We discuss factors that go into the SPCC training costs.
SPCC Training is an often overlooked aspect of many companies training programs. I've never figured out why, but many people brush it off as common sense. For some people, hiring an outside SPCC expert to conduct training is their best bet. Here we discuss what goes into the price or cost of SPCC training, and what you can expect to pay for SPCC training.
For some reason, our phones have been ringing off the hook with people looking for environmental training. What's going on? Is the EPA knocking down doors looking for proof of training?
When it comes to SPCC training, we get a bunch of questions on the topic. What does training include? How long is it? What do you cover? And, the most commont question, how much does SPCC training cost?
Understanding the Cost of SPCC Training
Hey, we're just like everyone else, in the fact we like to shop around and know we're getting a good deal on whatever it is we're buying. We know no one wants to pay too much for any sort of environmental training. We understand you have concerns over how much training is going to cost, especially in today's world of shrinking budgets.
Maybe this is where you're at right now. Maybe you've just discovered you're not in compliance with your SPCC plan because you're not conducting annual training. You know you need training, you want someone who is an expert, can communicate and educate well, and not break the bank. Is this sounding familiar?
SPCC Training Prices & Costs
Based on our experiences, and having conducted hundreds of SPCC training workshops sessions all over the US, we have a pretty good idea of what you should expect to get out of training, and what it should cost you as well, regardless of where, when, how, or who is providing the training. You should expect:
- A qualified trainer. They should be experienced with SPCC regulations, as well as someone who can educate well. We hate leaving a room hearing a lot but not learning anything. They should also be able to tie into other regulatory requirements, such as letting you know if your facility should be conducting TRI Reporting or Tier II Reporting based on your petroleum onsite.
- SPCC training for your facility. Don't accept boiler plate training (unless that's what you're looking for). Your training should use and reference your SPCC Plan. It should go over how you operate, your facility, your staff, and important information found in your SPCC Plan. Training should focus on your business.
- Train once, teach forever. We're big advocates of providing training to your staff member once, so he can then retrain whenever necessary. As much as we would like to have you sign up for training year after year, we know it's not good business on our end, and doesn't make sense financially for you. Your initial round of training should educate your staff member enough so they become an in-house expert, who can train others as necessary.
- Interactive & enjoyable SPCC training. Hey, just because we're going over regulations doesn't mean we can't spice it up a little. Your trainer should be able to communicate effectively, clearly, and engage your audience. Maybe some interaction, maybe a joke or two, some field examples, anything really, as long as your personnel can stay with them, relate, and learn the concepts being taught.
So, all things considered, you can expect a lump sum of anywhere between $500 and $4,000 for good, or more, for qualified training, based on the level of expertise of the training, the intricacies of your site, and the time necessary to travel to your operation, as well as prep time, administrative expenses, etc.
As you can tell, there's a good amount of variables that go into the cost, and it's somewhat hard to put a set price on training. Costs are so different because it's possible to go all out, or completely cut costs and do it on the cheap. Whoever you choose for environmental training, make sure you understand why and what you're paying for. Anyone who's real cheap I would be very leery of. Anyone who's overly expensive usually isn't worth it.
In the end, you need to consider what cost makes the most sense for you. You need to consider whether it’s worth your time to try and bluff your way through the training yourself. Maybe you want to hire a low-priced trainer who lacks experience, or risk the liability of a major oil spill with high penalties that might come from not doing any annual training. Maybe money is not an issue and you want the best of the best. It's up to you!
If you need environmental training help, want to learn the cost of environmental training from RMA, or would like some more information about SPCC Plans and training, click here to contact RMA online, or call us today at (609) 693-8301 to see how we can help your business.