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SPCC Compliance Manager™

SPCC Training for Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Regulations

Our 2-Day SPCC training course prepares you to effectively develop Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure plans and manage compliance for your facilities.

Learn How To Best Meet Your Facility’s SPCC Plan Requirements.

Facilities subject to spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) regulations must develop and effectively implement SPCC plans. With regulations changing regularly, agency interpretations and guidance emerging, and deadlines for the updated plans looming, staying up to speed on compliance with this program can be challenging.

The SPCC Compliance Manager™ course is designed for those responsible for developing SPCC plans, managing SPCC compliance programs, or evaluating SPCC compliance.

This course includes focused training, group discussions, and class exercises. Relevant handouts, including the current EPA SPCC Inspector’s Guide and SPCC inspection checklists, are provided to help you understand what the inspectors are looking for. The course covers all changes to the rule finalized in 2002, and is continually updated to include the many modifications and additions made since then. Any recent changes will also be incorporated. Course handout materials form a useful reference source for your continued use.

If you have an SPCC plan, you are encouraged to bring a copy to class, along with a copy of the applicable federal/state permit, so your plan can be reviewed by the class and instructor and an action plan developed to bring your plan into full compliance.

What’s covered in the course?

This course will leave you well-qualified to lead SPCC compliance programs at your organization.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Oil and its impacts on the environment
  • Clean Water Act overview
  • Navigable water definition
  • Focus of SPCC laws
  • DOT/EPA Memorandum of Understanding
  • History of SPCC law development
  • Facilities required to prepare an SPCC plan
  • Regulation-specific definitions
  • Types of regulated containers
  • Exemptions from SPCC
  • Overfill Prevention
  • Container and equipment inspections
  • Loading/unloading racks and other transfer operations
  • Personnel training
  • Spills and oil discharges
  • Security requirements
  • Impracticability statements and deviations from SPCC regulation
  • In-depth look at secondary containment
  • Exercise – review 40 CFR 112
  • Regional inspector guidance document
  • Aboveground storage tanks regulations and required features
  • Common oil container deficiencies
  • Benefits of developing a SPCC plan
  • SPCC Plan requirements
  • How to address amendments to your plan
  • Exercise – plan review
  • Inspector’s Guidance SPCC Plan review checklist
  • Contingency plans – Oil Spill Contingency Plans, Facility Response Plans, and Integrated Contingency Plans
  • Exercise – Plan critique (available with in-person attendance only) Attendees evaluate both example and student-provided plans to find any compliance deficiencies and discuss practical opportunities for improvement

Course Agendas are subject to change

Day 1: 8:15 am – 4:15 pm

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Oil Management Background
  • Regulatory Development
  • Applicability
  • Lunch
  • SPCC Facility Requirements
  • Secondary Containment
  • Exercise 1 Inspectors Guide
  • Class Ends for Day

Day 2: 8:15 am – 3:00 pm

  • Aboveground Storage Tanks
  • SPCC Plan Requirements
  • Contingency Plans
  • Lunch

Day 2: 12:00PM

  • Course Ends for Virtual Attendees

Practical Application Exercises In-Person Attendees Only

  • Exercise 2 – Plan Review
  • Exercise 3 – Plan Critique – Evaluation of example and student plans
  • Review
  • Class End

Craig J. Schwarz, CHMM, CPEA, CET,  is an environmental regulatory compliance expert, with more than 25 years hands on experience assisting clients nationwide. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA). Craig has prepared approximately 50 SPCC plans and has evaluated the compliance status of approximately 750 SPCC plans and regulated facilities. Craig has served as Aarcher Institute instructor since 2005 and has delivered training to more than 900 students. He has been awarded a Certified Environmental, Health, and Safety (CET) certification based on this experience and knowledge of adult education methods.


Bob LaRosa, PE, is an environmental engineer and regulatory compliance specialist with more than 30 years’ experience supporting clients in the federal government and in a variety of industries, including chemical, petroleum, transportation, telecommunication, food processing, pharmaceuticals.  He has developed and implements SPCC plans at more than 100 different facilities in the transportation, industrial, commercial and government sectors.  As a licensed Professional Engineer, Bob reviews and approves SPCC plans for Aarcher, Inc.  He has been involved in continual updates and improvements to the course. Bob is an effective and practiced instructor, with experience delivering more than 60 courses to nearly 1,000 students.


Bill Decker, PE, is a registered professional engineer in 32 States and is an expert in SPCC regulations and compliance strategies. He has more than 25 years experience of facility environmental compliance experience and has authored, evaluated, and approved SPCC plans for facilities in nearly every state. Bob is an energetic instructor who has successfully delivered Aarcher Institute courses to more than 500 students over the past 5 years.