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External Provider Program

The External Provider Program is an integral part of the ERTP in that training courses can be presented to individuals not able to attend courses conducted by the U.S. EPA ERTP training contractors. To learn about the External Provider Program, including how to become an External Provider, click here. To see a list of EPA Approved External Providers, click here

Online Courses

ERTP regularly posts and updates online training courses. To access online courses, first login and an “Online Courses” tab will open:

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If you do not currently have an account for the ERTPVU you will need to register and set up a password and then login using your email and password. You can view the online course details by selecting the "View" link from the list of courses. You can start an online course from the details page and your place will be saved as you progress through the course material. Log in or Register to take ERTPVU Online Courses!


The Environmental Response Training Program is directed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Response Team under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) to develop and present various technical and health and safety courses. The program is designed to train personnel from federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies in hazardous waste site investigation/ remediation practices and procedures, as well as emergency response to hazardous chemical releases.

Recently Added Online Courses

Electroplating Processes and Cleanups

This 1.5-hour course presents an operational approach for responding to contamination at electroplating facilities, including general information about the electroplating process and remediation of hazardous wastes. An interim revision is now available. This interim version provides a new design and course structure to address functional deficiencies. EPA is currently reviewing the course to make additional updates to technical content.

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Environmental Remediation Technologies – Monitored Natural Attenuation

This course provides environmental professionals with a general overview of monitored natural attenuation and key considerations when selecting monitored natural attenuation as a remedial option. Monitored natural attenuation is defined as the reliance on natural processes to achieve a site-specific remedial objective.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Define monitored natural attenuation and its five main processes
  • Identify the key considerations when selecting monitored natural attenuation
  • Know the advantages and limitations of monitored natural attenuation
  • Discuss case studies that demonstrate monitored natural attenuation processes
  • Describe screening criteria for the applicability of monitored natural attenuation

Heavy Equipment Overview Training for Site Managers

This course provides a general awareness-level overview of the most common types of heavy equipment, often referred to as “yellow iron” that site managers may need to use on a response action. The purpose of the online course is to give new EPA site managers, or those unfamiliar with heavy equipment, a guided tour of the typical types of heavy equipment a site manager may encounter at a hazardous waste site cleanup. Although the examples and scenarios in this training are removal-based actions, the equipment and concepts presented are relevant to all site managers including On-Scene Coordinators, Remedial Project Managers, and other site managers

Upon completion of this course, you should be better able to:

  • Identify some of the considerations for selecting equipment suitable
    for different types of response actions.
  • Describe health and safety considerations for working with heavy
    equipment including both pre-use considerations and operational
  • Describe the most common types of heavy equipment that may be
    needed for a response action, including alternative equipment names,
    operational descriptions, different equipment attachments, and
    operational constraints and challenges.
  • Identify some specialized equipment that site managers may need for
    less common response actions and unique circumstances.

This course is designed for new site managers with less than two years’ experience and limited field experience. More experienced site managers may find this course useful as a refresher or as a resource to obtain information on different types of heavy equipment that may be needed for a response action.

Please note this training works best in Chrome or Firefox browsers.

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News and Announcements

Check out these recent enhancements to ERTPVU Online Courses!

  • Course content menus. Clickable menus facilitate navigation and enable users to see a full list of contents.
  • Increased responsiveness to devices. Courses respond to the screen size of the student’s device, whether they are viewed on a large monitor, laptop, tablet, or other mobile device.
  • Improved accessibility. Each course uses a modern player that makes content more accessible to assistive technologies and keyboard controls. Courses also provide the text of narrative audio as “open captions.”
  • Quick-access to glossary. Students can access definitions of key terms at any time while taking the course by viewing the glossary tab.

These enhancements apply to all of the recently-revised, ERTP-developed courses and any new courses that were imported from other programs and installed or re-installed on the ERTPVU platform. These include the Environmental Remediation Technologies series, the Health and Safety Eight-Hour Training series, and the newly re-installed Basic Overview of Superfund course.