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RG 201 - Residential Rain Garden Certification for Professionals PLUS

NOTE: This workshop is tailored specifically to professionals that design, install or maintain rain gardens and other stormwater Best Management Practices.


February 2-3, 2016
New Hanover Executive Development Center
1241 Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 29405

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About the workshop:

The need for Qualified stormwater BMP installers is growing. As homeowners and property managers become more aware of the rules and regulations related to built-upon area (BUA) stormwater management and their related obligations and rights regading the transfer of property. Many are choosing to manage the runoff and reduce BUA with rain gardens and other stormwater BMPs. Rain gardens, one of the most common installations, are shallow depressions and serve as landscape features that can effectively collect and treat stormwater and reduce localized flooding. Rain gardens can be integrated into the existing landscape as a retrofit or be included in the initial landscaping plan. To effectively manage stormwater, rain gardens must be accurately sized and properly constructed. This 1.5 day workshop will present a method for sizing and designing rain gardens and will detail proper construction techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to take an exam and become certified in rain garden design and installation.

This workshop, led by experienced installers from NC State University - Cooperative Extension, will familiarize participants with the installation and maintenance of different kinds of stormwater BMPs and to certify qualification to properly design and install many of the practices.

Workshop participants will be installing a rain garden. Participants should dress accordingly for the weather (this will take place RAIN or SHINE). Close-toed shoes are highly recommended. Bring sunblock/hats/gloves if preferred. Bottled water will be provided.

As a result of this training you will:

  • Understand why stormwater needs to be managed,
  • Understand the importance of properly-designed practices,
  • Understand the principles of rain garden location, construction and maintenance,
  • Learn how to properly design and size rain gardens and other BMPs
  • Be able to select appropriate vegetation,
  • Design, build and plant a small rain garden,
  • Be eligible to take a test at the conclusion of the training to be certified in rain garden design and installation.

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  • This certification is awarded by NC State University Cooperative Extension and is housed in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department.
  • To receive the certification, attendees must take an exam on day 2 and pass with a score of at least 80%.

Please click here for a list of Certified Residential Rain Garden Professionals from 2009 - 2010.
Please click here for a list of Certified Residential Rain Garden Professionals for 2011 - 2016.

Continuing Education Credits:
8 contact hours for Landscape Architects (Course # 6379)

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Who Should Attend

  • Commercial and residential landscapers
  • Landscape architects
  • Design engineers

Workshop Fee

Regular Registration Fee: $125

Fees include break service each day, lunch on Day 1, and workshop materials.

Cancellation Policy: If cancelling a registration, a refund minus a $25 administrative fee will be given prior to the workshop date. No refund if canceling the day of the workshop.

Pay online when you register with Mastercard, Visa, or American Express
If paying by check, please make it payable to NCSU-BAE and mailed to:
Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attn: Christina Shepard


  • Faculty of NCSU Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering
  • Faculty of NC Cooperative Extension Service


Day 1
8:00am Registration

Stormwater Overview


Rain Garden Overview

  Site Selection




  Wetland Gardens

In Class Exercise

  Plant Selection

Constructing a Rain Garden


Alternate Design Options


Maintenance and FAQ

  Rain Garden Installation and rainwater harvesting/downspout disconnection discussion and demo
5:00pm Adjourn
Day 2
9:00am Summary/Review and Q & A
  In-Class Exam
  Outside Exam
12:30 Adjourn

For registration questions:
Julia Fiore - - 919-515-6780
Chrissie Shepard - - 919-513-2192