Recertification

Certification Accreditation Tracking System (CATS)

Recertification is tracked through DEQ's Certification Accreditation Tracking System (CATS), an online self-service system used to re-certify Stormwater or Erosion certifications and to combine two of the same type of certifications into a dual certification (e.g. SWM Inspector & ESC Inspector into a Dual Inspector). Click here to access CATS.


Contact Hours

Determining Relevance

Course contact hours are relevant for re-certification if they: maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the certification being renewed. Contact hours can be provided by DEQ or by a third part and may be obtained by attending seminars, webinars, online courses, classroom courses, or university courses. 

Examples of course content that DEQ as rejected for not being relevant:

  • ESC and management of stormwater discharges from oil/gas exploration sites
  • Installation and maintenance of stormwater piping (i.e. conveyance systems)
  • Management of stormwater/discharge from industrial sites
  • Hurricane damage and mitigation
  • Shoreline erosion/restoration
  • HVAC and/or building codes
  • Underground storage tanks
  • Asphalt/paving 
  • Hazwoper

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Online Contact Hours

DEQ does not endorse nor recommend any specific online resources. However, a simple internet search of terms such as: “erosion online training”, “Virginia erosion webinars”, “stormwater webcasts”, 'conservation webinars,' or other such terms should generate training options. The determination on whether these online training events maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the certification being renewed is a decision for each certificate holder and subject to audit by DEQ.

Recertification Steps

In order to re-certify, individuals must login to CATS and enter details of relevant training courses taken prior to certification expiration. Click here to access CATS.

The required number of contact hours for each certification type is as follows:

  • Program Administrator = 12
  • Inspector = 18
  • Plan Reviewer = 21
  • Combined Administrator = 24

Re-certification Fees

  • Program Administrator = $78
  • Inspector = $78
  • Plan Reviewer = $94
  • Combined Administrator = $105
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Richmond, VA 23218
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