ITRC Training Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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ITRC Training Program

training@itrcweb.org
402-201-2419

Classroom Training

Planning to Attend an ITRC Classroom Training Class

  1. Where can I learn more about the ITRC classroom training courses?
  2. When is the next class, and will it be offered near my location?
  3. Are there scholarships available?
  4. How much does a class cost?
  5. How do I sponsor a training class?
  6. Do you have a W-9? My organization needs it in order to process the payment.
  7. Can I get an electronic copy of the course booklet and/or slides?
  8. Can I get a copy of the associated ITRC document(s)?
  9. How can I share my story about how I am using the ITRC training information?
  10. How can I become a member of an ITRC team?

Internet-based Training

Planning to Attend an ITRC Internet-based Training Class

  1. How does ITRC Internet-based training work?
  2. Where can I learn more about the ITRC courses?
  3. Who develops ITRC training materials, and who are the instructors?
  4. What courses are being offered and when?
  5. How much does a class and/or archived offering cost?

Registering for an ITRC Internet-based Training Class

  1. How do I register?
  2. What if I go to register and all registration space is filled?
  3. How do I participate with a large group?
  4. The class times do not fit my schedule. Can you reschedule?
  5. When registering, there is a phone option and a simulcast option, which should I choose?
  6. Will I be provided with a registration confirmation and instructions?

Before the ITRC Internet-based Training Class

  1. Can I access the training materials and associated document(s) prior to the training?
  2. What happens if I register, but something comes up and I can’t attend?

During the Internet-based Training Class

  1. I can't find my registration confirmation. How can I join the class?
  2. I tried to log on for the simulcast but do not hear anything. What is wrong?
  3. What if I hear an echo when I am listening to the simulcast?
  4. How do I ask questions?
  5. What if my question is not answered during the training class?

After the Internet-based Training Class

  1. Can I get a list of registrants from the training class?
  2. Do you offer continuing education documentation or related credit?
  3. How are ITRC customers using ITRC Internet-based training to meet their continuing education needs?
  4. Can I use slides/content from the training in a presentation that I’m giving?
  5. Can I get a copy of the associated ITRC document(s)?
  6. Will summaries of the Q&A sessions be available?
  7. What are ITRC customers saying about their ITRC Internet-based training experience?
  8. How can I share my story about how I am using the ITRC training information?
  9. How can I become a member of an ITRC team?
 

Planning to Attend an ITRC Classroom Training Class

 

Q: Where can I learn more about the ITRC classroom training courses?

A: You can visit the ITRC Training page to learn more. If you are registering for an ITRC training class for the first time, please add training@itrcweb.org to your address book or list of approved senders before registering. This will help ensure that you receive your registration confirmation email. If you would like, we can add you to our monthly distribution list advertising the ITRC classes. Please contact us at training@itrcweb.org to be added to this list.

 

Q: When is the next class, and will it be offered near my location?

A: ITRC develops classroom training then offers the training course 3-4 times per year for 3-4 years at locations across the United States. We expect to offer the class in various regions of the United States. As information becomes available, we update the ITRC Training page. Also, we send an email announcement about upcoming ITRC training events at the beginning of each month. If you would like us to add your email to the list to get the monthly announcements, please contact us at training@itrcweb.org.

 

Q: Are there scholarships available?

A: For local, state, and federal government; students; community stakeholders; and tribal representatives, ITRC may have a limited number of scholarships available. Please check the registration page for more information including contact information to request a scholarship.

 

Q: How much does a class cost?

A: Costs for training classes is available on the specific class’s registration page. ITRC may offer scholarships and discounts for the following groups:

  • For local, state, and federal government; students; community stakeholders; and tribal representatives, ITRC may have a limited number of scholarships available. Please check the registration page for more information including contact information to request a scholarship.
  • ITRC offers discounts for employees of the ITRC Industry Affiliate Program (IAP) members. In the registration pages, there is an opportunity to select your IAP member company, and the appropriate discount is applied. To learn more about becoming an IAP member company, please visit the Industry Affiliate Program page.
  • Course sponsors may receive a registration slot as part of sponsoring the class. Please contact us at training@itrcweb.org for more information.
 

Q: How do I sponsor a training class?

A: Organizations interested in sponsoring future classroom training courses, please contact the ITRC Training Program at training@itrcweb.org or 402-201-2419.

 

Q: Do you have a W-9? My organization needs it in order to process the payment.

A: We have a W-9 form for ECOS on file. To request a copy of the ECOS W-9, please contact training@itrcweb.org. ITRC is a program formed under the bylaws of the Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS), which is the research and educational arm of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS).  

 

Q: Can I get an electronic copy of the course booklet and/or slides?

A: We do not provide electronic copies of the course booklet or presentation slides; however, the ITRC team document that serves as a basis of the training class is available from the ITRC Guidance Documents page. You can download the document and listen to an archive of the associated Internet-based training class.

 

Q: Can I get a copy of the associated ITRC document(s)?

A: Yes, ITRC documents are available to download for free from the ITRC Guidance Documents page. This page also allows you to check availability of hard copies or CD's and request free copies. If you are with a state environmental organization, you can also contact your ITRC state POC as (s)he may have extra copies available. Contact information for ITRC state POCs is available on the ITRC State Points of Contact page.

 

Q: How can I share my story about how I am using the ITRC training information?

A: It is important for ITRC to document the use and value of our tools and resources. Please provide us feedback on how you are using ITRC documents and training courses. To share your information, go to the ITRC Feedback page or email us at training@itrcweb.org.

 

Q: How can I become a member of an ITRC team?

A: To find out more about ITRC membership, go to the ITRC Membership page.

 

Planning to Attend an ITRC Internet-based Training Class

 

Q: How does ITRC Internet-based training work?

A: ITRC delivers training courses via the Internet to reach a geographically dispersed audience of regulators, consultants, and other members of the environmental community. ITRC’s Internet-based training courses are delivered in conjunction with US EPA’s Technology Innovation and Field Services Division and use their Clu-in Live Web Events page. The training sessions last approximately two hours, cover technical and regulatory information specific to environmental technologies and innovative approaches, and are supported by consensus-based ITRC guidance documents. Question-and-answer periods allow for participant interaction with the instructors. At the end of the presentation, participants are guided to links for related documents and other resources available online.

People are welcome to participate from their own office or a location of their choice to enjoy the convenience of ITRC Internet-based training. We encourage group participation. One person can register at a location and then invite others to participate together. Group participation in a conference room can be a great way to generate discussion within your organization, perhaps even making the event part of a brown bag lunch.

There is no cost for you to participate, but you do need to register. Registration opens four to six weeks prior to the class. Registration is available from the ITRC Training page or directly at the Clu-in Live Web Events page. You may have to scroll down to find the class of interest.

You have two options when registering – phone line or streaming audio simulcast to access the audio portion of the training. Both options provide you with a website address to access the training materials. The only difference is how you receive the audio for the training class. With the phone line, you will call into a conference call system to hear the instructors and participate in the question-and-answer periods. When you call in at the scheduled class time, we ask you to mute the phone line to help prevent background noise. With the streaming audio simulcast, you will hear the audio portion of the training through your Internet connection. Once you register, you will be provided with the details you will need to participate.

 

Q: Where can I learn more about the ITRC courses?

A: You can visit the ITRC Training page to learn more. We open registration four to six weeks in advance of the class. There is no cost for you to participate but you do need to register. Registration will be available from the ITRC Training page or directly at the Clu-in Live Web page. You may have to scroll down to find the class of interest. Once you register, you will be provided with the details you will need to participate.   You can save the confirmation screen which provides class details, and you will also receive an email confirmation. If you are registering for an ITRC training class for the first time, please add training@itrcweb.org to your address book or list of approved senders before registering. This will help ensure that you receive your registration confirmation email. If you would like, we can add you to our monthly distribution list advertising the ITRC classes. Please contact us at training@itrcweb.org to be added to this list.

 

Q: Who develops ITRC training materials, and who are the instructors?

A: The curricula for training courses are primarily based on guidance document(s) developed by consensus-based ITRC technical teams made up of various sectors of the environmental community. ITRC technical teams develop guidance documents and training courses to meet the information needs of environmental professionals and other stakeholders. These products help state environmental agencies gain valuable technical knowledge and develop consistent regulatory approaches for reviewing and approving innovative technologies and approaches. State regulators lead ITRC technical teams, which rely on broad-based participation from state and federal agencies, industry, academia, and other stakeholders in building collective knowledge and collaborative products. Training instructors are a mix of various perspectives of the original technical team – state and federal regulators, practitioners, academia, community stakeholders, and owners/operators. To learn more about ITRC, please visit the About ITRC page.

 

Q: What courses are being offered and when?

A: For the most current details and information for ITRC on-line training, go to the ITRC Training page. This webpage includes details on ITRC courses as well as a schedule and course brochure that you can download. Registration will open four to six weeks in advance of the class date.

You can access an archive (view slides / listen) of a previous offering at the ITRC Internet-based training archives. Courses are listed alphabetically by title. You may have to scroll down to find the course of interest. You can also access the document that serves as the basis for the training course at the ITRC Guidance Documents page.

 

Q: How much does a class and/or archived offering cost?

A: ITRC’s Internet-based training classes are sponsored by ITRC and EPA with no cost for the participant. There is no cost to participate in the ITRC on-line training whether it is a “live” training session or an archive of a previously offered training session. Typically, each training course is based on a guidance document, and there is a set of presentation slides including additional information in the notes pages (accessible by download). There is no cost to download the information.

For live training events, you can register on-line at the Clu-in Live Web Events page. You may need to scroll down to find the class(es) of interest. You can access the archives (view slides / listen) from a previous class by going to the ITRC Internet-based training archives. Courses are listed alphabetically by title. You may need to scroll down to find the course(s) of interest. From both the archives and the live classes you can download the presentation and associated document(s). Registration for “live” events usually opens four to six weeks in advance of the training date. Once you register, you will be provided with participation details. You can save the confirmation screen which provides class details, and you will also receive an email confirmation. If you are registering for an ITRC training class for the first time, please add training@itrcweb.org to your address book or list of approved senders before registering. This will help ensure that you receive your registration confirmation email.

More information about ITRC’s Internet-based training courses is available at the ITRC Training page.

 

Registering for an ITRC Internet-based Training Class

 

Q: How do I register?

A: All registrations are completed through an on-line system. To register, go to the ITRC Training page and locate the class of interest and click on the registration button. This will take you to a registration page or the Clu-in Live Web Events page (you may need to scroll down to find the class(es) of interest); look for the ITRC logo, and follow the registration process from there. Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation with all the details you will need to participate. You can save the confirmation screen which provides class details, and you will also receive an email confirmation. If you are registering for an ITRC training class for the first time, please add training@itrcweb.org to your address book or list of approved senders before registering. This will help ensure that you receive your registration confirmation email.

Please note that times for ITRC's training classes are listed in the Eastern Time zone.

 

Q: What if I go to register and all registration space is filled?

A: We encourage people at the same location to participate together. If there is not someone already registered at your location, you can add your name to the waiting list. When a registrant cancels, the next person on the waiting list receives the registration slot.

 

Q: How do I participate with a large group?

A: Only one registration is necessary for a group of people in the same location. We suggest you set-up a conference room and project the presentation slides on a screen via access through the website.

Participating with a group can be very beneficial. You can have additional discussion after the training event to help implement information learned in the class. Participating together also make it easier for participants as they do not have to register individually. You could also use this as an opportunity for documenting continuing education by having a sign-in sheet and then distribute it after the class to attendees (depending on your continuing education requirements). For more information on continuing education, please see our FAQ: Do you offer continuing education documentation or related credit?

If you are a state environmental regulator, the ITRC state Point of Contact (POC) in your state may be available to help you participate in ITRC Internet-based training classes. Contact information is available on the ITRC State Points of Contact page.

 

Q: The class times do not fit my schedule. Can you reschedule?

A: As a general rule we offer our training courses on: Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Eastern time and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Eastern time. We attempt to accommodate as many time zones as possible to allow most people from across the U.S. to participate during normal working hours. In addition, we have participants all over the world so they often participate at times well beyond or before their work hours.

If these times don’t work for you, you can access archives of ITRC Internet-based training courses by going to the ITRC Internet-based training archives. Archives are available to you at your convenience day and night. Courses are listed alphabetically by title. Please note: you may need to scroll down to find the course of interest.

When you choose to view an archived course on-line, the link will take you to the course overview page. The presentation slides, including additional information in the notes pages, are available to download and print. You can access additional information including: biographies and pictures of the instructors, presentation overview, and links to additional resources. When you are ready to listen to the training, select “Go to Training.” On slide one, select the orange “sound” button. When prompted, select the appropriate media player.

You can also access the document that serves as the basis for the training course. Documents are free to download and are available from the ITRC Guidance Documents page.

 

Q: When registering, there is a phone option and a simulcast option, which should I choose?

A: You are welcome to select the phone line or simulcast options. Both options provide you with a website address to access the training materials. The only difference is how you receive the audio for the training class. Below are items to consider when making your selection:

  • In order to participate using the simulcast option, you need a sound card and speakers installed on your computer; an Internet connection for the duration of the class; and RealPlayer, RealOne Player, or Windows Media Player. The registration page provides links to download these players and lets you check if your computer is ready to participate.
  • Some organizations have firewalls that prevent simulcast participation. The registration page allows you to select a test clip to see if your organization allows simulcast participation.
  • Background noise from the phone participants can be disruptive to the training class. We ask phone participants to mute their phone line and avoid putting the call on hold during the training class. As the simulcast audience is not on the phone, they do not contribute background noise.
  • For the simulcast, Internet congestion at any point between Clu-in and the user can cause the audio to be interrupted resulting in the audio cutting in and out during the presentation.
  • If the volume is limited on your speaker phone, you may prefer the simulcast option. Using a computer, depending on your computer's ability, may allow you to increase the volume more than the speaker phone.
  • During question-and-answer periods, participants have the opportunity to ask questions and hear responses from the instructors. Since simulcast participants are not on the phone, they type in questions that are sent to the moderator who asks the questions aloud during the designated question-and-answer periods. Phone participants can ask their own question during the designated question-and-answer periods (and also have the option of typing in questions for the moderator to ask).
 

Q: Will I be provided with a registration confirmation and instructions?

A: After successfully completing the online registration process, you will see a confirmation screen which is in a printable format for your convenience. You can save the confirmation screen which provides class details. We will also send you an email confirmation immediately after you register.   If you are registering for an ITRC training class for the first time, please add training@itrcweb.org to your address book or list of approved senders before registering. This will help ensure that you receive your registration confirmation email. We also send reminders a couple days prior to the training class. If you don’t receive the information or have misplaced it, please email the ITRC Training Program at training@itrcweb.org or phone 402-201-2419.

 

Before the ITRC Internet-based Training Class

 

Q: Can I access the training materials and associated document(s) prior to the training?

A: Yes. Your registration confirmation includes the link to the training course website. On the course website, near the bottom of the page, the "Download Seminar For Future Reference" link allows you to download the presentation (including notes pages with additional detail). This presentation may be updated until one week prior to the training event. We encourage you to review the consensus-based ITRC technical and regulatory guidance documents which typically serve as the basis for ITRC training courses. The documents are available to download, at no cost, from the ITRC Guidance Documents page then select your topic.

 

Q: What happens if I register, but something comes up and I can’t attend?

A: If you decide you are not able to participate after you have registered, please let us know as soon as possible. By canceling, you will open the space for someone else to attend. At the bottom of your confirmation email, there is a link that allows you to cancel your registration. If you are unable to cancel from the registration confirmation, please email the ITRC Training Program at training@itrcweb.org or phone 402-201-2419.

Please check back for another offering of the class. Registration for the class will open four to six weeks in advance at the ITRC Training page or directly at the Clu-in Live Web Events page. As long as we have held the course previously, there will be an archive available at your convenience. You can access an archive (view slides / listen) of a previous offering at the ITRC Internet-based training archives. You will have to scroll down to find the course of interest. You can also access the document that serves as the basis for the training course available at the ITRC Guidance Documents page then select your topic.

 

During the Internet-based Training Class

 

Q: I can't find my registration confirmation. How can I join the class?

A: After successfully completing the online registration process you saw a confirmation screen which is in a printable format for your convenience. We also sent you an email confirmation immediately after you registered. Look for an email from the ITRC Training Program (training@itrcweb.org ). This email may have been automatically routed to your "junk mail" folder. If you cannot find the information, please email the ITRC Training Program at training@itrcweb.org or phone 402-201-2419.

 

Q: I tried to log on for the simulcast but do not hear anything. What is wrong?

A: The Clu-in registration provides sample clips to test your system before registering. You can choose Real Player (version G2 6 basic or higher), RealOne Player, or Windows Media Player (version 6 or higher). If you do not already have streaming audio software, you can download and install the free software before the training class. The registration page lists the options and allows you to test your computer before registering.

Your registration confirmation includes the information you need to participate. You should go to the website provided in your registration confirmation to join the training class. When you select "Go to Training," you will be prompted to provide your first and last name and the number of participants at your location. After you submit your information, the media player should automatically begin if you signed up for a simulcast port. Clu-in provides music for about 30 minutes before the training class and automatically switches over to the training class at the start time.

If you log on but do not hear anything, you should first check that you have joined the call at the right time. Our classes usually start at 2 PM Eastern time on Tuesdays and 11 AM Eastern time on Thursdays. Please check that you have joined the call at the corresponding time in your time zone.

Next, check that your computer speakers are connected and turned on. Often, both the media player software and your computer speakers include volume controls. Be sure both are turned on and at the appropriate volume levels.

You can visit the Clu-In Streaming Audio and Video Technical Assistance page to check your computer for readiness to participate in a simulcast. Limited assistance is also available as the class starts; please email the ITRC Training Program at training@itrcweb.org or phone 402-201-2419.

 

Q; What if I hear an echo when I am listening to the simulcast?

A: An echo when using the simulcast is often the result of having more than one browser with Windows Media Player open. Close extra browser windows until the echo is gone.

 

Q: How do I ask questions?

A: ITRC Internet-based training classes have designated question-and-answer periods. We ask that you hold your questions until the question-and-answer periods.

The phone line audience can ask their questions out loud when the moderator asks for questions during the designated question-and-answer period.

For the simulcast audience, once you select "Go to training" and sign in, the Clu-in page displays the slides for the presentation. At the top of the screen, there is a series of orange buttons. The question mark button allows you to send in a question to the moderator. The moderator asks simulcast questions during the question-and-answer periods.

 

Q: What if my question is not answered during the training class?

A: The ITRC Training Program tries to include as many simulcast questions from as many different people as possible during the training class; however, we often receive more simulcast questions than can adequately be answered during the designated question-and-answer periods. After the training class, we send unanswered simulcast questions to the instructors, copying the person asking the question. In some cases before sending the question to the instructor, we may follow up with the person asking the question to get clarification or check to see if a response to a similar question answered their question.

 

After the Internet-based Training Class

 

Q: Can I get a list of registrants from the training class?

A: As of April 2013, Clu-in no longer offers an option to see the list of registrants due to privacy policy updates (see additional information below on obtaining your participation records).

 

Q: Do you offer continuing education documentation or related credit?

A: For classroom training, a certificate of participation will be provided to all participants. ITRC has arranged for continuing education credit with some licensing boards. Please see the classroom training registration page for more details. For our Internet-based training courses, ITRC does not formally offer continuing education documentation or related credits. However, we know that many people are able to use ITRC's Internet-based training courses to help meet their continuing education needs. Please talk with your organization or appropriate licensing board for their requirements and if they will accept ITRC courses.

In order to help people seeking to use ITRC Internet-based training to meet their continuing education needs, we provide the following information:

  • Registration confirmation – provides the registrant's name and date/time of the training class.
  • Presentation overview – briefly describes the training course, available on the training webpage.
  • Instructor biographies – highlights the instructors work experience and education, available from the training webpage.
  • List of your participation records – you can request an email with your participation records for all Clu-in events at http://www.clu-in.org/training/records/
  • Onsite documentation – if you are hosting a group of people, you could provide a sign-in sheet to document participation at your location.   Depending on individual continuing education requirements, this information may be helpful to document participation.
  • Feedback confirmation – after the training class, each person who attends at a location can provide feedback and receive an email with his/her name and date/time of the class as well as the time the feedback was received. The feedback form is available from the training webpage (provided in the registration confirmation email). Near the end of the form, there is a place to check if you want a confirmation email sent. After the feedback is submitted, there is a link to go back to the form so another participant can also send in feedback.

In some states, the ITRC state Point of Contact (POC) has been instrumental in helping attain continuing education credit for ITRC courses. Contact information for ITRC state POCs is available on the ITRC State Points of Contact page.

 

Q: How are ITRC customers using ITRC Internet-based training to meet their continuing education needs?

A: ITRC does not formally offer continuing education documentation or related credits for our Internet-based training courses. However, we know that many people are able to use ITRC's Internet-based training courses to help meet their continuing education needs. Here are examples:

  • Oklahoma's Petroleum Storage Tank Division approved five ITRC Internet-based training courses for their continuing education requirements which were related to their program interests in 2006.
  • New York's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) allows ITRC Internet-based training courses to meet continuing education requirements for DEC employees.
  • Iowa's Underground Storage Tank (UST) Section may pre-approve UST-related ITRC Internet-based training courses and accept them for continuing education when they are taken at the state's office or through the Environmental Professionals of Iowa and include an on-site sign-in sheet

Please talk with your organization or appropriate licensing board for their requirements and if they will accept ITRC courses (more information is available in FAQ: Do you offer continuing education documentation or related credit?)

 

Q: Can I use slides/content from the training in a presentation that I’m giving?

A: If you would like to use ITRC materials in a presentation or publication, please view the ITRC Usage Policy to determine how it applies to you.

 

Q: Can I get a copy of the associated ITRC document(s)?

A: Yes, ITRC documents are available to download for free from the ITRC Guidance Documents page. This page also allows you to check availability of hard copies or CD's and request free copies. If you are with a state environmental organization, you can also contact your ITRC state POC as (s)he may have extra copies available. Contact information for ITRC state POCs is available on the ITRC State Points of Contact page.

 

Q: Will summaries of the Q&A sessions be available?

A: We do not currently provide summaries of the Q&A sessions. We can make an audio file available to you if you would like to listen again.

 

Q: What are ITRC customers saying about their ITRC Internet-based training experience?

A: Click here to learn what our customers say about ITRC training.

 

Q: How can I share my story about how I am using the ITRC training information?

A: It is important for ITRC to document the use and value of our tools and resources. Please provide us feedback on how you are using ITRC documents and training courses. To share your information, go to the ITRC Feedback page or email us at training@itrcweb.org.

 

Q: How can I become a member of an ITRC team?

A: To find out more about ITRC membership, go to the ITRC Membership page