Certification Programs

For professional development, or to obtain permit-required certifications for your company, the programs listed below provide information and training on standard practices, inspection standards, and new techniques and technologies.

CESCL – Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead

This comprehensive list, compiled by Ecology, provides links to all training programs available to meet the training and certification requirements of the General Permit, and BMP C160 Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) in Ecology’s stormwater management manuals for eastern and western Washington.

By: various providers
When: various
Ecology website
Statewide CESL Training Calendar (provided by Spokane County)

Low Impact Development Technical Workshop Series

This series of four, two-day workshops presents information on the latest design guidelines, science, construction details, and practical experience necessary to properly design, build and maintain LID practices.

By: WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center
When: Series presented annually, May-June
WSU-Puyallup website

Certificate in Green Stormwater Infrastructure design and Management

Expand your technical skills with training in green infrastructure practices that improve water quality by using the natural environment, soil and vegetation to reduce pollution caused by untreated stormwater entering our waterways. Study sustainable strategies, such as low impact development and urban retrofits, that reduce stormwater runoff, combined sewer overflow (CSO) and water demand.

By: UW-Seattle Professional & Continuing Education
When: Presented annually, October-June
UW PCE website

EnviroCert International Certification Review and Exam Event

Are you an established professional in with several years of experience in meeting the Clean Water Act and NPDES requirements? EnviroCert provides nationally recognized certification for professionals in four disciplines:

· Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ®),

· Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC®),

· Certified Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Specialist (CMS4S™)

· Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI™)

Our goal is to offer reviews and exams for all four of these certifications each September. If you have the following credentials, submit an application before July 15th to assure that you’re ready for our September review and exam event.  For 2014, this program will be conducted at StormCon in Portland, OR


Education + Years of Experience


Assoc. + 5, BS + 4, MS + 3, or PhD + 2


High school + 5, Assoc. + 4, BS + 3


7 years exp. , BS + 3


3 years exp. (formal training can = 1 yr epx.)

Need a general overview to choose which one is right for you?

Click the following links for a summary brochure on each certification:



Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality

Welcome to the CPSWQ® home page, your official source for information and resources supporting the Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality™ program. If you cannot find the information you need, please contact us. We will be happy to assist you.

Important! Individuals interested in certification should check with the appropriate regulatory authorities to determine acceptance of this certification. Note that certification is not a substitute for any required professional license.

Please click here for more information.