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to the Environmental Response Training Program ERTP Virtual University! This site was created to provide environmental training and training information for Federal, Tribal, State, and local government personnel.


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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!

About

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.

News and Announcements

Remote Learning Opportunity! Understanding a Contractor’s Analytical Data Report

This 1 hour, 15 minute presentation is designed to provide participants with tools for understanding the elements of an analytical data table and how the elements are to be used to critically examine the data presentation and determine how well it supports the conclusions and decisions that need to be made. The target audience for this presentation are project managers, regulators and stakeholders, who are not analytical chemists or chemistry experts. The topics of this presentation include:

  • Why site assessments are done.
  • The elements of a typical analytical data table.
  • The purpose and implication of data qualifiers.
  • The types of quality assurance samples and how their results may affect decision-making.

This presentation is an on-line adaption of a webinar presentation. 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. 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. Log in or Register to take ERTPVU Online Courses!

Launch of RCRA Training Website

The Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) has launched the RCRA training website. This RCRA training website is a result of EPA and states working together to provide easy access to a comprehensive compendium of RCRA training materials, including online courses and videos. Additionally, this workgroup developed Individual Development Plans (IDPs) which sort the training materials by subject matter area (e.g., basic curriculum, permitting, corrective action).

We hope this training website serves as a valuable resource to EPA and states to build and maintain expertise and institutional knowledge of the RCRA program. We intend to regularly update this website with new training materials as they become available.

We also announce that, with the launch of this website, we are making available brand new training on Waste Analysis Plans which follows publication of the updated 2015 Waste Analysis Plan Guidance.

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. Note: the RCRA training materials are only available to EPA, states and other federal agencies.

Recently Added Online Courses

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
    considerations.
  • 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.

This course is restricted to EPA employees only.

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

Environmental Remediation Technologies – Chemical Reactions And Separations

This module is part of a series of Environmental Remediation Technologies training modules designed to provide participants with an overview of the treatment technologies most frequently used for cleanup of contaminated media. The emphasis of these modules is on the process description, applicability, and limitations of specific categories of treatment technologies.

This module is intended for new On-Scene Coordinators, Remedial Project Managers, Waste Site Managers, and other environmental personnel interested in remediation.

The Chemical Reactions and Separations module first discusses the working mechanisms, advantages and disadvantages of ex-situ reaction systems:

- neutralization

- chemical precipitation

- reduction, and

- two types of oxidation systems.

This module also discusses the working mechanisms, advantages and disadvantages of ex-situ separation systems:

- plate-and-frame filtration

- microfiltration

- reverse osmosis, and

- ion exchange.

Note:  Another closely related Environmental Remediation Technologies module is the Basic Water Treatment module.  It introduces concepts and covers some applicable basic water treatment technologies that are not repeated in the Chemical Reactions and Separations module.  Though not required, participants may find it benefical to complete the Basic Water Treatment module before viewing the Chemical Reactions and Separations module.

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