Stormwater Inspection & Maintenance Certification

For information about the Update (Recertification) Workshop visit

Message Regarding Coronavirus

For current information about the status of the workshops, please visit the Workshops and Conferences Homepage.

Upcoming Workshops

September 17-18, 2020

JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC 27607

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.

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.

SCM Inspection and Maintenance also presents a business opportunity for inspection by licensed professionals such as engineers and landscape architects, and maintenance by landscape and other green industry professionals. Designers will learn to design SCMs with maintenance in mind; landscapers can diversify their business to ensure year-round work in a recession-proof area of work, and suppliers of materials and technology to the stormwater industry can learn about new and existing opportunities to support the stormwater industry.

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
  • Owners
  • Homeowner Associations
  • Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Professional Landscape Architects
  • Regulators
  • Municipal and County Landscape Personnel

Registration Fee Information

Government/Non-Profit Fee – $325 ($285 Early Bird Registration)
Regular Fee – $370 ($330 Early Bird Registration)

Certification registration fees include workshop materials, light breakfast items, break service, and lunch on both days.

Please visit the registration website for current cancellation and refund policies.

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:

Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attn: Brittany Santore


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 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.

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)

Certification Information

Certified Professionals List

  • 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 a Recertification (Update) workshop that will be offered throughout North Carolina. Click Here for more information about the Recertification workshop.

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.


William F. Hunt, III, Ph.D.
Bill Lord

Professional Development Hours

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

  • 7 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 6690O) for certification workshop.
  • 5L CEUs for landscape contractors (approved by the NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board, CE#: 213)
  • Commercial pesticide re-certification credits (aquatic, ornamentals and turf, R&D categories)

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