Facility Services Training

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

We hope to return to in-person training in the spring of 2021. In the meantime, we will be offering Asbestos Designated Person and Integrated Pest Management Coordinator courses online with plans to integrate our most popular courses into an online format. Please contact facilities@tasb.org or 800.580.8272 for course registration and information.

We will update this page and contact our members when new courses become available.

Training Descriptions

Asbestos Designated Person Training

Until we can resume in-person training, this course will be offered through the TASB Online Learning Center. Facility Services Environmental Members have selected access to this content. Please contact Facility Services at facilities@tasb.org or 800.580.8272 for information on course access.

This class addresses areas defined in the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (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.

Integrated Pest Management Coordinator Training

We have partnered with the Texas AgriLife Extension to offer this course via their online training system free for our Environmental and Planning Members. Please contact Facility Services at facilities@tasb.org or 800.580.8272 to register and receive course instructions.

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 to be completed every three years as required by current regulations.

Asbestos Maintenance and Operations Contractor (16 hours) (Postponed until Spring 2021)

This two-day course covers asbestos spill clean-up and repairing damaged asbestos-containing materials. Topics include:

  • The proper use of respirators, protective clothing, HEPA vacuums, and repair procedures
  • Personal air monitoring procedures
  • Fit-testing protocols
  • Setting up mini-enclosures in regulated areas
  • Personal decontamination procedure

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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: 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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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 Training

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: 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: 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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