No. The requirements listed are for the In-Training Certification only. This allows the applicant an option to earn the In-Training Certification until the requirements for the Full Certification have been met.
Education credits show that you have earned a degree or professional license. ECI believes that post secondary education is valuable and that even if it is not in the erosion and sediment control, stormwater, environmental, science, planning, or construction management field it has provided valuable training.
Application review can take up to 30 days. An incomplete application may take longer. Once the application is approved, you will need to schedule and pass the exam. A credentials packet is mailed within two (2) weeks of a passing score.
A large majority of jurisdictions, municipalities, states or over 30 countries accept or require our certification. You will need to check with your specific jurisdiction, municipality, state or country to verify acceptance.
ECI certifications show an elevated knowledge and competency in erosion and sediment control, stormwater, and environmental areas associated with the particular certification. Many jurisdictions are accepting or requiring professional certifications for qualified persons within their permits and ordinances.
ECI’s In-Training program was developed to mimic the Professional Engineering EIT or FE program. In-Training shows you have the background knowledge but not the professional experience to practice the profession individually. As with the engineering EIT or FE program you may assist a fully certified professional in their work but you may not sign or stamp reports or plans. This work will enable you to aquire in-field/on-site experience from an experienced professional. More information can be found in the Understanding In-Training Certifications PDF.
Retired status is available, but must be requested. It has no professional development requirements, and a minimal yearly renewal fee of $25.00. Once you have entered into retired status you add “retired” after your certification, i.e. CPESC, Retired. Please note that you may no longer use your certification for any business or consulting purposes.
Requirements for each certification can be found here
CPESC, CPSWQ and CPISM require a minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience or professional experience and education credits combined as well as a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
CPMSM requires a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience or professional experience and education credits combined as well as a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
CESSWI requires a minimum of one (1) year of professional experience or professional experience and education credits combined.
Currently CPESC, CESSWI, and CPSWQ offer an In-Training program with lesser requirements and the remaining programs will offer an In-Training program in the near future. Requirements for the In-Training program for CPESC and CPSWQ is two (2) years of professional experience or professional experience and education credits combined and CESSWI is one (.5) year of professional experience or professional experience and education credits combined.
NGICP requires a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent and 35-hours of GI training.
QSM requires a completed and approved application.
Fully certified professionals can practice with the full rights and privileges of the certification. As an In-Training certified professional you may assist a fully certified professional in their work but you may not sign or stamp reports or plans.
The Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) is a program administered by the State of California and is a Certificate of Training for that state only. CPESC and other programs administered by ECI are Professional Certifications that are recognized in over thirty-five (35) states in the US and over forty-four (44) countries. *Note CPESC meets the underlying certification requirement (if you are not a PE) to become a QSD in California.
You may not sit for the review of the certification(s) you hold to earn PDHs. However if you do not have the certification you are attendig the review for you may use it towards PDHs the first time only.
One PDH is equivalent to one contact hour. Typically but not always a CEU is equivalent to a tenth of a contact hour. When entering your PDHs into the portal, base the number of PDHs earned on contact hours.
PDHs are earned whenever there is an increase in knowledge of the environmental industry as it relates to the specific certification. This includes, but is not limited to, formal training, workshops, webinars, in-house training, presentations, reading articles, books, or study material. This also includes if you are instructing or developing the learning material.
Your old PDHs are still in the portal. Only those for the current renewal cycle appear when you open My PDH Portfolio. To see your old PDHs click on the “All” toggle in the upper right of the My PDH Credits screen.
ECI offers online On-Demand General Principles Reviews that can be used for PDHs. You can find and purchase them here: ECI Store. ECI is currently developing more training and education classes, please watch for announcements coming during this year with this information.
The reinstatement program allows those whose certifications are past due more than thirty days to bring their certifications current again. To enter the program you will need to submit a written request (email is acceptable) to enter the program and explain why you let your certification lapse and if you have been using it during the time it has been expired. Once entered you will need to update your portal showing all the PDHs you earned since your last renewal and update your professional experience for the time since your last renewal. Upon completion of the entries you need to notify the Technical Manager who will review your data and either request additional information or send a reinstatement approval email with the fee. Upon payment of the fee your certification will be reinstated and made current.
This varies per certification and between Full and In-Training (IT) status. CPESC, CPSWQ, CPMSM, and CPISM all require eight (8) PDHs per year for Full and four (4) PDHs per year for IT Status. CESSWI requires six (6) PDHs per year for Full and three (3) for IT Status. NGICP requires seven (7) PDHs per year.
This varies per certification. For full CPESC $175.00 and CPESC-IT $95.00. For CPSWQ $175.00 and once the CPSWQ-IT program becomes active $95.00. For full CESSWI $145.00 and for CESSWI-IT $95.00. For CPMSM $155.00 and when the CPMSM-IT program becomes active $95.00. For NGICP $135 and for QSM $100.
Reviews are included in Exam Bundles through Prometric Testing Centers. Please submit a Prometric testing request through at the following link. Please note that you must have an approved application to purchase an exam bundle through Prometric.
If you would like to purchase the On-Demand Reviews individually please take the following steps:
1. Visit the ECI Store and select the review you want to schedule.
2. Add the course(s) to cart and then complete the checkout and payment process.
3. When you purchase a course you will be prompted for an email and password if you have not yet registered. This will become your login for the site and when you register you will receive an email reminder of your username.
4. All purchased courses can be found at My Purchased Reviews which is in the main menu in the dropdown under On Demand Reviews. Contact ECI offices at 279-888-6911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Trainers are compensated within the two (2) models for event set-up available.
Independent Sponsored Events: The trainer obtains an approval from ECI to hold an event. The trainer advertises or solicits individuals, sets the class fee, the location, date, time etc. including fees (independent of ECI application and class fee per person) and responsible for all location and A/V fees. Registration is collected through the ECI website, and the trainer is paid the remaining balance of the registration fee collected after the class has been completed and excluding the $70 per person fee due to ECI.
ECI Sponsored Events: ECI sets up all the event details and pays all fees. The Trainer is paid an established or negotiated fee after the completion of the class including acceptable travel and expenses as set forth in the Trainer Reimbursement policy found here https://envirocert.org/organization-policies-documents/ .
ECI has taken every effort necessary to keep the exam questions confidential. ECI tracks exam scores and performs detailed psychometrics and associated exam weighting as well as evaluating each question.
For CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI, CPMSM, and CPISM Presenters/Trainers are providing a presentation of the general guidelines that have been provided. This training is NOT intended to be a substitution of the basic education and professional experience that the candidate should have. The Review presentation is intended to be a high-level review of the general principles. The exams and associated questions change regularly without notification. For QSM and NGICP, Presenter/Trainers will be providing the necessary training to obtain the certification.
Any Presenters/Trainers advice about the number of a certain type of question or where to focus to pass the exam would be out of date and considered a breach of contract and a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct violation The best preparation is to arrive to the exam well rested, with a solid knowledge of the material in the manual, and all the decision-making skills and knowledge that comes from experience in the field.