The Qualified Stormwater Manager is an entry level Certificate of Training that is designed to assist individuals who are new or have limited experience in the field of erosion and sediment control, stormwater, environmental, or related fields.

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How to Become a QSM™: Requirements, Fees & Processes


Applicants are required to submit an Entry-Level application through ECI Certification Management System, which will require general information on each candidate and a demonstration of good moral character. The exam will be an open book exam that candidates will be able to log into via the ECI webpage and take the exam. The exams are approximately four (4) hours long and address general knowledge of stormwater principles and managing SWPPP’s. The exam will be administered through the learning management system managed by Go Media, who also manages ECI’s On-Demand reviews.

Renewals and Continuing Education:

Every certified QSM will be required to renew annually, which requires obtaining four (4) PDHs per year. If the QSM elects to join IECA they can use the Erosion and Sediment Control readings and complete the self-certifying form and earn two (2) PDHs per year. In addition, the remaining two (2) PDHs can be earned by completing any of the following actions:

    1. Attending IECA Conference Technical Sessions;
    2. Attending Ohio Stormwater Conference Technical Sessions; or,
    3. Completion of approved educational on-line classes related to stormwater and/or erosion and sediment control through IECA

Review Courses

Certificate of Training: Eligibility & Process

Qualified Stormwater Managers are required to take the review course to qualify for the exam.

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