NPDES BASIC PERMIT WRITERS’ COURSE
Virtual Guided Learning
March 10 – April 21, 2022
The U.S. EPA is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Basic Permit Writers’ Virtual Guided Learning Courses starting on March 10, 2022, with separate morning and afternoon sessions running for six weeks.
The objective of this course is to provide the basic regulatory framework and technical considerations that support the development of wastewater discharge permits required under the NPDES program. The course was designed for permit writers with about six months to two years of experience in the NPDES program, but experienced permit writers wanting a refresher course and other water program staff wanting to learn more about the NPDES program also are welcome.
The 6-week course will begin on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Each week, participants will have assigned “homework” consisting of NPDES online modules and permit exercises. These modules and exercises will then be discussed in a live virtual classroom setting on Tuesday and Thursday of each week. Participants will have the opportunity to join live office hour discussions with instructors and other participants each Tuesday as well. The course is scheduled to conclude on April 21st, however, a “rain date” of April 26th should be reserved by the participants in case of technical issues.
Microsoft Teams will be utilized for the virtual classroom and can be accessed through the desktop application or a web browser. Course materials will be provided electronically on the Microsoft Teams classroom site for download by the participants prior to the start date. Participants should anticipate a time commitment of approximately 8-10 hours per week.
As a foundational course, the training does not address in detail specialized topics such as industrial and municipal stormwater, concentrated animal feeding operations, and pesticide discharges. For more information on these specialized topics, please visit EPA’s NPDES website at www.epa.gov/npdes
Course Schedule and Logistics
A separate morning session and afternoon session are available for this course offering. Please see the registration page for each session for the actual agenda with dates and times.
There is no cost for the course. Registration is limited and available at:
NPDES Permit Writers’ Course – Virtual Guided Learning March 2022 (AM)
NPDES Permit Writers’ Course – Virtual Guided Learning March 2022 (PM)
Following registration, an email with further instruction will be provided.
For any questions related to this announcement, please contact Sean Ramach at [email protected] or (202) 564-2865.