Stormwater SCM Inspection & Maintenance Certification

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(Check your SCM I&M Certification status: CERTIFICATION LIST)

For information on Stormwater Inspection & Maintenance Update workshops,
please visit the 
UPDATE (RECERTIFICATION) website to register.

PLEASE NOTE: BEFORE YOU REGISTER PLEASE CLICK AND READ THIS IMPORTANT NOTE.

Upcoming Workshops

SCM I&M Certification – Wrightsville Beach:

January 24-25, 2024
Day 1: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Day 2: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Shell Island Resort
2700 N. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480


SCM I&M Certification – Charlotte:

April 24-25, 2024
Day 1: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Day 2: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services
4100 W Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28208


SCM I&M Certification Summer WEBINAR:

July 18-19, 2024
Day 1: 9:00 am – 4:15 pm ET
Day 2: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm ET

Live Zoom Webinar


This workshop is held multiple times a year across North Carolina, however, there is not a set list of cities that we visit each year. If a workshop is not posted above, we have no additional information to provide regarding future workshop locations or dates. If you have not done so already, we recommend joining our mailing list to be notified when new workshops become available.

Each workshop is unique. The information below is provided for general information about the workshop. Please reference the registration website for specific information about the individual workshop.

About the Workshop

This workshop is formerly known as “Stormwater BMP Inspection & Maintenance”. Same workshop, updated name. Communities across the State of North Carolina must manage rainfall that runs off roads, streets, and parking lots. This runoff is called stormwater. To manage stormwater, many treatment devices, called SCMs, have been built. These devices include wet retention ponds, bioretention areas, swales, stormwater wetlands, permeable pavement, rainwater harvesting systems, proprietary devices, and level spreaders. SCMs must have annual, and sometimes more frequent, inspection and maintenance to perform as intended. Maintenance includes hydrologic and water quality function, landscape functions, and consideration of impacts on human health and safety. Many communities across North Carolina are now requiring annual inspection, and if called for, maintenance of SCMs. SCMs are not managed as standard landscape features, as they are water quality treatment devices, and specialized training is needed to perform inspection and maintenance activities.

Certification Goals:

  • Understand stormwater, how it affects water quality and regulations associated with it.
  • Understand stormwater management devices used in North Carolina and how they function.
  • Understand the inspection and maintenance requirements of each stormwater practice.

Who Should Attend

This course is recommended for the following groups of individuals:

  • Commercial Landscapers
  • Property Managers
  • Homeowners
  • Homeowner Associations
  • Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Professional Landscape Architects
  • Regulators
  • Municipal and County Landscape Personnel

Registration Fee Information

Standard, In-Person Workshops:

Government/Non-Profit Fee – $405 ($350 Early Bird Registration)
Regular Fee – $460 ($410 Early Bird Registration)

Online Workshops:

Registration Fee – $290 (260 Early Bird Registration)

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: Workshop Coordinators

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation requests should be sent to bae_training@ncsu.edu for processing. The cancellation request must be submitted at least thirty-one (31) days before the date of the workshop to receive a full refund. Cancellation requests made between thirty (30) days and eight (8) days before the date of the workshop will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative processing fee. Any cancellation requests made on or within seven (7) days of the workshop will be ineligible for a refund.

Attendee substitutions from within the same company may be made at any time at no cost. Please send an email to bae_training@ncsu.edu with the name of the current registrant and the name and email address of the new registrant.

Severe Weather Cancellation and Refund Policy

In the event of severe weather, this workshop may be postponed or canceled 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 bae_training@ncsu.edu if you are unable to attend the rescheduled workshop. If the workshop is canceled, you will receive a full refund. If the workshop is postponed or canceled, the workshop instructors and coordination staff are not responsible for participants not meeting their PDHs or CEUs requirements with their various professional licensing boards.


Lodging

Please visit the registration website for lodging specific to the workshop’s location or visit the Hotel Suggestions by City webpage to view suggested hotels.


Workshop Schedule

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


Sample Course Materials

An introductory PowerPoint is available as a .pdf file to view a sample of workshop content. If you use any content from this presentation, please credit NCSU-BAE.

Introductory Presentation (6147kb)


Additional Resources

Below are additional resources available through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

The Stormwater Design Manual  

Stormwater Rules and Regulations


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 2 hours to complete the exam, which includes approximately 50 multiple-choice, true or false, and short answer questions. All exams are graded by NC Cooperative Extension faculty.
  • The certification lasts for up to 3 years (the remaining portion of the year in which the class is taken, plus the following 2 years). Those that take the course and exam in October – December will receive 3 full years. All certifications expire on December 31st of the given year.
  • Communities in North Carolina may either require or recommend this certification of people who conduct maintenance on and/or inspect stormwater management practices. The state of North Carolina’s NC DENR endorses but does not require, this certification.
  • 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.

I’ve Taken the Exam – Now What?

All exams are graded by NC Cooperative Extension faculty as quickly as possible. Once grades are received by workshop coordinators, certificates and inspector cards will be mailed to all individuals who passed. In addition, those individuals’ names and information will be posted on the website below. We kindly ask that you allow 3 weeks for grading and mailing and that you check this website before contacting the coordinators about exam results. If you do not pass the exam, you will receive a personal email from the coordinators regarding the next steps.

Recertification Information

To continue the certification beyond the original 3 years, certified professionals must attend Update workshops or walking tours that will be offered throughout North Carolina. There is NO reexamination associated with the 5-hour classroom Update workshops or the Update Walking Tours. To qualify for the Update course to receive recertification, 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. Please have your certificate number ready when registering for an Update workshop, it is a required part of the registration process. Upon completion of the Update workshop, attendees will receive an updated inspector card, good for up to 3 years (the remaining portion of the year in which the class is taken, plus the following 2 years). Click Here for more information about the Recertification workshop and available classes.

NOTE: The workshop and conference coordinators do not have the manpower nor the software to send you notifications or emails when your certification is about to expire. Please be responsible and make the necessary reminders or other arrangements for yourself to keep your certification active. No concessions will be made, especially at the end each year, for those who were not mindful to manage their own certification. We are only able to offer this workshop a limited number of times a year, across the state, and each workshop has a limited number of seats available. Again, please plan accordingly to maintain an active and valid certification.


Instructors

William “Bill” F. Hunt, III, Ph.D., PE

Dr. Hunt is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished University Professor and Extension Specialist in North Carolina State University‚Äôs Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Hunt holds degrees in Civil Engineering (NCSU, B.S., 1994), Economics (NCSU, B.S., 1995), Biological & Agricultural Engineering (NCSU, M.S., 1997) and Agricultural & Biological Engineering, (Penn State, Ph.D., 2003). He is a Professional Engineer registered in the state of North Carolina.

Since 2000, Hunt has assisted with the design, installation, and/or monitoring of over 250 stormwater control measures (SCMs), including bioretention, stormwater wetlands, innovative wet pond retrofits, green roofs, permeable pavement, water harvesting/cistern systems and bioswales. He teaches 20-25 short courses and workshops each year on stormwater design, function, and maintenance throughout North Carolina and the United States.


Bill Lord

Bill Lord is an extension associate in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at NC
State University. Mr. Lord has degrees in Horticulture and Entomology and specializes in management
of green infrastructure. He teaches SCM Inspection and maintenance for NC State and the University
of Tennessee and has many years of experience in the construction and management of storm water
control measures and other green infrastructure.


Professional Development Hours

Based on previous workshops, it is estimated that the following professional development hours will be awarded after the successful completion of the standard, in-person workshops. A certificate of attendance will be emailed after the workshop, listing these PDHs:

  • 11 PDHs for professional engineers and land surveyors (approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors) for the certification workshop.
  • 10 CEUs for landscape architects (approved by the NC Board of Landscape Architects, course 14252) for certification workshop.
  • 5L CEUs for landscape contractors (approved by the NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board, CE#: 213)
  • 1 Commercial pesticide re-certification credit has been approved in each of the following categories: Aquatic (A), Dealer (D), Right-of-Way (H), Ornamental & Turf (L), Demonstration & Research (N), and Private-Specialty Training (X)

Based on previous workshops, it is estimated that the following professional development hours will be awarded after the successful completion of the online workshops. A certificate of attendance will be emailed after the workshop, listing these PDHs:

  • 9 PDHs for professional engineers and land surveyors (approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors) for the certification workshop.
  • 10 CEUs for landscape architects (approved by the NC Board of Landscape Architects, course 14252) for certification workshop.
  • 5L CEUs for landscape contractors (approved by the NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board, CE#: 0213)
  • 1 Commercial pesticide re-certification credit has been approved in each of the following categories: Aquatic (A), Dealer (D), Right-of-Way (H), Ornamental & Turf (L), Demonstration & Research (N), and Private-Specialty Training (X)

Other professionals may appeal to their respective boards to obtain professional education credits.