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Stormwater Training and Certification

DEC Endorsed Certification Programs

Individuals with either of the following certification can act as the Qualified Inspector or Trained Contractor at a construction project subject to the Construction General Permit.

  • New York State Erosion and Sediment Control Certificate Program (NYSESCCP)
  • Certified Professionals in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC)

DEC Endorsed Four-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 four hours of DEC-endorsed training in the principles and practices of erosion and sediment control (E&SC) every three years. To satisfy this training requirement, DEC has partnered with county Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the state to deliver a four-hour E&SC training course. In addition, DEC accepts the following training options as meeting the four-hour endorsed training requirement:

  • The NYS Conservation District Employees' Association online version of the DEC endorsed four-hour E&SC course (For details click on the NYSDEA Online 4-Hr Training link in the right column of this page).
  • The NYS Builders Association Online version of the DEC endorsed, four-hour E&SC course (For details click on NYSBA Online Training link in right column of this page).
  • The one-day “CPESC Exam Review Course” for those taking the CPESC exam. Eligibility requirements may apply. Local courses may be listed on the training calendar.
Training Events conducted by the County Soil and Water Conservation Districts
(*Note: See SWCD websites listed for registration information and flyer. All links leave DEC website.)
Date Place, Time and Notes Contact Information

October 3, 2019
Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources
50 Sanatorium Road, Building A
Room 640-641 (6th Floor)
Pomona, NY 10970
8:00 am - 1:30 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: September 23, 2019)
Brianna Rosamilia
rosamilb@co.rockland.ny.us
Rockland County SWCD
October 9, 2019
AGC NYS
6 Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12205
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: October 4, 2019)
518-456-1134
Erosion and Sediment Control Training PDF (for a pdf flyer) or Associated General Contractors New York State
October 22, 2019
Town of Ogden
Main Meeting Room
269 Ogden Center Road
Spencerport, NY 14559
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: October 16, 2019)
Amanda Little/Kelly Emerick
585-753-7380
mcswcd@monroecounty.gov
Monroe County SWCD
November 4, 2019
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County
Saratoga SWCD Office
50 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: October 28, 2019)
518-885-6900
clerksaratogaswcd@gmail.com
Saratoga County SWCD
November 6, 2019 Syracuse Builders Exchange
6563 Ridings Road
Syracuse, NY 13206
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: November 1, 2019)
Melissa Gould
315-437-9936, ext. 25
mgould@syrabex.com
Syracuse Builders Exchange
November 20, 2019 College Lounge, Ulster County Community College
491 Cottekill Road
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
8:15 am – 1:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: November 2, 2019
845-883-7162, Ext. 6085
Margarete.wagner@ny.nacdnet.net
Ulster County SWCD
December 11, 2019 Syracuse Builders Exchange
6563 Ridings Road
Syracuse, NY 13206
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: December 6, 2019)
Melissa Gould
315-437-9936, ext. 25
mgould@syrabex.com
Syracuse Builders Exchange

Stormwater Training and Conferences:

Stormwater Management Training Series (multiple courses/dates)

Sponsors: Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Orange County (leaves DEC website)
Location: Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Orange County, 18 Seaward Avenue, Suite 300, Middletown, NY 10940
Contact: Rose Baglia at rsb22@cornell.edu or Cathy Hughes cah94@cornell.edu, 845-344-1234

Sponsors: Monroe County SWCD (leaves DEC website)
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; kellyemerick@monroecounty.gov

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, Saratoga County Stormwater Management Program (leaves DEC website)

Sponsors: Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board
Location: CNY RPDB, 126 N. Salina Street, Syracuse NY, 13202
Contact: Kathleen Bertuch at Bertuch@cnyrpdb.org or 315-422-8276 Ext. 208, Central NY Stormwater Coalition (leaves DEC website)

Other Learning Opportunities

Navigate the training opportunities below using links on 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.

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.