United States: Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC) Full Exam

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A Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC), is an individual who has demonstrated his or her proficiency in observing, inspecting and reporting on the implementation of Sediment and Erosion Control (S&EC) Reports and Plans (e.g., SWPPP or SWMP).


An applicant becoming a full CISEC will have the following background:

  1. A comprehensive understanding about sediment and erosion processes and how the discharge of pollutants associated with construction activities may impact the environment.
  2. For the US applicants, the ability to meet EPA’s requirements for a qualified inspector and an understanding of federal regulations associated with the NPDES discharge permit.
  3. Ability to read and understand construction site S&EC Reports and Plans. Prior environmental education and construction site field experience (e.g., inspections, Best Management Practices (BMPs) installation, etc.) involving S&EC and/or stormwater pollution prevention.
  4. The ability to communicate orally and to develop written documentation. 

Applicant’s abilities, skills, experience and knowledge of S&EC and storm water pollution prevention will be assessed through testing as provided by the CISEC professional certification programs.

For those who do not have the minimum two (2) years of work experience.  They are welcome to take the In-Training (IT), Part 1 examination to start the process of eventually becoming a full registrant. Please click here (Available Sept 3, 2020) to be transferred to that web page.

Applicants must have the following qualifications to take the CISEC full examination:

  1. Two or more years of sediment and erosion control construction and/or storm water pollution prevention field experience,
  2. Prior classes, training and/or other education in sediment and erosion control or environmental related topics and
  3. Three references attesting to qualifications and experience.

Upon registering for the examination, the applicant will have access to the application which will need to be filled out and submitted to obtain approval to take the certification examination.  Within a maximum of 21 days after CISEC, Inc. receives a complete application submittal (including material from three references), applicants will be informed by e-mail of their eligibility to sit for the certification examination.

This certification examination is presented in two sections.  In order to obtain the certification, you must pass each section with a score of 75% or greater.  You will receive a score of Pass or Fail for Section 1 upon completion and submittal.  However, Section 2 will be graded separately and your score of Pass or Fail will be sent to you at that time.

Should you fail either Section 1 or Section 2 or both, CISEC, Inc. will contact you with information on how to retake the Section(s) failed.

Please note, if you sign up for this examination, you are required take either the on-line recorded Training Modules or the Live Webinar Training Modules.  If you do not wish to take any Training Modules, please contact us at examination@cisecinc.org.

The next exam will be held on March 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. eastern.

Updates to how exams are proctored will be available March 1, 2021.

The examination will be a maximum of 3.5 hours in duration.

Should you not be able to make this time, please contact us at examination@cisecinc.org or 720-235-2783 ext. 4.


Application and References
Application and Reference Form Submittal Acknowledgement
Agree to terms to continue.
Agree to terms to continue. All applicants must read and agree to the following Terms. Once completed, access to the application will be available.
Examination Date
1 Question
1 Question Please select Examination date.
CISEC Application
52 Questions
52 Questions The following material will address prior training and work experience.
Submit Three (3) References
Graded as Pass/Fail
Graded as Pass/Fail Upon completion of your application and submittal of your three (3) references, you will be notified if your application was accepted.
Examination Acknowledgement
Agree to terms to continue.
Agree to terms to continue. The next exam will be held on March 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. eastern. Should you not be able to make this time, please contact us at examination@cisecinc.org or 720-235-2783 ext. 4. Access to the examination will occur after check-in on the date listed above. Please read the terms for information regarding the administration of the examination. Should you have any ADA requirements, please contact us prior to the examination date.
Final Steps After the Examination
Agree to terms to continue.
Agree to terms to continue. The Follow-Up Information will give you directions on what to do following completion of the examination.

Any questions, please contact us:


P.O. Box 188
Parker, CO 80134

Email:  contactus@cisecinc.org or examination@cisecinc.org
Phone:  720-235-2783