Trained Individual Contractor Certification
Rule 5 enforcement, now a Construction Stormwater General Permit (CSGP) has been going on in Indiana for more than 10 years, but municipal inspectors still report seeing many of the most basic Rule 5 violations on sites during the construction season.
The Trained Individual Contractor Certification Program
The Trained Individual Contractor Certification Program provides training and testing for those responsible for the management of construction projects requiring a Construction Stormwater General Permit (CSGP), also known as a “Trained Individual”. The focus is on the implementation of construction Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) through the proper installation, maintenance, and inspection of erosion, sediment, and other pollution controls, also known as construction-phase best management practices (BMPs). The program is designed to provide contractors with the knowledge to better manage their Rule 5 (CSGP) construction sites and stay in compliance with local stormwater ordinances.
Basic Training Track
The program offers two tracks, the first of which is a Basic Training & Certification focused on the installation, maintenance and inspection of the most common construction BMPs, in addition to regulatory and other relevant information. Those who complete the Basic Training and pass the optional test receive a Trained Individual Certification and are added to a database of Trained Individuals. The database allows participating municipalities to verify contractor qualifications. Anyone participating in the program and seeking certification must start with this track in order to ensure a good understanding of the fundamentals and sit for the certification test.
Advanced Training Track
The second track is designed as a continuing education (Advanced Training) opportunity that covers a variety of current topics developed each year, such as on-going SWPPP development and implementation challenges, stormwater industry trends, emerging technologies, green infrastructure, regulatory changes, case studies and other development and stormwater-related components. The Advanced Training is designed to provide continuing education and a recertification opportunity for certified Trained Individuals but is open to anyone.
Only those who complete the Basic Training and pass the test obtain a Trained Individual Certification, which is valid for two years. Once certified, the Trained Individual must attend either a Basic Training or Advanced Training at least once every two years to maintain the certification. Visit the FAQs below for more detailed questions and answers about the tracks and testing.
Our 2022 Advanced Track training will be held online via Zoom on April 21 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Registration is now open and an agenda is posted below.
To qualify for the Advanced Track program, you must have already received certification from our Basic Track program in 2020, a previous Advanced Track program in 2020 or 2021, or one of the courses listed below in 2020 or 2021. Certification is good for two years. If you need to confirm your prior certification, please contact Lisa at Lisa@TheWhiteRiverAlliance.org.
We are working to create an online course for our Basic Track program, but it will not be ready until 2023. If you need to become a Trained Individual or do not qualify for our Advanced Track, we recommend you participate in one of the online courses listed below. Completion of one of the below listed courses will be accepted as completion of the Basic Training course and allow you to participate in the Advanced Track. Please email us (Lisa at Lisa@TheWhiteRiverAlliance.org) a copy of your completion certificate from the course so we can update our records if you plan on participating in the Advanced Track.
|Online Training Courses|
|Agency or Company||Certification Name||Website|
|CISEC||Certified Inspector of Sediment & Erosion Control||https://cisecinc.org/|
|EnviroCert||CESSWI – Certified Erosion, Sediment, & StormWater Inspector||https://envirocert.org/cesswi/|
|Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)||Construction Stormwater Management Training||https://www.in.gov/indot/3813.htm|
|American Stormwater Institute, LLC||Qualified Erosion & Sediment Control Inspector||https://americanstormwaterinstitute.com/classes-offered/erosion-sediment-control-inspector-training-online/|
|National Stormwater Center||Certified Stormwater Inspector||https://npdes.com/training-programs|
|University of Minnesota||Erosion & Stormwater Management Certification Program||https://www.erosion.umn.edu/|
|Eco-3||CESCL Certification Training||https://eco-3.com/certification|
|CED Engineering||Civil Engineering & Erosion Control||https://www.cedengineering.com/course-subcategories/erosion-control|
|Maryland Department of Transportation||State Highway Administration Erosion & Sediment Control Certification||https://roads.maryland.gov/mdotsha/pages/Index.aspx?PageId=56|
|ZACK Academy||CESCL: Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead Training Courses||https://www.zackacademy.com/class/stormwater-and-water-management/cescl–certified-erosion-and-sediment-control-lead-training|
|CEUs – Training Resources to Maintain Certifications|
|Agency or Company||Certification Name||Website|
|FORESTER University||*Training for CEUs||https://www.foresteruniversity.com/ProductSubCats.aspx?SubCatID=78|
|IECA – International Erosion Control Association||*Training for CEUs||https://www.ieca.org/IECA/Education/IECA/Education/Education.aspx?hkey=45eb2999-5d38-43a5-b129-c3e7d9ad3ab5|
Registration for the 2022 Trained Individual Contractor Certification ADVANCED TRACK is now open. The training will be held online via Zoom on April 21 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The cost is $50 per person. Use the REGISTER button below to register.
We are working to create an online course for our Basic Track program, but it will not be ready until 2023. If you need to become a Trained Individual or do not yet qualify for our Advanced Track, we recommend you participate in one of the online courses mentioned above.
Special thanks to all of our Advanced Track Sponsors!
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Everyone has a role to play! You can help us ensure the Trained Individual Contractor Certification program’s success and affordability by directing your donation to the Trained Individual Contractor Certification program and becoming a Water Sponsor. No donation is too small or too large to be a Water Sponsor. Your donation as a Water Sponsor can be publicly recognized or remain anonymous. All donations are tax-deductible and will be utilized specifically for the Trained Individual Contractor Certification program and its related efforts.
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