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 Certification Program
Federal and State regulations require a certified Trained Individual (or Qualified Person) to oversee the installation, maintenance, and management of erosion and sediment control practices at stormwater-permitted construction projects. The White River Alliance Regional Stormwater MS4 Program has historically offered an annual training program for contractors working in and around our member communities.
With the introduction of a new, free, online training from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we are changing how we recognize and certify Trained Individuals.
Our new certification program is made up of a combination of the EPA’s free course, a small set of Local Issues modules developed in partnership with our member communities, and limited continuing education requirements in subsequent years. These changes will take immediate effect upon the release of our Local Modules (Spring 2023). One is considered a certified Trained Individual once all components are completed.
Previously certified Trained Individuals who wish to remain certified as well as those seeking certification for the first time should pursue certification through this process.
There are two steps to getting certified with our new program. Here’s how it works.
Step 1: Complete the EPA online course: FREE | 5-Year Certification
The EPA’s Construction Inspection Training Course is a free, online program. It consists of five modules plus a final exam and takes approximately seven hours to complete according to the EPA. The EPA certification is valid for five years. You must complete this course before moving onto Step 2.
Step 2: Complete the Local Issues course: $60 | 5-Year Certification
Once you have completed the EPA course, you will need to register and create an account on our LearnDash platform (coming soon) and upload a copy of your EPA course certificate. A valid EPA course certificate is required in order to complete registration*.
Once registered you will complete two Local Issues modules:
- Watch The State of Our Waters. This presentation discusses water quality, its impact on communities, and its connection to construction practices. It is given by Jill Hoffmann, Executive Director of the White River Alliance. A short quiz will follow the video to ensure compliance.
- Watch Indiana Local Issues: A Supplement to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Construction Inspection Training Course. This video highlights the differences between State and Federal regulations with respect to stormwater permits. It is presented by our member communities. A short quiz will follow this video to ensure compliance.
You will find a Resources folder in LearnDash with downloadable PDFs from the Indiana Stormwater Manual as well as links to relevant IDEM webpages.
*Uploading your EPA course certificate provides us with confirmation of your completion of the course and allows us to track who is currently certified as a Trained Individual for our member communities. The certification is good for five years.
Keeping Certified – Continuing Education
After your initial certification through the EPA course and our Local Issues Modules (2023), continuing education will be required on an annual basis (2024 and beyond) in order to keep the construction community abreast of any local ordinance changes or concerns, any changes to best management practices or technologies, and to maintain your status as a certified Trained Individual.
The format for the continuing education portion of the program is still in development. It is anticipated that this continuing education module will be available online in Spring 2024 and will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete each year. If you have completed the EPA certification and the local modules (i.e. you are a certified Trained Individual via our program), you will automatically be notified of annual continuing education/recertification opportunities.
Schedule & Registration
The new certification program is online and can be taken at any time. The course will take approximately one hour to complete. The cost is $60 per person. We anticipate the course will be available by late April 2023.
A follow-up email, as well as promotion on social media, will be sent out once the training is live and ready to be completed. The EPA’s course is ready to be completed at any time. We recognize that this program represents a significant change from our traditional program. If you have any questions, please contact us.
If the White River Alliance Regional Stormwater MS4 Program does not fit your needs, there are a number of other certification programs available. You can find a link to approved programs below. Please note that the White River Alliance will not be tracking these alternative certifications. It will be your responsibility to keep track of renewal requirements and provide proof of certification to our member communities when requested.
|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|
Support the Trained Individual Contractor Certification Program
Become a Water Sponsor
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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