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This list of stormwater-related events and workshops is compiled as a free service. Washington Stormwater Center does not promote, endorse, or otherwise recommend any of the companies, individuals, or organizations presented here.

CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training - Tuesday, July 19 – Wednesday, July 20 (8:00am - 5:00pm)

Course Title:     CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
Course ID:     CESCL-101
Status:     OPEN
Date(s):     July 19, 2016: 8:00am - 5:00pm
July 20, 2016: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location:     Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
1625 118th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA
Instructor:     Nathan Hardebeck
Tuition:     $375
    $350 / $350* (Before June 18, 2016)
Tuition *

A course video is available. Click to watch.   


CESCL certification is required by the Washington State Department of Ecology, Construction Stormwater General Permit for personnel responsible for monitoring stormwater at construction sites disturbing one or more acres of land, or are part of a larger common plan of development. NWETC’s 2-day CESCL course is a dynamic interaction between traditional classroom style lecture and hands-on field exercises. Interactive dialogue between the attendees and the trainers is also promoted, to encourage a shared learning environment.

Day 1, and the first part of day 2 is spent in the classroom, discussing regulations, discussing impacts to water quality and construction activity, learning the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of the permit, and examining the most up-to-date erosion and sediment control techniques using examples and case studies. Best Management Practices (BMP) products are brought into the class to allow students to see first hand the types of control measures there are available to them in the industry. At the end of the morning on Day 2, the required CESCL exam will be given.

On the afternoon of day 2, the class will visit a field site to learn more about the BMP products and practice correctly installing a variety of erosion control BMPs. Other BMP demonstrations will also be conducted and the BMP installations performed by the students will be tested against a mock rain event.

Upon completion attendees will have met the requirements of BMP C160 certification and will receive a CESCL card valid for three years.

"Nathan provided viewpoints from across different occupations which helped me think about CESCL from other perspectives." Sara P. Dec 2015

"Nate is my favorite stormwater resource. He is very knowledgeable about the regulations"  Colleen M. Nov 2015

"If you manage any field project in the NW, it would be good to have this knowledge" Anonymous, Nov 2015

"[Instructor Nathan Hardebeck is] well versed and experienced-can bring a lot of on-the-ground perspective.  Understands environmental values and is non judgmental about regulations." I. Sinks, March 2013

NOTE: This  CESCL certification course is recognized as meeting the training and certification requirements of the General Permit, and BMP C160 Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) in Washington State Department of Ecology’s stormwater management manuals. The Construction Stormwater General Permit requires that site inspections be conducted by personnel certified in CESCL.

Intended Audience:

Contractors, agencies and municipalities, engineers, consultants and anyone else who desires to receive their CECSL certification with the Washington Department of Ecology.

Continuing Education Units: 1.60 CEUs