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Area Contingency Planning

COURSE NO: C03-067
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Area Contingency Planning
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides information on the development of Area Contingency Plans (ACPs) for environmental emergencies, and explains the formation of area committees, essential plan elements and the establishment of the ACP scope and content.


An ACP is a reference document prepared for the use of all agencies engaged in responding to environmental emergencies in a defined geographic area. An ACP is not a rigid, prescriptive plan with step-by-step instructions for responses. Rather it serves as a mechanism to ensure responders have access to essential area-specific information, as well as to promote interagency coordination as a means of improving the effectiveness of responses.


Responding to the immediate circumstances of an environmental emergency can be a challenging task. Thus, the ACP provides a mechanism for planning for these potential complications prior to an incident. Moreover, it is a useful tool for responders, providing practical and accessible information about what they need to know for an effective response. Currently, the ACP concept has grown beyond oil spill legislations to encompass the prospect of responses to environmental emergencies in general, including hazardous substance releases, natural disasters and acts of terrorism.


This 3 PDH online course is applicable to environmental engineers who are interested in developing Area Contingency Plans (ACPs) for environmental emergencies.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with the concept of Area Contingency Planning
  • Understanding the requirements and initial steps of conducting a preliminary analysis
  • Learning about area committees, their activities and responsibilities
  • Understanding the scope and content of the ACP
  • Gaining a general overview of the advanced area planning using different platforms
  • Exploring the essential plan elements
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Area Contingency Planning”, which is based on the EPA document “Area Contingency Planning (ACP) Handbook”, reference EPA-540-B-18-002, dated August 2018.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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