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Calendar of training events

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency offers training opportunities for those who must follow environmental regulations or get certain licenses or professional registrations. Training is an integral part of helping people understand and comply with the rules and regulations which they must follow. About 4,000 people attend one or more of the approximately 50 training events held throughout the year.

Note that training dates, locations, and fees are subject to change or cancellation. While you may be able to fill out registration forms electronically, the MPCA is unable to accept electronic submittal at this time. The MPCA can accept credit card payments using Visa or MasterCard.

Air training

Air

No training scheduled at this time.

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No training scheduled at this time.

   

Hazardous waste

Hazardous waste training

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Ten Steps to Hazardous Waste Compliance
This workshop is beginning level training designed for operators of businesses that generate a hazardous waste, permitted facilities, consultants, local units of government, and anyone else who may need to understand how to comply with the Minnesota Hazardous Waste Rules.

During the training session, MPCA staff will explain the10 steps to compliance: 1) Evaluate waste and determine generator size. 2) Get an EPA identification number. 3) Get a license (and applicable fees). 4) Choose and mark containers. 5) Accumulate and store hazardous waste. 6) Transport and dispose of hazardous waste. 7) Manifest hazardous waste. 8) Plan for emergencies. 9) Train employees.10) Keep records.

April 30, 2014, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. CLASS FULL; REGISTRATION CLOSED
MPCA Duluth Office, 525 Lake Ave So, Suite 400, Duluth
Phone: 218-723-4660

May 8, 2014, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.  CLASS FULL; REGISTRATION CLOSED
MPCA Rochester Office, 18 Wood Lake Drive SE, Rochester
Phone: 507-285-7343

Registration contact:
Diane Belanger
Phone: 651-757-2072
General fax: 651-297-8676

Credit card fax: 651-205-4594

Class information contact: Ray Bissonnette Phone: 651-757-2231

Household hazardous waste workshops/training

Household hazardous waste workshops/training

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Household Hazardous Waste "Compliance in a Day"  Training — This training is only for staff associated with Minnesota's Household Hazardous Waste Program.

See emailed brochure for training dates and locations.

Registration contact:
Jean Evers, 651-757-2681
Fax: 651-297-8676

Industrial stormwater training

Industrial stormwater training

See the Industrial Stormwater page for training events.

Solid waste training

Solid waste

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Solid Waste Operations Issues Refresher Workshops
This one-day refresher workshop is intended for those who currently hold a Type II or Type III Operator/Inspector certificate. It covers current issues and provides information on landfill operational topics, such as asbestos, waste screening and new regulations. Half of the day is spent in classroom training and the other half at a landfill site. Dress appropriately for the outdoors. (6 contact hours)

See Solid Waste Landfill Workshops Brochure for training dates and locations.

Contact: Diane Belanger
Phone: 651-757-2072
General fax: 651-297-8676

Credit card fax: 651-205-4594

Municipal Solid Waste and Demolition/Industrial Waste Landfill Operator Certification
Landfill operators and inspectors need MPCA certification before they can operate or inspect landfills in Minnesota. This course is designed to provide Municipal Solid Waste Type 2 operators and inspectors, Industrial Type 3 and Demolition Type 3 operators and inspectors with everything they need to know to operate a Minnesota landfill - from liner design to leachate collection. The MPCA offers a certification exam at the end of each seminar.

See Solid Waste Landfill Workshops Brochure for training dates and locations.

Contact: Diane Belanger
Phone: 651-757-2072
General fax: 651-297-8676

Credit card fax: 651-205-4594

Demolition/Industrial Waste Landfill Operator Certification Training
This two-day course is training for professionals pursuing careers in demolition waste/industrial waste landfill management. This course develops a level of competency to operate and inspect demolition waste/industrial waste landfills. The training consists of basic math; science, public health issues, rules & regulations, waste screening, asbestos, stormwater issues, facility operations and closure/post closure. The MPCA offers a certification exam at the end of each seminar. (9 contact hours)

See Solid Waste Landfill Workshops Brochure for training dates and locations.

Contact: Diane Belanger
Phone: 651-757-2072
General fax: 651-297-8676

Credit card fax: 651-205-4594

Renewal Application for Solid Waste Disposal Facility Operators/Inspectors
To renew their certification, Type II operators and inspectors must have 18 contact hours; Type III must have 6 contact hours. This renewal form is for eligible operators and inspectors who need to renew their certification.

No training dates available.

Renewal information:

Contact: Diane Belanger
Phone: 651-757-2072
General fax: 651-297-8676

Credit card fax: 651-205-4594

Wastewater training

Wastewater training

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41st Annual Collection System Operators Conference
(16 wastewater contact hours)
Conference sessions include SA/SB exam refresher, SC/SD exam refresher, regulatory, inflow/infiltration, management, retirement, maintenance, sewer cleaning, lift stations, manhole/pipe rehab, safety, new technology, stormwater, and vendor displays. Exams offered on the last day.

  • 2014 Collection System Operators Conference Registration (p-tr2-01)
  • 2014 Collection System Operators Conference Program (p-tr2-03)

January 28-30, 2015

Minneapolis Marriot Northwest
(old Northland Inn), 7025 Northland Dr. Brooklyn Park, 763-536-8300, 800-441-6422

Exam postmark date: Jan, 15, 2015

Registration and exam information:
651-757-2103 or
800-657-3659 (press 3)
Fax: 651-297-8676

78th Annual Wastewater Operations Conference
(16 wastewater contact hours or 9 Type 4 hours and 7 wastewater contact hours)
Conference sessions include: A/B exam refresher, C/D exam refresher, regulatory, stabilization ponds, operation and maintenance, collection systems, new facilities, retirement, laboratory, biosolids, safety, nutrient removal, and vendor displays. Exams offered on the last day.

  • 2014 Wastewater Operations Conference Registration (p-tr2-05)
  • 2014 Wastewater Operations Conference Program (p-tr2-06)

March 25-27, 2015

Minneapolis Marriot Northwest
(old Northland Inn), 7025 Northland Dr. Brooklyn Park, 763-536-8300, 800-441-6422

Exam postmark date: March 12, 2015

Registration and exam information:
651-757-2103 or
800-657-3659 (press 3)
Fax: 651-297-8676

Wastewater Examination Session
Minnesota Statutes Chapter 115.73 requires that a facility may not operate a wastewater treatment facility unless the facility maintains at least one person that is certified in a class equal or higher than the class of the facility and also has full and active responsibility for the daily on-site operation of the facility. See the requirements to be eligible to take a wastewater operator exam below.

March 6, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Kelly Inn, 100 4th Ave S, Saint Cloud,
320-253-0606
Exam postmark date: Feb 19

May 2, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MPCA St. Paul Office, 520 Lafayette Rd
Exam postmark date: April 17

May 7, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Vermilion Community College, 1900 E. Camp St, Ely, 1-800-657-3608
Exam postmark date: April 22

July 25, 2014
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Timberlake Lodge Hotel, 144 Northwest 17th St,
Grand Rapids
218-326-2600
Exam postmark date: July 10

Aug 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MPCA St. Paul Office
Exam postmark date: Aug 7

Oct 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Kelly Inn, 100 4th Ave S, Saint Cloud,
320-253-0606
Exam postmark date: Oct 15

Registration and exam information:
651-757-2599 or
800-657-3659 (press 3)
Fax: 651-297-8676

Collection System Basic Seminar
(16 wastewater contact hours)
Seminar sessions cover proper operation and maintenance of wastewater collection systems to help the operator gain a better understanding of basic operation and maintenance of wastewater collection systems. Topics include inflow/infiltration, lift stations, collection system cleaning, traffic control, safety, collection system math. This seminar is intended for entry level operators or as a refresher for experienced operators. Exams offered on the last day.

November 4-6, 2014
Embassy Suites — Brooklyn Center, 6300 Earle Brown Dr., Brooklyn Center, 763-560-2700
Exam postmark date: October 22

Registration and exam information:
651-757-2103 or
800-657-3659 (press 3)
Fax: 651-297-8676

Industrial Bi-products Workshop
(9 Type 4 or wastewater contact hours)
Recommended for Type 4 operators that land apply industrial wastes - food processing, wood ash, industrial wastewater sludge, pretreatment sludge and more. Topics covered include site suitability, application rates, permitting requirements and waste management. No exam.

 

No dates at this time. Please check back.

Registration information:

Land Application of Biosolids — Basic Course
(16 Type 4 or wastewater contact hours)
This basic introductory course covers site selection, application rates, nitrogen management, reports, field analysis of potential sites, verification of site/soils data, management problems, and offers individual assistance, if needed. Intended for those who want to become certified as Type 4 operator or inspector. (This course, plus six months experience, is a prerequisite for taking the Type 4 exam.) Exam offered on the last day.

April 15-17, 2014
Mankato Best Western — 1111 Range St., Mankato, 320-763-6565
Exam postmark date: April 2

September 16-18, 2014 St. Cloud Kelly Inn — 100 4th Ave. South, St. Cloud, 320-253-0606
Exam postmark date: September 3

Registration and exam information:
651-757-2103 or
800-657-3659 (press 3)
Fax: 651-297-8676

Land Application of Biosolids — Refresher Course
(9 Type 4 or wastewater contact hours)
Prerequisite: Basic course

The refresher course reviews land-application management procedures, including all elements of the basic course; it also provides individual assistance, if needed. Intended for operators and inspectors who need refresher training to renew their Type 4 certificate. No exam.

May 7-8, 2014
Brainerd Arrowwood Lodge — (Baxter), 6967 Lake Forest Rd., Baxter, 218-822-5634

October 15-16, 2014
Worthington Travel Lodge — 2015 N. Humiston Ave,. Worthington, 507-372-2001


Registration information:
651-757-2103 or
800-657-3659 (press 3)
Fax: 651-297-8676

Advanced Wastewater Treatment (Activated Sludge)
(6 wastewater contact hours)

This class is intended for operators of activated sludge wastewater facilities who are interested in improving process control and biological nutrient removal. No exams given.

No class scheduled for 2014

Registration information:
651-757-2103 or
800-657-3659 (press 3)
Fax: 651-297-8676

One-day pump workshop
(6 wastewater contact hours)
Take this workshop if you operate, maintain or troubleshoot pumps. Includes pump maintenance, packing, seals, bearings, control panels, troubleshooting and a hands-on session. No exams.

May 14, 2014
City of St. Cloud Central Services Bdlg., 1200 15th Ave. SE, St. Cloud (given by Electric Pump, 952-884-5394)

June 18, 2014
Quality Flow Systems, 800 6th St. NW, New Prague, 952-758-9445

Registration information:
651-757-2103 or
800-657-3659 (press 3)
Fax: 651-297-8676

Spray Irrigation Refresher (1-day)
(6 Type 5 or wastewater contact hours)
Topics to be covered include/permit certification requirements, goals of land treatment, crop management, loading calculations, operations and monitoring. No exam.

Oct. 14, 2014

Hickory Lodge,
2015 N Humiston Ave, Worthington, 507-372-2001

$100

Registration information:
651-757-2103 or
800-657-3659 (press 3)
Fax: 651-297-8676

Spray Irrigation Seminar
(18 Type 5 or wastewater contact hours)
Topics to be covered include/permit certification requirements, goals of land treatment, crop management, loading calculations, operations and monitoring. Exams offered on the last day.

No dates at this time. Please check back.

Registration information:

Stabilization Pond Seminar
(16 wastewater contact hours)
A must for all stabilization pond operators. This seminar covers pond design, operation and maintenance, discharge procedures and calculations, pump calibration, dissolved oxygen and pH meter demonstrations, troubleshooting, and a field trip to a stabilization pond. Exams offered on the last day.

April 8-10, 2014
Location to be determined.
Exam postmark date: March 26

April 22-24, 2014
Cragun's Conference Center — 11000 Cragun Drive, Brainerd, 218-825-2852. Exam postmark date: April 9.

Registration information:
651-757-2103 or
800-657-3659 (press 3)
Fax: 651-297-8676

Wastewater Treatment Technology Seminar
(16 wastewater contact hours)
A basic to intermediate level course geared toward the proper operation and maintenance of biological municipal wastewater treatment facilities. Seminar covers wastewater terminology, secondary treatment types, wastewater math, sampling, reporting and safety. Intended for entry-level operators or as a refresher for experienced operators. Exams offered on the last day.

June 10-12, 2014
Mankato Best Western — 1111 Range St., Mankato, 507-625-9333.
Exam postmark date: May 28.

August 12-14, 2014
Cragun's Conference Center, 11000 Cragun Dr, Brainerd,
218-825-2852
Exam postmark date: July 30

December 2-4, 2014
Jimmy's Conference and Catering Center, 1132 East County Rd E, Vadnais Heights
651-482-1233
Holiday Inn Express
651-484-2400
Exam postmark date: November 19

Registration & exam information:
651-757-2103 or
800-657-3659 (press 3)
Fax: 651-297-8676

Underground tank training

Underground tank training

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Contractor Certification Class

  • HTML Content Underground tank contractor certification class (Riverland College) External Link
    This class is intended to train and certify individuals to install, remove or repair underground storage tanks and piping according to federal and state codes. It includes contractor responsibilities, OSHA Safety and Right-to-Know regulations, project management parameters, and critical junctures. It also covers corrosion control principles, leak detection methods, site assessment procedures and spill clean-up procedures. More information: John Drees at 507-433-0361 or john.drees@riverland.edu

 

Contact John Drees for course dates

John Drees, 507-433-0361 or john.drees@riverland.edu

Contractor Recertification Class

  • HTML Content Underground tank contractor re-certification class (Riverland College) External Link
    This course satisfies requirements for re-certification of Underground Storage Tank Certified Supervisors: course review, regulatory overview and updates pertinent to storage tank service providers of all disciplines. This course is intended for storage tank service providers who are seeking re-certification as certified supervisors for the removal, installation, and repair of underground liquid storage systems, as required by MN state law. More information: John Drees at 507-433-0361 or john.drees@riverland.edu

 

Contact John Drees for course dates

John Drees, 507-433-0361 or john.drees@riverland.edu

Other training opportunities

Other MPCA training

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Last modified on August 27, 2014 13:19