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CISEC

A Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC) or Canadian Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CAN-CISEC) is one who has demonstrated his or her proficiency in observing, inspecting, and reporting on the implementation of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs), for US Applicants, or Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Report and Plan, for Canadian Applicants.

IECA offers online training modules for the CISEC exam below. CISEC also has in-person training and exams throughout the country. More Information on CISEC: click here

  • CISEC Complete Course: All Four Modules Package

    This online course will help you prepare for the 3½-hour nationwide CISEC certification exam. It is meant only to be a guide and CISEC, Inc. does not make any claim that it represents everything covered in the examination since questions exist that can only be answered by gaining field experience.

    This online course will help you prepare for CISEC, Inc.’s 3½-hour nationwide Full certification or its In-Training” exam.  They are meant to be a training guide and CISEC, Inc. does not make any claim that it represents everything covered in the examinations since questions exist that may only be answered by gaining field experience. There are four modules to this course.

    Module 1: EPA Rules and Regulations

    The purpose of this module is to ensure inspectors understand EPA and the Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements and how they are applicable to inspections.  Participants will evaluate EPA’s 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP) as it applies to inspector duties and obligations.

    Course Level: Intermediate

    Items for this module will include (but are not limited to):

    General Information

    1. Clean Water Act
    2. EPA Worksheets

    EPA’s 2017 CGP Inspector Obligations

    1. Introduction
    2. Stormwater Control Requirements
    3. Site Inspection Requirements
    4. Corrective Actions Requirements

    Module 2: Background of an Inspector

    In this module, participants will learn the importance of what is recommended for an inspector's background and how this will help them keep a site in compliance with EPA requirements. An important topic covered with be an inspector’s assessment of a SWPPP.  In addition, participants will see how assessing past experiences will improve the inspection process.

    Items for this Module will include (but not limited to):

    Definitions

    1. Erosion
    2. Sediment
    3. Sedimentation

    General Information

    1. Topographic Assessments
    2. Hydrology
    3. Use of Flocculants

    Assessing a SWPPP

    1. Narrative
    2. S&EC Drawings
    3. Important Requirements

    CISEC Code of Ethics

    Module 3: Inspecting BMPs

    This module will provide the necessary tools for inspecting BMPs found on land development, vertical/big box construction, and linear projects. Participants will learn about inspecting installed sediment and erosion control measures, whether the BMPs are functioning in a correct manner, and assess BMP limitations. In addition, information will be provided on inspecting storage areas where potential pollution problems may occur and assessing whether new BMPs need to be added or whether existing structures can be removed.

    Items for this Module will include (but are not limited to):

    Writing Inspection and Corrective Action Reports

    Sediment Control BMPs

    1. Barriers
    2. Sediment Containment Systems
    3. Erosion Control BMPs
    4. Limitations
    5. Inspection Worksheets

    Erosion Control BMPs

    1. Structural Methods
    2. Use of Vegetation
    3.  Mulches and RECPs
    4. Wind Erosion
    5. Limitations
    6. Inspection Worksheets

    Hazardous and Waste Material

    Module 4: Conducting Construction Site Inspections

    This module covers the basic duties of an inspector by conducting a “virtual” tour of a construction site. Participants will reinforce their role and responsibilities as inspectors to meet EPA Phase I and Phase II requirements. The module will include “hands-on” exercises on documenting, communicating, reading SWPPPs and S&EC plans, writing reports, interacting with fellow participants, and assessing what to look for on a construction site.

    Items for this Module will include (but are not limited to):

             Inspection Requirements and Responsibilities

             Assessing Inspection Reports

             Conducting “Virtual Tour” Site Inspections:

    Before Construction and During Grading Conditions

    During  Construction and After Construction Conditions

             Writing Inspection and Corrective Action Reports

    At the completion of both courses in this package, you will receive 6.5 Professional Development Hours of credit. For any questions on continuing education credit, please contact IECA Education at education@ieca.org

  • CISEC Module 1: EPA Rules and Regulations

    Includes Credits

    The purpose of this module is to ensure inspectors understand EPA and the Clean Water Act requirements and how they are applicable to inspections.

    The purpose of this module is to ensure inspectors understand EPA and the Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements and how they are applicable to inspections.  Participants will evaluate EPA’s 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP) as it applies to inspector duties and obligations.

    Course Level: Intermediate

    Items for this module will include (but are not limited to):

    General Information

    1.     Clean Water Act

    2.     EPA Worksheets

    EPA’s 2017 CGP Inspector Obligations

    1.     Introduction

    2.     Stormwater Control Requirements

    3.     Site Inspection Requirements

    4.     Corrective Actions Requirements

    Dr. Jerald S. Fifield, CISEC

    Since 1982 when Dr. Jerald Fifield started HydroDynamics Incorporated, he has been actively involved with drainage, sediment and erosion control, water rights and nonpoint pollution control. Through his company, he develops sediment and erosion control plans, completes drainage analyses, provides inspection services and provides training to designers, reviewers, inspector and contractors about sediment and erosion control on construction sites.

    In 2006, Dr. Fifield founded CISEC, Inc., which is a worldwide training and certification program for inspectors of sediment and erosion control. He has authored numerous professional papers for IECA, ASCE, StormCon and many other professional organizations. In addition, Jerry has researched sediment and erosion control products and written sediment and erosion control manuals for designers and reviewers and field manuals for inspectors and contractors.

    At the completion of this course you will receive 1.5 Professional Development Hours of credit. For any questions on continuing education credit, please contact IECA Education at education@ieca.org

  • CISEC Module 2: Background of an Inspector

    Includes Credits

    In this module, participants will learn the importance of what is recommended for an inspector's background and how this will help them keep a site in compliance with EPA requirements.

    In this module, participants will learn the importance of what is recommended for an inspector's background and how this will help them keep a site in compliance with EPA requirements. An important topic covered with be an inspector’s assessment of a SWPPP.  In addition, participants will see how assessing past experiences will improve the inspection process.

    Course Level: Intermediate

    Items for this Module will include (but not limited to):

    Definitions

    1.     Erosion

    2.     Sediment

    3.     Sedimentation

    General Information

    1.     Topographic Assessments

    2.     Hydrology

    3.     Use of Flocculants

    Assessing a SWPPP

    1.     Narrative

    2.     S&EC Drawings

    3.     Important Requirements

    CISEC Code of Ethics

    At the completion of this course you will receive 1 Professional Development Hour of credit. For any questions on continuing education credit, please contact IECA Education at education@ieca.org

  • CISEC Module 3: Inspecting BMPs

    Includes Credits

    This module will provide the necessary tools for inspecting BMPs. Participants will learn about inspecting installed sediment and erosion control measures, whether the BMPs are functioning in a correct manner, and assess BMP limitations.

    This module will provide the necessary tools for inspecting BMPs found on land development, vertical/big box construction, and linear projects. Participants will learn about inspecting installed sediment and erosion control measures, whether the BMPs are functioning in a correct manner, and assess BMP limitations. In addition, information will be provided on inspecting storage areas where potential pollution problems may occur and assessing whether new BMPs need to be added or whether existing structures can be removed.

    Course Level: Intermediate

    Items for this Module will include (but are not limited to):

    Writing Inspection and Corrective Action Reports

    Sediment Control BMPs

    1.    Barriers

    2.    Sediment Containment Systems

    3.    Erosion Control BMPs

    4.    Limitations

    5.    Inspection Worksheets

    Erosion Control BMPs

    1.    Structural Methods

    2.    Use of Vegetation

    3.    Mulches and RECPs

    4.    Wind Erosion

    5.    Limitations

    6.    Inspection Worksheets

    Hazardous and Waste Material

    At the completion of this course you will receive 2.5 Professional Development Hours of credit. For any questions on continuing education credit, please contact IECA Education at education@ieca.org

  • CISEC Module 4: Conducting Construction Site Inspections

    Includes Credits

    This module covers the basic duties of an inspector by conducting a “virtual” tour of a construction site. Participants will reinforce their role and responsibilities as inspectors to meet EPA Phase I and Phase II requirements.

    This module covers the basic duties of an inspector by conducting a “virtual” tour of a construction site. Participants will reinforce their role and responsibilities as inspectors to meet EPA Phase I and Phase II requirements. The module will include “hands-on” exercises on documenting, communicating, reading SWPPPs and S&EC plans, writing reports, interacting with fellow participants, and assessing what to look for on a construction site.

    Course Level: Intermediate

    Items for this Module will include (but are not limited to):

             Inspection Requirements and Responsibilities

             Assessing Inspection Reports

             Conducting “Virtual Tour” Site Inspections:

    During  Construction and After Construction Conditions

    Before Construction and During Grading Conditions

             Writing Inspection and Corrective Action Reports



    At the completion of this course you will receive 2.5 Professional Development Hours of credit. For any questions on continuing education credit, please contact IECA Education at education@ieca.org