Environmental training

Find e-learning, instructor-led courses and specialized trainings, offered by the Environmental Services Office (ESO), to ensure projects stay in compliance with regulatory requirements.

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) staff can register for most instructor-led classes and e-learning courses through the Learning Center. Other participants can contact Claire Williamson, Claire.Williamson@wsdot.wa.gov, for more information regarding training provided by ESO instructors.

Environmental training resources by topic

Review our training opportunities by topic below.

Poisonous plants

WSDOT staff doing fieldwork can learn how to identify poisonous plants by searching for the course title “Poisonous and harmful plants of Washington State” in the Learning Center. Anyone can access the training on the "Poisonous and harmful plants of Washington State" e-learning training webpage. To access the training on the webpage, you will have to have Adobe Flash enabled on your computer.

Construction site erosion and sediment control training

WSDOT trains staff and consultants on internal policies and procedures for complying with the NPDES Construction Stormwater General Permit. The class is geared specifically to those who design or implement a temporary erosion and sediment control (TESC) plan, collect or report discharge samples or ensure compliance during design or in the field. The class is offered annually and may be taken to recertify an expiring CESCL or in conjunction with an approved 8-hour Field BMP training course for the full CESCL certification.

Staff can sign up for "WSDOT ENV: Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control" in the Learning Center. Consultants can sign up for WSDOT's class if the project engineer finds it necessary. You may also take the training from an Ecology approved training provider.

Cultural resources training 

Cultural resources training promotes awareness, preservation and stewardship of Washington’s cultural resources. The Cultural Resources program provides customized training for transportation professionals (including engineering, planning, contracting, maintenance, biologists and other disciplines). Participants learn to address cultural resource management issues on transportation projects and gain hands-on experience in the field. Training focuses on state and federal regulations and compliance procedures, the National Register of Historic Places and alternative perspectives on values and significance.

Environmental Justice (EJ) training

We offer an introductory course and a webinar:

  • Introductory course – WSDOT staff can access course through the Learning Center by searching for the course title “WSDOT ENV: Environmental Justice Inclusion Training”. The course provides an overview of EJ principles and includes an introduction by Secretary Millar.
  • Environmental Justice, Title VI and English Proficiency webinar for staff doing NEPA Categorical Exclusion evaluations. This training describes the basics, evaluation process and making determinations.

Fish & wildlife training

Training for Biological Assessment authors (PDF 224KB)

Lists of consultants who have met the BA author qualification requirements:

Hazardous materials and spill prevention training 

We provide online training for WSDOT staff who review Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures Plans. WSDOT staff can access the course through the Learning Center by searching for the course title “WSDOT ENV: Spill Plan Reviewer Training (OLT).”

Permitting compliance training 

Trainings are available on multiple permitting compliance related topics including:

  • Corps and ecology permitting programs
  • Obtaining permits, Preparing complete permit applications
  • Construction site erosion and sediment control
  • Construction compliance

Wetlands 

Trainings related to wetlands include:

  • Wetlands ecology and monitoring techniques internship – This internship program provides hands-on field and laboratory experience collecting and analyzing environmental data gathered from WSDOT wetland mitigation sites. Find more information on the WSDOT internship offered through the Evergreen State College and how to apply.
  • Introductory wetland training – Introductory training is available to project inspectors tasked with overseeing compliance on project sites. WSDOT staff can access an introductory course through the Learning Center by searching for the course title “WSDOT ENV: Environmental Overview - Compliance for Construction (OLT)”.
  • Field training – Wetland field training is available to WSDOT staff upon request. Contact the Wetlands Program manager for more information.

NEPA 

View the Local Programs NEPA Courses YouTube videos and reference our Region cross reference (DOCX 23KB) guide for differences between the local and regional processes.

Additional environmental training resources

Organizations and other WSDOT offices also provide environmental training. The list below provides links to these environmental training resources.

8,683 animals crossed the Snoqualmie Pass East Project area

as recorded by WSDOT and partners in 2020 and 2021.

46% increase in Amtrak Cascades ridership to 251,000 passengers

in 2021 compared to 172,000 in 2020.

Nine wetland and stream mitigation sites across 32.7 acres added

to our monitoring program in 2021 to help offset climate change impacts.