Stormwater SCM Inspection & Maintenance Certification & Re-Certification

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About the Workshops

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 BMPs, have been built. These devices include: wet retention ponds, bioretention areas, swales, stormwater wetlands, permeable pavement, rainwater harvesting systems, proprietary devices, and level spreaders. BMPs 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 BMPs. BMPs 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/BMPs 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 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
  • Professionals with Licensure (PE’s, PLA’s)
  • Regulators
  • Municipal and County Landscape Personnel

Upcoming Certification Workshops

February 18-19, 2019

The McKimmon Training Center
1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh, NC 27695

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May 9-10, 2019

Dare County Administration Building
954 Marshall C Collins Drive, Room 168
Manteo, North Carolina 27954

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Upcoming Update (Re-certification) Workshops

Currently, there are no workshops scheduled at this time. Please check back regularly for updates on new workshop offerings.

 

Registration Information

Certification Fees

Government/Non-Profit Fee – $225.00 ($185.00 Early Bird Registration)

Regular Fee – $270.00 ($230.00 Early Bird Registration)

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

Re-Certification Fee

Regular Fee – $75.00

Re-certification registration fee includes workshop materials, lunch, and break service.

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 bae_training@ncsu.edu 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 at no cost. Please send an email to bae_training@ncsu.edu 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 bae_training@ncsu.edu 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.

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Course Schedule

Below is a sample schedule of the workshop to demonstrate the topics that will be covered. Actual schedules may vary from class to class.

Certification Agenda Re-Certification Agenda
Day 1
8:00 am Registration 9:30 am Registration
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Lectures on:
  • Watershed
  • Regulations
  • BMP Function
  • Elements of BMP Maintenance
  • Retention Ponds

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lectures on:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • SCM Landscape Management
  • Level Spreader Maintenance
  • Bioretention MDC

12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch (provided)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch (provided)1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Lectures on:

  • Stormwater Wetlands
  • Bioretention
  • Level Spreaders
  • Certification and Exam Review

Site Visit to Local BMPs

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lectures on:

  • Stormwater Wetlands, Wet Pond, and Dry Pond Maintenance
  • Permeable Pavement and Proprietary Devices

Day 2

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Lectures on:

  • Other Green BMPs
  • Parking Lot BMPs
  • Review of Field Tour BMPs
  • Review of BMP Maintenance

12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch (provided)

1:00 pm – 2:30 pmExamination

 

 


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

  • 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). All certifications last until December 31st of a 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 next steps.


Re-Certification Information

To continue the certification beyond the original 3 years, certified professionals must attend Update courses that will be offered throughout North Carolina. There are two options for re-certification classes — classroom-based and field-based — and there is NO re-examination associated with the 5 hour Update courses. 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. This class is 5 hours of field work or lecture with no exam. 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 SCM Inspection & Maintenance Certification Exam. The certification lasts for up to three years (the remaining portion of the test year plus the following two years, ending on December 31st). Those that take the course and exam October – December will receive 3 full years. To renew certification, certified professionals must attend Update (Re-certification) courses. There is NO further testing required with the 5 hour Update courses. The re-certification lasts an additional 3 years (the remaining portion of the year in which the Update class was taken, plus the following two years, ending on December 31st.). Those that take the course and exam October – December will receive 3 full years. Please refer to the certification list below for expiration dates. 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


Our Instructors

William F. Hunt, III, Ph.D., P.E.

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.


Professional Development Hours

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

Certification Credit:

  • 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.

Re-Certification Credit:

  • 4 PDHs for professional engineers (approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors) for re-certification workshop.
  • 4 CEUs for landscape architects (approved by the NC Board of Landscape Architects, course 11129) for re-certification workshop.
  • 3.75L CEUs for landscape contractors (approved by the NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board, CE#: 747)
  • 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.

All participants who pass an examination at the end of the course will be certified by NC State Cooperative Extension.