How much does in-person / live / on-site SPCC training cost?

Written By: Doug Ruhlin | Jan 14, 2014

Time to Read 7 Minutes

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 the training include? How long is it? What do you cover? And, the most common 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, let alone SPCC Training. We understand you have concerns over how much training is going to cost, especially in today's world of shrinking budgets.

How much does SPCC Training cost?

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 SPCC 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. A good SPCC trainer 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. Annual SPCC Training online can be great for a high-level overview of your SPCC Plan. This is great if you are already knowledgeable and just need to get your annual training done, but sometimes getting someone on-site at your operation is much more beneficial. An on-site instructor can 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 SPCC 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 SPCC 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 SPCC 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 SPCC 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 SPCC Training to cost 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 of SPCC training, so it's somewhat hard to put a set price on training. SPCC 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 really 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 when it comes to SPCC Training. 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 SPCC Training costs are no objection. It's up to you!

Online SPCC Training

Additional SPCC Training Cost Considerations

Just like everything else in life, you get what you pay for. Annual SPCC training is no different. For many different types of businesses out there, dealing with live, on-site, or in-person training can be time-consuming, which is why we commonly see operations turn to online SPCC Training due to ease of use, ease of scheduling, and cost considerations.

Whatever you decide, make sure that your training is documented and stored in your SPCC Plan in the event that an inspector shows up. And if we didn’t make this clear already – and we can’t stress it enough – you absolutely MUST perform annual SPCC Training in some manner. Not doing so could cost you thousands of dollars more than simply conducting the training in the first place.

Answers to the Most Common SPCC Questions

Need more info on SPCC Plans?

If you're overwhelmed, you're not alone. RMA has been actively involved in helping companies get and stay in compliance since our founding in 1992. Long story short, we know the ins and outs of the environmental problems industrial and commercial facilities face and can help you get into compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations, ensuring your business stays out of trouble and in compliance.

Our staff members have been on-site at thousands of commercial and industrial operations across the country, so when we say we've seen it all and done it all, we mean it. We've helped everyone, from globe-spanning, multi-national organizations to small "mom & pop" operations. No matter your size, industry, or location, we'd love to learn how we can help.

So, if you're having any type of issue at your operation and need the help of an environmental consulting firm with a proven track record, reach out. Even if we can't help, we’ll do our best to steer you in the right direction.

Feel free to contact us at, click here to contact us, or give us a call anytime at 888-RMA-0230 to learn how we can help your operation deal with environmental regulations.

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