Erosion and Sediment Control Training

Course Enrollment Procedures

Enroll in DEQ courses through the Virginia Learning Center (VLC).

If you require a pdf version of any of these how-to videos, please contact certification@deq.virginia.gov.

VDOT state employees should first visit the VDOT Training Page.


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Courses

Program Administrator for Erosion and Sediment Control

This 1-day course is for individuals overseeing the implementation of a VESCP for a VESCP authority or entity with standards and specifications. 

Topics:

  • Virginia erosion and sediment control law and regulations
  • Requirements for administering a VESCP
  • Fundamentals of erosion and stormwater runoff

Cost = $80. Do NOT send payment until you have determined availability for a class and requested access to the course in through the Virginia Learning Center (VLC). A copy of the participant guide will be provided at the training class. 

Course dates (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)


Inspector for Erosion and Sediment Control

This 2-day course is for individuals conducting regulatory inspections for a VESCP authority or entity with standards and specifications. If you are only responsible for conducting SWPPP inspections for the operator/permit holder, please visit the SWPPP Inspection Training page. 

Topics:

  • Virginia erosion and sediment control law and regulations
  • Fundamentals of erosion and stormwater runoff
  • Erosion and sediment control measures

Cost = $160. Do NOT send payment until you have determined availability for a class and requested access to the course in through the Virginia Learning Center (VLC)

Please download (*only chapters 3 and 6 are needed for class) or purchase a copy of the ESC Handbook and bring it to class.  An ESC field guide will be provided to you in class along with a copy of the participant guide.

Course dates (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)  


Plan Reviewer for Erosion and Sediment Control

This 3-day course is for individuals reviewing ESC plans submitted for approval to a VESCP authority or entity with standards and specifications. 

Topics: 

  • Virginia erosion and sediment control law and regulations
  • Fundamentals of erosion and stormwater runoff
  • ESC plan elements and the plan review process
  • Erosion and sediment control measures
  • Basics of plan review for stormwater quantity compliance

Persons enrolled in this course should possess an understanding of the principles of: hydrology, erosion and sediment control; the Virginia erosion and sediment control law and regulations, and the specifications in the ESC Handbook.   

Cost = $260.  Do NOT send payment until you have determined availability for a class and requested access to the course in through the Virginia Learning Center (VLC)

Please download (*chapters 3 and 6 are the only or purchase a copy of the ESC Handbook and bring it to class. A copy of the participant guide will be provided in class.

Licensed Professionals are encouraged to review the Licensed Professionals FAQ.

Course dates (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

  • 2019 schedule to be announced before Thanksgiving

Refunds and Cancellations

Individuals can receive a registration refund by notifying DEQ before the refund request deadline shown below. See DEQ's Course Refund Policy for more information. 

Day Course Begins Refund Request Deadline 
Monday By midnight Thursday
Tuesday By midnight Sunday
Wednesday By midnight Monday
Thursday By midnight Tuesday
Friday By midnight Wednesday

Any request for refunds should be emailed to: certification@deq.virginia.gov.                                            


Equivalent Certifications 

There is no reciprocity for certificates issued by a private entity or another state. Only training programs administered by the Department and subsequent certification issued by the Board (in accordance with 9VAC25-850-40) meet the regulatory requirements.


Provisional Certification

Provisional certification is a mechanism that allows individuals to conduct work while they are taking classes and taking their exam.  It is not intended as a substitute for obtaining certification.

Individuals seeking SWM or ESC certification will be considered provisionally certified as a program administrator, an inspector, and/or a plan reviewer for one year from the date they complete the required training course(s).

Individuals can be provisionally certified once per certification type.

For details see: Guidance Memo:18-2005

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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