Training

The Division of Air Quality conducts several air quality related trainings throughout the year.


The Department conducts training semi-annually to provide air pollution control personnel and other interested persons the opportunity to become certified to evaluate visible emissions in accordance with EPA Reference Method 9 . To become certified, a person must attend, or have attended, a classroom lecture session and successfully complete a field session involving the visual reading of 25 black smoke emissions and 25 white smoke emissions.

Training & Certification Sessions

The classroom lecture session and several field certification sessions are conducted each spring and fall (see calendar or links below for dates and session times). A classroom lecture is required for first time trainees only.

NOTE: As an option, persons may complete an online commercially produced Referance Method 9 Lecture Presentation in lieu of attending the lecture session in Bismarck. A certification of attendance of completion for the online course will be required to satisfy the lecture component for initial certification.

For more specific information on Visible Emissions (VE) Certification: Spring Sessions | Fall Sessions

Visible Emissions Training & Certification Pre-Registration Form

For more information about visible emissions evaluator certification, to include training in EPA Reference Method 22, contact the Division of Air Quality at 701-328-5188, or email Keith Hinnenkamp (KHinnenk@nd.gov) or Rebekah Pfaff (RPfaff@nd.gov). Training and certification is conducted free of charge.

More information on EPA Reference Methods 9 and 22 can be found on the EPA's website . The Division has developed the Visible Emissions Observation Form (SFN 8441).

List of VE Certified Individuals

Class

Posted Date

Spring 2022 VE Persons Certified 17 May 2022
Fall 2021 VE Persons Certified 21 October 2021


VE Location

All sessions are held in Bismarck at the Environmental Training Center (2639 East Main Avenue).

The Department conducts training and certification sessions annually to provide air pollution control personnel and other interested persons the opportunity to become certified in the evaluation of odors pursuant to Chapter 33.1-15-16 of the North Dakota Air Pollution Control Rules.

The primary objective of training is to familiarize trainees with the:

  • Requirements of Chapter 33.1-15-16 – Restriction of Odorous Air Contaminants.
  • Use of a device to measure the intensity of an odor.
  • Department field odor survey procedures.

The trainee must demonstrate the ability to distinguish various odorous samples and concentrations by successfully completing the three tests prescribed in the Department's Odor Certification Guideline.

Certification Sessions

The Department will be holding four separate odor certification training sessions for those who require odor certification (see calendar or links below for dates and sessions times). Due to odor certifcation requiring shared vials close to individual's uncovered nose and mouth, we will be requiring individuals participating in the certification to provide a negative COVID-19 test result, no more than 7 days old (PCR or rapid tests are acceptable; no in-home test results will be accepted). The requirement of providing these test results may be re-evaluated on an annual basis.

For a list of free covid testing locations see the North Dakota Department of Health.
For more specific information on Odor Certification: 2022 Odor Certification Program Schedule

Date

Time

Location

May 11, 2022 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Bismarck—4210 Normandy Street, Room 205 (NDDEQ Staff Only)
May 11, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm Bismarck—4210 Normandy Street, Room 205 (NDDEQ Staff Only)
May 12, 2022 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Bismarck—4210 Normandy Street, Room 205 (Open to all)
May 12, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm Bismarck—4210 Normandy Street, Room 205 (Open to all)
May 18, 2022 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Bismarck—4210 Normandy Street, Room 205 (Open to all)
May 18, 2022 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm Bismarck—4210 Normandy Street, Room 205 (Open to all)
May 25, 2022 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Fargo—1240–25th Street S, Fargo, ND 85103 (Open to all)
May 25, 2022 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Fargo—1240–25th Street S, Fargo, ND 85103 (Open to all)

Training and certification sessions are held in Bismarck at 4201 Normandy Street. Additional sessions may be scheduled elsewhere across the State if there is sufficient interest by at least three persons per location.

For more information about the certification process, contact Elizabeth Trythall at 701-328-5153 or (EKTrythall@nd.gov). Training and certification are conducted free of charge.


The Department is developing training sessions on different CERIS-ND topics for the Regulated Community (those with sites in CERIS-ND). These trainings will be MS Teams webinars that will be recored and posted here. Stay tuned for these upcoming training sessions, we will send out an email notification in CERIS-ND about these upcoming trainings and post an alert in CERIS-ND.

CERIS-ND Trainings

Title

Date

Place Holder January 2021
Place Holder January 2021

To submit suggestions/requests for CERIS-ND training topics please call or email (CERIS-ND@nd.gov), with TRAINING in the subject line of the email.


Last Updated: 05/18/2022