Can I do SPCC Training online?

Written By: Dennis Ruhlin | Aug 23, 2021

Time to Read 7 Minutes

Learn whether you can take an online SPCC Training course.

As our world continues to become more and more technologically advanced and online-based, you may be left wondering whether it’s possible for you to skip the usual in-person environmental training session, and instead knock out your SPCC Annual Training online when it’s more convenient for you and your schedule.

If this sounds familiar, let’s tackle the subject and quickly discuss whether or not you can take online SPCC Training options instead of a traditional on-site, or classroom-style training session.

Do I even really need SPCC Training?

Whether you like it or not, SPCC Training is required annually. That is, if you have an SPCC Plan, anyone who handles oil or is involved in any aspect of your SPCC Plan must take training at least once every year. If you don’t, you could face harsh penalties from regulatory agencies for failing to do so.

We get it – scheduling a training session isn’t easy. With conflicting schedules, vacation time & sick days, emergencies, geographically separated facilities, etc., coordinating SPCC Training can quickly turn into a serious headache.

Can I do SPCC Training online?

The answer is yes, you can take an online SPCC Training course as your form of annual SPCC training. Not only can you, but in this day and age, you should! No more juggling schedules missed webinars or stepping out of a training session because you received an urgent phone call. With online training, you can train at your own speed, on your own time, whenever it’s convenient for you (or your staff members)!

Win-Win? We think so.

What does online SPCC training entail?

That is going to depend. We cover that in another article called What should SPCC Training include?, but suffice to say, an online SPCC Training course is going to depend on who develops the course, the length, content, features, who the course is targeted for (such as an industry or state), and other various factors.

Because of this, online SPCC Training can be a generic, high-level fluff piece, or a target, industry-specific training course. Remember, since your taking a training course that may apply to many, many types of facilities across the map, certain aspects of an SPCC Training course online will be generic and cover some basic topics.

Having said that, not all online SPCC training is created equally. We’ve taken training courses throughout our professional careers which were top-notch, while others have been laughably bad (it’s not funny if you have to pay for them though)! Just like anything else, we encourage you to make sure the training you take online is applicable and right for you. A marina wouldn’t want to take an asphalt industry-specific SPCC Training course, whereas a management level member of your organization might not need to take SPCC Training which dives into spill response best practices. It all depends on what you need, and what best fits those needs.

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Where can I find online SPCC training?

We get it, you have a business to run and don’t have a background in environmental regulations like we do, and that not everybody can make sense of the overly wordy, technical regulatory language often used in environmental guidance documentation provided by governmental agencies. So, we usually recommend finding a reputable online source for your training needs who’s qualified and knows what they’re talking about. If you’re in the market, we do offer an online SPCC Training course which is applicable to a wide variety of facilities, and includes all the information you’ll need to stay in compliance with your SPCC Plan.

Here are some details about our online SPCC Training course:

  • Not Too Long, Not Too Short - Our training is just about an hour and 15 minutes long. It’s long enough that we’ll cover a lot of great information, but not so long that we get bogged down in details.
  • Completely Mobile – Being online means accessing our training material can happen anywhere, in the office, on a phone, on a tablet, on a plane, you name it, as long as you’re connected to the internet.
  • Accessible – We’re not talking about where you can watch training, but how you go through it. Our SPCC Training online is broken into a few different modules, meaning you can progress through as much, or as little, as you want, when you want.
  • Convenient – Again, you can train whenever it works best for you (or your staff) meaning no more juggling schedules, meeting reminder emails, etc. Whenever you have a few spare minutes, you can pull up your training and progress through it at your own speed.
  • Accessible to Everyone – We understand that not everyone learns the same. Some need to hear the material, while others would rather read. Because of this, our material is mirrored in terms of what you read on your screen and what is narrated out loud.
  • Comprehensive – We’ve been conducting environmental training since 1992, so we know what works, what doesn’t, what we need to discuss, and what we can omit. We cover various SPCC details, such as:
    • Why your facility needs an SPCC plan.
    • Where SPCC regulations come from.
    • What an SPCC plan is.
    • Which regulatory agencies are involved with SPCC plans.
    • What’s included inside a typical SPCC plan.
    • What you need to do to stay in compliance with your SPCC Plan.
    • And more!
  • Documented & Reviewable – Remember, part of the requirement for annual SPCC Training is the training is documented, meaning there’s proof that you took training! Our course will provide you with a Certificate of Completion after finishing the course, meaning you’ll have proof that you obtained your required, annual SPCC Training. Plus, if you can’t recall a certain detail, or just want to review something again, you’ll be able to revisit your course as often as you like for 30-days after you purchase it.

While we can’t comment on what others may or may not offer in terms of SPCC Training courses online, we do feel that our course covers everything you’ll need to get you, your coworkers, and anyone else who needs SPCC Training, up to speed with what they need to know about SPCC Plans. Our training is designed to provide everything you need to meet your annual SPCC Training requirements.

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Need more SPCC Training information?

If you’re thinking that SPCC Training sounds like a hassle, you’re not alone. RMA has been actively involved in helping companies get and stay in compliance with SPCC regulations, including the need for annual SPCC Training, since our founding in 1992.

Our staff members have been on-site and worked at thousands of operations across the country, so when we say we've seen it all and done it all, we mean it. If you're having any type of issue at your operation with regards to your SPCC Plan, SPCC Training, or any other aspect of environmental regulatory compliance, 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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