To provide an inspector certification program for individuals that:
- Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in the principles and practices of controlling sediment and erosion and other storm water pollutants and their applicability to discharge permit documents,
- Demonstrate the necessary skills to observe onsite and offsite conditions that impact the quality of storm water discharges from active construction sites,
- Demonstrate the ability to inspect installed best management practices and their ongoing maintenance to determine if the mitigation measures will minimize the discharge of sediment and other pollutants from active construction sites,
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate and report on their inspection of active construction sites as to whether storm water management compliance issues associated with water quality may exist with federal, state and/or local discharge permit regulations.
Observe, Inspect, and Report on What You Find. Avoid Mandating Your Requirements.
Code of Ethics
Most states and the EPA require that individuals conducting construction stormwater compliance inspections become a “Qualified Person”. A “Qualified Person” is defined by the EPA as a person knowledgeable in the principles and practice of erosion and sediment controls and pollution prevention, who possesses the appropriate skills and training to assess conditions at the construction site that could impact stormwater quality, and the appropriate skills and training to assess the effectiveness of any stormwater controls selected and installed to meet the requirements of this permit.
States under their own NPDES program have developed different terminology for this person, including Qualified Stormwater Manager (Colorado), Qualified Stormwater Practitioner (California), or Qualified Stormwater Management Inspector (Florida), to name a few. The CISEC, Inc. program meets the requirements of these permit conditions, or the prerequisite for California, for individuals to ensure they are properly qualified while onsite conducting sediment and erosion control inspections.
History of CISEC
At the July 2005 StormCon Conference in Orlando Florida, the Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC) nationwide program was born with a presentation to inspectors, contractors, designers, and regulatory personnel about the need for a certifying program specifically for construction site inspectors of sediment and erosion control measures.
By the July 2006 StormCon Conference in Denver, Colorado, CISEC Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit organization and was well underway in developing inspector training module materials and formulating its nationwide certification examination. Specific topics for the training modules include addressing EPA’s Construction General Permit criteria, inspecting Best Management Practices, providing report-writing guidelines, identifying basic background information, and conducting a “virtual” inspection of a construction site. In addition, Beta testing of a certification examination was initiated.
In November 7, 2006, CISEC, Inc. presented its first training modules followed by administrating its first certification examination. Today, individuals continue to take the one-day or one and one-half day construction site inspector training modules on sediment and erosion control. In addition, the number of CISEC registrants continues to grow each month.
In summary, the nationwide CISEC program continues to prove its success and professionalism by leading the nation in certifying inspectors of sediment and erosion control on construction sites.
The CISEC Program From NOI to NOT
by Christie Lowe and Jerald S. Fifield.
Thank you Forester Communications
Incorporation Documents, Bylaws, and Other Documents:
CISEC Certification and Renewal Policy--Upcoming
Maternity/Parental Leave Policy--Upcoming
Cell Phone Policy--Upcoming