Wastewater Compliance Manager™

Our Wastewater Compliance Manager™ course prepares you to evaluate permitting options, work with permitting authorities, understand permit requirements, and implement strategies for achieving full permit compliance.

Study compliance strategies for both NPDES direct discharges and discharges to sanitary sewer systems

There is more to wastewater discharge compliance than obtaining a permit and performing periodic discharge monitoring.

Wastewater Compliance Manager™ is popular with environmental managers who are responsible for ensuring compliance with EPA- or state-issued National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits or Industrial User Pretreatment Permits for discharges to sewer systems. In 2020, this course was changed from a 3-day course to a 2-day course to focus more specifically on the wastewater challenges faced by most environmental professionals.

(Note that although most industrial stormwater discharges are authorized by NPDES permits, stormwater compliance is only marginally addressed in this course. Stormwater discharges are the focus of our Stormwater Compliance Manager™ course.)

This course starts with the fundamentals of discharge permitting and moves into detailed discussions of both requirements and proven methods for compliance. Join your environmental professional colleagues for these solid presentations and open discussions!

Who should attend Wastewater Compliance Manager?

While The Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp™ addresses wastewater discharge permitting at a foundational level, our Wastewater Compliance Manager course reaches deeper into the details of wastewater discharge permitting and the realities of compliance.

This course is valuable for a wide range of professionals, including EH&S managers; environmental compliance specialists; other facility and site personnel with wastewater discharge compliance, monitoring, or reporting responsibilities; and environmental consultants and engineers. Whether you are an experienced professional seeking a refresher and opportunity for open discussion or recently gained wastewater compliance responsibilities, you will find this course is useful to ensuring your success in this role.

What is the course format?

Wastewater Compliance Manager™ focuses closely on the details of discharge permitting and pretreatment standards over 2 rigorous days. This unique course presents water discharge permitting and restrictions in an understandable, structured, and logical format. Group discussions, breakout sessions, and discrete training modules are used to make the course interesting and engaging. To keep the course interesting and enjoyable, the Aarcher Institute incorporates a video facility tour and planned breaks throughout the day.

Courses are held in pleasant and easily accessible locations, and training venues are selected to allow you to escape distractions and focus on the presented material in a professional setting. All locations offer wireless service and Internet access so you can stay connected. Because our instructors teach exclusively for the Aarcher Institute, using our exclusive content, course modules are presented in logical sequences. Discussions among instructors and participants explore unique environmental management challenges and proven compliance strategies, and all participants are encouraged to ask questions throughout the course.

This course is presented as a live, instructor-led course to allow you to focus on the subject matter and interact with other participants and the instructor. While we believe that live, in-person training is the best, we understand that not everyone can travel, so some presentations of this course are made accessible remotely through as a “virtual attendance” course.

What does this course deliver?

Wastewater Compliance Manager™ provides participants with knowledge and skills to ensure success in terms of wastewater compliance management, either at an organizational or facility level. You will be well equipped to:

  • Identify the various types of water protection permits that may apply to facility operations;
  • Gather information needed to complete new and renewal permit applications;
  • Understand the standard and site-specific terms associated with water related permits that have been issued by the regulators;
  • Review and update Best Management Plans and Storm Water Management Plans in a manner that will make sure that actions designed to ensure compliance are clearly understood and performed.
  • Develop strategies and procedures for designing and performing periodic inspections of facility operations to effectively identify potential problems that may impact compliance;
  • Develop procedures that will ensure that representative samples of storm water and waste waters are collected and submitted to the laboratory on a consistent basis; and
  • Ensure compliance at their facility and minimize the potential for expensive fines and legal action associated with non-compliance.

You will return from this course with a course binder; useful references; example documents and other tools for your use when you return from the course; instructor contact information; and your notes from the presentations and discussions.

At completion of the course, you will receive a certificate for your records. If you maintain professional credentials requiring continuing education credits, Wastewater Compliance Manager has been approved by all environmental, safety, legal, and engineering certifying bodies.

What’s covered in the course?

You will return from this course prepared to effectively address your organization’s water permit applications and related compliance challenges.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Understanding underlying water quality legal and regulatory principles
  • Clean Water Act jurisdiction basics and recent developments
  • Water Quality Standards
  • NPDES permit fundamentals and compliance strategies
    • Example NPDES permit review
  • Effluent Limits
    • Effluent limit guidelines
    • Technology-based effluent limitations
    • Water quality-based effluent limitations
  • NPDES permit applications
  • NPDES permit management and compliance strategies
  • NPDES discharge monitoring
  • NPDES Recordkeeping and reporting
  • Obtaining, updating, and challenging NPDES permits
  • NPDES Enforcement considerations
  • Indirect Discharges: Pretreatment permits and compliance strategies
    • Pretreatment program fundamentals and prohibitions
    • Common treatment strategies
    • Example pretreatment permit review
    • Pretreatment program compliance strategies
    • Obtaining, updating, and challenging permits
    • Enforcement considerations
  • Underground injection control
  • Groundwater protection regulations
  • Emerging pollutants and other hot topics


Course Agendas are subject to change

Day One: 8:15 am – 4:15 pm

  • Structure, control strategy, and key components of the Clean Water Act and its implementing regulations
  • The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
  • NPDES permitting and compliance strategies

Day Two: 8:15 am – 3:00 pm

  • Pretreatment permits and compliance for Indirect discharges
  • Underground injection control program
  • Enforcement considerations for wastewater
  • Emerging challenges

Bill Decker, PE, is a registered professional engineer in 32 States and has extensive environmental regulatory compliance experience related to wastewater management and discharges. With more than 25 years experience preparing permit applications, solving client environmental challenges, and developing facility plans, he uses his personal experiences to ensure presented material for this course is interesting and practical.

Craig J. Schwartz, CHMM, CPEA, is an environmental regulatory compliance expert, with more than 20 years hands on experience assisting clients achieve and maintain compliance nationwide. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA). He has also achieved certification by the US Army Corps of Engineers as a wetland delineator, UST operator certifications in multiple states, several state-level sediment and erosion control certifications, pesticide manager certification, and RAB/QSA ISO 14001 Lead Auditor certification training. Craig formerly served as technical manager for the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Wetlands Information Hotline, program manager for USEPA Enforcement Support Services (ESS), project manager for the development of comprehensive environmental compliance audit protocols, and technical lead for hundreds of facility environmental plans and permit applications. Craig has supported more than 250 private companies and Federal agencies, ranging from steel mills to the US Army, and has led environmental compliance assistance audits for more than 350 facilities in 42 states, and has been approved by the USEPA as a third-party compliance evaluator.