Online Class
Environmental Crimes Committed by Local Governments [TIDRC005]
3 Continuing Education Hour

Anyone who wishes to study this material is welcome to do so at no charge. However, if you want to earn a certificate, just follow the four steps below. This class is specifically for officers, prosecutors, elected officials, and others needing a good understanding of how their community can reduce illegal outdoor burning.

TIDRC005 is a three-hour class focusing on various environmental crimes committed by local governments. All examples used are of intention violations committed by cities and counties in Texas, with no names used. In some cases these violations have resulted in prosecution, but in most instances the local government involved has ceased the illegal practice voluntarily. The purposes of this class are (1) to make the participant more aware of what typical environmental crimes are, and (2) to suggest some ways to respond to such crimes he or she identifies, when the violator is a unit of local government. Before a city, county, or special district can enforce the laws protecting land, air, and water resources (and public health), those agencies but be following the laws themselves.

Certification Notice
Like all TIDRC classes, this one has full approval for code enforcement officers and registered sanitarians by DSHS.
IMPORTANT: If you want to receive TCOLE credit for taking this class (class 3880 - Environmental Protection), verify with your Training Officer or Chief that your police agency will grant credits and update your TCOLE training records, as it does in the case of a FEMA online class.

Your instructor for this class is John Ockels, Ph.D, Director of Texas Illegal Dumping Resource Center. If you need to contact him, you can do so at

Steps in Certification
Follow the four simple steps below to complete this class for credit.
Technical Note
The reader used in Step 2 below will work on virtually all computers. If for some reason the document isn't available through this reader, please contact me and I'll send a link for accessing a .pdf file.
Step 1 Register
You must register separately for each class before taking it. If you have not already registered for this one, please click here to begin the process.
Step 2 Study

Material in preparation
Step 3 Test
Take the open-book online test after you've read the material. There are 25 questions. You need to score a 70 or better on the test to pass, but you can take the test several times if you need to, and it's open-book. Click here to take the test.
Step 4 Get Your Certificate
After you've completed the reading and passed the test, you're finished with the class. We'll now automatically do the following:
1. Make sure you've answered "Yes" to the test question, "Did you complete all reading material for this class?"
2. Make sure that your registration process is complete; and,
3. Make sure our records accurately reflect your accomplishment.
When these three steps are completed, we'll automatically send your Certificate of Completion via email, usually within 24 hours. The date on your Certificate will be the first date that you passed the test (some participants like to keep taking the test until it's perfect, and that's fine. But we'll use the earliest successful date for your Certificate.
Thanks for taking these online classes, and we'd appreciate it if you'd tell your colleagues about them.