CISEC USA Online Training: All Four Modules Package

This online course will help you prepare for CISEC, Inc.’s 3½-hour nationwide Full certification or its In-Training (IT) 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. 

CISEC Online Training Package

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.

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

  • General Information
    • Clean Water Act
    • EPA Worksheets
  • EPA’s 2017 CGP Inspector Obligations
    • Introduction
    • Stormwater Control Requirements
    • Site Inspection Requirements
    • 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
    • Erosion
    • Sediment
    • Sedimentation
  • General Information
    • Topographic Assessments
    • Hydrology
    • Use of Flocculants
  • Assessing a SWPPP
    • Narrative
    • S&EC Drawings
    • 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


    • Barriers
    • Sediment Containment Systems
    • Erosion Control BMPs
    • Limitations
    • Inspection Worksheets
  • Erosion Control BMPs
    • Structural Methods
    • Use of Vegetation
    • Mulches and RECPs
    • Wind Erosion
    • Limitations
    • 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 all four modules within this course, you will receive 7 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

    Contains 5 Component(s), 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.

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

    • General Information
      • Clean Water Act
      • EPA Worksheets
    • EPA’s 2017 CGP Inspector Obligations
      • Introduction
      • Stormwater Control Requirements
      • Site Inspection Requirements
      • 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, Inc.

    USA Office:

    P.O. Box 188 
    Parker, CO 80134 
    Main Phone: 720-235-2783 
    Fax: 303-841-6383 
    Email:  contactus@cisecinc.org

  • CISEC Module 2: Background of an Inspector

    Contains 5 Component(s), 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.

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

    • Definitions
      • Erosion
      • Sediment
      • Sedimentation
    • General Information
      • Topographic Assessments
      • Hydrology
      • Use of Flocculants
    • Assessing a SWPPP
      • Narrative
      • S&EC Drawings
      • 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, Inc.

    USA Office:

    P.O. Box 188 
    Parker, CO 80134 
    Main Phone: 720-235-2783 
    Fax: 303-841-6383 
    Email:  contactus@cisecinc.org

  • CISEC Module 3: Inspecting BMPs

    Contains 6 Component(s), 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.

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

    • Writing Inspection and Corrective Action Reports
    • Sediment Control BMPs

      • Barriers
      • Sediment Containment Systems
      • Erosion Control BMPs
      • Limitations
      • Inspection Worksheets
    • Erosion Control BMPs
      • Structural Methods
      • Use of Vegetation
      • Mulches and RECPs
      • Wind Erosion
      • Limitations
      • 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, Inc.

    USA Office:

    P.O. Box 188
    Parker, CO 80134
    Main Phone: 720-235-2783
    Fax: 303-841-6383
    Email:  contactus@cisecinc.org

  • CISEC Module 4: Conducting Construction Site Inspections

    Contains 4 Component(s), 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.

    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 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, Inc.

    USA Office:

    P.O. Box 188
    Parker, CO 80134
    Main Phone: 720-235-2783
    Fax: 303-841-6383
    Email:  contactus@cisecinc.org

  • CISEC Fireside Chat: Question and Answers

    Contains 5 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/23/2020 at 11:00 AM (MDT)

    This live, interactive discussion will act as a simple question and answer platform for you to ask Dr. Jerald S. Fifield, CISEC questions you may have from any of the 4 CISEC Modules.

    This live, interactive discussion will act as a simple question and answer platform for you to ask Dr. Jerald S. Fifield, CISEC questions you may have from any of the 4 CISEC Modules.


    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 2.5 Professional Development Hours of credit. For any questions on continuing education credit, please contact IECA Education at education@ieca.org

    CISEC, Inc.

    USA Office:

    P.O. Box 188
    Parker, CO 80134
    Main Phone: 1-720-235-2783
    Fax: 1-303-841-6383
    Email:  contactus@cisecinc.org

CISEC, Inc.

USA Office:

P.O. Box 188
Parker, CO 80134
Main Phone: 1-720-235-2783
Fax: 1-303-841-6383
Email:  contactus@cisecinc.org