The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™

The Premier Full-Coverage Environmental Compliance Course!

The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™ is the Aarcher Institute’s most popular course because of its proven value to both those new to the environmental field and experienced professionals who want new perspective on the full range of environmental compliance requirements. Join fellow environmental professionals and our team of instructors to study environmental requirements and lean from real-life regulatory challenges and innovative compliance strategies.

Year after year, this course has delivered solid value to environmental managers with recently expanded responsibilities, and seasoned EH&S professionals in need of a refresher. This course establishes a foundation of core technical issues and breaks down the environmental legislative and rulemaking processes, before providing a clear and complete presentation of principle environmental regulations applicable to most facilities and organizations.

Thousands of students have attended this course, and referred their colleagues. The Aarcher Institute presents this course throughout the country, and we hope to meet you at an upcoming offering!

Who should attend?

While many of the Aarcher Institute advanced courses focus on specific environmental laws, requirements, or management strategies, providing detailed/expert instruction on those topics, our Bootcamp course provides broad coverage of environmental challenges and regulations.

This course is valuable for a wide range of professionals, including EH&S managers, environmental compliance specialists, other facility and site personnel with environmental and supply chain responsibilities, environmental consultants and engineers, as well as other professional office staff. Whether you need to review all environmental requirements to verify you are not missing anything, get introduced to the full range of environmental requirements, or take a fresh look at the current status of the regulations, this course is perfect.

What is the course format?

The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp TM  covers a wide range of technical and regulatory information and is a rigorous 4 days. To keep the course interesting and enjoyable, the Aarcher Institute uses multiple instructors, unique breakout workshop sessions, and planned breaks. Courses are held in pleasant and easily accessible locations, and training venues are selected to allow you to escape distractions and focus on the presented material in a professional setting. All locations offer wireless service and Internet access so you can stay connected.  Because our instructors teach exclusively for the Aarcher Institute, using our exclusive content, course modules are presented in logical sequences and information is not fragmented and does not overlap. Discussions among instructors and attendees explore unique environmental management challenges and proven compliance strategies. All attendees are encouraged to ask questions throughout the course.

Aarcher Institute instructors cover a wide range of topics in separate training modules, each focusing on the intent of the environmental requirement, applicability, and specific physical, administrative, planning, preparedness, and training requirements. Each training module includes practical compliance strategies and open discussion.

What does this course deliver?

The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp TM provides attendees with a foundation for identifying and understanding environmental requirements applicable to your organization. The course helps ensure that you will leave with a more complete understanding of the environmental regulatory framework, and with improved awareness and knowledge to prevent mistakes and minimize risks to your organization. We believe in the value of lifelong learning, and this course provides a core of environmental regulatory knowledge to prepare you for career success.

Over the past five years, 2,000 students have gained a more complete understanding of environmental laws, regulations, and programs that affect your organization, how they relate to one another, and how they can be more effectively managed by completing this course by the Aarcher Institute.

When you attend this course you’ll be provided with a course binder, useful references, example documents, and other tools for your use when you return from the course; instructor reference contacts; free access to an online environmental compliance discussion forum; your notes from the presentations and discussions; and an embossed certificate.

If you maintain professional credentials requiring continuing education credits, The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp TM  has been approved by all environmental, safety, legal, and engineering certifying bodies. Our Continuing Education Matrix provides a summary of current professional certification credits, maintenance points, and CEUs awarded to Institute courses.

Why choose this course?

We understand that you have a choice of environmental regulatory training options, including self-paced on-line slide sets, webinars, conferences, update bulletins, and instructor-led, live courses. We believe the most effective learning experience is created from live courses, where attendees are able to spend a few days focusing on a topic, guided by expert instructors presenting material in a personal and engaging manner, responding to questions, and encouraging students to share personal perspectives and experiences with one another.

This course was developed and is continually refined to adjust the topics presented and amount of time committed based on the challenges faced by todays environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) managers. Each topic includes compliance recommendations and insights created by our instructor team. The training materials in this course are owned by the Aarcher Institute and not available through any other source.

As we evolve and improve our team, we select our instructors very carefully, just as we do our course materials. Our instructors are highly qualified, practicing EH&S professionals and compliance experts who have been carefully selected based on their regulatory knowledge, relevant perspectives, professionalism, and demonstrated training ability. We are proud of our exclusive instructor team.

What’s covered in the course?

The Original Environmental Compliance BootcampTM focuses on foundational skills and knowledge of EH&S professionals, current environmental laws and requirements, proven compliance strategies, and emerging management approaches:

  • Environmental Compliance and Management Perspectives
    • Evolution of US environmental laws
    • Applicability and interrelationship of environmental requirements
    • Enforcement principles and current trends
  • Hazardous and Solid Wastes
    • Solid waste management
    • Hazardous waste accumulation, transportation, treatment, and disposal
    • Used oil management
    • Universal hazardous wastes
  • Lead, Asbestos, and PCB Management
  • Water Quality Regulations and Permits
    • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting
    • Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
    • Safe Drinking Water Act
    • Stormwater Discharge Permitting
    • Stormwater Pollution Prevention (SWPP) Plans
    • Spill Prevention Controls and Countermeasures (SPCC) Requirements and Plans
  • Aboveground Storage Tank Requirements
  • Underground Storage Tank Requirements
  • Air Emissions Permitting/Clean Air Act Compliance
  • Environmental Management Strategies
    • Pollution prevention assessments and strategies
    • Environmental Management Systems / ISO 14000
    • Voluntary environmental reporting systems
    • Internal compliance auditing
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
    • Release reporting
    • Site identification, characterization, and corrective action
    • Property transfer and the All Appropriate Inquiry Standard
  • Hazardous Materials Management
    • Chemical Classes and Characteristics
    • Container and facility design
    • Storage requirements (EPA, OSHA, NFPA, Industry Codes)
  • Hazard Communication and Reporting
    • EPCRA (Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act) Compliance
      • Release Notification
      • Annual Reports
    • Hazard Communication Standard 2012 / GHS
    • Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)
  • Natural and Cultural Resource Protection Laws
    • Wetlands and Endangered Species Regulations
    • NHPA Section 106 requirements
    • Effects on site development and proposed projects
    • Public and private sector impacts
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
    • Applicability to private sector activities
    • Federal proposed actions
  • Environmental Regulatory Horizon

Course Agendas are subject to change

The Original Environmental Compliance BootcampTM focuses on foundational skills and knowledge of EH&S professionals, current environmental laws and requirements, proven compliance strategies, and emerging management approaches:

Day One: 8:15 AM – 4:15 PM

  • Introduction and Course Overview
  • Environmental Perspectives and Legal Structure
  • CERCLA
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Management

Day Two: 8:15 AM – 4:15 PM

  • Water Quality Regulations and Permits
  • Stormwater Discharge Permitting/Stormwater Pollution Prevention (SWPP) Plans
  • Spill Prevention Controls and Countermeasures (SPCC) Requirements and Plans

Day Three: 8:15 AM – 4:15 PM

  • Air Quality Regulations and Permits
  • Hazardous Materials Management
  • Hazard Communication and Reporting
  • Lead, Asbestos, and PCBs

Day Four: 8:15 AM – 3:00 PM

  • Natural and Cultural Resource Protection Laws
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Storage Tanks (AST/UST)
  • Compliance and Management Strategies
  • Environmental Regulatory Horizon
  • Regulatory Review and Discussion

The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™ utilizes a multi-instructor format to keep the instruction engaging and align instructor personal experience with course subject matter. The Aarcher Institute adheres to strict instructor selection and approval procedures, based on individual instructor’s ability to meet training objectives and offer current experience and fresh perspectives. The Aarcher Institute selects instructors for each open enrollment and onsite Bootcamp training course from its pool of approved instructors, including:

Craig J. Schwartz, CHMM, CPEA, CET, is an environmental regulatory compliance expert, with more than 20 years hands on experience assisting clients achieve and maintain compliance nationwide. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor  (CPEA). He has also achieved certification by the US Army Corps of Engineers  as a wetland delineator, UST operator certifications in multiple states, several state-level sediment and erosion control certifications, pesticide manager certification, and RAB/QSA ISO 14001 Lead Auditor certification training. Craig formerly served as technical manager for the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Wetlands Information Hotline, program manager for USEPA Enforcement Support Services (ESS), project manager for the development of comprehensive environmental compliance audit protocols, and technical lead for hundreds of facility environmental plans and permit applications. Craig has supported more than 250 private companies and Federal agencies, ranging from steel mills to the US Army, and has led environmental compliance assistance audits for more than 350 facilities in 42 states, and has been approved by the USEPA as a third-party compliance evaluator.


Bonnie Wisniewski, CHMM, CPEA is an environmental and safety regulatory compliance expert with more than 20 years hands-on experience assisting clients nationwide achieve and maintain compliance. She is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA). She has also completed RAB/QSA ISO 14001 Lead Auditor certification training. Her background includes extensive field work as a multimedia compliance auditor and technical researcher and writer, developing comprehensive environmental compliance audit protocols, training programs, policy, plans, and procedures. Bonnie is currently Program Manager of the Bureau of Land Management Compliance Assessment – Safety, Health, and the Environment (CASHE) program and is AARCHER’s Rocky Mountain Division Manager managing other compliance programs for the Department of Treasury, USDA Forest Service, and private industry. She also manages AARCHER’s Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 Technical Assistance and Sanitary Survey contract for providing technical support to Wyoming public drinking water systems. She oversees and is responsible for the technical quality of all Division work products.


Bill Decker, PE, is a registered professional engineer in 32 States and has extensive environmental regulatory compliance experience related to water and waste issues. He has more than 25 years experience preparing permit applications, solving client environmental challenges, and developing SPCC Plans, Facility Response Plans, Storm Water permitting, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Planning, Hazardous Material & Waste Management Plans, Pollution Prevention Plans, and Waste Analysis Plans.


Bob LaRosa is a Professional Engineer with more than 29 years experience in occupational safety and health program management and environmental engineering. This experience includes environmental site and hazardous waste investigations and remedial activities for the real estate, solid waste, petroleum, manufacturing, financial, and construction industries and the government sector.