Training Resources for State Federal Facility Managers

The ASTSWMO Federal Facilities Subcommittee developed this webpage to provide a compendium of available training resources and opportunities for ASTSWMO members responsible for overseeing environmental compliance and cleanups at federal facilities. The information and links provided below direct interested members to several government agencies and other organizations that provide ongoing training and educational events, and archives for past events covering a wide range of environmental regulatory and program topics.

This webpage includes links to resources created and maintained by other organizations. ASTSWMO and the Federal Facilities Subcommittee does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of links to particular websites is not intended to reflect an ASTSWMO endorsement of any views expressed on those sites.

Please contact Charles Reyes, ASTSWMO staff, to suggest additional resources for including on this webpage.

CERCLA Continuing Education Center Courses

In-person training courses conducted by EPA on a wide range of topics, including:
  • Superfund 101 and Fundamentals of Superfund
  • Remedial Program Managers
  • Remedial and Removal Processes
  • Remedial Design/Remedial Action
  • Hazardous Ranking System
  • Site Characterization
  • Incremental Sampling

Basic Overview of Superfund – Online Training

Provides an overview of the purpose, legal framework, and implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Throughout this interactive and easy-to-follow course, participants explore the activities performed under the Superfund program.

Introduction to Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund – Classroom Training

This 2.5-day course provides participants with the fundamentals of risk assessment as applied to the Superfund cleanup process. This course is designed to present an introduction of the Superfund risk assessment process to Project Managers, On-Scene Coordinators, Risk Assessment Reviewers, and potentially new Risk Assessors working at hazardous waste sites or treatment, storage and disposal facilities. The course assumes little experience with toxicology and risk assessment or knowledge regarding Superfund risk assessment guidance.

Federal Facilities RPM – Classroom Training

Three-day training course geared toward Federal Facility Remedial Project Managers. Discusses processes and practices unique to Federal Facility sites and provides an overview of Federal Facility program history; statutory and regulatory authorities; policies and guidance; and current technical and management issues at Federal Facilities.

Federal Facilities Academy – Online Training

The FF Academy is a voluntary training program developed for EPA RPMs, project managers from other federal agencies, State government, and Tribal groups who work on federal facility Superfund cleanups. The Academy offers 12 courses that include 11 webinars and the in-person Federal Facilities RPM training. Upcoming and archived webinars are provided on the following topics:
  • Land Use and Onsite/Offsite Determinations
  • Community Involvement
  • Records of Decision (RODs)
  • Coordinating with Tribes
  • RCRA/CERCLA Integration
  • Resolving Issues before Formal Dispute
  • Role of Superfund Performance Measures
  • Determining ARARs in RODs
  • Groundwater Policy
  • Federal Facility Five-Year Reviews
  • Military Munitions Policy

Clean-Up Site Information (CLU-IN)

CLU-IN provides information about innovative treatment and technologies while acting as a forum for all waste remediation stakeholders. The website provides information on upcoming in-person and web meetings conducted by EPA, other federal agencies, States, private organizations, and other industry experts as well as an archive of past events. In addition to training resources listed below the website provides a compilation of resources on several topic areas of interest to federal facility managers.

SERDP & ESTCP Conferences & Workshops

DoD’s Environmental Research Programs, SERDP & ESTCP, convene events with representatives from the military, academia, and industry to examine the current state of the science and engineering on specific environmental problems. Upcoming and archived events are provided on their website.

SERDP & ESTCP Webinar Series

SERDP & ESTCP host a webinar series to promote the transfer of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions developed through projects funded in five program areas. Live webinars will be held every two weeks on Thursdays from 12:00 PM ET (9:00 AM PT) to 1:30 PM ET (10:30 AM PT). Upcoming and archived webinars are provided on their website.

Naval Civil Engineering Corps Officers School

The Naval CECOS offers several environmental training courses in four general program areas – Compliance, Conservation, Management, and Restoration. State regulators are welcome to select courses by invitation and depending on space availability. See each course for additional information about State attendance.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Learning Center

The USACE Learning Center offers in-person and online training courses across several disciplines. State employees can register for classes by written request to the Registrar’s office

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center

The NCTC offers in-person and online training across several disciplines geared toward conservation. A course guide is available here.

Resources coming soon.

Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council: Internet-Based and Classroom Training

ITRC offers free Internet-based training classes in partnership with U.S. EPA CLU-IN, and multi-day classroom trainings for States. The Training webpage provides information on how to participate in and request trainings from ITRC, and details on upcoming and archived trainings.

The Risk Assessment Information System: Chemical and Radionuclide Risk Assessment Training

The RAIS provides training on a suite of radionuclide and chemical calculators developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and EPA.