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Training Courses

Visible Emissions Evaluator Certification

The Department conducts training semi-annually to provide air pollution control personnel and other interested persons the opportunity to become certified to evaluate visible emissions in accordance with EPA Reference Method 9.  To become certified, a person must attend, or have attended, a classroom session and successfully complete a field session involving the visual reading of 25 black smoke emissions and 25 white smoke emissions.  Click here for the registration form.

Spring Training

A classroom session and several field sessions are conducted each spring, normally during the second or third week in April.  The current schedule for training is April 8, 9 and 10, 2014.  Training on April 8 is intended for first time trainees only.  Click here for more specific information.

Fall Training

A classroom session is scheduled for October 7, 2014 followed by a field session for first time trainees only.  The normal field sessions for recertification are scheduled for October 8 & 9, 2014.  Click here for more specific information.

Location

All sessions are held in Bismarck at the Environmental Training Center (2639 East Main Avenue).  Click here for map.

 

Additional Information

For more information about visible emissions evaluator certification, contact the Division of Air Quality at 701.328.5188, or email Gary Kline (gkline@nd.gov) or Ben Gress (bpgress@nd.gov).  Training and certification is conducted free of charge.

Odor Evaluator Certification

The Department conducts training and certification sessions annually to provide air pollution control personnel and other interested persons the opportunity to become certified in the evaluation of odors pursuant to Chapter 33-15-16 of the North Dakota Air Pollution Control Rules.

Training

The primary objective of training is to familiarize trainees with the:

  • Requirements of NDAC 33-15-16, "Restriction of Odorous Air Contaminants."

  • Use of a scentometer to measure the intensity of an odor.

  • Department field odor survey procedures.

 

Certification

The trainee must demonstrate the ability to distinguish various odorous samples and concentrations by successfully completing the three tests prescribed in the Department's Odor Certification Guideline.

Location

Training and certification sessions will be held in Bismarck on May 6 and 7, 2014 at the Gold Seal Center located at 918 E. Divide Avenue.  Additional sessions may be scheduled elsewhere across the State if there is sufficient interest by at least three persons per location; sessions have been held in the recent past at Minot, Grand Forks, West Fargo, and Beulah.

Additional Information

For more information about the certification process, contact the Division of Air Quality at 701.328.5188, or email Ben Gress (bpgress@nd.gov) or Todd Peterson (tfpeterson@nd.gov).  Training and certification is conducted free of charge.