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ESO Oversight Support: Planning, Competing and Administering Task Orders Under the EPA Remedial Acquisition Framework (RAF) Contracts
May 01, 2019 - May 03, 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 Environmental Services and Operations (ESO) 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 ESO 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 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 fair opportunity process 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 ESO 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 ESO 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-400: Advanced ICS
May 01, 2019 - May 02, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

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

 

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 40-Hour
May 06, 2019 - May 10, 2019
Williamsport, PA

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 Standare, 29 CFR 1910.134 is necessary in order to attend this course.  Each student must incluede eith their registration a letter from their supervisor or a copy of a medical certificate that clearly states 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 bby 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 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 downwnload a copy to bring to class.

Course Manual:  can be downloaded by registered students.  Information will be provided.

More information and registration

 

Logistics Section Chief
May 06, 2019 - May 10, 2019 - POSTPONED
Philadelphia, PA

This course covers basic training requirements for the Food Unit Leader, Medical Unit Leader, Facilities Unit Leader, Ground Support Unit Leader, Supply Unit Leader, and Communications Unit Leader positions which exist within the Logistics Section. This course is also designed to meet the 16-hour training requirement for the Logistics Section Chief position on a Type 2 Incident Management Team.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have successfully completed Incident Command System I-100, 200, 300, 400 level courses, IS-700b and IS-800c, and who have been identified to fulfill the position of Logistics Section Chief on an Incident Management Team. At a minimum, students should have completed Advanced ICS, I-400 training as a prerequisite.

Objectives
After completing the course, participants will have the necessary information to:

  • Arrive properly equipped at an incident, gather information to access the assignment, and begin initial planning activities of the Logistics Section Chief
  • Determine that facilities, services, and materials are provided for an incident
  • Plan, staff, and manage the logistics section to meet the needs of the incident in a safe and efficient manner
  • Coordinate with other sections to assist in accomplishing the overall objective of the incident
  • Implement the demobilization plan

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=31

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

This event will include a capstone Incident Management Team Exercise (IMTX), on Friday, May 10th, in which participants, along with other Key Leadership Position course participants, will practice their position skills within an incident management team environment under simulated incident conditions.  Team members will work together to manage the hypothetical incident, conduct ICS Planning ‘P’ activities and produce work products, including an Incident Action Plan.
 

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

Planning Section Chief
May 06, 2019 - May 10, 2019 - POSTPONED
Philadelphia, PA

This course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to perform the duties and responsibilities of the Planning Section Chief on a Type 2 Incident Management Team. Specific Topics include: Resource Unit Leader (RESL) , Situation Unit Leader (SITL), Documentation Unit Leader (DOCL) and Environmental Unit Leader (ENVL) functional position review; information gathering and evaluation; strategies, meetings and briefings; Incident Action Plan preparation; interactions and information exchange; forms, documents and supplies; and demobilization and closeout.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have successfully completed Incident Command System I-100, 200, 300, 400, IS-700b and IS-800c, level courses and who have been identified to fulfill the Planning Section Chief position on an Incident Management Team.

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

  • Describe incident information needs, data gathering methods and data evaluation processes.
  • Describe the PSC role in the transition briefing, the planning review meeting, the operational briefing, and other meetings and briefings .
  • Describe the components of the Incident Action Plan (IAP) and who is responsible for preparing them.
  • Describe the PSC role in the preparation of the IAP and other documents .
  • Describe specific elements of the Situation Report (SitRep)  and indentify the ICS functional units responsible for generating each element. 
  • Conduct an operational briefing.
  • Describe demobilization planning and IMT closeout procedures.

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=26

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

This event will include a capstone Incident Management Team Exercise (IMTX), on Friday, May 10th, in which participants, along with other Key Leadership Position course participants, will practice their position skills within an incident management team environment under simulated incident conditions.  Team members will work together to manage the hypothetical incident, conduct ICS Planning ‘P’ activities and produce work products, including an Incident Action Plan.

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

Public Information Officer
May 06, 2019 - May 10, 2019 - POSTPONED
Philadelphia, PA

This course provides participants course work and hands-on training for the position of Public Information Officer (PIO) on a Type 2 Incident Management Team. It covers the role and responsibilities of a PIO, duties required of the PIO in all types of incidents, how to establish and organize an Information Office appropriate for the incident, and discusses key functions of the Information Office. Instructional methods include lectures, class discussions, graded evaluations, and group exercises. A certificate of course completion will be awarded to those students who have 100% attendance and who obtain a total course score of 70% or higher.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have completed Incident Command System courses I-100, 200, 300, and 400, and IS-700b and IS-800c, and who have been identified to be a part of an Incident Management Team.

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

  • Define the role and responsibilities of the Public Information Officer (PIO) within the Incident Command System (ICS) structure
  • Identify the major functions of the PIO and their specific responsibilities
  • Describe the duties and assignments of PIO assistants
  • Be able to correctly apply the Crisis Communication plan during a nationally significant incident
  • Describe the U.S. EPA structure for managing data during a nationally significant incident
  • Explain how the PIO interacts, within the ICS structure, with EPA Regional Offices and EPA Headquarters
  • Describe the approval process for communication products
  • Understand the roles and responsibility of the PIO to community relations

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=35 

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

This event will include a capstone Incident Management Team Exercise (IMTX), on Friday, May 10th, in which participants, along with other Key Leadership Position course participants, will practice their position skills within an incident management team environment under simulated incident conditions.  Team members will work together to manage the hypothetical incident, conduct ICS Planning ‘P’ activities and produce work products, including an Incident Action Plan.

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

Removal Process
May 06, 2019 - May 10, 2019
Chicago, IL

The Removal Process course provides OnScene Coordinators (OSC) and others who support the removal program with fundamental information and practical knowledge needed to plan, conduct or support removal actions effectively in response to releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants as well as discharges of oil under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The Removal Process course is structured to follow the framework of the NCP. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Learn to carry out the step-by-step process of conducting a removal action. The course follows the chain of events from site discovery to completion of the removal action, demonstrating how the enforcement process is integrated into various phases of the removal process.
  • Understand the authorities and limitations of an OSC during a removal action. The course provides a comprehensive review of statutory and regulatory requirements, including an overview of response authority, requirements for public participation and regulations governing contracting services.
  • Understand the Incident Command System/Unified Command (ICS/UC) and an OSC’s role during an emergency response. This course strengthens an OSC’s ability to use the ICS/UC effectively and reiterates the roles and responsibilities of an OSC during emergency responses to releases of hazardous substances. The course examines the organization of the ICS/UC and provides a thorough discussion of the planning and support functions associated with the ICS/UC.
  • Use their newly developed knowledge and skills to solve real-life problems. Participants are challenged to apply the information and knowledge acquired during the course to realistic exercises and case studies and will be presented with tools and resources available to the OSC.

The Removal Process course is an intermediate 4 1/2 day training that is geared towards OSCs and other responders or removal program personnel (Headquarters regional coordinators, Removal Managers, enforcement personnel and Special Team members) who are responsible for or need to know about removal response activities under CERCLA as well as the Oil Pollution Act (OPA)/Clean Water Act (CWA). Other Federal Agency OSCs and State OSCs will also be permitted to attend. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO NON-FEDERAL AGENCY OSCS, NON-STATE OSCS, TRIBES, ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES. The Fundamentals of Superfund Course is a prerequisite for EPA employees who would like to attend the Removal Process course.

*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 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

More information and registration

 

ArcGIS10: Geoprocessing- Advanced Techniques for Environmental Applications
GIS-503
May 07, 2019 - May 09, 2019
Issaquah, WA

This course is designed for intermediate to advanced GIS users to explore advanced ArcGIS techniques for geoprocessing. We will start with ArcToolbox, work into Model Builder, and then into Python scripting. It is expected that upon completion of this course each student will have an in depth understanding model builder and introduction into Python scripting in ArcGIS.

After completing this course students will be able to:

  • Automatically create an data management system for advanced geoprocessing in ArcGIS 10.
  • Set geoprocessing environments for any component of the geoprocessing framework (i.e. ArcToolbox, ArcTools, Model Builder, ArcPy)
  • Build simple and/or complex models in with the most current and advance techniques available in the ArcGIS 10 Model Builder software.
  • Use Python scripting language to run ArcGIS geoprocessing workflows.
  • Use Python scripting language to expand the functionality of the ArcGIS field calculator.
  • Import Python scripts as Tools to be run from ArcGIS Toolbox.

*Reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes, government employees, nonprofits, students and AFS, NAEP, NEBC, TAEP members.
You may register online or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at (425) 270-3274. Online registration is strongly encouraged.
Please wait to receive a course confirmation email, roughly one month prior to the class, before making any travel arrangements.
Intended Audience:
This hands-on course is intended for environmental and graphics professionals involved in the collection, interpretation, and presentation of spatially related data.

Registration: Early bird rate $1,045/$995* until April 7, 2019; $1,145/$1,095* 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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Boat Electrofishing: Principles and Practices
BIO-408
May 07, 2019 - May 09, 2019
Sacramento, CA

Electrofishing is an effective way to sample freshwater fish populations. However, electrofishing may cause fish injury or mortality. Proper balance between efficient sampling and minimal harm is achieved through the knowledge of electrofishing principles and proper use of the techniques and equipment available.

This three-day course will cover the principles and practices for boat electrofishing through two classroom days and one field day during which the concepts discussed in class will be demonstrated and practiced by attendees. The class will be taken on an electrofishing equipped craft, and each person will have the opportunity to practice using the boat-based electrofishing system.

This field day exercise provides attendees with real-world experience applying the concepts discussed in the classroom. The combination of classroom lecture, field demonstration, and participation exercises gives attendees the knowledge and basic experience they will need to safely and effectively electrofish.

This course is intended for biologists, field personnel, and other professionals seeking an improved understanding of the principles and techniques of electrofishing.

Registration: Early bird rate $845 / $795*; $945 / $895* 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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Environmental Unit Leader
May 07, 2019 - May 10, 2019 - POSTPONED
Philadelphia, PA

This course provides participants course work and hands-on training for the position of Environmental Unit Leader (ENVL). It covers the role and responsibilities of an ENVL and the relationship of the ENVL to other incident personnel within the Incident Command System (ICS). The student will become familiar with the various incident-related documents, software programs and other resources that may be used by an ENVL.

Topics include: the Environmental Unit's role in the Incident Command System; staffing and organizing the Environmental Unit; sample plan development; monitoring and sampling techniques; laboratory resources; toxicology; modeling applications and limitations; treatment and disposal; and decontamination. Instructional methods include a combination of lectures, videos, case studies, class discussions, and group exercises.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have completed the Incident Command System courses I-100, 200, and 300, IS-700b and IS-800c, and who have been identified to be a part of an Incident Management Team.

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

  • Understand the management and leadership function of the ENVL Leader
  • Define the interactions of the ENVL with other functional positions in the incident management team
  • Understand how and when to incorporate multiple agency expertise into the Environmental Unit of the Planning Section
  • Define various response technologies that may be needed to support the operations of the Environmental Unit during a major incident
  • Understand toxicology, and health and safety issues as they apply to a response
  • Understand the capability and/or limitations of numerical models as tools to support the operations of the Environmental Unit during a response
  • List the contents of the Environmental Unit Leader Tool Box

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=28

Note: A laptop is recommended

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

This event will include a capstone Incident Management Team Exercise (IMTX), on Friday, May 10th, in which participants, along with other Key Leadership Position course participants, will practice their position skills within an incident management team environment under simulated incident conditions.  Team members will work together to manage the hypothetical incident, conduct ICS Planning ‘P’ activities and produce work products, including an Incident Action Plan.

 

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

Finance and Administration Section Chief
May 07, 2019 - May 10, 2019 - POSTPONED
Philadelphia, PA

This course provides participants course work and hands-on training for the position of Finance/Administration Section Chief (FSC) on a Type 2 Incident Management Team. It covers the role and responsibilities of a FSC and the relationship of the FSC to other incident personnel within the Incident Command System (ICS). The course reviews the Job Aids, which include the role and responsibilities, of various Unit Leaders such as the Time Unit Leader, Cost Unit Leader, and Procurement Unit Leader, and Comp/Claims Unit Leader. The student will become familiar with the various incident-related documents and software programs that may use by an FSC. Instructional methods include lectures, class discussions, graded evaluations, and group exercises. A certificate of course completion will be awarded to those students who have 100% attendance and who obtain a total course score of 70% or higher.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have completed Incident Command System courses I-100, 200, 300, and 400, IS-700b and IS-800c, and who have been identified to be a part of an Incident Management Team.

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

  • Define the role and responsibilities of the Finance/Administration Section Chief (FSC) in the overall management of the Finance/Administration Section
  • Discuss options for funding the incident and discuss procurement processes
  • Describe the relationship of the FSC to other incident personnel, incident agency personnel, and other contacts
  • Describe the role of the FSC in the development, review, and update of incident related documents, e.g., Site Safety Plan, Demobilization Plan, Incident Action Plan, Interagency Agreements, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Agreements, and Emergency Fund Agreements
  • Describe the role of the FSC in the development of the incident finance package (official files)

Note: A calculator is recommended.

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=19 

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

This event will include a capstone Incident Management Team Exercise (IMTX), on Friday, May 10th, in which participants, along with other Key Leadership Position course participants, will practice their position skills within an incident management team environment under simulated incident conditions.  Team members will work together to manage the hypothetical incident, conduct ICS Planning ‘P’ activities and produce work products, including an Incident Action Plan.

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

Incident Commander
May 07, 2019 - May 10, 2019 - POSTPONED
Philadelphia, PA

This course is designed to train personnel in the roles and responsibilities of an Incident Commander in a Type 2 Incident Management Team. The course covers the Leadership, Mobilization, Incident Management, Administration, and Demobilization of a Type 2 IMT. This is accomplished through lectures and short exercises. A closed book test is administered at the conclusion of the class. A score of 70% is mandatory for successful completion of the course.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have completed Incident Command System I-100, 200, 300, 400, IS-700b and IS-800c, level courses.

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

  • Define and describe the role of the Incident Commander in managing complex extended all risk incidents
  • Describe the role of the Incident Commander in leading an Incident Management Team
  • Identify the Incident Management Team's role in using appropriate interpersonal communication skills and management principles necessary for effective and efficient incident management

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=29 

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

This event will include a capstone Incident Management Team Exercise (IMTX), on Friday, May 10th, in which participants, along with other Key Leadership Position course participants, will practice their position skills within an incident management team environment under simulated incident conditions.  Team members will work together to manage the hypothetical incident, conduct ICS Planning ‘P’ activities and produce work products, including an Incident Action Plan.
 

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

Liaison Officer
May 07, 2019 - May 10, 2019 - POSTPONED
Philadelphia, PA

This course is designed to provide training to Agency personnel to develop skills necessary to perform as the Liaison Officer assigned to a Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT). This course is divided into 8 units. It consists of lecture, class discussion, and individual and group exercises.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have completed Incident Command System I-100, 200, 300, 400, IS-700b and IS-800c, level courses and who have been identified to be part of an Incident Management Team.

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

  • Differentiate between assisting and cooperating agencies
  • Describe the duties, responsibilities, and authority Agency Representatives must have to perform their duties
  • List the items for consideration in establishing a work location at an incident
  • List the conditions that indicate additional staffing is needed
  • Describe the Liaison Officer's responsibilities in the incident demobilization process

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=30

Note: A calculator is recommended.

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

This event will include a capstone Incident Management Team Exercise (IMTX), on Friday, May 10th, in which participants, along with other Key Leadership Position course participants, will practice their position skills within an incident management team environment under simulated incident conditions.  Team members will work together to manage the hypothetical incident, conduct ICS Planning ‘P’ activities and produce work products, including an Incident Action Plan.
 

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

Operations Section Chief
May 07, 2019 - May 10, 2019 - POSTPONED
Philadelphia, PA

This course is designed to meet all the requirements and training needs of the Operations Section Chief for a Type 2 Incident Management Team. The Division/Group Supervisor training is a pre-requisite to the Operations Section Chief Training.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnelwho have successfully completed Incident Command System I-100, 200, 300, 400 level courses, IS-700b and IS-800c, and who have been identified to fulfill the Operations Section Chief position on an Incident Management Team.

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

  • Describe the concepts and use of divisions, groups and branches to effectively manage all-risk incident operations
  • Demonstrate effective information gathering practices to assess incident assignments and determine immediate actions
  • Describe effective information sharing practices
  • Describe why and when tactics may need to be adjusted
  • Demonstrate Operations Section Chief’s role in an Operational Period Briefing
  • Describe Operation Section Chief’s role in managing and adjusting the operational organization
  • Describe Operation Section Chief’s role in risk assessment and safety management
  • Describe the Operations Section Chief's role in developing the operational portion of an Incident Action Plan
  • Describe the Operation Section Chief's role in developing and implementing contingency plans and demobilization plans

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=18 

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

This event will include a capstone Incident Management Team Exercise (IMTX), on Friday, May 10th, in which participants, along with other Key Leadership Position course participants, will practice their position skills within an incident management team environment under simulated incident conditions.  Team members will work together to manage the hypothetical incident, conduct ICS Planning ‘P’ activities and produce work products, including an Incident Action Plan.
 


 

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

Principles of Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Environmental Field Programs
STAT-350
May 07, 2019 - May 08, 2019
Helena, MT

In this course, attendees will learn the role of quality assurance and quality control in developing environmental programs for site investigations, remediation, and monitoring at contaminated sites. Participants will become comfortable with concepts, tools, and the basic statistical methods needed for designing and implementing a field program, and will gain knowledge regarding how to work with a laboratory to ensure the right chemical analyses are performed on the right samples.  Emphasis will be put on how to plan for and then evaluate data produced to achieve the greatest usability.

Upon completion of the course, attendees will come away with tools for deciding how to assess enviornmental laboratory data, how to maximize data defensibility, and when an independent data validator is needed. Extensive hands-on exercises include working through a Quality Assurance Project Plan and setting up Excel worksheets to perform efficient assessments for standard analytical data.

Registration: Early bird rate $595/ $545* until April 6, 2019; $645/$595* thereafter

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

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Resource Unit Leader
May 07, 2019 - May 10, 2019 - POSTPONED
Philadelphia, PA

This course provides participants with course work and hands-on training for the position of Resource Unit Leader. It covers the roles, responsibili­ties, and relationships of the Resource Unit Leader and Demobilization Unit Leader to other personnel within the Incident Command System (ICS). The student will become familiar with the various incident-related documents and software programs that may be used.
Resource Unit Leader topics include:

  • Organizing and managing the unit
  • Check-in
  • Tracking resource status
  • Operational planning
  • Resource unit products

An extensive exercise in which the student organizes and operates a resource unit serves to test the student's skills.

Demobilization Unit Leader topics include:

  • Organizing and managing the unit
  • Developing the Demobilization Plan
  • Writing the Demobilization Plan
  • Implementing the Demobilization Plan

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA personnel who have shown interest, demonstrated the necessary skills and knowledge, and have accomplished minimum training, including Incident Command System courses I-100, 200, and 300, and IS-700b and IS-800c, appropriate for the position of Resources Unit Leader and Demobilization Unit Leader.

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

  • Understand the mission, organization, and operation of the resources unit from lecture and small group exercises
  • Identify, track, and account for incident resources from experimentation with T-cards and a variety of other systems
  • Describe the Incident Action Plan and other section work products
  • Accomplish the duties and responsibilities of a Demobilization Unit Leader (DMOB) on a large incident
  • Develop, write, and implement a demobilization plan

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=32

Note: Calculators are recommended.

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

This event will include a capstone Incident Management Team Exercise (IMTX), on Friday, May 10th, in which participants, along with other Key Leadership Position course participants, will practice their position skills within an incident management team environment under simulated incident conditions.  Team members will work together to manage the hypothetical incident, conduct ICS Planning ‘P’ activities and produce work products, including an Incident Action Plan.

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

Safety Officer
May 07, 2019 - May 10, 2019 - POSTPONED
Philadelphia, PA

This course meets the training needs of the Safety Officer operating on a Type 2 Incident Management Team. It is presented in a lecture/discussion format and supplemented with group exercises.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have completed Incident Command System I-100, 200, 300, 400, IS-700b and IS-800c, level courses and who have been identified to fill the Safety Officer or Assistant Safety Officer positions on an Incident Management Team.

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

  • Arrive at the incident, properly equipped, gather information to assess the assignment, and begin initial planning activities of a Safety Officer
  • Identify, prioritize, and mitigate hazards and risks on the incident
  • Plan, staff, and manage the safety organization to meet the needs of the incident
  • Coordinate and plan with the command and general staff to assist in safely accomplishing the overall incident objectives
  • Ensure that the preparation of special reports for the final incident package and incident close out with agency administrator is completed

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=27 

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

This event will include a capstone Incident Management Team Exercise (IMTX), on Friday, May 10th, in which participants, along with other Key Leadership Position course participants, will practice their position skills within an incident management team environment under simulated incident conditions.  Team members will work together to manage the hypothetical incident, conduct ICS Planning ‘P’ activities and produce work products, including an Incident Action Plan.
 

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

Situation Unit Leader
May 07, 2019 - May 10, 2019 - POSTPONED
Philadelphia, PA

This course provides participants with course work and hands-on training for the position of Situation Unit Leader on a Type 2 Incident Management Team. It covers the role and responsibilities of a Situation Unit Leader and the relationship of the Situation Unit Leader to other personnel within the Incident Command System (ICS). The student will become familiar with the various incident-related documents and software programs that may be used by the Situation Unit Leader.

Instructional methods include lectures, videos, class discussions and group exercises. A certificate of course completion will be awarded to those students who have 100% attendance.

Target Group
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnelwho have completed the Incident Command System courses I-100, 200, and 300,and IS-700b and IS-800c, and who have been identified to be part of an Incident Management Team.

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

  • Identify the Situation Unit's mission and function
  • Understand the management and leadership function of the Situation Unit Leader
  • Describe the positions in the Situation Unit and the duties of each position
  • Define the interactions of the SITL with other functional positions in the incident management team
  • Describe the types of and sources of information that the Situation Unit utilizes
  • List the products that the Situation Unit prepares or assists in preparing
  • Complete a Situation Report (SitRep)

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=33

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

This event will include a capstone Incident Management Team Exercise (IMTX), on Friday, May 10th, in which participants, along with other Key Leadership Position course participants, will practice their position skills within an incident management team environment under simulated incident conditions.  Team members will work together to manage the hypothetical incident, conduct ICS Planning ‘P’ activities and produce work products, including an Incident Action Plan.
 

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

Visualizing and Analyzing Environmental Data with R
RSTAT-400
May 07, 2019 - May 08, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

This course is designed for participants who wish to gain beginning to intermediate skills in using R for manipulating, visualizing and analyzing their environmental data. R is a comprehensive statistical programming language that is cooperatively developed on the Internet as an open source project. This freely available statistical package R is a powerful tool and is projected to become the most widely used statistical software.

This class is taught using real-world environmental data sets and is hands-on using instructor-led examples. It is applicable to anyone that conducts environmental monitoring or uses environmental data for research, management, or policy-making and is recommended for anyone needing to become proficient with R basics. Being proficient in R will help participants be competitive in their chosen fields.

After completing this course attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the uses of R for working with environmental data
  • Installing R and R libraries
  • Import and export data from a range of sources including Excel and Access
  • Sorting, merging, and aggregating, subsetting, and converting data
  • Query and display data and generate basic data summaries
  • Create a variety of high quality data visualization graphics
  • Perform common statistical tests including t-tests, ANOVA, and linear models
  • Develop basic scripts to automate and document procedures and analyses

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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When the Heat is On: Persuasive Speaking on Environmental Risk, Controversies, and High-Stakes Topics
RCOM-452
May 08, 2019 - May 09, 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

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CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
CESCL-101
May 09, 2019 - May 10, 2019
Wilsonville, 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

 

BASIC NEPA: THE LAW, LOGIC, AND LANGUAGE OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT
POL-302
May 14, 2019 - May 15, 2019
Arlington, VA

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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Health and Safety for EPA Site Supervisors
May 14, 2019 - May 14, 2019
North Chelmsford, MA

This eight hour course is for experienced personnel responsible for developing, implementing, or managing safety programs for hazardous waste clean-up operations, treatment, storage and disposal facilities, or responding to chemical emergencies. 

The course will help you answer the following questions as a site supervisor:

  • What are your health and safety responsibilities?
  • What do the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) say are your responsibilities and potential liabilities as the EPA representative?
  • What should you be looking for when reviewing a site health and safety plan?
  • How is an accident investigation conducted?

Topics discussed include responsibilities and liabilities, health and safety plans, accident investigations and lessons learned.

The instructional methodology for this course includes lecture, case studies, and group discussions. The target audience for this course is RPMs, OSCs and other site safety managers.  

This course meets the 29 CFR1910.120(e)(4) requirements of eight hours of initial training for on-site management and supervisors, directly responsible for, or who supervise employees engaged in, hazardous waste operations.

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 


 http://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=41
 

Note: This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel only.  

More information and registration

 

Long Term Response Action (LTRA): Planning, Competing and Administering Task Orders Under the EPA Remedial Acquisition Framework (RAF) Contracts
May 14, 2019 - May 16, 2019
Lenexa, KS

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

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

  • Learn how to develop a LTRA project delivery strategy. The course discusses how to determine the most optimal project delivery for an LTRA 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 ESO contract. Last, this course will also discuss workload and funding considerations when assembling a multi-phase LTRA task order.
  • Understand how to consider project-specific needs when completing the ESO 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 and how to write technical evaluation factors based on key project needs and task order procurement approach.
  • Develop an awareness of the steps and time necessary to conduct ESO fair opportunity. The course discusses the ESO fair opportunity process and provides lessons learned and best management practices for review boards.
  • Gain general knowledge of how to administer LTRA task orders under ESO. This course discusses task order administration with a focus 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 LTRA 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 LTRA project.

This course is a 3-day course and is designed for Remedial Project Managers (RPMs), program support staff and management, and contracting officers who will be planning and competing a LTRA 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:
Tuesday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

More information and registration

 

Sampling for Hazardous Materials
May 15, 2019 - May 16, 2019
North Chelmsford, MA

This 2-day introductory course provides classroom and field instruction for the environmental sampling of soil, groundwater, surface water, sediment and waste. It is intended for individuals with no sampling experience, personnel performing program inspection or oversight, and as a refresher for those returning to field activities.

A variety of methods and types of sampling equipment are presented, demonstrated, and made available for hands-on-experience. New emerging technologies are discussed in classroom modules along with the traditional standards. Air sampling is specifically addressed in "Air Monitoring for Hazardous Materials" and is not discussed in this course.

Sampling basics are presented for waste, groundwater, soils, surface water, and sediments. Concepts of sampling plan development and field screening are summarized to familiarize the student with the Triad approach to sample planning. Fundamentals of documentation and decontamination are conveyed in their primary importance relating to the whole process of collecting a defensible, representative sample. Field exercises reinforce classroom presentation and field demonstrations.

The course is designed to be consistent with the EPA protocol and guidance as presented in EPA Superfund Program Representative Sampling Guidance. New technology guidance is derived from Interstate Technological Research Council (ITRC) and United States Geological Survey (USGS) studies and other publications.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the Triad sampling strategy and basis for selection of sampling designs
  • Apply protocols for the collection of a representative sample from a variety of environmental media and waste
  • Complete required sample documentation, including labels and chain of custody for delivery of a defensible sample to an analytical laboratory

Continuing Education Units: 1.4

ABIH has previously awarded CM credit for this event. The current event contains 14 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=20

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.*
 

This course includes outdoor activities.  Participants should dress appropriately for potential weather conditions and wear closed-toed shoes that could potentially get muddy.

More information and registration

 

Advanced NEPA-An Intensive One-Day Seminar With Solutions to the Most Difficult NEPA Problems
POL-500
May 16, 2019 - May 16, 2019
Arlington, VA

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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Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 40-Hour
May 20, 2019 - May 24, 2019
Seattle, WA

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.*

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 the medical certificate that clearly states that a medical evaluation has been completed and 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 completed 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 a copy to bring to class.

More information and registration

 

Basic Statistics for Environmental Professionals
STAT-102
May 21, 2019 - May 22, 2019
Issaquah, WA

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.

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/stat-102-apr-16-17-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
CESCL-101
May 21, 2019 - May 22, 2019
Sequim, 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

 

DES Oversight Support: Planning, Competing and Administering Task Orders Under the EPA Remedial Acquisition Framework (RAF) Contracts
May 21, 2019 - May 23, 2019
Seattle, WA

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.*

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

More information and registration

 

Environmental Forensics Techniques
CHEM-540
May 21, 2019 - May 22, 2019
Austin, TX

This course provides useful information for a large range of professionals dealing with environmental contamination issues, especially legal liability and complex site contamination characterization and cleanup. The goal of the course is to provide the audience with an understanding of the main environmental forensic techniques available to "fingerprint" and track a variety of contaminants (e.g., oil spills, petroleum and chlorinated solvents, metals, PCBs, PAHs, perchlorate) released into the environment, thereby enabling attendees to reconstruct past contamination events. Some of these techniques can reveal multiple releases and are effective when tracking old contamination that may have started decades ago. This course will include both a formal presentation as well as interactive discussions and practice involving the audience. Alternative discussion topics (based on majority vote) may include more information on certain fingerprinting or certain contaminants as well as brainstorming sessions on case studies – including any from the audience if interested.
 
Intended Audience:
This course is intended for environmental professionals including, but not limited to, environmental consultants, industrial site owners and operators (e.g., manufacturers, mining companies, foundry operators, refineries, dry cleaners), insurance agency employees, environmental lawyers, governmental employees, and environmental students.
 

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/chem-540-september-17-18-2015 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

Negotiation Skills for Women
May 21, 2019 - May 22, 2019
Arlington, VA

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

 

RPM 201
May 21, 2019 - May 23, 2019 - POSTPONED
Seattle, WA

RPM 201, an intermediate-level training course, expands on the Remedial Process course. The course is offered as part of the ongoing effort to prepare RPMs for the challenges they will encounter during all aspects of a remedial action. The instructional methodology will include case studies to provide participants an opportunity to apply the skills learned during the course. The course will also include time for participants to ask specific questions about their own sites they currently are working on, as well as emerging technical and programmatic policy and guidance from EPA Headquarters. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Learn how to manage common issues or concepts at remedial action sites, such as vapor intrusion, sediment removal, contaminated groundwater plumes and green remediation.
  • Learn project management skills, including management of a project, forecasting resources and costs, planning meetings, documenting site activities and tracking schedules and costs.
  • Learn effective ways to communicate various types of issues at sites to residents and communities.
  • Learn how to incorporate optimization into new and existing remedial actions.

RPM 201 is a 2-½-day training recommended for RPMs with at least six months of experience and may have assisted other RPMs with remedial actions or now are preparing to take the lead in conducting a remedial action. While RPM 201 may be most beneficial to new RPMs with 5 years of experience or less, the course is very interactive and more experienced RPMs that attend will be encouraged to share their field background with the class. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES. Superfund 101 and the Remedial Process course are prerequisites for EPA attendees to participate in RPM 201.

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

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

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

RRT 1 Spring 2019 Meeting
May 21, 2019 - May 22, 2019
Westborough, MA

You are invited to attend and participate in the Regional Response Team 1 (RRT1) Spring 2019 meeting. The agenda for the meeting is under development and will be posted to this site when available.

RRT I is the federal component of the National Response System for the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. RRT I consists of representatives from 15 federal departments and agencies and each of the six New England States/Commonwealths. It is co-chaired by the Chief of the Emergency Planning and Response Branch from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regional office in Boston, MA, and the Incident Management and Preparedness Advisor of the United States Coast Guard's First District. It meets at least two times per year throughout the region.

RRT I is a planning, policy, and coordinating body which does not respond directly to the scene of a spill or release. It provides assistance as requested by the On-Scene Coordinator during an incident. More information regarding RRT I can be found on the RRT I website at:
http://www.rrt1.nrt.org/production/NRT/RRT1.nsf/AllPages/rrt1.html

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact either the EPA or Coast Guard RRT coordinators:

James Carew
U.S. EPA - Region 1
5 Post Office Sq., Suite 100
Mail Code: OSRR 02-2
Boston, MA 02109
carew.james@epa.gov
617-918-1678

LCDR Annjea Cormier
First Coast Guard District (drmp)
408 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02110
annjea.m.cormier@uscg.mil
617-223-8407

Times listed are likely to change upon completion of the final agenda. The agenda will be posted here when available.

More information and registration

 

CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
CESCL-101
May 28, 2019 - May 29, 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

 

 

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