Are you considering in house training for your environmental, health, and safety (EHS) professionals?

Companies want in-house training because it is “free” to present, customizable, and always applicable to your specific needs. But in-house training is not always ideal.


The time investment is too high.

The average instructor-led training course takes 43 hours to develop just one hour of training. Training companies have courses available that can be customized to your needs quickly.

In-house training is expensive.

Front end analysis, instructional design, lesson plan and presentation development, subject matter experts, and project management all need to be considered as cost factors. The internal cost for one finished hour of instructor-led training is $5,934.

No outside ideas

are incorporated when training is developed in-house. Environmental professionals who develop training can provide a new perspective on your training topic that may help broaden the subject learned.


Make sure you’re asking yourself “Why create our own training when the training already exists?” If the answer doesn’t come easily or the argument for developing your own program feels weak, it might be time to explore your options.

Interested in off-the-shelf courses you can run in-house or a custom program? Talk with one of our EHS training specialists.


Craig Schwartz is an environmental management consultant with more than 20 years experience helping clients work toward their environmental compliance, performance, and risk management objectives. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA), and Certified Environmental Trainer (CET) who serves as both an AARCHER consultant and instructor for the Aarcher Institute of Environmental Training. Craig can be reached at