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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
December 5, 2019 Essex County Public Safety Building
702 Stowersville Road
Lewis, NY 12950
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: December 3, 2019)
518-962-8225
lsayward@westelcom.com
www.essexcountyswcd.org
December 10, 2019 Saratoga Hilton
534 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: December 6, 2019)
518-456-1134
Bryanna@agcnys.org
https://www.agcnys.org/wp-content/uploads/12.10.19-Four-Hour-Erosion-Control-Form.pdf
December 10, 2019 Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road
Old Bethpage, NY 11804
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: December 6, 2019)

516-364-5860
nassauswcd2@optonline.net
www.NassauSWCD.org
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
December 17, 2019 Horseheads American Legion
71 Old Ithaca Road
Horseheads, NY 14845
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: December 10, 2019)
Nikole Watts
607-796-2216
stormwatereducator@stny.rr.com
January 17, 2020 Ontario County SWCD Offices
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
7:45 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(January 10, 2020)

Megan Webster
585-396-1450
Megan.webster@ontswcd.com
www.Ontswcd.com
January 22, 202 Natural Resource Center
7413 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021
7:45 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: January 15, 2020)
315-704-6204
cayugaswcd@cayugaswcd.org
http://www.cayugaswcd.org/
February 5, 2020 Natural Resource Center
7413 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021
7:45 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: January 29, 2020)

315-704-6204
cayugaswcd@cayugaswcd.org
http://www.cayugaswcd.org/
February 19, 2020 Natural Resource Center
7413 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021
7:45 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: February 12, 2020)
315-704-6204
cayugaswcd@cayugaswcd.org
http://www.cayugaswcd.org/
March 4, 2020 Natural Resource Center
7413 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021
7:45 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: February 26, 2020)

315-704-6204
cayugaswcd@cayugaswcd.org
http://www.cayugaswcd.org/
March 18, 2020 Natural Resource Center
7413 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021
7:45 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: March 11, 2020)
315-704-6204
cayugaswcd@cayugaswcd.org
http://www.cayugaswcd.org/
March 25, 2020 Old McDonald's Farm "Gathering Barn"
14369 County Route 45
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
11:15 am - 4:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: March 18, 2020)
315-782-2749
Admin@jeffersoncountyswcd.org
www.jeffersoncountyswcd.org
April 1, 2020
Natural Resource Center
7413 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021
7:45 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: March 25, 2020)
315-704-6204
cayugaswcd@cayugaswcd.org
http://www.cayugaswcd.org/
April 15, 2020
Natural Resource Center
7413 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021
7:45 am - 12:00 pm
*Pre-registration required
(Deadline: April 8, 2020)

315-704-6204
cayugaswcd@cayugaswcd.org
http://www.cayugaswcd.org/

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.