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Course Enrollment System - ELMS

Courses are being offered via webinar

Please see below for class details and register for our Training Notification to receive updates.

Recertification Requirements

Wondering if your contact hours are relevant?

See a list of non-relevant contact hours and information about using contact hours for recertification on the CATS (Recertification) page.

Course Materials

Course materials must be printed by each participant before class. Download the materials from ELMS.

Construction General Permit (CGP)

This course for locality officials concentrates on the 2019 CGP and includes a discussion of the regulations, registration statement, inspection requirements, and notice of termination.

Cost: $0. Contact Hours: 6.0.

Webinar dates - 2 part series

Inspecting Non-Standard Practices

This course concentrates on non-standard ESC and SWM practices used during construction. Emphasis will be on the use of common, non-traditional and innovative techniques that are used in various localities in Virginia and in surrounding states. We ask participants to bring examples from the field so we can discuss and compare what they have used and seen. The course will also explore what localities and inspectors should be doing to meet the intent of the law and regulations when faced with non-standard practices.

Cost: $0. Contact hours = 6.0.

Webinar dates - 2 part series

Limits of Analysis

This course is for individuals with experience in stormwater management plan review or design. During this course, participants will review the water quantity requirements of 9VAC25-870-66 and how to apply these requirements in establishing the Limits of Analysis for both channel and flood protection on development sites. After this course participants should understand how to establish, or review, the downstream conveyance system of development sites to the Limits of Analysis based on contributing drainage area, peak flow rate, or a mapped floodplain and how to differentiate these between both channel and flood protection criteria.

Cost: $0. Contact hours = 1.5.

Webinar dates

Refresher for ESC Inspectors

This course provides an update on the recent changes in the Erosion and Sediment Control Program (VESCP). It covers state minimum standards and specifications for conservation practices, basic soil mechanics, and inspector skills. The course is open to all; however, it particularly targets ESC Inspectors and Combined Administrators that completed their ESC classes before 2014.

Cost = $0. Contact hours = 6.0.

Webinar dates - 2 part series

  • TBD

Regulatory SWPPP Inspections for Localities (v 2.0)

This course provides locality, state, and federal SWM inspectors (and consultants working on behalf of these entities) with an understanding of the components of a SWPPP. Participants will also learn how to conduct regulatory stormwater inspections with the SWPPP in mind for compliance with the Construction General Permit (CGP).

This course has been updated to reflect the 2019 CGP (effective July 1, 2019) and contains some additional new material.

Cost = $0. Contact Hours = 6.0.

Webinar dates - 2 part series

Soil Amendments for Inspectors

A follow up course to Applied Soil Concepts, this course provides more detailed information on the use of compost, fertilizer and other soil amendments for erosion and sediment control and in bioretention practices. The course will provide an overview of types of materials, when to use the materials, how to use them, special requirements, inspections, and maintenance.

Cost = $0. Contact Hours = 3.0.

Webinar dates

  • TBD

Recorded Webinars

VRRM Spreadsheet Webinars

DEQ has developed a series of 12 free VRRM spreadsheet webinars for plan reviewers that can be used towards recertification.

ESC & SWM Webinars

Armoring Inspection Reports

This 1 hour webinar (1 contact hour) is relevant for SWM/ESC inspector and program administrator certification renewals. This webinar discusses methods to document inspection observations and common issues and errors on inspection reports.

Is Soil Compaction Really That Bad

This 1 hour webinar (1 contact hour) is relevant for all SWM/ESC certification renewals. The webinar concentrates on the proper compaction of embankments and around culverts. Soils mechanics, compaction, compaction equipment, etc. are discussed.

Erodibility, Sedimentation and Sediment Basin Design:

This webinar discusses how soils erode and how sediment is transported and deposited in the context of sediment basin design, plan review and inspection
(1 contact hour).

Forest Open Space: Part 1 - Soil Restoration

This 1 hour webinar (1 contact hour) is relevant for all SWM/ESC certification renewals. This webinar discusses common issues found in the soils of forest open space and ways of restoring the soil.

Forest Open Space: Part 2 - Vegetation Restoration

This 1 hour webinar (1 contact hour) is relevant for all SWM/ESC certification renewals. The webinar discusses the restoration or improvement of existing forest open space areas and the creation or revegetation of new areas.

Plants for Bioretention

This 1 hour webinar (1 contact hour) is relevant for all SWM/ESC certification renewals. The webinar discusses the interaction between plants and the bioretention mix (soil), reasons for plant selection, native plants, plants that accumulate contaminants, and installation and maintenance issues related to bioretention.

Vermin Control in Stormwater BMPs

This 1.5 hour webinar (1.5 contact hours) is relevant for all SWM/ESC certification renewals. This webinar discusses the life cycle of pests that can sometimes infest stormwater BMPs and what can be done about them.

Online Courses


The MOST Center is now hosted by the University of Maryland. Users wishing to enroll in MOST courses will now be required to create a UMD Associate's Account.

Existing MOST courses will continue to be offered for FREE for approximately one year (March 2021, or sooner based on registration numbers). After that time, users will be required to pay a small per-course registration fee.

Relevant training may be used towards recertification. Some MOST courses are not relevant for Inspectors (see below).

Courses relevant for all recertification:

  • Building Blocks of an Effective Stormwater Management Program (2 contact hours)
  • Dig Once (1.5 contact hours)
  • Economic Ecology (2.5 contact hours)
  • Erosion and Sediment Control for Construction Sites
    (2 contact hours)
  • Green Infrastructure and LID 101 (1 contact hour)
  • Landscaping for Resilience in a Changing Climate (2 contact hours)
  • User's Guide to Urban BMPs in the Chesapeake Bay
    (2 contact hours)

Courses NOT relevant for Inspectors (Program Administrator and Combined Administrator only):

  • Asset Management for Stormwater (1 contact hour)
  • Introduction to Local Government Stormwater Financing
    (3 contact hours)
  • Stormwater Financing 101 (1 contact hour)

To learn more, please visit the MOST Center.


DEQ has developed several online courses that can be used towards recertification for all certifications (0.5 contact hours). Search ELMS using "Stormwater BMP" and the course titles below.

  • Bioretention
  • Constructed Wetlands
  • Dry Swales
  • Extended Detention Ponds
  • Grass Channels
  • Permeable Pavement
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Rooftop Disconnection
  • Sheet Flow to Filter Strips
  • Soil Compost Amendments
  • Vegetated Roof
  • Wet Ponds

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