Training Materials

NPDES Permit Writers’ Training Materials

The NPDES permitting program offers training courses, workshops, and webinars to explain the regulatory framework and technical considerations of the NPDES permit program. These courses are designed for permit writers, dischargers, EPA officials, and other interested parties.

NPDES Permit Writers’ Training

The NPDES permit writers' course is a five-day course covering the key elements of NPDES permit development. The course is taught by experienced EPA staff and contractors and has been one of EPA's most successful courses over the past decade.

Because of the popularity of the course, EPA has recorded web-based presentations covering the material presented in several key modules of the live course. The presentations are also useful for those who have not attended a live course, but wish to become familiar with important concepts of the NPDES permits program.

Learn more about the NPDES Permit Writers’ Training.

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) to NPDES Permits Training

EPA has developed three web-based training modules on topics related to TMDLs and NPDES permitting. The presentations are intended for TMDL developers and NPDES permitting staff to gain a better understanding of TMDL implementation through NPDES permits.

The modules are available as unrecorded PowerPoint presentations with slides and scripts. The unrecorded modules can be used as-is or adapted with region or state-specific examples and information. The module-specific users’ guides provide more detail on the module content, as well as example discussion questions and additional resources.

Learn more about Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) to NPDES Permits Training

Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Training

EPA headquarters' NPDES Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) online training course covers the key elements of EPA’s NPDES WET permit requirements. These recorded, web-based course modules cover most of the material presented during the live EPA NPDES WET courses provided to EPA regional offices and to the states.

The online NPDES WET modules are for persons implementing or permitted under the NPDES permits program. The modules familiarize viewers with EPA’s NPDES WET permit requirements and important WET technical concepts.

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Pretreatment 101 Series

This series of presentations provides a preliminary exposure to the rules and regulations associated with the national pretreatment program and a review of the basics of program implementation. The intended audience is regulatory and municipal personnel with fewer than five years of pretreatment experience. More experienced personnel and industrial user personnel who are responsible for the wastewaters discharged to a POTW will also benefit from these webinars.

Learn more about Pretreatment 101 Series

Water Quality Standards Academy

To support water quality standards development, EPA offers the Water Quality Standards Academy (WQSA), which presents classroom-based and online courses, along with occasional webinars.

Learn more about Water Quality Standards Academy