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Contact information 

  • Address: 9301 E. 59th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46218
  • Institute phone: 317-248-4848
  • Direct line: 317-917-5902 
  • Email: Indianapolis-EMI@ivytech.edu


Due to COVID-19, we have delayed initial courses and moved our asbestos refresher course offerings to a webinar format.  While the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Indiana State Department of Health have approved temporary computer-based refresher offerings, the Illinois Department of Public Health has not and may not honor certificates obtained through these web-based courses. To read the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency's statement on this matter, visit https://in.gov/pla/4092.htm.

About Us


Training Courses

Asbestos        Lead        HAZWOPER        DOT Technical Courses        OSHA        Healthy Homes

Not sure about the training you need? Click here to answer a few questions to get a better idea of the training you may need.


Mission Statement

The Environmental Management Institute at Ivy Tech Community College provides training, information, and compliance assistance for workers, managers, regulators, and concerned citizens. It promotes the understanding and utilization of prudent chemical management practices to protect human health and the environment.

Ivy Tech serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


Who We Are & What We Do

More than three decades ago, several individuals came together with an ambitious idea: connect health and safety information with those who need it. That idea served as the basis for the Environmental Management Institute, which opened its doors in 1990. Although based in  the township of Speedway, the Institute provided training in the handling of asbestos, lead, and hazardous materials throughout the midwest. A stellar combination of knowledgeable  instructors and expertly-crafted courses soon made the Institute a household name in the environmental health and safety community.

We have continued this mission into our newest chapter with Ivy Tech Community College. In summer of 2019, we merged with Ivy Tech and moved across town to the Fairbanks campus in Lawrence. Our 5000-square foot facility on the west side of Indianapolis provides us with ample space to provide both classroom and hands-on training year round. In our new facility, we still offer the numerous quality OSHA, EPA, DOT, and HUD compliance courses that industry professionals have come to expect from us. Workers, managers, regulators, and concerned citizens alike still turn to the Institute for their asbestos, lead, and hazardous materials training needs.

Each year, we train thousands of people in dozens of different courses, all of them related to the proper management of hazards. We are Indiana’s largest asbestos and lead trainer, providing courses to workers, supervisors, inspectors, planners, and many more. We are officially licensed in Indiana and Illinois, and most of the training certificates we provide can be used in multiple other states.

We are also Indiana’s largest private sector in-person trainer for the OSHA HAZWOPER standard, covering emergency response, waste-site cleanup, and RCRA TSDF disciplines. We are the proud Indiana training partner in the Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training. This Consortium has provided premium training courses for the midwest since 1988, funded in part by support from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

We hope you will take the opportunity to browse our course offerings. Feel free to contact us with any questions about our courses or environmental or occupational health and safety. We may also be able to provide custom training to suit your needs. Our contact information can be found in the panel to the right, and our Recently Asked Questions section can be found below.

Class Offerings and Customized Trainings

How to Register for Classes or Request Custom Trainings

To explore and sign up for classes, or request a customized training, review the dropdowns. 

Ready to sign up for a course? Follow these instructions:  

  1. Click on "Click Here for Class Information and Registration" (above)
  2. Select a training title
  3. Find the section that works with your schedule
  4. Click the green "Register" button to the right of that training
  5. Fill out our short enrollment form

Questions about the registration process? Call us: 317-248-4848.

Informational Resources

Explore this dropdown for various informational resources. If a link is not working, please let us know at Indianapolis-EMI@ivytech.edu. All links valid as of May 4, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions


Question: A building with asbestos/asphalt/steel (galbestos) siding was involved in a fire. The siding is intact but some of the siding has friable asbestos exposed. If asbestos-trained roofing workers screw new siding onto the existing galbestos, is that regulated work?

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Question: My client has a utility tunnel with a soil floor. Due to previous (incorrect) abatement, there is a good deal of asbestos waste mixed with the soil. How can this be made safe and are licensed personnel required?

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Question: We are shipping asbestos wastes in bladder bags. The U.S. DOT says our driver must have a commercial drivers license with a hazmat endorsement. Is that true?

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Question: I received a call from a commercial flooring contractor. What training do thon's people need to remove asbestos flooring?

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Question: I am confused. When does the EPA NESHAP standard actually require me to perform point-counting rather than ordinary PLM analysis?

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Question: While my crew was removing floor tile and mastic, we had a visit from the local asbestos enforcement inspector. The inspector told me that my mastic remover residues are a hazardous waste? Is thon right?

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Question: While sampling the plaster at a large facility I collected eighteen samples from what appeared to be a single homogeneous area. The initial results showed four low positives, but after point-counting only one sample exceeded 1%. Does my client have to treat all areas of the plaster as ACM?

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Question: We are shipping asbestos wastes in bladder bags. The U.S. DOT says our driver must have a commercial drivers license with a hazmat endorsement. Is that true?

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Question: While my crew was removing floor tile and mastic, we had a visit from the local asbestos enforcement inspector. The inspector told me that my mastic remover residues are a hazardous waste? Is thon right?

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Question: While cleaning out a remote building, we found a 5-lb can of calcium carbide in a storage area. How should we dispose of it?

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Question: I was doing a risk assessment for a HUD rehab grant. Because your trainer encouraged us to always take a soil sample, I sampled one area near the house, even though there was less than the de minimis amount of bare soil in the yard. The sample came up very high (13,900 ppm). Now what should I do?

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Question: During a lead inspection I checked the painted parking lot stripes and found high lead levels. Was I required to check this and what should I do with the information?

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Our Staff 

Joan Ketterman

Greg Sauer

Justin Shuller

Jack Leonard, PhD.

Trainer Trainer Trainer President Emeritus

If you call to arrange a customized training, you will speak to Joan at some point. As our director, she divides her time between managing the program and teaching multiple lead, asbestos, and DOT hazardous materials courses. 

Joan came to the Institute with more than a decade of K-12 teaching experience. During the early days of the EPA’s AHERA rule, Ms. Ketterman moved from teaching in schools to doing asbestos work within them. As a consultant, she conducted numerous asbestos building inspections, wrote a variety of management plans, participated in virtually all aspects of asbestos abatement projects, and directed technical training programs. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Saginaw Valley State College. 

Greg has been a contractor in the Indianapolis area for more than 25 years.

He specializes in 1890’s Victorian restorations.

Mr. Sauer brings an eclectic set of skills to the Institute, as he has done work ranging from energy audits for the Indiana Builders Association to working at Zion Nuclear Power Station. He has training in various lead, asbestos, and OSHA disciplines. 

The newest member of our training team, Justin Schuller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Indiana University.

There, he spent hours in biology and chemistry labs, working with everything from hydrochloric acid and methylene chloride to fruit flies and E. coli.

Justin is actively involved in several Local Emergency Planning Committees, as well as the Indiana Traffic Incident Management Effort. He now serves as the lead trainer for HAZWOPER Emergency Response and Asbestos Supervisor courses. 

Since the founding of the Institute with Tom Neltner (now of the Environmental Defense Fund) in 1990, Jack’s determination and resolve has brought the Institute to its premier status today.


Dr. Leonard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biology from the California Institute of Technology. Jack officially retired in March of 2019, but he can still frequently be seen around the Institute.

He fields the toughest client questions, and occasionally teaches a class or two. 

Have questions? Contact us at the number above.


From downtown Indianapolis:

  • Follow I-70 Eastbound to I-465 Northbound
  • Follow  I-465 Northbound to the 56th Street Exit
  • Follow 56th Street Eastbound to Post Road and turn left (north)
  • Follow Post Road to its end (at 59th Street) and turn right.
  • Proceed about 0.15 mile east to the Fairbanks Building of Ivy Tech.  We are in the right hand (West wing) ground level.

From outside of Indianapolis:

Make your way to the I-465 loop on the East side of Indy, exit at 56th Street and follow directions above.