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NYSDEC Endorsed 4-Hour Erosion and Sediment Control (E&SC) Training

Under the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity, certain contractors (Trained Contractor) and certain Qualified Inspectors are required to complete 4 hours of Department endorsed training in the principles and practices of erosion and sediment control (E&SC) every 3 years. To satisfy this training requirement, the Department has partnered with County Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the State to deliver a 4 hour E&SC training course. In addition, the Department accepts the following training options as meeting the 4 hour endorsed training requirement:

  • The NYS Builders Association Online version of the DEC endorsed, 4-hour E&SC course (For details click on NYSBA Online Training link in right column of this page under Links Leaving DEC's Website).
  • The 1-day "CPESC Exam Review Course" for those taking the CPESC exam. Eligibility requirements may apply. Local courses may be listed on the training calendar.

Trained Contractor - Prior to the commencement of construction, an owner or operator shall have each contractor and subcontractor, that has been identified as being responsible for implementation of the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), identify at least one employee from their company (Trained Contractor) that has received 4 hours of endorsed E&SC training. The Trained Contractor must be on site on a daily basis when soil disturbance activities are being performed and will be responsible for implementation of the practices included in the SWPPP.

Qualified Inspector - An owner or operator of a regulated construction project, with some exceptions, shall have a Qualified Inspector conduct specific site inspections. Certain Qualified Inspectors who work on these sites (i.e., individuals working under direct supervision of, and at the same company as, a licensed Professional Engineer or Registered Landscape Architect of NYS) are required to complete 4 hours of E&SC training under the General Permit.

Note: Beginning in October 2009, some trainers may offer this course with continuing education credits for Code Enforcement Officers and municipal/county planning/zoning board members who complete the 4 hours of E&SC training.

Training Events conducted by the County Soil and Water Conservation Districts
(*Note: See SWCD websites listed for registration information and flyer)
Date Place, Time and Notes Contact Information
April 18, 2017 Horseheads American Legion
71 Old Ithaca Road
Horseheads, NY 14845
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: April 13, 2017)
Nikole Watts
April 19, 2017 Natural Resource Center
7413 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021
7:45 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: April 12, 2017)
May 3, 2017 Clinton County CCE
6064 State Route 22, Suite 5
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: April 28, 2017)
May 3, 2017 Natural Resource Center
7413 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021
7:45 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: April 26, 2017)
May 10, 2017 Montgomery County Annex Building
20 Park Street
Fonda, NY 12068
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: May 5, 2017)

May 17, 2017 Natural Resource Center
7413 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021
7:45 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: May 10, 2017)
May 24, 2017 Liberty Lodge at Finn Park
850 Maple Drive
Webster, NY 14580
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: May 17, 2017)
Molly Swearingen
585-753-7380 Trainings.html
June 7, 2017 Syracuse Builders Exchange
6563 Ridings Road
Syracuse, NY 13206
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: June 2, 2017)
Melissa Gould
315-437-9936, ext. 25
June 19, 2017 Elks Lodge
10 Elm Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: June 9, 2017)


Stormwater Training and Conferences:

Stormwater Management Training Series (multiple courses/dates)

Sponsors: Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Orange County
Location: Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Orange County, 18 Seaward Avenue, Suite 300, Middletown, NY 10940
Contact: Rose Baglia at or Cathy Hughes, 845-344-1234,

Sponsors: Monroe County SWCD
Co-sponsor: Stormwater Coalition of Monroe County
Location: Monroe Community College, Brighton Campus, Bldg 3, Room 209 (Empire room), 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623
Contact: Kelly Emerick, 585-753-7380;,

Sponsors: Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension
Location: Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Contact: Blue Neils, 518-885-8995 Ext. 224,

Sponsors: Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board
Location: CNY RPDB, 126 N. Salina Street, Syracuse NY, 13202
Contact: Kathleen Bertuch at or 315-422-8276 Ext. 208

Other Learning Opportunities

Navigate the training opportunities below using "Links Leaving DEC's Website" in the right column of this page.

American Public Works Association
A variety of training opportunities, including video conferences and text-based courses, APWA offers live instructor-led workshops on stormwater management topics.

Center for Watershed Protection
Training workshops on stormwater management and design of control practices across the country.

Certified Professionals in Erosion and Sediment Control, Inc.
Training and certification for qualified individuals who apply for and satisfy certification standards as a professional of erosion and sediment control and/or a professional of stormwater quality.

Low Impact Development Center
The LID Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Low Impact Development technology.

New York State Department of State
The NYS DOS home page contains information for local governments, licensed professionals, watershed organizations.

Stormwater Manager's Resource Center
A research and information center for many topics on stormwater or urban watershed management.

Urban Natural Resources Institute
An initiative of the USDA Forest Service Northern Station, which serves as a point of contact for focused research, development, and information exchange on urban natural resource (UNR) management.

USEPA National Point Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Training
Archived United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Webcasts provide training at "no cost", which can be viewed any time from your personal computer.

Water Environmental Research Foundation
Training opportunities and conferences on a wide range of environmental issues.