; instrument limitations; exposure guidelines; air dispersion modeling; and health-and-safety considerations. The course will include operating procedures for specific air monitoring equipment, but students are encouraged to bring their own instruments to the course.  The focus is on direct-reading instruments, but air sample collection and field analytical instruments are discussed.

Instructional methods include a combination of lectures, group discussions, problem-solving sessions, and hands-on use of instruments.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Properly use the following types of air monitoring equipment:
    • Combustible gas indicators
    • Oxygen monitors
    • Detector tubes
    • Toxic gas monitors
    • Photoionization detectors
    • Flame ionization detectors
  • Identify the operational parameters, limitations, and data interpretation requirements for the instruments listed above, plus chemical warfare agent detectors, air sample collectors, and certain field analytical technologies.
  • Identify the factors to be considered in the development of air monitoring plans.
  • Describe the use of air monitoring data for the establishment of personnel and operations health and safety requirements.

Continuing Education Units: 1.5 ABIH has previously awarded CM credit for this event. The current event contains 15 hours which can be claimed for CM credit.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at 

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=25

THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.

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

More information and registration

 

Introduction to Risk Assessment Guidance With Expanded Eco-Risk
Apr 09, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019
Lenexa, KS

This 3.5-day course provides participants with the fundamentals of risk assessment as applied to the Superfund cleanup process. This course is designed to present an introduction to the Superfund risk assessment process to Project Managers, On-Scene Coordinators, Risk Assessment Reviewers, and potentially new Risk Assessors working at hazardous waste sites or treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. The course assumes little experience with toxicology and risk assessment or knowledge regarding Superfund risk assessment guidance.

The course is based on the following EPA documents:

The risk assessment process is presented in an introductory format. The overall goal of the course is for the student to have a good understanding of the risk assessment process associated with Superfund (and similar) sites. Additionally, the student is introduced to many of the primary EPA guidance documents used to prepare Superfund risk assessments.

Topics include: baseline risk assessment, screening level ecological risk assessment, preliminary remediation goals; applicable statutes, regulations, and guidance; data collection and evaluation; exposure assessment; toxicity assessment; risk characterization; uncertainty analysis, principles of ecological assessment; ecological risk assessment guidance for Superfund; and ecological data collection methods. Current technical and information resources will also be discussed.

Instructional methods include lectures, videos, class discussions, and group exercises.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe risk assessment and risk management.
  • Identify the applicable statutes, regulations, and guidance pertinent to human health and ecological risk assessments under Superfund.
  • Describe each of the four steps of the risk assessment paradigm.
  • Describe the eight step process for ecological risk assessment.
  • Identify and describe similarities and differences between human and ecological risk assessments.
  • Identify and describe some of the data collection methods specific to ecological risk assessments.
  • Review and have a better understanding of Superfund risk assessments.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at:

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=50

Note: Calculators are highly recommended.

THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.

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

More information and registration

 

Pacific Salmonid: Spawning Habitat Restoration
BIO-304
Apr 10, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019
Issaquah, WA

How can we restore form and function to rivers, streams, and wetlands that support Pacific Salmon?  This course provides the intellectual tools to tackle assessment monitoring and restoration design of Pacific salmonid habitat.  

Some of the basic topics and questions covered include:

  • History of salmonid habitat restoration – How long have salmon issues been issues?  How have we responded?  What’s been working and what hasn’t?
  • Ecohydraulics – How does stream flow affect salmonid ecology and habitat forming processes?  What basic ecohydraulic processes do we need to account for?  What tools should we use? How can we use ecohydraulics to understand why a site is functional versus non-functional? 
  • Ecohydraulic design – the basic act of designing channel and floodplain features to meet specific target depths and velocities.  How do we take basic habitat information and design functional ecosystems?
  • Sediment transport – sediment is a vital aspect of rivers and streams and a key variable known to affect spawning.  How does sediment move in rivers?  How can we measure and model it?   What tools are available?
  • Forcing Elements – what role does wood and coarse sediment play in salmon rivers and streams?  How can we integrate Forcing elements into our design and management plans?
  • Monitoring – How do we measure project success?
  • Modern river restoration techniques – What tools do we have to restore salmonid habitat form and function?
  • Fish passage – How do we assess and correct fish passage limiting factors?How can we restore form and function to rivers, streams, and wetlands that support Pacific Salmon? This course provides the intellectual tools to tackle assessment monitoring and restoration design of Pacific salmonid habitat.
  • Some of the basic topics and questions covered include:
  • History of salmonid habitat restoration – How long have salmon issues been issues? How have we responded? What’s been working and what hasn’t?
    Ecohydraulics – How does stream flow affect salmonid ecology and habitat forming processes? What basic ecohydraulic processes do we need to account for? What tools should we use? How can we use ecohydraulics to understand why a site is functional versus non-functional?
    Ecohydraulic design – the basic act of designing channel and floodplain features to meet specific target depths and velocities. How do we take basic habitat information and design functional ecosystems?
    Sediment transport – sediment is a vital aspect of rivers and streams and a key variable known to affect spawning. How does sediment move in rivers? How can we measure and model it? What tools are available?
    Forcing Elements – what role does wood and coarse sediment play in salmon rivers and streams? How can we integrate Forcing elements into our design and management plans?
    Monitoring – How do we measure project success?
    Modern river restoration techniques – What tools do we have to restore salmonid habitat form and function?
    Fish passage – How do we assess and correct fish passage limiting factors? 

Registration: Early bird rate $745 / $695* until March 11, 2019; $795 / $745* thereafter. *Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members.

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/bio-304-mar-20-22-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

When the Heat is On: Persuasive Speaking on Environmental Risk, Controversies, and High-Stakes Topics
RCOM-452
Apr 10, 2019 - Apr 11, 2019
Issaquah, WA

Every time you open your mouth, you are managing two reputations: your personal reputation and the reputation of your organization. Whether you are presenting to stakeholders, clients, elected officials, or the media, you need to speak convincingly, with confidence, and with credibility. This course will help you gain the edge in difficult speaking situations.

This two day class is designed to develop skills for making prepared and impromptu presentations, especially for situations that may be controversial or highly charged. This course will help you gain the edge in difficult speaking situations and provide you with tools to effectively communicate environmental risk-related and other controversial issues to a broad range of audiences. Even when there is mistrust and anger in the room, with these skills you can build trust and credibility for you and your organization.

Through lecture, sharing, practice, exercises, role-plays, and demonstrations, you will learn communication techniques that excite, inspire and persuade. Position yourself and your organization as the thought leader on your topic by learning the techniques taught in this workshop. Do not miss the chance to improve your communications by getting valuable, hands-on advice so that the next time you get up to speak, your audience will STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN.

The first day focuses on communication skills for occasions when there is time to prepare in advance of an event, such as a formal briefing or prepared speech.

The second day focuses on the advanced skills for making impromptu presentations. You will learn how to present yourself and your information in the best possible way with techniques used by professional speakers.

Over the course of the sessions, attendees will learn five impromptu speaking models and stagecraft techniques used by professional speakers. These are designed to help you think on your feet and to quickly articulate your thoughts-vital skills, especially in communicating about environmental risk and other controversial, hot topic issues.

Environmental professionals have important information and an important message for stakeholders and decision makers. Make sure prepared statements are clear and confident, and ‘spur of the moment’ communications stick in the minds of your audience. Come prepared to learn from the instructor and learn from one another in a highly interactive and fun workshop where you will get the chance to practice and receive helpful coaching to improve your personal skill set.

Intended Audience:
This course is suitable for a wide variety of professionals including environmental risk managers, EPA personnel, regulators and/or media stakeholders, pubic involvement agencies, remedial project managers, installation environmental program managers, technical experts, engineers, scientists, health and safety personnel, natural resource personnel, environmental planners, public affairs officers, attorneys, and others who are called upon to communicate in difficult environments and who need to persuade when doing so.

Registration: Early bird rate $595 / $545*; $645 / $595* thereafter. *Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/rcom-452-may-8-9-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 40-Hour
Apr 15, 2019 - Apr 19, 2019
Kansas City, MO

This 5-day course is designed for personnel involved with the investigation and remediation of uncontrolled hazardous waste sites and, to a lesser extent, response to an accident involving hazardous materials. It provides basic information needed to meet the forty hours training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120 (e)(3)(i) Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER).

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify methods and procedures for recognizing, evaluating, and controlling hazardous substances.
  • Identify concepts, principles, and guidelines to properly protect site or response personnel.
  • Discuss regulations and action levels to ensure health and safety of the workers.
  • Discuss fundamentals needed to develop organizational structure and standard operating procedures.
  • Select and use dermal and respiratory protective equipment.
  • Demonstrate the use, calibration, and limitations of direct-reading air monitoring instruments.

Participants will be more knowledgeable in hazardous waste operations, team functions, personnel health and safety procedures, and operation of field monitoring equipment. In some segments of the course, participants are required to wear respiratory equipment, which precludes wearing eyeglasses. Individuals who are severely restricted without their glasses should be aware that their participation may be limited unless they have contact lenses, their own spectacle kit or spectacle-equipped respirator facepiece. During some exercises, participants are required to wear chemical protective clothing, which may be stressful to certain individuals.

NOTE: A medical evaluation in accordance with the Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134 is necessary in order to attend this course. Each student must include with their registration a letter from their supervisor or a copy of a medical certificate that clearly states that a medical evaluation has been completed and that the student is medically able to wear respiratory protection equipment. This must be received prior to the course start date. Registration will not be completed, nor will confirmation be sent, until such proof is received by the HazTrain Registrar. If registration done on-line, fax a copy of the respiratory document to the HazTrain Registrar at 301-934-9584.

It is highly recommend you complete the FEMA Incident Command Classes 100, 200, 700 and 800. This training is available for free on the FEMA website. Per EPA direction: Manuals are no longer issued in class. Students will be provided information on where they can go to download a copy to bring to class.

COURSE MANUAL: can be downloaded by registered students. Information will be provided.

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=39

THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.

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

Tuition:  This course is limited to personnel from EPA, other Federal agencies, Tribes, and State and Local Government, and is free of charge for them.  Personnel not directly employed by a government agency (e.g. private industry or contractor) cannot be accepted into this course. 

NOTE:  A medical evaluation in accordance with the Respiratory Protetion Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134 is necessary in order to attend this course.  Each student must include with their regisration a letter from their supervisor or a copy of a medical cetificate that clearly states a medical evaluation has been completed and that the student is medically able to wear respiratory protection equipment.  This must be received proir to the course start date.  Registration will not be completed, nor will confirmation be sent, until such proof is received by the HazTrain Registrar.  If registration don on-line, fax a copy of the respiratory document to the HazTrain Registrar at 301.934.9584. 

Highly recommend you complete the FEMA Incident Command Classes 100,200,700,and 800.  This training is available for free on the FEMA website. 

Per EPA directions:  Manuals are no longer issued in class.  Students will be provided information on where they can download or copy to bring to class.

COURSE MANUAL:  can be downloaded by registered students.  Informatio will be provided.

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ICS-300: Intermediate ICS
Apr 15, 2019 - Apr 17, 2019
New York, NY

This 2.5-day course meets all the requirements and training needs of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) for Intermediate Incident Command System training.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have successfully completed Incident Command and related training,  I-100 and I-200, IS-700b and IS-800C, and who will hold supervisory positions within an ICS organization.

Objectives
After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Match responsibility statements to each ICS organizational element
  • List ICS positions which may include deputies, and describe roles and responsibilities
  • Describe differences between deputies and assistants
  • Describe ICS reporting and working relationships for technical specialists and agency representatives
  • Describe reporting relationships and information flow within the organization
  • Describe the steps in transferring and assuming incident command
  • List the major elements included in the incident briefing
  • Develop sample organizations around a major event. Organizational development will include the use of all appropriate sections and organizational modules
  • Describe how incidents can best be managed by appropriate and early designation of primary staff members and by proper delegation of authority
  • Describe how Unified Command functions on a multi-jurisdiction or multi-agency incident
  • List the minimum staffing requirements within each organizational element for at least two incidents of different sizes
  • Describe the role and use of forms in effective incident management
  • Identify and describe four basic principles of resource management
  • Identify the basic steps involved in managing incident resources
  • Know the contents of, and how the Operational Planning Worksheet (ICS Form 215) is used
  • Identify the organizational elements at the incident that can order resources
  • Describe the differences between single and multipoint resource ordering and the reasons for each
  • Describe why and how resources are assigned to staging areas, camps, and direct tactical assignments
  • Describe the purpose and importance of planning for resource demobilization
  • Identify five key considerations associated with resource management and reasons for each
  • List the major steps involved in the planning process
  • Give the ICS titles of personnel who have responsibilities in developing the Incident Action Plan and list their duties
  • Explain the use of operational periods in the planning process, and how operational periods are derived
  • Explain the function of the Operational Planning Worksheet and other forms which may be used in preparing the Incident Action Plan
  • Explain the criteria for determining when the Incident Action Plan should be prepared in writing
  • Identify the kinds of supporting materials included in an Incident Action Plan
  • List the major sections in a Demobilization Plan
  • Identify the steps built into ICS design to compensate for previous incident management problem
  • Define Unified Command
  • Define the advantages of Unified Command and define the kinds of applications which may call for a Unified Command organization
  • Identify the primary features of a Unified Command organization
  • Describe areas of cost sharing which might apply under a Unified Command structure

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=7

Intended for U.S. EPA personnel or by invitation

Class hours each day are 8:00 to 5:00, unless otherwise indicated.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading:

https://response.epa.gov/ics300400

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Remedial Design/Remedial Action (RD/RA)
Apr 15, 2019 - Apr 16, 2019
Atlanta, GA

Remedial Design/Remedial Action (RD/RA) focuses on aspects of the RD/RA phase of a Superfund project and the objectives, issues and challenges that Remedial Project Managers (RPM) face during response planning and implementation. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Identify steps for implementing and completing an RD/RA project under Superfund. The course provides a comprehensive examination of the RD/RA process.
  • Describe the overall effort needed to conduct an RD/RA project and identify and anticipate the difficulties that can arise during such an effort. The course provides practical guidance that helps both engineers and RPMs who have other backgrounds effectively implement the design and construction phases of a Superfund cleanup.
  • Describe the role of the RPM as a project manager. The course examines the crucial role of the RPM in planning an RD/RA project; effectively managing contracting, scheduling, budgeting and other aspects of the effort; coordinating activities with states and tribes; conducting effective community relations efforts; and more.
  • Apply the skills they have developed to real-life situations. The course provides RPMs the opportunity to work through realistic case studies that highlight actual issues and problems that can arise.

RD/RA is a 2-day training course and is intended primarily for RPMs who have two or more years of experience or who currently are or soon will be involved in an RD/RA project. The course is also open to other federal, state and tribal personnel. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.

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

Daily Class Times:
Monday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday - 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

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BASIC NEPA: THE LAW, LOGIC, AND LANGUAGE OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT
POL-302
Apr 16, 2019 - Apr 17, 2019
Portland, OR

Attendees will learn the basic and fundamental principles of NEPA practice in this 2-day course all the way from what NEPA is and where it came from, through how it works and when it applies, all the way through scoping NEPA documents and techniques to review the adequacy of NEPA documents. Completion of this course is excellent preparation for getting the most out of our Advanced NEPA** course.

All NEPA processes are explained: Categorical Exclusion, Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI), and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Included is a substantial handout with graphic models, updated case lists that support the models, and sample documents. All materials are based on statutes, regulations, and NEPA case law. Attendees may wish to keep the course material to serve as a reference in the workplace.

Major themes include: how to make the findings required by law; how to make the finding of no significant impact in particular; the giving of reasons; timing the NEPA process to the decision making process; all good legal reasons not to prepare an EIS; scoping a reasonable range of alternatives; and an approach to the cumulative impacts analysis that complies literally with the regulatory definition of cumulative impacts. Discussions and questions are encouraged.

DID YOU KNOW

The NEPA-implementing regulations have not been significantly amended since they were first published in 1978. But NEPA case law is constantly evolving as new issues are presented to the courts and new judicial opinions are published. This course is updated according to the latest judicial opinions.

DID YOU KNOW

The categorical exclusion is an exclusion from an EIS but it is not an exclusion from NEPA. Instead, it is one of three processes for compliance with NEPA, along with the EA/FONSI and the EIS. This course covers the NEPA process including scoping, supplementation, and tiering.

DID YOU KNOW

Determinations of compliance with other environmental statutes are integral to the preparation of an EA or an EIS. Thus the Endangered Species Act and the National Historical Preservation Act, for example, are woven into the course material along with other statutes and Executive Orders.

** For an advanced, seminar-style discussion of NEPA issues, attend our one-day Advanced NEPA Workshop, immediately following this course. There is a $50 discount when purchasing the 2 courses together. **

Intended Audience:

This workshop is designed to serve both as a comprehensive introduction for those new to NEPA and a refresher for more experienced professionals. The course is beneficial for federal agency staff and decision makers, attorneys, consultants, as well as members of environmental organizations and interested citizens who are concerned about the environmental effects of federal actions. Those who have taken this course in years past will benefit from updated materials based on the newest judicial opinions. Even those who have worked with NEPA their entire careers will stand to learn more about the secrets to successful NEPA compliance.

Registration: Earlybird pricing for registrations $595 / $545*; $645 / $595* thereafter. (*Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members).

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

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Basic Statistics for Environmental Professionals
STAT-102
Apr 16, 2019 - Apr 17, 2019
Sacramento, CA

Description:

In this two-day course, the principles of statistics as applied to the analysis of environmental data will be discussed, with as little mathematical detail as posssible. Examples will be drawn from environmental remediation and characterization, engineering and other sciences. These examples will demonstrate the results of different techniques, giving attendees a greater understanding of situations when each of the various techniques for environmental data analysis should be used.

Topics and techniques discussed will include:

  • Statistical Principles & Probabilistic Data Models
  • Sample Design
  • Estimating Means, Medians & Variances& Other Parameters
  • Dealing with Non-detects
  • Fitting Data to Distributions
  • Functions of Random Variables
  • Statistical Intervals
    • Confidence Intervals
    • Tolerance Intervals
    • Prediction Intervals
      • Parametric Methods
      • Non-Parametric Methods
  • Hypothesis testing
    • Parametric
    • Non-Parametric
    • Bootstrapping & Randomization
  • Analysis of variance
  • Linear regression
  • Logistic regression
  • Contingency tables
  • Statistical graphics
  • Multivariate methods

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for environmental professionals who have the need to analyze data using various statistical methodologies. The course is intended to familiarize attendees with commonly used statistical techniques, without using an overwhelming amount of mathematical detail.

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Federal Facility RPM
Apr 16, 2019 - Apr 18, 2019
Richland, WA

Federal Facility RPM, a 3-day training course, is geared toward Federal Facility (FF) Remedial Project Managers (RPM) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to facilitate an understanding of how the FF RPM role, responsibilities and authorities differ from a private or Fund-financed Superfund EPA RPM. By taking this course, participants will:

  • Discuss and examine best practices for managing the unique circumstances Federal Facility National Priority List (NPL) sites present.
  • Be exposed to the institutional knowledge of experienced FF RPMs and cover the history of the FF program and complexity of legacy DOD and DOE sites.
  • Review the statutory and regulatory authorities, executive orders and policy and guidance that are important to Federal Facilities.
  • Examine the programmatic organization unique to Federal Facilities and identify the programmatic differences between Federal Facility and private and Fund-financed Superfund sites.
  • Discuss in detail the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA), including negotiating and implementing the provisions of the FFA.
  • Examine and evaluate the unique technical and management issues presented by Federal Facilities.
  • Discuss current issues associated with emerging contaminants that may be present at Federal Facilities.
  • Obtain valuable materials and references for managing a Federal Facility NPL site.

This course is specifically designed for EPA FF RPMs of all experience levels. Participants with one to two years of experience and who have taken the Fundamentals of Superfund and Remedial Process courses may derive the most benefit. This course may also be taken by other EPA RPMs, DOD/DOE RPMs, EPA RCRA personnel, state personnel who manage Federal Facilities across the nation, tribal RPMs and managers. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONTRACTORS, CONSULTANTS OR OTHER PRIVATE ENTITIES.

The format of the course includes lecture, facilitated discussion, case study review, situational training with exercises, and use of multiple media. Short tests will be given at the end of each module to assess whether training objectives are met.

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

Important Notice: Due to the content presented during a CEC course and the restrictions in place for non-citizens to enter federal buildings, international attendees are not permitted to attend CEC courses.
 

Daily Class Times:
Tuesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

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CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
CESCL-101
Apr 17, 2019 - Apr 18, 2019
Snohomish, WA

CESCL certification is required by the Washington State Department of Ecology, Construction Stormwater General Permit for personnel responsible for monitoring stormwater at construction sites disturbing one or more acres of land, or are part of a larger common plan of development. NWETC’s 2-day CESCL course is a dynamic interaction between traditional classroom style lecture and hands-on field exercises. Interactive dialogue between the attendees and the trainers is also promoted, to encourage a shared learning environment.

Day 1, and the first part of day 2 is spent in the classroom, discussing regulations, discussing impacts to water quality and construction activity, learning the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of the permit, and examining the most up-to-date erosion and sediment control techniques using examples and case studies. Best Management Practices (BMP) products are brought into the class to allow students to see first hand the types of control measures there are available to them in the industry. At the end of the morning on Day 2, the required CESCL exam will be given. 

On the afternoon of day 2, the class will visit a field site to learn more about the BMP products and practice correctly installing a variety of erosion control BMPs. Other BMP demonstrations will also be conducted and the BMP installations performed by the students will be tested against a mock rain event.

Upon completion attendees will have met the requirements of BMP C160 certification and will receive a CESCL card valid for three years.

Registration: Earlybird pricing for registrations $350-$375; $375/$400* thereafter.  Click the registration link below for specific tuition information. (*reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes; government employees; nonprofits; students; and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members).

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

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Defusing Hostile Situations: EPA Spokesperson Training
Basic Level Training
Apr 17, 2019 - Apr 17, 2019
Chicago, IL

What is the course overview?
Conflict often is unavoidable but how EPA staffers handle it can make a significant difference in the outcome of a challenging meeting or encounter. Preparation is key, and that includes understanding how a public meeting or other situation can go bad in the first place, and then employing effective strategies and tools to defuse hostility and avert further conflict.

Who should take this course?
This course is recommended for EPA staffers who regularly engage with the public and other stakeholders. There are no suggested prerequisites.

What are the course learning objectives?
Participants who complete this course will gain skills on how to:

  • Understand why conflict occurs and how to recognize the types and levels of conflict likely to occur at a public meeting or other stakeholder encounter;
  • Prevent conflict from escalating and regain control over the situation;
  • Harness the power of body language to convey calm and confidence – even in combative situations;
  • Recognize and handle specific types of disruptive individuals; and
  • Develop ways to cope with the personal discomfort that can accompany conflict.

What are the logistics?
This one-day course includes videos of effective and not-so-effective stakeholder meetings and several group exercises such as on-camera, role-playing exercises featuring real-life contentious meeting situations, followed by a group critique. Participants are contacted a few weeks prior to the course and asked to bring examples of challenging meeting encounters to share with the class. Maximum course size is 25 participants.

Pamela Avery and Dominic Frederico teach this course. Ms. Avery is a national communications consultant who has provided EPA communications training for more than 15 years. An IAP2-certified public participation professional, she serves as a neutral facilitator at EPA-hosted stakeholder meetings and has personally handled numerous contentious situations for the EPA and others. Mr. Frederico is an Emmy-award winning TV photojournalist who, as an independent cameraman, regularly works under pressure on news stories and documentaries for dozens of major network and cable TV programs. He has worked with Pam Avery as EPA spokesperson/media course co-trainer for 10 years.

Is there available background material?

  • Participants receive a customized EPA “Defuse Hostile Meetings and Other Difficult Situations” Training Manual during the workshop.
  • Full-day workshop participants also receive a DVD of the on-camera session.
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ICS-400: Advanced ICS
Apr 17, 2019 - Apr 18, 2019
New York, NY

This 2 day course meets all the requirements and training needs of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) for Advanced Incident Command System training.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have successfully completed Incident Command and related training, I-100, I-200, IS-700b and IS-800C, and who will hold supervisory positions within an ICS organization.

Objectives
After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize principal responsibilities for each Command and General Staff member
  • Describe the roles of deputies and assistants in incident management
  • Describe the purposes and responsibilities of agency representatives, reporting relationships, and how they can be effectively used within the incident organization
  • Describe areas of cost sharing which might apply under a Unified Command structure
  • List the principal factors often found in, or related to, major and / or complex incidents
  • List the four expansion options for incident organization, and describe the conditions under which they would be applied
  • Define Area Command
  • Identify differences between Area Command, Unified Command, Multi-agency Coordination Systems, and Emergency Operations Centers
  • List the principal advantages of using Area Command
  • Describe how, when, and where Area Command would be established
  • Describe the Area Command organization
  • Identify six primary functional responsibilities of Area Command.

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=8

Intended for U.S. EPA personnel or by invitation.

Class hours each day are 8:00 to 5:00, unless otherwise indicated.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading:

https://response.epa.gov/ics300400
 

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Remedial Action (RA): Planning, Competing and Administering Task Orders Under the EPA Remedial Acquisition Framework (RAF) Contracts
Apr 17, 2019 - Apr 19, 2019
Atlanta, GA

This course is a training and practical applications course that provides a comprehensive overview and instruction of how to plan, compete, an introduction of how to administer RA task orders under the Remediation Environmental Services (RES) suite of RAF contracts.

By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand the importance of determining the RA project delivery strategy early in the remedial design. The design contractor develops the technical requirements for the RA including the plans and specifications. As such, optimal execution of the design and preparation for the remedial action requires the EPA to communicate design specificity needs, schedule, and funding constraints with the design contractor to ensure the final design comports with EPA’s RA project delivery strategy.
  • Learn how to develop a RA project delivery strategy. The course discusses how to determine the most optimal project delivery for an RA project with a focus on comprehensive and thorough project planning. This course will highlight the importance of assembling and project team include EPA and external resources and expertise. Additionally, the course discusses the continued use of risk identification and management to develop project requirements, considers the use of performance based acquisition approaches, and determine the most appropriate procurement approach and task order type based on these factors.
  • Understand how to consider project-specific needs when completing the RES Task Order Initiation Form. The course focuses on the elements of the task order initiation form that are critical in project-specific planning. Specifically, this course will explain small business set aside opportunities, how the use the key personnel contract clause, and how to assemble technical evaluation factors based on selected procurement approach and key project needs.
  • Develop an awareness of the steps and time necessary to conduct RES fair opportunity. The course discusses the RES fair opportunity process and provides lessons learned and best management practices for review boards.
  • Gain introductory knowledge of how to administer RA task orders under RES. This course discusses task order administration with an overview on the process and requirements for task order amendments, invoice review and approval, and how to evaluate contractor performance.
  • Apply the knowledge gained during the course. Participants are encouraged to attend their course with their project team and bring an actual RA project to the course. Participants will take part in several breakout sessions that will provide them an opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge to their RA project.

This course is a 3-day course and is designed for RPMs, program support staff and management, and contracting officers who will be planning and competing a RA task order in the next twelve months. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, STATES, TRIBEs, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES. It is strongly encouraged that all attendees be knowledgeable on the basics of RAF and have preferably taken RAF 101.

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

Daily Class Times:
Wednesday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

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Advanced NEPA-An Intensive One-Day Seminar With Solutions to the Most Difficult NEPA Problems
POL-500
Apr 18, 2019 - Apr 18, 2019
Portland, OR

You’ve been to training on the basics, the fundamentals, the essentials, the step-by-step. You’ve been to refreshers and updates. It’s time to take the National Environmental Policy Act to the next level – Advanced NEPA.

NEPA is often criticized for costing too much, taking too long, and accomplishing too little. If you have any role in the NEPA process, you have a stake in the answers discussed in this seminar.

You are encouraged to bring your own questions for discussion and resolution. This is a seminar format with significant time reserved for discussion rather than lecture. Handout materials are substantial and based on statutes, regulations, and case law rather than on opinion or past practice.

Expect a fast-paced day. During this seminar the questions that do not arise in the basic courses will be asked and answered – questions related to the categorical exclusion, the environmental assessment, the finding of no significant impact, and the environmental impact statement.

Intended Audience:

Since this is an advanced course, it will be assumed that attendees will know the vocabulary, the acronyms, and the basic NEPA process. Attendees should be at least vaguely familiar with the statute, the regulations, and the guidance memoranda. Attendees should have substantial experience in the preparation of NEPA documents, their approval, or litigation over their adequacy. Project managers, senior environmental professionals, seasoned NEPA practitioners, writers and editors, legal counsel, and decision makers themselves will get the most out of this seminar.

** This course is designed to be attended AFTER our 2-day presentation of "National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Writing the Perfect EA/FONSI, or EIS". We recommend registering for that course prior to registering for this workshop. When registering for both courses together, there is a $50 discount. ** 

Registration: Early bird rate $595 / $545*, $645 / $595* thereafter. *Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

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Conflict Resolution Skills for Environmental Professionals
CON-201
Apr 18, 2019 - Apr 18, 2019
Chicago, IL

This dynamic, hands-on workshop gives attendees an understanding of effective ways to deal with difficult situations and people. Participants will get extensive practice with skills that can be applied immediately. The overall goal of the course is for attendees to come away with an understanding of principles and techniques for maintaining a professional demeanor while managing conflicts, as well as knowledge of strategies that help keep a conflict from getting in the way of productivity.

This workshop is a companion course with our Facilitation and Collaborative Negotiations courses. What distinguishes this course is its focus on the use of interest-based bargaining techniques, made famous in the book Getting to Yes, for unraveling conflict into cooperation.

A combination of discussions, exercises, lectures, and mock disputes makes this workshop interactive, fun, and productive.

tended Audience:

• Environmental professionals who deal with disputes, either on their own or as a third-party asked to assist others.
• Managers and mid-level professionals facing increasing pressures to accomplish their conservation mission while also improving stakeholder relations will greatly benefit from the material presented.
• Individuals who aspire to a leadership role where the ability to constructively deal with disputes is seen as a necessary job skill.
• For professionals with existing conflict resolution skills, this course provides an opportunity to refresh and add to their skill set.
*Note: This workshop is especially helpful for teams from the same organization. When colleagues attend the program together the organization benefits not only from these employees gaining skills but also from shared knowledge they can use to ‘team-up’ and support one another or act as an in-house consultant able to give advice to other employees.

Past attendees: Agency executives, mid-managers, regional biologists, species management experts, land managers, regulators, scientific team leaders, cross-agency coordinators, project managers, citizen participation experts, and regional directors. Other professionals such as HR professionals, consultants, and supervisors who deal with conflict will also benefit. This training will enhance anyone’s ability to deal with conflict in their own lives as well as helping others navigate through the process. This course is also intended to support career advancement for individuals who aspire to positions where constructive conflict management is a job requirement.

Additional Discounts for registering related courses: There is an additional $50 discount when registering for either Collaborative Negotiation Skills for Environmental Professionals OR Facilitation Skills for Environmental Professionals when they are offered in the same week. The two registrations must be made at the same time to get the discount. There is an additional $100 discount when registering for all three classes when they are offered the same week. Registration for all three classes must be made at the same time.

 Registration: $395

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

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Know What to Say and How to Say It: Media/Spokesperson Training
Basic level training
Apr 18, 2019 - Apr 18, 2019
Chicago, IL

What is the course overview?
This course is designed to give you the confidence you need to explain your work and talk about tough issues. Media/spokesperson training is a must for anyone called upon to speak about an EPA program, project or issue. What you say and how you say it is critical to getting information out to the news media, community groups, and others.

Who should take this course?
This course is recommended for EPA staffers who have been or could be tapped as a spokesperson for a site, project or division; for example, Public Information Officer (PIO), Project Manager, Project Leader, Remedial Project Manager, (RPM), Community Involvement Coordinator (CIC), On-Scene Coordinator (OSC), and/or other EPA staffers who deal with the public. There are no suggested prerequisites.

What are the course learning objectives?
Participants who complete this course will gain skills on how to:

  • Prepare for interviews or public speaking engagements;
  • Know their rights as a news source;
  • Understand how social media impacts today’s communications;
  • Craft their organization's messages; and
  • Deliver their messages effectively – even during a crisis.


What are the logistics?
This one-day, interactive course features customized scenarios relevant to each participant's program or project, and one-on-one videotaped sessions with a professional interviewer and TV photojournalist. Participants are required to complete a short questionnaire about their experience and projects a few weeks prior to the course. Recommended course size is 12-15 participants.

Pamela Avery and Dominic Frederico teach this course. Ms. Avery is a national communications consultant who was a newspaper reporter and national magazine editor for nearly 20 years and produced a nationally syndicated environmental radio show and an EPA documentary on RCRA projects. She has provided communications training for the EPA for more than 15 years and serves as a neutral facilitator at EPA-hosted stakeholder meetings. Mr. Frederico is an Emmy-award winning TV photojournalist who as an independent cameraman regularly works on news stories and documentaries for dozens of major network and cable TV programs. He has worked with Pam Avery as EPA spokesperson/media course co-trainer for 10 years.

Is there available background material?
Participants receive the following:

  • Customized EPA Spokesperson/Media Training Manual during the course
  • DVD of their on-camera interviews after the session
     
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40 Hour HAZWOPER
Apr 22, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019
San Jose, CA

A 40 Hour HAZWOPER pursuant to 29 CFR 1910.120(e) with an emphasis on disaster recovery operations. Class is intended for California CUPAs and California Tribal response entities only.

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Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 40-Hour
Apr 22, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019
Edison, NJ

This 5-day course is designed for personnel involved with the investigation and remediation of uncontrolled hazardous waste sites and, to a lesser extent, response to an accident involving hazardous materials. It provides basic information needed to meet the forty hours training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120 (e)(3)(i) Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER).

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify methods and procedures for recognizing, evaluating, and controlling hazardous substances.
  • Identify concepts, principles, and guidelines to properly protect site or response personnel.
  • Discuss regulations and action levels to ensure health and safety of the workers.
  • Discuss fundamentals needed to develop organizational structure and standard operating procedures.
  • Select and use dermal and respiratory protective equipment.
  • Demonstrate the use, calibration, and limitations of direct-reading air monitoring instruments.

Participants will be more knowledgeable in hazardous waste operations, team functions, personnel health and safety procedures, and operation of field monitoring equipment. In some segments of the course, participants are required to wear respiratory equipment, which precludes wearing eyeglasses. Individuals who are severely restricted without their glasses should be aware that their participation may be limited unless they have contact lenses, their own spectacle kit or spectacle-equipped respirator facepiece. During some exercises, participants are required to wear chemical protective clothing, which may be stressful to certain individuals.

NOTE: A medical evaluation in accordance with the Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134 is necessary in order to attend this course. Each student must include with their registration a letter from their supervisor or a copy of a medical certificate that clearly states that a medical evaluation has been completed and that the student is medically able to wear respiratory protection equipment. This must be received prior to the course start date. Registration will not be completed, nor will confirmation be sent, until such proof is received by the HazTrain Registrar. If registration done on-line, fax a copy of the respiratory document to the HazTrain Registrar at 301-934-9584.

It is highly recommend you complete the FEMA Incident Command Classes 100, 200, 700 and 800. This training is available for free on the FEMA website. Per EPA direction: Manuals are no longer issued in class. Students will be provided information on where they can go to download a copy to bring to class.

COURSE MANUAL: can be downloaded by registered students. Information will be provided.

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=39

THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.

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

Tuition:  This course is limited to personnel from EPA, other Federal Agencies, Tribes, and State and Local Government and is free of charge for them.  Personnel not directly employed by a government agency (e.g. private industry or contractor) cannot be accepted into this course. 

NOTE:  A medical evaluation in accordance with the Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134 is necessary in order to attend this course.  Each student must include with their registration a letter from their supervisor or a copy of a medical certificate that clearly states that a medical evaluation has been completed and that the student is medically able to wear respiratory protection equipment.  This must be received prior to the course start date.  Registration will not be completed, nor will confirmation be sent, until such proof is received by the HazTrain Registrar.  If registration done on-line, fax a copy of the respiratory document to the HazTrain Registrar at 301.934.9584. 

Highly recommend you complete the FEMA Incidant Command Classes 100 ,200, 700, and 800.  This training is available for free on the FEMA website. 

Per EPA directions:  Manuals are no longer issued in class.  Students will be provided information on where they can download a copy to bring to class.  

COURSE MANUAL:  can be downloaded by registered students.  Information will be provided.

More information and registration

 

Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM) Training
Apr 22, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019
Live On-line Class, Internet Based

The Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM) provides detailed guidance for planning, implementing, and evaluating environmental and facility radiological surveys conducted to demonstrate compliance with a dose- or risk-based regulation. The MARSSIM guidance focuses on the demonstration of compliance during the final status survey following scoping, characterization, and any necessary remedial actions.

Daily class times: 12:00 PM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT for all Five Days

Course is free.

***Registration is limited to federal, state, tribal, and local government employees only.***

Attendees must participate all five days to receive credit.

More information and registration

 

Superfund 101
Apr 22, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019
Dallas, TX

Superfund 101 consists of two introductory-level courses: Fundamentals of Superfund and Enforcement Process Overview. The target audience for each course is On-Scene Coordinators (OSC) and Remedial Project Managers (RPM).

Fundamentals of Superfund, a 3-day introductory training course, provides an overview of the purpose, legal framework and implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) for newly hired OSCs and RPMs. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand the evolution of the Superfund program. The course explores the origin, accomplishments and future of the Superfund program.
  • Understand the statutory and regulatory basis for the authorities of OSCs and RPMs. The course provides an overview of the roles of the OSC and RPM as they are defined in laws, regulations, policy and guidance, including a comparison of authorities and liabilities.
  • Learn about the three types of response activities defined under CERCLA. The course discusses the components of the removal, remedial and enforcement programs and the major responsibilities of OSCs and RPMs in their work on Superfund responses, site cleanups and enforcement activities.

Enforcement Process Overview, a 2-day course, provides an overview of the EPA’s Superfund enforcement process for OSCs and RPMs. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Learn about the goals, priorities, and actions of the Superfund enforcement program. The course provides an introduction to response actions and enforcement authorities under Superfund; illustrates the relationship between major enforcement actions and remedial and removal actions; defines Superfund enforcement goals and principles; identifies objectives of Superfund enforcement reforms; and highlights current enforcement priorities of the EPA.
  • Understand the EPA’s fundamental principles and policies related to enforcement, the four types of potentially responsible parties (PRP), common defenses against liability and other enforcement policies. The course examines the four classes of PRPs, identifies PRP’s defenses and exemptions to liabilities, and identifies major enforcement discretionary policies.
  • Understand the Superfund enforcement process and the roles of states, tribes, Federal agencies and communities in the enforcement process. The course examines and applies EPA’s cost recovery strategy and discretionary enforcement policies, as well as the roles of administrative and judicial law in the enforcement process.
  • Develop their ability to use the tools available to encourage settlements. Participants will learn about the various types of enforcement tools, such as alternative dispute resolution, that are used in the settlement process.

Superfund 101 is mandatory for OSCs and RPMs to meet the inspector training requirements set forth under EPA Order 3500.1. The target audience is OSCs and RPMs as well as other programmatic and field support staff (i.e., enforcement personnel, HQ regional coordinators, Special Team members). THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES. In addition, the Superfund 101 course is a prerequisite for EPA employees who would like to attend the Removal and Remedial Process courses.

Please note: For OSCs/RPMs to receive your certificate for this training, you will need to attend class until 3:00 p.m. local time on Friday. Please plan your travel accordingly.

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

Daily Class Times:
Monday - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday - 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

More information and registration

 

ArcGIS10: An Introduction to Environmental Applications
GIS-403
Apr 23, 2019 - Apr 25, 2019
Tempe, AZ

This 3-day hands-on class introduces participants to the environmental applications of ESRI's ArcGIS 10 software. The course will build upon a discussion of general concepts and vocabulary to form a comprehensive overview of ArcGIS 10’s functions and uses in the environmental field. Each participant will have their his or her own computer workstation to create, edit, display and analyze real world environmental data during numerous hands-on exercises. On the third day, participants will have an opportunity to expand their skills by applying their knowledge to more complex and in-depth projects.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
- Apply a conceptual overview of GIS and spatial analysis to environmental data
- Understand and utilize the fundamental capabilities of ArcGIS
- Conduct overlay analysis
- Create intersects, buffers, unions and clips using the Geoprocessing Wizard
- Measure spatial relationships between layers of geographic data
- Perform complex relational database queries
- Generate presentation-quality maps

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
Apply a conceptual overview of GIS and spatial analysis to environmental data
Understand and utilize the fundamental capabilities of ArcGIS
Conduct overlay analysis
Create intersects, buffers, unions and clips using the Geoprocessing Wizard
Measure spatial relationships between layers of geographic data
Perform complex relational database queries
Generate presentation-quality maps
Prerequisites: Basic understanding of computer operations.

Intended Audience:

This hands-on course is intended for environmental and graphics professionals involved in the collection, interpretation, and presentation of spatially related data. Attendees will learn the uses and capabilities of ArcGIS 10 by working first-hand on sample scenarios. Previous GIS experience is not required. 

Registration: Early bird rate $895/ $845* before March 24, 2019; $995/$945* thereafter. *Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/gis-403-mar-12-14-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
CESCL-101
Apr 23, 2019 - Apr 24, 2019
Renton, WA

CESCL certification is required by the Washington State Department of Ecology, Construction Stormwater General Permit for personnel responsible for monitoring stormwater at construction sites disturbing one or more acres of land, or are part of a larger common plan of development. NWETC’s 2-day CESCL course is a dynamic interaction between traditional classroom style lecture and hands-on field exercises. Interactive dialogue between the attendees and the trainers is also promoted, to encourage a shared learning environment.

Day 1, and the first part of day 2 is spent in the classroom, discussing regulations, discussing impacts to water quality and construction activity, learning the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of the permit, and examining the most up-to-date erosion and sediment control techniques using examples and case studies. Best Management Practices (BMP) products are brought into the class to allow students to see first hand the types of control measures there are available to them in the industry. At the end of the morning on Day 2, the required CESCL exam will be given. 

On the afternoon of day 2, the class will visit a field site to learn more about the BMP products and practice correctly installing a variety of erosion control BMPs. Other BMP demonstrations will also be conducted and the BMP installations performed by the students will be tested against a mock rain event.

Upon completion attendees will have met the requirements of BMP C160 certification and will receive a CESCL card valid for three years.

Registration: Earlybird pricing for registrations $350-$375; $375/$400* thereafter.  Click the registration link below for specific tuition information. (*reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes; government employees; nonprofits; students; and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members).

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/cescl-101-mar-19-20-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

ICS-300: Intermediate ICS
Apr 23, 2019 - Apr 25, 2019
Washington, DC

This 2.5-day course meets all the requirements and training needs of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) for Intermediate Incident Command System training.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have successfully completed Incident Command and related training,  I-100 and I-200, IS-700b and IS-800C, and who will hold supervisory positions within an ICS organization.

Objectives
After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Match responsibility statements to each ICS organizational element
  • List ICS positions which may include deputies, and describe roles and responsibilities
  • Describe differences between deputies and assistants
  • Describe ICS reporting and working relationships for technical specialists and agency representatives
  • Describe reporting relationships and information flow within the organization
  • Describe the steps in transferring and assuming incident command
  • List the major elements included in the incident briefing
  • Develop sample organizations around a major event. Organizational development will include the use of all appropriate sections and organizational modules
  • Describe how incidents can best be managed by appropriate and early designation of primary staff members and by proper delegation of authority
  • Describe how Unified Command functions on a multi-jurisdiction or multi-agency incident
  • List the minimum staffing requirements within each organizational element for at least two incidents of different sizes
  • Describe the role and use of forms in effective incident management
  • Identify and describe four basic principles of resource management
  • Identify the basic steps involved in managing incident resources
  • Know the contents of, and how the Operational Planning Worksheet (ICS Form 215) is used
  • Identify the organizational elements at the incident that can order resources
  • Describe the differences between single and multipoint resource ordering and the reasons for each
  • Describe why and how resources are assigned to staging areas, camps, and direct tactical assignments
  • Describe the purpose and importance of planning for resource demobilization
  • Identify five key considerations associated with resource management and reasons for each
  • List the major steps involved in the planning process
  • Give the ICS titles of personnel who have responsibilities in developing the Incident Action Plan and list their duties
  • Explain the use of operational periods in the planning process, and how operational periods are derived
  • Explain the function of the Operational Planning Worksheet and other forms which may be used in preparing the Incident Action Plan
  • Explain the criteria for determining when the Incident Action Plan should be prepared in writing
  • Identify the kinds of supporting materials included in an Incident Action Plan
  • List the major sections in a Demobilization Plan
  • Identify the steps built into ICS design to compensate for previous incident management problem
  • Define Unified Command
  • Define the advantages of Unified Command and define the kinds of applications which may call for a Unified Command organization
  • Identify the primary features of a Unified Command organization
  • Describe areas of cost sharing which might apply under a Unified Command structure

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=7

Intended for U.S. EPA personnel or by invitation

Class hours each day are 8:00 to 5:00, unless otherwise indicated.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading:
 

https://response.epa.gov/ics300400

More information and registration

 

Negotiation Skills for Women
Apr 23, 2019 - Apr 24, 2019
Lone Tree, CO

Studies show that women do not negotiate for themselves as much as men do. Yet, negotiation is a critical leadership skill. This course is designed for women in the environmental profession who want to develop their negotiation skills. The course emphasizes the gender dimension of negotiations and provides tools that women, in particular, need to be better negotiators.

Registration: Early bird rate $595; $645 thereafter. 

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/fac-480-apr-23-24-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection Training
Apr 23, 2019 - Apr 25, 2019
Boston, MA

Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection (PA/SI) provides an introduction to the Superfund site assessment process and describes the preliminary assessment and site inspection phases of this process. By taking the course, participants will be better able to:

  • Explain when, where, why and how site assessments are performed under the authorities of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The course provides an overview of key provisions of CERCLA and the response process established by the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The purpose, scope and requirements for performing a remedial preliminary assessment (PA) and remedial site inspection (SI) at sites regulated by CERCLA are explained as well as recognizing if threats exist that could warrant a removal action.
  • Prepare for, conduct and report the results of a remedial PA. The course identifies and explains procedures for performing a remedial PA, including determining whether a PA is appropriate, planning for and conducting the remedial PA, preparing a preliminary Hazard Ranking System (HRS) score for the site, using checklists and documenting results so that a decision can be made about the site.
  • Determine the need for, conduct and report the results of a remedial SI. The course identifies the step-by-step activities for conducting a remedial SI, including discussion of health and safety considerations for field activities, establishing data quality objectives and developing sampling strategies to obtain data for HRS scoring, validating data and preparing a final report to document the decision-making process.
  • Identify and use guidance, software and other tools to successfully meet the requirements for conducting a remedial PA and SI. The course will identify guidance and policies issued by the EPA applicable to conducting a remedial PA and SI, explain the basic structure and scoring factors of the HRS and introduce site investigators on how to use EPA's Quickscore.

PA/SI is a 3-day training course designed for personnel who are required to compile, draft and review PA, SI and HRS documentation records and packages submitted for sites proposed for the National Priorities List (NPL). This course is open to EPA, federal, state, tribal and contractor personnel who support site investigation programs.

It is recommended that you take the Hazard Ranking System training course prior to the Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection training course.
 

Daily Class Times:
Tuesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday - 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

More information and registration

 

Contaminant Vapor Migration and Intrusion
VAQM-401
Apr 24, 2019 - Apr 25, 2019
Sacramento, CA

This course provides an overview of the vapor intrusion exposure pathway including its scientific foundation, regulatory framework, and the technical aspects of investigating and remediating contaminated vapor sites. The class will cover topics such as: screening sites for potential vapor intrusion concerns, conducting field investigations, sampling techniques, data analyses, exposure point calculations, the Johnson and Ettinger predictive model, vapor intrusion risk assessment, vapor intrusion mitigation, and remediation. Participants will work through practical problems and typical site scenarios based on case studies of established vapor intrusion sites. This course provides a comprehensive introduction for those new to the field, and will also provide insights, data analysis techniques, and the latest research for more advanced participants.

Intended Audience:

Environmental professionals seeking an improved understanding of vapor migration and intrusion with an emphasis on vapor assessment and modeling. The material is intended for practitioners working on remediation of hazardous substance release sites and brownfields redevelopment.

Registration: Early bird rate $645 / $595*; $695 / $645** thereafter. *Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/vaqm-401-apr-24-25-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

ICS-400: Advanced ICS
Apr 25, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019
Washington, DC

This 2 day course meets all the requirements and training needs of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) for Advanced Incident Command System training.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have successfully completed Incident Command and related training, I-100, I-200, IS-700b and IS-800C, and who will hold supervisory positions within an ICS organization.

Objectives
After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize principal responsibilities for each Command and General Staff member
  • Describe the roles of deputies and assistants in incident management
  • Describe the purposes and responsibilities of agency representatives, reporting relationships, and how they can be effectively used within the incident organization
  • Describe areas of cost sharing which might apply under a Unified Command structure
  • List the principal factors often found in, or related to, major and / or complex incidents
  • List the four expansion options for incident organization, and describe the conditions under which they would be applied
  • Define Area Command
  • Identify differences between Area Command, Unified Command, Multi-agency Coordination Systems, and Emergency Operations Centers
  • List the principal advantages of using Area Command
  • Describe how, when, and where Area Command would be established
  • Describe the Area Command organization
  • Identify six primary functional responsibilities of Area Command.

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=8

Intended for U.S. EPA personnel or by invitation.

Class hours each day are 8:00 to 5:00, unless otherwise indicated.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading:

https://response.epa.gov/ics300400
 

More information and registration

 

DES Oversight Support: Planning, Competing and Administering Task Orders Under the EPA Remedial Acquisition Framework (RAF) Contracts
Apr 29, 2019 - May 01, 2019
Helena, MT

This course is a training and practical applications course that provides a comprehensive overview and instruction of how to plan, compete, and administer oversight support (OS) task orders under the Design and Engineering (DES) suite of RAF contracts.

By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

Learn how to develop an OS project delivery strategy. The course discusses how to determine the most optimal project delivery for an OS project with a focus on comprehensive and thorough project planning. This course will highlight the importance of assembling and project team and using risk management to develop project requirements and consider the use of performance based acquisition approaches. In addition, this course will discuss different procurement approaches and task order types available under the DES contract. Last, this course will also discuss workload and funding considerations when assembling an OS task order.

Understand how to consider project-specific needs when completing the Task Order Initiation Form. The course focuses on the elements of the task order initiation form that are critical in project-specific planning. Specifically, this course will explain how to use the key personnel contract clause, how to use the Standard Form (SF)-330 database for DES task orders, and how to write or assemble technical evaluation factors based on key project needs, task order procurement approach, and the suite of contracts being used.

Develop an awareness of the steps and time necessary to conduct fair opportunity. The course discusses the ESO and 2-step DES fair opportunity processes and provides lessons learned and best management practices for review boards for each process.

Gain general knowledge of how to administer OS task orders. This course discusses task order administration under DES with a focus on the process and requirements for task order amendments for each contract, invoice review and approval procedures, and how to evaluate contractor performance.

Apply the knowledge gained during the course. Participants are encouraged to attend their course with their project team and bring an actual OS project to the course. Participants will take part in several breakout sessions that will provide them an opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge to their OS project.

This course is a 3-day course and is designed for Remedial Program Managers (RPMs), program support staff and management, and contracting officers who are part of an Integrated Project Team (IPT) that will be planning and competing an OS task order under the DES contract in the next twelve months. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, STATES, TRIBES, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES. It is strongly encouraged that all attendees be knowledgeable on the basics of RAF and have preferably taken RAF 101.

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

More information and registration

 

ICS-300: Intermediate ICS
Apr 29, 2019 - May 01, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

This 2.5-day course meets all the requirements and training needs of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) for Intermediate Incident Command System training.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have successfully completed Incident Command and related training,  I-100 and I-200, IS-700b and IS-800C, and who will hold supervisory positions within an ICS organization.

Objectives
After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Match responsibility statements to each ICS organizational element
  • List ICS positions which may include deputies, and describe roles and responsibilities
  • Describe differences between deputies and assistants
  • Describe ICS reporting and working relationships for technical specialists and agency representatives
  • Describe reporting relationships and information flow within the organization
  • Describe the steps in transferring and assuming incident command
  • List the major elements included in the incident briefing
  • Develop sample organizations around a major event. Organizational development will include the use of all appropriate sections and organizational modules
  • Describe how incidents can best be managed by appropriate and early designation of primary staff members and by proper delegation of authority
  • Describe how Unified Command functions on a multi-jurisdiction or multi-agency incident
  • List the minimum staffing requirements within each organizational element for at least two incidents of different sizes
  • Describe the role and use of forms in effective incident management
  • Identify and describe four basic principles of resource management
  • Identify the basic steps involved in managing incident resources
  • Know the contents of, and how the Operational Planning Worksheet (ICS Form 215) is used
  • Identify the organizational elements at the incident that can order resources
  • Describe the differences between single and multipoint resource ordering and the reasons for each
  • Describe why and how resources are assigned to staging areas, camps, and direct tactical assignments
  • Describe the purpose and importance of planning for resource demobilization
  • Identify five key considerations associated with resource management and reasons for each
  • List the major steps involved in the planning process
  • Give the ICS titles of personnel who have responsibilities in developing the Incident Action Plan and list their duties
  • Explain the use of operational periods in the planning process, and how operational periods are derived
  • Explain the function of the Operational Planning Worksheet and other forms which may be used in preparing the Incident Action Plan
  • Explain the criteria for determining when the Incident Action Plan should be prepared in writing
  • Identify the kinds of supporting materials included in an Incident Action Plan
  • List the major sections in a Demobilization Plan
  • Identify the steps built into ICS design to compensate for previous incident management problem
  • Define Unified Command
  • Define the advantages of Unified Command and define the kinds of applications which may call for a Unified Command organization
  • Identify the primary features of a Unified Command organization
  • Describe areas of cost sharing which might apply under a Unified Command structure

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=7

Intended for U.S. EPA personnel or by invitation

Class hours each day are 8:00 to 5:00, unless otherwise indicated.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading:

https://response.epa.gov/ics300400
 

More information and registration

 

Introduction to Remedial Action Management when using EPA Contracts
Apr 29, 2019 - May 03, 2019 - POSTPONED
Boston, MA

Introduction to Remedial Action (RA) Management when using EPA contracts is an intermediate level course that provides a comprehensive examination of the technical, contracting, and regulatory requirements that the Superfund Remedial Program, specifically Remedial Project Managers (RPMs), must address as they plan for and oversee the execution on remedial action projects at Superfund sites under EPA contracts.

By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of why RA management requirements have changed for work executed under EPA contracts. This course explains how the Agency is fundamentally restructuring the way the Superfund program procures and manages remedial action services. The EPA program is now directly responsible for the necessary oversight and on-site surveillance to ensure the RA contractor provides the Agency with a quality project that is executed in accordance with the design plans and specifications.
  • Understand RA management requirements and how EPA management effort can be tailored for different types of RA projects. This course introduces the "four elements" of RA management: construction quality assurance, submittal management, health and safety oversight, and RA contract management. In addition, the course will discuss how scope and level of management effort for each element must be tailored to the technical requirements and contracting strategy for the RA project.
  • Understand the importance of assembling an RA management team early in the remedial design process. This course discusses how RA planning must start during the remedial design process and focuses on the concept of developing an RA management team. In addition, this course will provide the attendees with an understanding of what external and internal resources, such as EPA Headquarters, other Federal Agencies, States/Tribes, or contractors, may be accessed by the EPA to supplement the Region’s RA management team resources.
  • Apply the knowledge gained during the course. Participants take part in several activities that give them the opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge to realistic situations that reflect the real-life experiences of RPMs working in the Superfund program.

This course is a 4 1/2 day course and is designed for RPMs, program support staff, and Superfund program managers who will be implementing an RA project under EPA contracts in the next 12 months. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES. It is strongly encouraged that attendees take this course early in the remedial design process to ensure they have the appropriate time resources to scope RA requirements and assemble a RA management team.

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

Daily Class Times:
Monday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday:
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

Advanced Radiation Safety for EPA Emergency Responders
Apr 30, 2019 - May 01, 2019
Addison, TX

This two-day advanced radiation safety course is designed to meet the advanced radiation safety training requirements for Emergency Responders as stated in U.S. EPA Safety, Health and Environmental Management Program (SHEMP) Guide 38, and the U.S. EPA Emergency Responder Health and Safety Manual. This course is intended for U.S. EPA Emergency Responders who engage in emergency response activities or manage a removal site where the potential for exposure to ionizing radiation exists. This course will provide emergency responders with essential tools and information necessary to address radiation responses and removal actions.

Participants who attend this course are expected to have met the basic radiation safety training requirements for emergency responders as stated in U.S. EPA Safety, Health and Environmental Management Program (SHEMP) Guide 38, and the U.S. EPA Emergency Responder Health and Safety Manual. Participants needing to meet the basic radiation safety training requirements, and gain a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of radiation safety will benefit from attending the Radiation Safety Overview For Environmental Professionals course prior to attending this course.

Topics that are discussed include radiation detection equipment; initial site surveys; dose limits and control; regional health physics support; posting requirements; placard and labeling; and EPAs radiation response resources and assets.

Instructional methods include presentations, class discussions, demonstrations, and exercises that provide the use of hands-on radiation detection equipment.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss procedures and techniques that have been established for using radiation detection equipment.
  • Discuss initial site surveys, and perform radiation surveys safely.
  • Implement procedures for securing expert radiation safety or health physics assistance.
  • Identify work practices and supervisory techniques that can be used to ensure employee exposure is as low as reasonably achievable.
  • Discuss procedures for allowing exposures that may exceed the Administrative Control Level of 500 mrem per year.
  • Identify EPA radiation response resources and assets.

The successful completion of an examination must be demonstrated by the student attaining a score of 80 percent or higher.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at 

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=40

 

Continuing Education Units: 1.2

NOTE: The course training materials and duration may be modified based on regional needs. The presentation of this course is coordinated between the ERTP and the designated regional training coordinators. 

THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.

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

More information and registration

 

Division/ Group Supervisor
Apr 30, 2019 - May 01, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

This course is designed to meet all the requirements and training needs of the Division/ Group Supervisor for a Type 2 Incident Management Team.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have shown an interest, demonstrated the necessary skills, and met all the pre-requisites which include: completed Incident Command System I-100, 200, 300 level courses and IS-700b and IS-800c, skills, knowledge, and experience.

Objectives
After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the duties and responsibilities of the Division/Group Supervisor employed on an incident.
  • Gather information on resources and arrange, stage, and formulate a method to employ the use of personnel and equipment as directed by the Branch Director or the Operations Section Chief within the designated plan that is needed to handle the situation. This includes coordination between units and agencies and subordinate personnel to ensure that the information and resources needed to perform their jobs are directed to the correct location at the right time, in a safe and cost effective manner.
  • Coordinate with cooperating agency resources to bring about successful performance during the response.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at:

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=9

Limited to U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard or by invitation.

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EPA Safety Officer Construction and Industrial Safety Course
Apr 30, 2019 - May 02, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

This course is open to EPA ICS trained Safety Officers or EPA employees planning to serve as an EPA ICS Safety Officer.  The course is a prerequisite for qualification as EPA ICS Safety Officer in accordance with “EPA Incident Command System Training, Qualification, and Certification Standards”.  The course is comprised of OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety Couse and the OSHA 10-hour General Industrial Safety Course.  Upon the successful completion of this course the students will be issued both an OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety Course card and an OSHA 10-hour General Industrial Safety Course card.  The course length is 3 FULL days.

Intended for U.S. EPA ICS Safety Officers.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual.

More information and registration

 

 

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