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Sampling for Hazardous Materials Train the Trainer
Hosted by Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)

This 3-day introductory course is intended primarily to prepare individuals to effectively deliver the ERTP Sampling for Hazardous Materials (SFHM) course curriculum within their respective organizations.  Although the course is intended primarily to prepare individuals to teach the SFHM course, because all of the technical presentations are included, the course would also be useful for students seeking to gain a fundamental understanding of sampling protocols or experienced students who are seeking to refresh their knowledge before returning to the field.

The first and second day of the course covers the SFHM course material. This includes the review of a variety of methods and types of sampling equipment. Sampling basics are presented for waste, groundwater, soils, surface water, and sediments. The techniques are presented, demonstrated, and made available for students own hands-on experience. Concepts of sampling plan development and field screening are summarized to familiarize the student with the Triad approach to sample planning. Fundamentals of documentation and decontamination are conveyed in their primary importance relating to the whole process of collecting a defensible, representative sample. Field exercises reinforce classroom presentation and field demonstrations.

The third and final day consists of classroom training that covers adult learning theory, classroom management, exercise creation and other material that will help the student to create, modify and present the sampling course materials for their agency. The aim of this portion of the course is to give the student a good grounding in how to create and conduct technical training. It is patterned after a number of recognized adult training methodology courses, including those used by the National Forest Service, FEMA and the U.S. EPA.

The course is designed to be consistent with the EPA protocol and guidance as presented in EPA Superfund Program Representative Sampling Guidance, the Environmental Response Team’s sampling protocols available at and a review of the appropriate EPA regional sampling protocols such as the Region 4 SESD Technical Procedures.  New technology reviews are derived from Interstate Technological Research Council (ITRC) and United States Geological Survey (USGS) studies and other publications.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define trainer qualities and behaviors that enhance the Adult Learning Process
  • Develop learning objectives
  • List some types of exercise and the advantages and limitations of each
  • Understand the Triad sampling strategy and basis for selection of sampling designs.
  • Apply protocols for the collection of a representative sample from a variety of environmental media and waste.
  • Complete required sample documentation, including labels and chain of custody for delivery of a defensible sample to an analytical laboratory.
  • Present the 2-day Sampling for Hazardous Materials course

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading by contacting the ERTP Registrar (

*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

IMPORTANT NOTICES – Applicable to all ERTP courses :

  1. ERTP’s receipt of a Trainex course registration is a Registration Request, it is not a Guaranteed Enrollment in the Course. All ERTP training courses require applicant registration thru the Trainex system. Last minute course arrivals without prior ERTP Trainex course registration approval is not permitted. Before ERTP issues final approval to deliver any course and/or any EPA offices incurring expenses for the training event (including but not limited to EPA staff travel TA’s and/or ERTP training contractor expenses incurred), all EPA mandatory pre-approvals must all be met. The pre-approvals include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Training location’s availability;
    • COVID status and/or other COVID Guidelines in effect for the location, as well as staff;
    • Agency limitations, scrutiny, and approvals of ‘Conference Spending Requirements (known as the “5170”)’ for the specific training course(s) scheduled delivery timeframe;
    • Weather (blizzard, hurricane, etc);
    • Contractual number of available course training slots;
    • EPA training location staff having priority registration over all other registrations; and/or
    • Hosting site Training Coordinator approval.

    In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.
  2. For in-person course deliveries, confirmed course registered participants must abide by all facility physical access requirements for the location (examples: check-in at the security gate, Federal ID, Government PIV/CAC cards, photo id’s, etc.). If applicable for the course or location, restrictions may apply to non-citizens and acceptable identification may be required for facility entry.
For general information contact ERTP Registrar by telephone at 513-251-7669 or via e-mail at

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