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NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration offers educational resources for teachers and students, as well as various classes and references for spill response professionals in local, state, and federal governments and industry.

Our goal is to transfer scientific expertise and experience to the broadest possible audience. Successful training promotes more efficient planning and spill response, while education fosters scientific understanding and helps everyone prevent and prepare for marine pollution. Each year, we provide extensive training to more than 2,000 individuals in industry and government on the scientific aspects of oil and chemical spill response. These classes, workshops, and resources help spill responders increase their understanding of oil spill science when analyzing spills and making risk-based decisions. Register now for our popular Science of Oil Spills class or build your knowledge of spill and chemical accident response on your own, using our job aids and publications.

Questions? Contact the Training Specialist.

We offer classes and workshops for oil and chemical spill responders and planners in local, state, and federal governments as well as industry. Our largest training effort is the four-day Science of Oil Spills class, which is offered multiple times a year and focuses on the scientific basis for evaluating environmental risks during spills and making decisions to optimize ecological recovery.

You can also build your knowledge of spill and chemical accident response on your own. In this section, we offer supplemental training materials related to OR&R products and software, such as GNOME (a spill forecasting tool). You can find additional resources on oil spill response techniques and recommendations among our published papers, Job Aids, and other tutorials.