Hybrid Low Impact Development Certificate Program


The Hybrid LID Certificate Program awards two certificates of completion: A Design Certificate for design and installation of LID Best Management Practices (BMPs) and an Operations & Maintenance Certificate for long-term operations of LID facilities. 

LID Design Certificate

The Design Certificate is intended for civil engineers, landscape architects, planners, and allied disciplines that design and install LID practices. Upon completion of the courses and assessments associated with the LID Design Certificate, participants will attain a breadth of knowledge necessary to better communicate across disciplines when designing and installing LID practices. Completion of the certificate will also increase technical knowledge, thereby improving the design, planning, implementation and review of public and private LID projects during each stage of project development. The certificate indicates that the individual has received (at the intermediate level) the latest design and installation concepts for LID practices; has a level of technical knowledge necessary to recognize design opportunities and challenges; and is better equipped to optimize LID systems.

The LID Design Certificate is awarded for completing the following courses

  • 3.2 - Intermediate LID Design: Bioretention
  • 3.3 - Intermediate LID Design: Permeable Pavement
  • 3.4 - Intermediate LID Topics: Site Assessment, Planning and Layout
  • 3.5 - Intermediate LID Design: Rainwater Collection Systems and Vegetated Roofs
  • 3.6 - Intermediate LID Design: Hydrologic Modeling


LID Operations & Maintenance Certificate

The LID Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Certificate is intended for local jurisdictions and third party enforcement and inspection personnel. Upon completion of the courses and assessments associated with the LID Operations & Maintenance Certificate, participants will attain a basic understanding of LID BMP design and function as well as an in-depth knowledge of inspection and maintenance, timing and tracking approaches. Completion of the certificate also provides participants with a breadth of knowledge to adaptively manage LID practices for effective long-term performance. The certificate indicates that the individual has received (at the intermediate level) the latest basic operations and maintenance concepts for LID practices; and has a level of technical knowledge necessary to design a maintenance regime and prescribe effective maintenance procedures.

The LID Operations & Maintenance Certificate is awarded for completing the following courses

  • 2.1 - Introduction to LID for Inspection and Maintenance Staff
  • 5.0 - Advanced Long-Term Operations and Maintenance: Bioretention
  • 5.1 - Advanced Long-Term Operations and Maintenance: Permeable Pavement.




The Hybrid LID Certificate Program is HERE!


We are pleased offer a new year of the Hybrid Low Impact Development (LID) Certificate Program, previously known as the Statewide LID Training Program! Beginning this year, the training program has transitioned from a solely in-person training system to a hybrid (online and in-person) system.

In addition to the transition to a hybrid system, there are important features of the new training system that you should be familiar with:
  • The program is no longer subsidized by the Washington State Department of Ecology, and course fees for the Certificate Program have increased substantially.
  • The bulk of the Certificate Program curriculum will be offered as online modules via WSU and Blackboard Learn. Participants not seeking certificates may register for the online courses only, however;
  • To receive a certificate of completion, participants must register for both the online course and the in-person trainings - note that both require separate registrations and payments.
  • Registration will be for an entire LID Certificate track - the LID Design Certificate and/or the LID Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Certificate. Registering for individual modules within the certificate tracks will not be an option in the near-term.
  • The LID Design Certificate comprises FIVE modules (75 hours), while the LID O&M Certificate comprises THREE modules (32 hours).
  • Each module in the LID Certificate Program (except module 2.1 of the Operations & Maintenance Certificate) will include a required full day in-person training to ensure participants get hands-on experience with LID design and/or long-term operations and maintenance.
  • There will only be TWO in-person offerings of each module per year - it is important for participants to register for both the online and in-person trainings as soon as possible. In-person trainings will be capped at 70 registrants per module, and courses are likely to fill up quickly.

Total Costs Per Certificate

LID Operations & Maintenance Certificate: $1,400
LID Design Certificate: $3,000




Registration for the Online Curriculum is now open!


The online, self-paced courses cost $100 per certificate track.

To register for the online portion of the LID Operations & Maintenance Certificate use the following link:

 http://www.eiseverywhere.com/285515

To register for the online portion of the LID Design Certificate use the following link:

 http://www.eiseverywhere.com/285516

If you would like to receive either certificate, you must also register for and attend the full suite of in-person trainings. Dates and locations for the 2018 in-person trainings are currently being finalized - stay tuned!



Statewide LID Training Program participants from 2014 to 2017 sessions will still be able to access their Blackboard accounts and take the online assessments for the certificate-track courses they attended previously. We appreciate your patience as we transition to a fully self-sufficient model for LID training. We aim to continue bringing you the most current and practical information related to the implementation of low impact development practices. Thank you for your continued support.