Stormwater Management 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 Stormwater Management

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

Topics:

  • Virginia stormwater management law and regulations
  • Requirements for administering a VSMP
  • Basic stormwater principles

Cost = $80. Do NOT send payment without determining availability and requesting access to the course through the VLC. A copy of the participant guide will be provided in class.

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


Inspector for Stormwater Management

This 2-day course is for individuals conducting regulatory inspections for a VSMP 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 stormwater management law and regulations
  • Basic stormwater principles
  • Construction general permit requirements
  • Stormwater best management practices (BMPs)

Cost = $160. Do NOT send payment without determining availability and requesting access to the course through the VLC. A copy of the participant guide will be provided in class.

Course dates (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)


Plan Reviewer for Stormwater Management

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

Topics:

  • Virginia stormwater management law and regulations
  • Overview of stormwater plan design hydrologic/hydraulic concepts
  • Environmental site design
  • Energy balance method
  • Virginia Runoff Reduction Method and spreadsheet
  • 15-non proprietary stormwater BMPs
  • Stormwater plan evaluation strategies
  • Plan review tools and tips

Participants should already have a basic understanding of stormwater runoff hydrologic/hydraulic principles used in stormwater plan design, as well as concepts covered in the Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Plan Review course (such as: ESC requirements, ESC Law & Regulations, ESC plan review, sediment trap/sediment basin/outlet protection/ditch/channel computations, time of concentration, Rational Method, Graphic Peak Design Method (TR55)). These topics provide the foundation that will allow participants to fully engage in this course, relate plan review strategies and tools to plan design, and build on existing skills.

NOTE: To participate in class exercises you must bring a laptop equipped with Microsoft Excel (2007 or newer).

Cost = $260. Do NOT send payment without determining availability and requesting access to the course through the VLC. A copy of the participant guide will be provided in class.

Course dates (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

  • 2019 schedule to be announced                         

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


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