Training

The Division of Air Quality conducts several air quality related training throughout the year.

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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.

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

For more information about visible emissions evaluator certification, to include training in EPA Reference Method 22, contact the Division of Air Quality at 701.328.5188, or email Keith Hinnenkamp (khinnenk@nd.gov). Training and certification is conducted free of charge.

Spring Training

A classroom session and several field sessions are conducted each spring. The current schedule for training is April 5, 6 and 7, 2016. Training on April 5 is intended for first time trainees only. Click here for a link to a memo with more specific information on Visible Emissions Spring Training.

Fall Training

A classroom session is scheduled for October 6, 2015 followed by a field session for first time trainees only. The normal field sessions for recertification are scheduled for October 7 & 8, 2015. Click here for a link to a memo with more specific information on Visible Emissions Fall Training.

More information on EPA Reference Methods 9 and 22 can be found on the EPA's website . The Division has developed the Visible Emissions Observation Form (SFN 8441).

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.

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

  • Requirements of Chapter 33-15-16 – Restriction of Odorous Air Contaminants.
  • Use of a device to measure the intensity of an odor.
  • Department field odor survey procedures.

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.

Training and certification sessions will be held in Bismarck on May 3 and 4, 2016 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, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Fargo, West Fargo, and Beulah.

For more information about the certification process, contact the Division of Air Quality at 701.328.5188. Training and certification is conducted free of charge.


Last Updated: 07/30/2015

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