Surface Water Identification Training and Certification (SWITC)
About the Workshop
The Surface Water Identification Training and Certification (SWITC) Course is offered by the North Carolina Division of Water Resources (DWR) and NC State University (NCSU) to comply with N.C. General Statute 143-214.25A. This statute requires DWR to train and certify staff of the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS), the Division of Water Resources (DWR), and local delegated programs.
Certification from this training course is required in order to make a legal determination of stream origins and identify surface waters subject to buffer rules enacted by the NC Environmental Management Commission. Staff within NCFS (who are also Registered Foresters), DWR, or local delegated programs who take the course and pass both the written and field tests will be certified to make determinations of stream origins subject to the buffer rules.
Individuals other than those authorized for certification who take the course and pass both the written and field tests will receive a “Certificate of Training” for having successfully completed the course.
Who Should Attend
This course is recommended for the following groups of individuals:
- Environmental and Forestry Consultants
- Engineering Consultants
- Landscape Architects
- Regulatory Professionals whose work involves riparian zone and stream issues.
Upcoming Workshop Dates
May 22-25, 2018
3100 Faucette Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695
November 13-16, 2018
J. Edward Booth Training Center
4000 Chi Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
NOTE: A limited number of openings are available at no fee for DWR & NCFS employees who attend the training program “in connection with the employee’s official duties” (per NC General Statute 143-214.23). In October 2017, DWR & NCFS applicants will be notified whether or not they have received no-fee status for the November 2017 class. Applicants who have not received no-fee status will have the opportunity at that time to withdraw their registration (by email to Niki Maher at firstname.lastname@example.org) or to proceed with payment of the course fee if they wish to attend the class.
Regular Fee – $575.00 ($500.00 Early Bird Registration)
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: Christina Shepard
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellation requests should be sent to email@example.com 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 receive a 50% refund. Attendee substitutions from within the same company may be made at any time at no cost. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a substitution
Venue and Lodging
Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown Capital, 320 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603: 919-832-0501
Doubletree by Hilton Brownstone, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27605; Phone: 919-828-0811
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 3741 Thistledown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606; Phone: 919-854-0001
Below is a sample schedule of the workshop to demonstrate the topics that will be covered. Actual schedules may vary from class to class.
What to Bring
Participants should bring the following materials with them to each day of the workshop:
- North Carolina Division of Water Resources
- Sue Homewood
- Andy Kiley
- Jennifer Burdette
- Mac Haupt
- Mike Turner
- NC Forest Service
- Tom Gerow
- NC State University Dept. of Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Professional Development Hours
The following professional development hours (PDHs) are awarded after successful completion of the workshop:
- 25 credit hours for professional engineers and land surveyors (approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors)
- 10 credit hours for landscape architects (approved by the NC Board of Landscape Architects, course #11120)
- This training is pending approval for contact hours with the Society of American Foresters.
- Other professionals may appeal to their respective boards to obtain professional education credits.
This training is endorsed by the NCSU Forestry and Environmental Outreach Program