Classroom studiesSoundEarth offers a wide variety of training and certification programs to assist in the understanding of stormwater management regulations, techniques, best management practices (BMPs), and programs. Certifications include:

  • CESSWI – Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Stormwater Inspector. The certification is intended to ensure registrants meet the Federal requirements including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) definition of “Qualified Personnel” and also meet the requirements of State and Local regulations that require qualified personnel.
  • CPSWQ – Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality. The program and certification was developed in response to a request by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop and implement programs that would standardize the qualifications of professionals engaged in the practice of stormwater management and erosion and sediment control.
  • CPESC – Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. The accreditation certifies individuals based on thorough examination and review of an individual’s educational, scientific, and service activities in both the public and private sector who work on landscapes that involve land disturbances, land development, and land management.
  • CESCL – Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead. The certification is required by the State of Washington Department of Ecology for people conducting site inspections under the Construction Stormwater General Permit.
  • QSD –Construction General Permit Qualified SWPPP Developer. The California State Water Resources Control Board’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Land Disturbance (Construction General Permit) includes training and certification requirements for individuals developing and implementing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP).
  • QSP – Construction General Permit Qualified SWPPP Practitioner. The California State Water Resources Control Board’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Land Disturbance (Construction General Permit) includes training and certification requirements for individuals inspecting Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP).
  • QISP – Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner. QISP training is required when exceedance response actions are triggered. QISP performs basic permit functions such as developing a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), monitoring for one or multiple facilities, preparing Level 2 Exceedance Response Action (ERA) Technical Reports and Demonstration Technical Reports, No Exposure Certification, Sampling Frequency Reduction Request, and Sampling Location Reduction Request.

Program topics include:

  • Policy—Federal and State Permit Updates
  • Advanced Treatment
  • Safety Training
  • Stormwater Sampling Techniques
  • Erosion and Sediment Control
  • Industrial Site Stormwater Management
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs)

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Setting and testing hillside BMPs during field portion of class.

Field testing hillside BMPs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning to install BMPs in the field portion of class.

Testing the BMPs