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Virtual Chemistry for Environmental Professionals - Fundamentals
Hosted by Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)

This 3-day virtual course provides participants with a review of fundamental chemical concepts which underlie an understanding of applied environmental chemistry concepts and practices. This course is designed for environmental professionals who are not chemists but who require a basic knowledge of chemistry and environmental chemistry in their work.  Some prior education in chemistry, to the high school level or beyond, is recommended but not required.

Specific topics include unit conversions; chemical bonding; chemical formulas; physical properties; structural formulas; an introduction to organic chemistry, including chemical nomenclature; the theory of operation of analytical methods; and environmental chemical reactions.

This course is immediately followed by the virtual “Chemistry for Environmental Professionals - Applied” training course. Students are encouraged to request both courses when registering.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe common scientific measurements and perform unit conversions
  • Describe ionic and covalent chemical bonding
  • Use chemical formulas and the periodic table to calculate the mass of ingredients required to produce given amounts of chemical products
  • Identify physical and chemical properties that affect chemical fate and transport in soil, water, and air
  • Describe the structure of an organic chemical contaminant using common diagramming methods, such as the condensed structural formula and other methods
  • Identify and name simple organic chemicals using the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry nomenclature system
  • Describe the analytical methods and instruments used to identify chemicals in environmental media
  • Describe the environmental chemical reactions which cause acid rain.

 Note: Calculators are recommended.

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 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:

“THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.  Region 7 & other U.S. EPA staff course registrations take precedence over all other course registrations received.  All other registrations received will be on a first-come-first serve registration until class capacity has been reached.  Once course capacity has been reached, registrations will be waitlisted.”

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

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

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


In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.

Notice:For in-person course deliveries, confirmed course registered participants must abide by all facility physical access requirements for the location (examples: check-in at the security gate, Federal ID, Government PIV/CAC cards, photo id’s, etc.).  If applicable for the course or location, restrictions may apply to non-citizens and acceptable identification may be required for facility entry.  Unless otherwise specified, ERTP TRAINING IS GENERALLY NOT OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ATTENDEES, ACADEMIA, CONTRACTORS, CONSULTANTS OR OTHER PRIVATE ENTITIES.

For general information contact Registrar by telephone at 513-251-7669 or via e-mail at

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