Exam Information

How to Register for an Exam

Exams are administered by Pearson VUE. Visit the Pearson VUE website to:

  • Create an account and register for the exam
  • Download the Candidate Information Booklet
  • Find exam preparation tips

How to Qualify for an Exam

  1. Complete required training and present course completion certificate(s) at the exam center; or
  2. Complete the work experience form documenting 800 hours of relevant experience and present the form at the exam center

How to Print Your Course Completion Certificate

If you had a profile in the Knowledge Center, all of your information (passwords, login ID and course completion) has been transferred to the VLC.


How to update your name in the VLC to match your photo ID

  1. Login to the VLC (VDOT employees login to your VDOT KC)
  2. Click on your name in the upper right and then click my account
  3. Click the edit button in the user information box
  4. Correct your name and click save

Exam Fees

All exam fees are paid on the Pearson VUE website.

  • Program Administrator (2 hours) = $78
  • Inspector (2 hours) = $78
  • Plan Reviewer (3 hours) = $95
  • Combined Administrator (4 hours) = $110

Certificate Types

Erosion & Sediment Control
(ESC) 
Stormwater Management
(SWM)
Dual*
(Combination of ESC & SWM)
Program Administrator Program Administrator Program Administrator
Inspector Inspector Inspector
Plan Reviewer Plan Reviewer Plan Reviewer
Combined Administrator Combined Administrator Combined Administrator

*Upgrade to a dual certification in CATS


Certificate of Competency

Immediately after the exam, Pearson will provide a score report to the candidate. If the candidate passes, DEQ will email a certificate of competency directly to the candidate.

  • DEQ will use the email entered by the candidate during exam registration
  • DEQ will not mail a hard copy of the certificate 

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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