Training Descriptions

40-hour HAZWOPER - General Site Worker:

Meets the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120. Each student will have a thorough understanding of the potential hazards to health and safety associated with cleanup and emergency response. It is designed for general site workers who remove hazardous waste or who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards. Students will learn the use of personal protective equipment and air monitoring instruments, toxicology, medical surveillance, decontamination, emergency response planning, confined space entry, and spill containment. Taught by instructors from EMI-Alaska and NIT Alaska.


Household Hazardous Waste Management:

Provides a comprehensive understanding of identifying, handling, disposing and shipping hazardous waste (HHW) in remote Alaskan villages. By the end of the course, students will have an improved understanding of how to prioritize wastes in their community and when they need to request assistance in handling certain wastes. This course focuses on finding local solutions to HHW re-use and disposal, as well as minimizing costs associated with shipping HHW to the lower 48. Taught buy instructors from Delta Backhaul Company. 


CPR/First Aid/AED Operation:

Designed for employees and/or designated first responders who have a duty to respond to a first aid or cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. Training includes time for students to practice first aid, CPR, and AED with a certified instructor. Taught by instructors from EMI-Alaska and NIT Alaska.


Alaska Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead:

A two-day course designed to enhance compliance with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's Construction General Permit for storm water discharges. The class includes the erosion and sedimentation processes, the regulatory requirements, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, Best Management Practices, inspection, record keeping, and cold climate challenges. Taught by instructors from NIT Alaska.


ATV/ORV Operation, Maintenance, and Safety:

Covers general repairs and maintenance, fluids and lubes, and tools and inspections. Tools and hardware will be available onsite. Taught by instructors from NIT Alaska.


Alaska Qualified Sampler Training:

Introduces students to environmental data collection and sampling methods in the Alaskan Arctic and sub-Arctic. Course instruction is relevant to compliance, environmental assessments, and permafrost engineering, with the objective of providing students with practical, marketable skills in the growing environmental sector, with a focus on the Arctic. Taught by instructors from Sustainable Earth Research.


GPS/GIS Basics for Environmental Workers:

Introduces students to basic GPS and GIS principles through hands-on exercises. Hand-held Garmin GPS receivers are used as part of a field mapping exercise and collected data are imported into GIS to allow calculation of basic spatial statistics and produce a map. Taught by instructors from Alaska Pacific University.


Forest Inventory Technician Training:

This 10-day training focuses on the knowledge and skills required to work safely and effectively as part of a forest inventory field team. Students will gain an understanding of Alaska's forest ecology, forest measurements and inventory techniques, GPS/GIS operation, delayed response first aid, wildlife awareness, and firearm safety. Class will be conducted on the APU campus in Anchorage and will include lecture and field instruction, regardless of weather. Taught by instructors from Alaska Pacific University.


Hazardous Materials Awareness:

Provides a general introduction to hazardous materials. Students will gain a better understanding of health and environmental regulations, hazardous materials identification systems, common locations for hazardous materials, potential impacts, how hazardous materials enter the body and contaminate the environment, safety data sheets, how communities can increase their emergency response to hazardous material incidents, and how to better protect from spills. Taught by instructors from EMI-Alaska.


Delayed First Aid and CPR:

Designed for individuals that need training on dealing with injuries where help may be delayed and medical equipment is limited. Wilderness treatment guidelines are consolidated with the American Red Cross First Aid programs. Taught by instructors from Learn to Return.


Wildlife Awareness and Shotgun Defense:

Designed for anyone interested in improving their wildlife awareness, deterrent and defensive skills. Specific threats and common deterrent techniques and equipment are covered. The afternoon is spent at the local range detailing weapon safety and coaching students on improving their shooting comfort and proficiency. Situational awareness and conflict avoidance are stressed during this training. Taught by Learn to Return.


Confined Space Entry:

Meets the requirements of the State of Alaska Department of Labor (8AAC61.01001.1401) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA 29CFR 1910.146 and 29CFR 1910.147 and ANSI standards (Z117.1-1989). It covers the basics of confined space work through lectures, DVDs or video tapes, and slides. Taught by instructors from EMI-Alaska.


OSHA 10-hour General Industry Safety:

Designed for entry-level workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in general industry. The class also provides information on workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. Students who complete the course receive a completion card from OSHA. Taught by instructors from EMI-Alaska.