Compliance Training Program
This page last reviewed November 27, 2012
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The dynamic transitions occurring in business and government, including the rapid changes in technologies and sweeping new legislation, continue to challenge the environmental community. These changes are mandating redefined priorities and increased workloads--that must be accomplished on ever shrinking budgets. Today, more than any time in the past, it is essential that the professionals in the environmental field receive quality training to keep current with this accelerated evolution.
The Air Resources Board (ARB) Enforcement Division proudly offers this essential training. The purpose of this program is to provide comprehensive education to further the professional development of environmental specialists. The courses offered in this program provide current, practical, usable and cost-effective information for both new and experienced environmental professionals working in California. We offer similar training throughout the country and internationally. Please contact the National Program for information about courses offered outside California.
These nationally recognized and award winning programs offer a standardized core curriculum, including both entry-level training and continuing education. The training utilizes videos, digital presentation technologies, guest speakers, and field or site visits. The courses encourage communication and networking between environmental personnel, with the goal of achieving emission reductions and solving compliance problems through professionalism and teamwork.These courses cover pollution history, the procedures required to properly evaluate emissions, the analysis of industrial processes, theory and application of emission controls, and waste stream reduction. The focus is on maintaining compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Wherever possible, each course includes a field visit to drive home skills, knowledge, and practical applications learned in each course.
The training is designed to provide students with skills that can be immediately applied to their work in the field. In addition, the curriculum can be customized and tailored to the specific needs of a group or industry at any appropriate meeting location, thus greatly reducing client travel costs.The majority of our courses focus on air quality issues. To become a certified Visible Emissions Evaluator (VEE, "smoke reader"), take our Course 100, Fundamentals of Enforcement ( "Smoke School"). People interested in federal policy on wild land prescribed fires (controlled burning) should consider Course 375, Smoke Management Training Workshop. Operators of perchloroethylene dry cleaning establishments can receive certified training from the Dry Cleaning Environmental Training Program and Course 387, Dry Cleaner Air Toxic Control Measure.If you are interested in cross-media environmental issues (water, solid waste, pesticides, hazardous materials, and air), you may find the following offerings of special interest:
The curriculum is designed and presented by instructors with many years experience in air pollution control, working together as an interdisciplinary team. Their education includes business, engineering, aeronautical science, health science, biological science, law enforcement and more. Their experience includes stationary source permitting, inspection, source testing, and regulatory enforcement.
The instructors are highly experienced in adult education and they are experts in developing courses, seminars, workshops, and conferences. The training staff and the management of the ARB share a commitment to excellence which assures the program meets the sophisticated needs of today's environmental professional. The Training Program Manager is Ben Sehgal.
Our courses provide valuable and practical information for a wide range of environmental professionals, including:
- Government compliance professionals, both state and local Private environmental professionals
- Owners, managers, and staff from regulated industries
- Law enforcement and emergency response professionals
- Lawyers practicing in the environmental arena
- Public interest groups
- Environmental consultants