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The Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training & Certification Program
The 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:
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.
|August 9 - 10||Clearwater||Clearwater Flyer||See flyer for registration instructions||There is a fee for non-government employees.|
|August 28-29||Fort Lauderdale||Fort Lauderdale Flyer||See flyer for registration instructions.||Free Class|
|September 13-14||Chipley||Chipley Flyer||See flyer for registration instructions.||There is a fee for non-FDOT employees.|
|September 18-19||Sarasota||Sarasota Flyer||Register Online for Sarasota!||Free Class|
|September 20||Panama City||Panama City September Flyer||See flyer for registration instructions.||There is a fee for all attendees.|
|September 27-28||Kissimmee||Kissimmee Flyer||See flyer for registration instructions.||Free Class|
|October 4-5||Fort Myers||Fort Myers Flyer||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.|
|October 31- Nov. 1||Ponce de Leon||Ponce de Leon Flyer||See flyer for registration instructions.||There is a fee for non-FDOT employees.|
|December 6||Panama City||Panama City December Flyer||Register Online for Panama City!||There is a fee for all attendees.|
Nonpoint Source Management Program
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3510
Bob Martinez Center
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400
Last updated: August 18, 2017