Education credits show that you have earned a degree or professional license. ECI believes that post secendary 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 vauable training.
Create a profile on the Certification Management System (CMS)portal, answers a series of background questions and provide references. After these are completed an application is finalized and the application fee is paid.
The job descriptions need to provide detailed descriptions of your work in the erosion and sediment control, stormwater, and environmental fields. Project manager or job superintendent are not descriptive enough.
Application review can take up to 45 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.
Retired status available but must be requested, 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.
All certifications require a high school education or GED certificate. CPESC, CPSWQ and CPMSM require a minimum of seven years of professional experience or professional experience and education credits combined. CPMSM requires a minimum of five years of professional experience or professional experience and education credits combined. CESSWI requires a minimum of three years of professional experience or professional experience and education credits combined. Currently CPESC and CESSWI 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 is two years of professional experience or professional experience and education credits combined and CESSWI is one year of professional experience or professional experience and education credits combined.
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.
For a paper exam you will need to check the calendar on the ECI website. For online exams, CPESC, CESSWI, and CPMSM are offered at PSI testing centers. CPSWQ will be offered at PSI testing centers in the near future. Until then, contact the exam coordinator to set up an exam with a Sylvan Learning Centers
You may not sit for the review of the certification(s) you hold tpo 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.
There are two categories that a certified professional can earn PDHs in. Category A is for continued education or learning and Category B is for teaching others, in a non-work capacity, or authoring presentations or books.
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.
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.
If you fall short of your PDH requirement for renewal you may enter the makeup program. The fee is $100.00. The technical director will make an entry into the portal that will allow you to renew and during the next renewal cycle you will need to earn the makeup PDHs as well as the PDHs required for the next renewal cycle.
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 laspe 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. For full CPESC, CPSWQ, and CPMSM your are required 8 PDHs each year. For CPESC-IT and CESSWI-IT 4 PDHs are required each year. When the CPMSM-IT program becomes active it will also require 4 PDHs per year. CESSWI full certification requires 6 PDHs per year while CESSWI-IT requires 3 PDHs per year. For all the certifications a minimum of 30% (rounded up to the nearest whole number) are required in Category A.
This varies per certification. For full CPESC $135.00 and CPESC-IT $80.00. For CPSWQ $135.00 and once the CPSWQ-IT program becomes active $80.00. For full CESSWI $100.00 and for CESSWI-IT $80.00. For CPMSM $110.00 and when the CPMSM-IT program becomes active $80.00.