SCM Construction Inspection Training and Certification

Who Should Attend | Upcoming Workshop Dates | Registration Info | Lodging | Course Schedule | Certification Information | Re-certification Information | Certification List | Instructors | Professional Development Hours 


About the Workshop

Design of green infrastructure or Low Impact Development (LID) practices are only a part of properly managing stormwater runoff. If the practices are not properly constructed and maintained they will not function as they are designed. There are many variables, including construction practices and materials, that can have a significant impact on the performance and function of green infrastructure practices. It is important to have a trained person onsite who can determine if gravel has been washed and free of fines and if the bioretention soil media contains the amount and quality of organic material specified in the construction documents. This workshop will discuss the proper phasing of construction, inspection of materials upon delivery, a multitude of proper construction practices, and field testing and verification to ensure green infrastructure and LID practices are properly constructed and function as they are designed.

Who Should Attend

This course is recommended for the following groups of individuals:

  • Commercial Landscapers
  • Property Managers
  • Owners
  • Homeowner Associations
  • Professionals with Licensure (PE’s, PLS’s, RLA’s)
  • Regulators
  • Municipal and County Landscape Personnel
  • Other Individuals who either design or review designs for SCMs

Upcoming Workshop Dates


November 7, 2019

Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center
5611 Jaguar Park Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
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This is the last SCM Construction Inspection Training and Certification workshop for 2019. Dates and locations have not been selected for 2020 but will be announced as soon as possible. If you have not done so already, we recommend subscribing to the mailing list to receive announcement emails about future workshops.
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Registration Information


Non-Certification Participants – $100.00 Certification Participants – $150.00 (includes examination and certificate)

Payment Instructions

We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for payment of your registration fee. Or you may send us a check made payable to NCSU – BAE. Mail to:

NCSU-BAE Campus Box 7625 Raleigh, NC 27695 Attn: Brittany Santore

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation requests should be sent to for processing. The cancellation request must be submitted at least twenty-one (21) days before the date of the workshop to receive a full refund. Cancellation requests made between twenty-one (21) day and seven (7) days before the date of the workshop will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative processing fee. Any cancellation requests made within seven (7) days of the workshop will be ineligible for refund. Attendee substitutions from within the same company may be made at any time. Please send an email to requesting a substitution.

Severe Weather Cancellation and Refund Policy

In the event of severe weather, this workshop may be postponed or cancelled at the discretion of the workshop instructors and coordinators. If the workshop is postponed, you may receive a refund if you are unable to attend the newly scheduled date, time, and location. Please contact if you are unable to attend the re-scheduled workshop. If the workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. If the workshop is postponed or cancelled, the workshop instructors and coordination staff are not responsible for participants not meeting their PDHs or CEUs requirements with their various professional licensing boards.


The following hotels are recommendations for lodging options in the area:

Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown Capital

Address: 320 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 Phone: 919-832-0501

Ramada by Wyndham Raleigh

Address: 1520 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607 Phone: 919-832-4100

Doubletree by Hilton Brownstone

Address: 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27605 Phone: 919-828-0811

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

3741 Thistledown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606 Phone: 919-854-0001

Course Schedule

Below is a sample schedule of the workshop to demonstrate the topics that will be covered. Actual schedules, including start and end times, may vary from class to class. Please refer to the workshop registration page and your confirmation email for times.

8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Introduction to SCM Research
9:45 am SCM Site Management
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Green Street Construction Case Study
11:15 am Bioretention Areas
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm Stormwater Wetlands and Wet Ponds
1:30 pm Green Roofs
1:45 pm Vegetated Swales
2:00 pm Break
2:15 pm Permeable Pavement
3:00 pm Rainwater Harvesting Systems
3:30 pm Sand Filters
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Exam
5:00 pm Adjourn

Certification Information

  • 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 attend the workshop and then receive a score of at least 80% on an examination. Participants have up to 1 hour to complete the exam, which includes 35 multiple choice, true or false, and fill-in-the-blank questions. All exams are graded by NC Cooperative Extension faculty or staff.
  • The certification lasts for 3 years (though the instructors reserve the right to extend for an additional 2 years).
  • Communities in North Carolina may either require or recommend this certification of people who design and/or supervise construction of stormwater control measures.
  • The certification is NOT intended to be a replacement for professional licensure (like PE or RLA), and is only a supplement to those rigorous professional licenses.

Re-Certification Information

To continue the certification beyond the original 3 (or up to 5) years, certified professionals must attend Update seminars that will be offered throughout North Carolina. The re-certification lasts an additional 3 years. To qualify for the Update course to receive re-certification, certifications must be current or have expired within the last 2 years. Participants whose certifications expired over 2 years ago must retake the regular class and exam. When registering, please have your certificate number ready. Upon completion, receive an updated inspector card and certificate, good for 3 years.

List of Certified Professionals

This table lists program participants who have successfully passed the Stormwater Control Measure Construction Inspection Certification Exam. The certification lasts for up to 3 (or 5) years. To renew certification, certified professionals must attend Update courses. There is NO further testing required with the 5 hour Update courses. The re-certification lasts an additional 3  years. The certification is NOT intended to be a replacement for professional licensure (like PE or RLA), and is only a supplement to these rigorous professional licenses.

Certified Professionals List (Click Here to View List)

Our Instructors

William F. Hunt, III, Ph.D.

Dr. Hunt is a Professor and Extension Specialist in North Carolina State University’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Dr. Hunt holds degrees in Civil Engineering (NCSU, B.S.), Economics (NCSU, B.S.), Biological and Agricultural Engineering (NCSU, M.S.) and Agricultural and Biological Engineering, (Penn State, Ph.D.). He is a registered PE in North Carolina.

Since 2000, Hunt has assisted with the design, installation, and/or monitoring of over 90 stormwater best management practices (BMPs), including bioretention, stormwater wetlands, innovative wet ponds, green roofs, permeable pavement, water harvesting/cistern systems and level spreaders. He teaches 20-25 short courses and workshops each year on stormwater BMP design, function, and maintenance throughout North Carolina and the US.

Bill Lord

Bill Lord is an Area Environmental Agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Mr. Lord has received a BS degree in Horticulture and an MS degree in Entomology from NC State University. A 25-year veteran of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Mr. Lord has experience in stormwater runoff, nutrient and pesticide management, and plant growth. He has supervised the construction and maintenance of several stormwater practices including stormwater wetlands, wet ponds, and bioretention areas. He also pioneered research on mosquito populations in stormwater facilities across North Carolina. Mr. Lord is a member of NC Cooperative Extension’s Watershed Education Network and the Neuse Education Team. Annually, he conducts 12 to 15 workshops on stormwater management practice construction and maintenance throughout North Carolina and the US.


Jason Wright, P.E.

Jason Wright is a Water Resources Engineer with 12 years of experience in watershed restoration and BMP implementation. Mr. Wright holds degrees in Environmental Engineering (NCSU, B.S.) and Biological and Agricultural Engineering (NCSU, M.S.). In his current position at Tetra Tech he focuses on LID and green infrastructure implementation including developing design standards, specifications, and technical manuals for BMP design; identifying, prioritizing, and selecting potential BMP implementation sites; developing conceptual designs; construction oversight; public outreach and education; and plans to meet regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Tetra Tech, Mr. Wright was a faculty member at North Carolina State University for four years where he gained experience designing, implementing, and monitoring stormwater BMPs working under Dr. Hunt.

Professional Development Hours

The following professional development hours (PDHs) are awarded after successful completion of the workshop and sit for the certification exam:

  • 6 PDHs for professional engineers and land surveyors (approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors)
  • 7 CEUs for landscape architects (approved by the NC Board of Landscape Architects)
  • 5L CEUs for landscape contractors (approved by the NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board, Course # CE984)
  • Other professionals may appeal to their respective boards to obtain professional education credits.