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


Floating Turbidity Barrier

Floating Turbidity Barrier - a floating geotextile material which minimizes sediment transport from a disturbed area adjacent to or within a body of water.

Silt Fence Barrier

Silt Fence Barriers – used to intercept and detain small amounts of sediment from disturbed areas during construction operations and to decrease the velocity of sheet flows.

Florida Stormwater Education LogoThe Nonpoint Source Management Section is currently implementing the Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training Program. The goal of the program is to increase the proper design, construction, and maintenance of erosion and sediment controls during construction and to assure the proper long-term operation and maintenance of stormwater systems after construction is completed. The primary program objective is to provide training to private and public employees in various construction related fields. The training program is primarily directed towards inspectors and contractors, however, permit reviewers, public works personnel and engineers will also benefit from this program.

The program curriculum was developed to educate the inspector on proper installation, inspection and maintenance of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for use during and after construction to minimize erosion and sedimentation and to properly manage runoff for both stormwater quantity and quality. 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 is encouraged in order to prevent erosion and sedimentation during construction activity.

Implementation of the training program began in late 1997. To date, there are over 6500 certified inspectors throughout the state of Florida. 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 2-3 hours is given to complete the exam. In order to obtain the FDEP certification, a minimum passing grade of 70% must be made on the exam.

“Train The Trainer” Workshops

These workshops are offered by the FDEP twice a year in order to prepare new instructors for implementation of the inspector’s training program. The workshop covers the guidelines that instructors are required to follow in order to teach the class, plus 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

Classes and Events

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

Upcoming Classes



Class Information



December 17-18, 2014 Clearwater Clearwater Flyer See Clearwater flyer for registration instructions. Fee for non government attendees.
January 13-14, 2015 Ft. Myers Fort Myers Flyer See Fort Myers flyer for registration instructions. Free Class
February 11-12, 2015 Palm Beach Gardens Palm Beach Gardens Flyer See Palm Beach Gardens flyer for registration instructions. Free Class
February 19-20, 2015 Orlando Orlando Flyer Register Online for Orlando! Free Class
March 9-10, 2015 Naples Naples Flyer See Naples flyer for registration instructions. There is  a fee for this class.


A Live Virtual Classroom


Due to an illness, the scheduled Virtual Classrooms for December 17-18 have been cancelled. Make-Up times will be scheduled at a later date. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Each DEP District and many of our Branch Offices now can host a VIRTUAL CLASS utilizing a Tandberg Unit.  Attendees will be able to see their instructors as well as the PowerPoint presentation at the same time.  Attendees can ask questions and the instructor will see them and reply to them as if they are in the same room.  The manual and other educational materials will be provided for all attendees. The exam will be proctored at each facility at the end of the second day taking appropriately 45 minutes to complete. 

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  Mail Station 3570
Tallahassee, FL, 32399-2400
Phone (850) 245-7508

Last updated: December 15, 2014

  2600 Blair Stone Road M.S. 3500   Tallahassee, Florida 32399   850-245-8336 (phone) / 850-245-8356 (fax) 
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