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National Pollution Discharge Elimination System

EPA Institute


Throughout the course of this online National Pollution Discharge Elimination System training course, students will work with experts in the field to gain a tighter grasp on the Clean Water Act and its control on discharges to surface water.

This online course offers students an in-depth look at the key aspects of the Clean Water Act, this includes:

  • Technology-based requirements
  • Effluent limitations
  • Water quality standards
  • Permitting
  • Enforcement
  • Control of polluted runoff
  • Resolution of interstate disputes

Students in this online National Pollution Discharge Elimination System training class will learn to evaluate the success of the Clean Water Act in the protection and improvement of water quality, and discusses other statutory and common law mechanisms for water pollution control.

Students in this online NPDES training will conduct significant practice with interpretation of statutes and regulations, and will examine a myriad of NPDES related areas, such as:

  • Components of Clean Water Act
  • Numeric and narrative water quality standards developed by states for each water
  • Water Quality Standards and Water Quality Criteria
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
  • Regulation of discharges from municipal and industrial point sources
  • Technology Based Effluent Limits
  • Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)
  • Regulatory correction of NPDES sources by setting Water-Quality Based Effluent Limits
  • Incentive-based non-point source corrections
  • Why storm-water discharge is a concern
  • Types of storm-water permits and Section 404 permits
  • Which municipalities need a storm-water permit
  • How storm-water and section 404 permitting requirements affect construction project
  • What happens to businesses, municipalities or projects if they do not obtain proper storm-water permits and section 404 permit

The goal of this online NPEDES class is to aid students in becoming familiar with the detailed history and requirements set by the NPDES program, and to offer them a flexible method of learning to determine which projects, activities, or systems require coverage under an NPDES permit.

This online course will also enable students with the knowledge that is needed for NPDES compliance, which includes:

  • How to properly complete permits for submission to regulatory agencies, including preparation of SWPPP and Section 404 permit programs.
  • Requirements for municipal and construction NPDES Phase II Storm-water permits.
  • Who needs to apply for permits.
  • Techniques for simplifying the permit preparation process.
  • Descriptions of available BMP's and when/where they should be implemented.
  • Identification of key planning documentation and field implementation issues for permit writers.


Following the successful completion of this online NPDES training course, students will have gained the skills and knowledge that is needed to:

  • Identify several features common to the federal pollution control statutes that regulate the Corps. In particular, students will be able to identify the sanctions which are applicable under the pollution control statutes and the principles under which they are imposed.
  • Identify major programs under the Clean Air Act and the basic requirements they impose.
  • Identifying when an NPDES permit is required and the basic requirements that this program imposes.
  • Describing in words the potential impact of pollution on aquatic life.
  • List the major types of common pollutants to surface water.
  • Describing in words the impacts associated with the major types of common pollutants.
  • Describing in words NPDES and how it is related to waste-water treatment plants.
  • Learning the origins of the NPDES storm-water permitting programs and requirements, as well as preview any new rules.
  • Learning the requirement and procedure of Section 404 Permit.
  • Implementing Best Management Practice in construction projects.


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-EPA6
cost $129.00
estimated time to
complete course
4 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.