Course Description

Course ID: 
Policy & Regulations
Continuing Education Units: 

In this online course, registrants will get a comprehensive overview of the National Enviromental Policy Act, starting with a description of what it is, when it's necessary, who needs to deal with it, and the different types of NEPA projects. After a review of terminology, documents, and other related laws and requirements (such as SEPA, CEQA, Endangered Species Act, etc.), the NEPA timeline will be explained, with some general strategies for process/planning.

The program is presented online via an interactive format with audio, video, and activities/knowledge check quizzes. If you are new to NEPA, or simply need a concise, clear description of the process, this course will get you up-to-speed quickly! 

Attendees will receive access to the online course that can be accessed any time (with an internet connection) and reference material as necessary.

Intended Audience: 

This workshop is designed to serve both as a comprehensive introduction for those new to NEPA and a refresher for more experienced professionals. The course is beneficial for federal agency staff and decision makers, attorneys, consultants, as well as members of environmental organizations and interested citizens who are concerned about the environmental effects of federal actions.


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Course Topics

  1. What is NEPA? 
    • Overview of when NEPA is necessarY
    • Who needs to deal with NEPA?
    • Overview of different types of NEPA projects (for individual projects, for facilities

2.    NEPA Terminology,

  • “Cumulative Impacts, EA, EIS,” etc.

3.    NEPA Documents

  • What do different types of projects need?
  • Explaining the Need for the project
  • Description of Proposed Action and Range of Alternatives - the heart of the NEPA process

4.    Overview of other laws/Requirements that affect/are effected by NEPA:

  • SEPA, CEQA, Endangered Species, Regulatory Consultation and Coordination etc.
  • Determination of Environmental Impact Significance
  • Role of Public Involvement

5.    Brief review of the NEPA timeline/process

What to Bring


Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel


  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available

*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

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