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The Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training & Certification Program


Typical Florida Erosion and Sedimentation Control Inspector’s Qualification Class being taught by Eddie Snell in Orlando, FL.

Typical Florida Erosion and Sedimentation Control Inspector’s Qualification Class being taught in Orlando, FL.

Attendees participating in a Muddy Water Blues event. 

Attendees participating in a Muddy Water Blues event.

Florida Stormwater Education LogoThe Water Quality Restoration Program is currently implementing the Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Qualification Certificate Course. The goal of this educational program is to better educate the inspector on proper Best Management Practice (BMP) sections, how to layer those BMPs, how to correctly install, inspection, and maintenance (BMPs) for use during and after construction to minimize impacts caused by uncontrolled erosion and sedimentation on the construction site. Likewise, the course will help develop a better knowledge of how to properly manage the impacts from solids (TSS), turbidity (NTUs), and nutrients (i.e., nitrogen and phosphorus) and other surface water contaminates. Florida’s stormwater program is technology based, using performance standards and BMP design criteria. The use of innovative techniques and specifically designed erosion control systems are encouraged in order to prevent or limit erosion and sedimentation problems during and after land disturbance and construction activities.

The program curriculum was originally developed and the training program began in late 1997. To date, there are over 35,000 qualified inspectors throughout the state of Florida through our educational program. FDEP approved instructors voluntarily teach the inspector training class throughout the year. This allows the instructors flexibility to arrange classes around their schedules.

The Inspector’s Training Program

This program is a two-day class. The class follows the curriculum provided in the Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector’s Manual (3.9 MB). Upon the completion of the class, a proctored examination is administered and approximately 1 hour is given to complete the exam. In order to obtain the FDEP qualification certificate, a minimum passing grade of 70% must be made on the exam.

“Train The Trainer” Workshops

These workshops are regularly offered by the FDEP throughout year in order to prepare new instructors for the training program. The workshop covers the guidelines that instructors are required to follow in order to teach the class. Also, it allows instructors the time to work on both their teaching skills and speaking abilities. In order to attend, all participants must be FDEP Certified Inspectors prior to the scheduled workshop date.  Please contact Hal Lunsford if you are interested in becoming an instructor.

The objectives of this training and certification program are:

  • To assure that the desired benefits of stormwater management systems are being achieved.
  • To assure that both the public and private sectors have enough inspectors trained in the proper installation and maintenance of BMPs during and after construction.
  • To assure a consistent level of technical expertise and professional conduct for all individuals responsible for inspecting erosion and sediment controls, and stormwater management systems.

Upcoming Special Outdoor Workshops, Events, Conferences

Workshops and Events

Florida Muddy Water Blues (MWB) Workshop is an indoor and outdoor technology transfer program primarily designed to help planners, designers, developers, contractors, inspectors, and citizens learn more about erosion and sediment control practices and products to help them make better selections on BMPs needed to control erosion and sediment problems, which improve water quality during and after construction activities.



Event Information



February 10 Seminole Seminole Muddy Water Blues (MWB) Flyer Register online for Seminole MWB! A free DEP Technology Transfer Workshop for Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs


To register or get information about a particular class or event, select the appropriate link below.



Class Information



January 11-12 Fort Myers Ft. Myers Flyer (January) Class is Full! Free Class
January 25-26 Tampa Tampa Flyer Register Online for Tampa! There is a fee for non-government employees.
February 8-9 Seminole Seminole Flyer Register online for Seminole! Free Class
February 27-28 Kissimmee Kissimmee Flyer Register Online for Kissimmee! Free Class
March 23-24 Stuart Stuart Flyer (March) See flyer for registration instructions. There is a fee for all attendees.
April 5-6 Fort Myers Ft. Myers Flyer (April) See flyer for registration instructions. Free Class
October 11-12 Stuart Stuart Flyer (October) See flyer for registration instructions. There is a fee for all attendees.

This program was funded in part by a Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) through a contract with the Nonpoint Source Management Program of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
For more information, email or call Hal Lunsford (850/245-8294).

Nonpoint Source Management Program
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3510
Bob Martinez Center
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400


Last updated: January 09, 2017

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