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Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act Intermediate

EPA Institute


This online CERCLA course has been designed as an in-depth look at the various components that are used in the remediation of contamination from hazardous waster disposals that endanger public health and the environment.

While in this online CERCLA program, students will work to develop their understanding of the various provisions that are currently in place, including release reporting requirements in CERCLA Section 103 and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) Sections 302-312.

Throughout the course of this online CERCLA training program, each student will conduct an in-depth review of the Remedial investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) process as it applies to DOE's environmental restoration program.

Also, this online Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act class will take a close look at the present regulatory processes that govern the assessment and remediation as well as the federal, state and local programs dealing with the regulatory framework, governing Superfund.

Topics that are covered in this online course include:

  • Superfund program
  • Cleanup and abatement orders
  • Release reporting
  • The National Contingency Plan (NCP)
  • The administrative record
  • The hazard ranking system

At the end of this online CERCLA class, individuals will have gained a pre-advanced knowledge of appropriate regulations as well as the various areas of hazardous waste management and cleanup requirements. This course includes 0.6 CEU credits.


The following objectives have been set for individuals who participate in this online CERCLA training course:

  • Identify characteristics of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • Understand the hazardous terminology, National Priority List (NPL)
  • Remedial phase and liability provision
  • Learn about the three types of response activities defined under CERCLA
  • Removal, remedial, and enforcement programs
  • Develop a broad conceptual model of the site which includes, but is not limited to, identifying potential exposure concerns, the information necessary for an evaluation, and stakeholders concerns.
  • Develop conclusions regarding preventing or reducing exposure; the likelihood of adverse health effects; the degree of public health hazard posed by the site; critical data gaps; and need for health education, exposure investigations.
  • Understand the process of CERLA enforcement, and enforcement Audit.
  • Understand the key provisions of CERCLA and SARA


CEUs are awarded for participation in educational activities with professional associations, business and industry, occupational groups, and education. Workshops, seminars, training programs, conferences, institutes, and short courses may qualify. As a guideline, these activities must be developed for a specific clientele, with the purpose of professional updating, re-certification, re-licensing, and retraining/vocational adjustment, or new career orientation.

Participants earn one CEU for each 10 "contact" hours spent in an organized educational activity. According to requirements set by the National Task Force on Continuing Education, this activity must meet under the direction of an approved sponsor and qualified instructors.

Generally, a 60-minute clock hour is the standard of measurement for each contact hour. Any portion of an hour does not count toward CEUs. The total number of CEUs awarded depends on how much time a participant spends in a formal learning situation.

course quick facts
course code DED-EPA10
cost $129.99
estimated time to
complete course
6 Hours
course materials
365 Days

This online course is taught in conjunction with the EPA Institute - a leader in EPA training and environmental education. The EPA Institute's environmental education courses provide students with a flexible option for developing the skills and exploratory experience that is needed to reach their fullest potential as independent thinkers and professionals who are better equipped to address a variety of environmental issues.