Professional Development Hours

Self-Declaration Form for Certified Professionals

The following Self-Declaration form will be used by all professionals where classes and conferences do not provide a certificate of completion for all independent-study: Self-Declaration Form

All professionals will be required to upload the Self-Declaration Form on or before Certification renewal in the Certification Management System (CMS).  

Approved PDH Providers

Any groups, organizations, or conferences that desire to be added to this list can download the following form: PDH Request Form and submit to the following for review and approval.  ECI will not accept PDHs from groups or organizations not listed below.  

Please note, PDH courses must be robust, relevant, valid, current, and applicable to the individual’s certification(s) to count towards the annual PDH requirement.  Up to one-half (1/2) of annual PDHs may be through independent study from approved sources.

Continuing Education for Certification Renewal

ECI Certified Professionals are required to complete contact hours of Professional Development/Continuing Education, in addition to paying the annual renewal fee, to maintain an active certification. Continuing education courses must have been completed during the preceding renewal period (when renewing), or during the preceding two years (when renewing a delinquent or lapsed certification or going from an inactive to active certification). Courses must be taken through a PDH content provider recognized by ECI.

Acceptable PDH Content

The content of all courses of professional development must be relevant to the practice of the associated professional certification. Learning experiences are expected to enhance the knowledge of the certified professional at a level above that required for certification. Courses must be related to the scientific knowledge and/or technical skills required for the practice of the certified professional.

Courses related to the scientific knowledge for the certifications include basic and advanced courses in the physical, and natural sciences, as well as hydrology, engineering and other specialty areas.

PLEASE NOTE: Although EnviroCert International, Inc. approves Organizational content providers and individual PDH content, such approval does not constitute endorsement of course content. If you have concerns about a specific course and whether its content is appropriate to the practice of the certified professional, please contact the ECI office at (279) 888-6911 or

Please see the list below of approved PDH content providers and other individual PDH opportunities, many of which are free or low cost.

Federal, State and Local

Any federal or state conferences and classes are acceptable sources of Professional Development Hours (PDHs).  These federal and state organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • State Soil Conservation District Associations
  • State Environmental Agencies
  • State Conservation Agencies 
  • Local Environmental Agencies
  • Local Conservation Districts
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • State Conservation Agencies
  • State Environmental Agencies
  • State Soil Conservation District Associations
  • Local Conservation Districts
  • Local Environmental Agencies

Pre-Approved Conferences

The following conferences are accepted sources of Professional Development Hours (PDHs):

  • California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) 2024
  • Malaysia (MSO) SWaM 2024
  • StormCon 2024
  • Water Environmental Federation Technical Exhibition and 
    Conference (WEFTEC) 2024
  • Ohio Stormwater 2024
  • Southeast Stormwater Association (SESWA) 2024
  • Ibero America Conference 2024
  • Tinker’s Creek Conference 2024
  • ASCE Operation & Maintenance of Stormwater Systems
    Conference 2024
  • Sustainable Stormwater Symposium 2024
  • ASCE World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2024
  • Center for Watershed Protection National Conference 2024
  • WEF Collection Systems and Stormwater Conference 2024
  • NEBC Managing Stormwater in Washington Conference 2024
  • WCIECA – Got BMPs? Keeping the End in Mind! Bridging Theory and Practice Webinar (4 June 2024 Only)

ECI LMS Opportunities

The following EnviroCert LMS General Principles Reviews are available for purchase for Professional Development Hours:

Independent Providers

The following independent providers are accepted sources of Professional Development Hours (PDHs):


The following publications are accepted sources of Professional Development Hours (PDHs):

Additional PDH Opportunities

Independent Study

Up to one-half (1/2) the required PDHs may be completed through independent study courses and publications.

Ethics Courses

Up to two (2) of the required PDHs may be obtained by taking ethics related courses.

College / University / Military Courses

Technical Courses taken from an accredited College / University or through the Military will be considered approved credit for continuing education. To compute the number of units earned into PDHs use the following formula:

  • 1 quarter unit = 16 PDHs
  • 1 semester unit = 24 PDHs (Note: Coursework in this category can be carried over consecutive years with ECI pre-approval).

The course(s) must be relevant to the certification and of an advanced level (above the knowledge required for certification).

Available Free PDHs (Under Construction)

The following (free PDHs in this category) will satisfy all required PDHs for the 2024 renewal year for all ECI Certifications.  

Any professional who earned PDHs before 1 June 2024 may now earn their annual minimum utilizing the free PDH category option.  The PDHs earned before 1 June 2024 may be carried over to the 2025 renewal period upon request via email to

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Audits of Certified Professionals

Random audits of certified professionals are conducted regularly. All certified professionals are subject to random audits of PDH compliance. You are required to keep certificates and appropriate documentation for three years as proof of PDH completion in the event of an audit.

Information provided in this listing was current as of 4 June 2024.  If you find a link, conference or venue, or a publication that is no longer applicable, please inform ECI so that we may update the information.