Facility Services Training

All Planning and Environmental member districts are entitled to unlimited free training classes. All training counts toward Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) continuing education requirements.

We are happy to announce the return of in-person training in addition to some online options. Below you can find the full list of upcoming trainings as well as training descriptions.

2022–23 in-person training schedule

Mount Pleasant (ESC 8)

October 4, 2022
Asbestos Designated Person
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

October 5, 2022
Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

TASB Headquarters (Austin)

November 9 2022
Best Practices: M&O
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Victoria ISD

November 15, 2022
Asbestos Designated Person
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

November 16, 2022
Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Edinburg (ESC 1)

November 29, 2022
Asbestos Designated Person
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

November 30, 2022
Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

TASB Headquarters (Austin)

January 17, 2023
Asbestos Designated Person
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

January 18, 2023
Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Abilene (ESC 14)

February 7, 2023
Asbestos Designated Person
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

February 8, 2023
Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Beaumont (ESC 5)

March 7, 2023
Asbestos Designated Person
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

March 8, 2023
Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

White Settlement (ESC 11)

March 21, 2023
Asbestos Designated Person
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

March 22, 2023
Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Amarillo (ESC 16)

April 11, 2023
Asbestos Designated Person
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

April 12, 2023
Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Waco (ESC 12)

April 25, 2023
Asbestos Designated Person
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

April 26, 2023
Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

TASB Headquarters (Austin)

July 11, 2023
Asbestos Designated Person
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

July 12, 2023
Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

July 13, 2023
Best Practices: M&O
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

How to register for in-person training

To register for a course, please send the following information to facilities@tasb.org:

  • Course name
  • Course date
  • Attendee name
  • Attendee email
  • Attendee district 

Online training

We also offer online courses for Asbestos Designated Person and Integrated Pest Management Coordinator. Contact us at facilities@tasb.org or 800.580.8272 for more information.

Training descriptions

Asbestos Designated Person

This class addresses areas defined in the AHERA regulations for those responsible for the school’s asbestos program. Topics covered include:

  • Asbestos detection, identification, and assessment
  • Health effects associated with asbestos exposure
  • Control options
  • Relevant federal and state regulations
  • Management plan components

This class satisfies the current training requirements put forth in AHERA for Asbestos Designated Person training. Although there are currently no refresher requirements, it is a good idea to repeat this class every few years to keep relevant asbestos issues and requirements fresh on you mind.

Best Practices: Construction Fundamentals

This course will examine key concepts and factors associated with a school construction project. Topics will include:

  • Architect selection
  • Delivery methods
  • Design processes
  • Project oversight
  • Program structure

Participants will also be invited to discuss best practices and common pitfalls related to a school facility construction project.

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Best Practices: Maintenance and Operations

Participants will explore points of emphasis for the effective and efficient operation of a school maintenance, operations, and grounds departments. This course will examine staffing, processes, training, equipment and best practices for custodial services, maintenance, and grounds. Topics discussed will also include:

  • Preventative maintenance
  • Facility assessment
  • Routine process scheduling
  • Work order processing

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Compliance Conundrums

School district personnel face a multitude of environmental regulatory responsibilities regarding facility operations. Maintaining compliance, while conducting daily operations and maintenance activities, can be challenging. We will give attendees the tool kit they need to implement programs in HAZCOM (chemical use), Asbestos, Integrated Pest Management, Indoor Air Quality, and Lead while also addressing how pandemic protocols can create challenges in maintaining compliance with these programs. 

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Integrated Pest Management Coordinator 

This course meets the requirements outlined by the Texas Structural Pest Control Services department within the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) for training a school district’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) coordinator. Topics include:

  • Regulatory requirements
  • Administration of IPM in school pest control programs
  • Principles of IPM
  • Pesticide safety practices

This class satisfies the requirements for both the initial IPM Coordinator training and provides all six continuing education units as required by the regulations to be completed every three years.  

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Indoor Air Quality Mysteries and Solutions

The spotlight has been focused on Indoor Air Quality as one of the tools we can used to fight the COVID-19 virus. This gives Facility Mangers the opportunity to implement long need repairs and the buy-in to establish Indoor Air Quality Management as a priority. This course will help school officials understand new technologies available, diagnose common Indoor Air Quality complaints, and provided the tools to help with crisis intervention when it comes to complaints about air quality within a building.

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Unpacking Chemical Management in Schools

Your team works with or around pesticides, de-greasers, drain cleaners, floor strippers, and other chemicals every day. If these materials aren’t managed properly, staff injuries occur, facilities and equipment are damaged, and finances are unwisely spent. Spend time with our expert unpacking best practices for managing hazardous materials commonly found in schools. You'll learn how to:

  • Prepare employees to co-exist safely with chemicals
  • Understanding the role of labels and SDS for PPE selection and proper disposal
  • Store chemicals safely
  • Respond to chemical exposures, spills, and other emergencies
  • Cut costly disposal fees by managing your chemical inventory

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Trainings by request

The following courses are available upon request. Contact facilities@tasb.org or 800.580.8272 for more information. 

Best Practices: Efficient Facilities

Ever wonder about how far the energy industry has come over the past few years? With the constant squeezing of school budgets and growing cost to maintain facilities, we are often asked about opportunities for schools to make the most out of their resources. Many districts have easy opportunities to not only obtain substantial savings, but also to improve the learning environment. We’ll discuss everything from the pros and cons of various lighting to behavioral techniques you can employ in the classroom to getting the most out of your old HVAC equipment. From routine maintenance to today’s hi-tech controls systems, a lot has changed. Join us to get up to date and gain the tools necessary to take advantage of today’s energy and facility opportunities.

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Best Practices: Procurement and Construction Fundamentals

This course will address two topics important to schools: Procurement and Construction Fundamentals. In the morning section of the class, procurement will be discussed with particular focus on M&O department processes and procedures. Discussion will include best practices and advice on how to avoid common pitfalls. The afternoon will focus on school construction project topics such as:

  • Architect selection
  • Delivery methods
  • Design processes
  • Project oversight
  • Program structure

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Environmental/Facilities Regulatory Compliance

This class offers an in-depth look at environmental and facility regulations that currently effect schools and ways to maintain compliance with these regulations. Topics include:

  • Above-ground storage tanks
  • Tier II reporting
  • Backflow prevention testing
  • Playground safety
  • Boilers
  • Gas lines
  • Swimming pools

This class presents each topic, discusses current relevant regulations, and communicates actions to maintain compliance with requirements.

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Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response

This eight-hour course is designed to give an overview of practical measures that may help with the prevention of hazardous material accidents, incidents, or exposures that may cause health impairment, injury, fire, or interference with operations. It will cover federal, state, and local regulations related to utilizing and housing hazardous materials in laboratory setting as well as in other facilities. Topics will include:

  • Inventory
  • Handling
  • Storage
  • Employee training

The course material is delivered with a focus around hazardous materials commonly found at educational institutions.

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Indoor Air Quality Coordinator 

This course is designed to help school officials manage indoor air quality complaints and concerns in a timely manner. Attendees receive information to establish a foundation for a good indoor air quality program. Topics include:

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tools for Schools program
  • Ventilation problems
  • Mold, bacteria, odors and the tools to help with crisis intervention when it comes to complaints about air quality within a building

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Best Practices: Long Range Facility Planning

Are you wondering if your district’s facilities meet the needs of your educational program? Will they meet the needs of tomorrow? How might your district pursue providing the most appropriate educational environment? Every journey needs a map. This class will lay the foundations of a roadmap to that place where your facilities meet your future educational needs. Join us as we explore assessing, planning, funding and building your district’s schools of the future.

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Best Practices: Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Public school districts in Texas fall under both state and federal regulations pertaining to accessibility for persons with disabilities in district facilities. This session will discuss the differences between the state Architectural Barriers Program that is administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that is enforced by several federal agencies.

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