Storm Water Training, Certification

I am a water quality professional (waste water, drinking water, surface water compliance at the state level) and I find that storm water compliance is a difficult field or discipline to enter without previous experience or certs. In fact, I’ve read that many certs/credentials cannot be obtained without previous storm water or sediment control experience. Is that correct? Can anyone recommend courses for entry level storm water professionals who aren’t employed by a state agency or municipality? Based on my surface water experience at the state level I have storm water and sediment control BMP knowledge but no direct experience applying this knowledge. Any advice the forum can provide is very much appreciated. Thanks!

One Answer

  1. Chris Olson says:

    Hello – Thank you for your question.

    In general, I believe most organizations that provide certifications/credentials (C/C), regardless of the field, require some amount of demonstrated education and/or experience in the field to gain a C/C. This is done to protect the integrity of the C/C, so that clients/customers/etc. have some level of confidence that the work will be completed appropriately and ethically by the certified person. That said, the level of education/experience required to achieve a C/C can vary greatly…from simply attending a training workshop to submitting multiple references vouching for the applicant’s experience in the field.

    The Colorado Stormwater Center’s training workshops do not require any prerequisite education/experience to attend, however the certification for BMP Inspection and Maintenance does require successfully passing an exam at the end of the workshop. The exam questions are written based on material provided during the workshop, so theoretically, someone with no prior experience in the field could become certified if he/she pays close attention during the training workshop.

    There are many stormwater-related training opportunities throughout Colorado and the US that provide different stormwater C/C, however without knowing exactly what type of stormwater C/C you are seeking, I can’t provide specific advice.

    Feel free to reply to this forum with additional information on the type of C/C you are seeking and I will try to provide relevant advice.

    If you would like to discuss further outside of the forum, use the “Contact” form on this website to submit a question directly to us.


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