Environmentally focused courses help fill training gap

Feb. 1, 2018

Over the next few months, TC3 will launch more than 30 courses that cover environmental topics such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), hazardous materials management, environmental triggers, environmental predecessors and revegetation.

TC3 has recently launched the first two environmental courses—one covers how to deal with unexpected environmental issues on construction and maintenance projects, and the other covers the requirements of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Field Environmental Energy Compliance

Accidents and natural disasters can strike highways and bridges at any time, causing damage that will have to be repaired at a moment’s notice. Sometimes the normal environmental planning procedure timelines cannot be followed, and stakeholders have to act quickly to restore a bridge or highway. Even though they need to act quickly, they are still bound by the same environmental requirements as before, and they need to try to coordinate with the appropriate agencies as quickly as possible. This course, which is recommended for 1 professional development hour (PDH), covers the ways to deal with unexpected environmental issues on construction and maintenance projects.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify potential environmental issues when they arise; and
  • Explain the process to follow for resolving any unexpected environmental issues.

Clean Water Act Compliance During Construction (Section 404)

The purpose of the CWA is to preserve the benefits and functions of the nation’s aquatic ecosystems. Those ecosystems include items such as flood protection, wildlife habitats and water quality. This course, which is recommended for 1.5 PDHs, covers the requirements of Section 404 of the CWA, specifically as they pertain to construction activities, in a manner that is accessible and understandable to nonenvironmental personnel. Recognizing potential non-compliance issues and how to deal with them is also covered.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common construction activities that are typically regulated under Section 404 of the CWA;
  • Explain the typical regulatory requirements (construction phase only) for those activities;
  • Describe where and how those requirements are addressed in the plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E) document; and
  • Recognize common potential 404 noncompliance issues on construction sites.

Training subscriptions

TC3 launched an enhancement that made more than 90% of the curriculum eligible for PDHs. When a trainee takes a PDH-eligible course, the training hours can contribute toward continuing education for licensure renewal.

TC3 now offers prepaid training subscriptions, available for purchase through the TC3 Training Store. These subscription options allow organizations to purchase TC3 training courses at discounted prepaid rates for their employees or members, which results in cost savings on training. Available options include annual unlimited courses per user and bulk-hour pricing.

AASHTO member states that financially contribute to TC3 as a technical service program already have unlimited TC3 training available for all employees and do not require a subscription.

Save on publications

As a TC3 training participant, you can save 20% on AASHTO publications related to your TC3 training course. Simply refer to your registration confirmation email for the exclusive 16-digit TC3 promo code, which you can enter at checkout when purchasing publications on the AASHTO Bookstore. For more information about AASHTO publications, visit the AASHTO Bookstore online or download the AASHTO Publications Catalog.