Spill Response - Due Diligence Certification 


Spill Response – Due Diligence Certification (SRDD) is an applied, field-based course focusing on inland and freshwater applications and conditions.   The SRDD provides course participants with the skills, knowledge, and abilities to confidently and effectively prevent and, if needed, respond to and manage a potential spill on a job site.

This three-day course includes both classroom theory and field-based exercises. Day One of the SRDD course reviews types of assessments, legal issues, fate & effects of spilled product, followed by a field session where participants learn containment techniques for spills to land and freshwater.  Day Two includes training in fuel transport, storage and dispensing, while Day Three is a comprehensive review of standards for response organization and advanced site sampling, cleanup, disposal and treatment.

Each NRTG course includes free, lifetime admission. Enrol once - come back anytime.

The SRDD is recognized by BC Ministry of Environment as an essential “due diligence” training course for anyone responding to an incident involving petroleum hydrocarbons.  The SRDD course complies with WorksafeBC requirements to meet the standards that will ensure adequate trainee knowledge to assess and respond in a safe and responsible way.

This unique and highly focused training program is designed specifically for natural resource professionals and resource workers conducting work in and about sites where potential spills may occur.  Since 1995, instructor Ray Hollenberg has provided spill response training and certification to over 8,000 students from British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon.  


By the end of this course, course participants will be able to:

  • Conduct Incident & Environmental Assessment Techniques

  • Use a Fate & Effects information sheet on the dangerous good involved in the spill incident to make an informed decision on how to proceed with a response strategy

  • Conduct an environmental assessment to identify impact(s)

  • Implement effective sampling techniques at a spill incident

  • Develop and submit an effective Progress Report

  • Meet Provincial and Federal reporting requirements

  • Meet the test of Due Diligence

  • Develop an Emergency Response Plan and/or Geographic Response Plan

  • Identify and implement an effective response plan and

  • Develop a prevention & preparedness plan

  • Choosing and using spill response equipment effectively

  • Practice the most common containment, collection and recovery systems on water courses

  • Effectively compare and choose between treatment and disposal options

  • Employ Containment techniques and procedures for land-based spills

  • Contrast and apply the applicable legal requirements when transporting dangerous goods

  • Review and utilize the applicable industry standards that apply to the BC and Federal Fire Codes

  • Implement best management practices that apply to spill prevention, spill preparedness and response when working at remote field projects

  • Identify the hazards associated with a dangerous goods incident

  • Implement site security, notification, and response measures

  • Identify appropriate containment, recovery, cleanup, and disposal options

  • Effectively compare and select best options involved in developing and implementing a site restoration plan

  • Use Approved Working Water Quality Guidelines and Provincial Land Use Criteria

Course format:

The three-day, 24-hour SRDD course is a comprehensive ‘hands on’ review comprised of both classroom and field exercises. Day One and Two include a ½ day classroom session, followed by a ½ day field practicum each day. The last day of the course is a full day of field exercises, demos and student practice sessions. 

Potential Students: 

Natural Resource and Industry consultants, environmental monitors, stakeholders, aboriginal groups, government, and any personnel or organization involved in the transfer or storage of fuels and oils. 

Certification Expiry

The Spill Response Training Certificate is valid for three (3) years.   


There are no formal prerequisites.  This training course involves a lot of examples and discussions from spill response incidents.  As a result, both experienced and non-experienced participants will learn from the discussions.

Personal Equipment Requirements:

 Course participants are required to provide their own personal protective equipment.

  • Boots or waders

  • High Visibility Vest

  • Hard Hat

  • Safety Glasses

  • Gloves

  • Note book

For further information, please contact NRTG.  

Course Fees:

Course fees will vary by course delivery location.  For further information, please refer to our Course Schedule.   

How do I Attend?

This course is available on contract to community groups. The Spill Prevention & Response course is available for community-based deliveries throughout the year (providing suitable weather).  Please contact us to organize an ‘in-house’ or contract delivery of this course.  

If you would like to have this course delivered to your group or community, please consider the following:

  1. Contact us well in advance of your preferred course start date

  2. If applicable, secure program funding

  3. Recruit course participants (most NRTG courses have minimum enrollments of 8-10 participants)

  4. Coordinate course participant equipment, classroom facility, and contractual agreement with NRTG.

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