Frequently Asked Questions

Applications

No. The training requirements listed under Education Credit are for the In-Training programs.
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 upto 45 days. An incomplete application may take longer.
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.
Complimentary copies of the General Principles Review Manual and General Principles Presentation Manual are emailed to you within two business days upon payment of the application fee.
In order to treat all applicants equally, ECI requires that each individual complete the current certification application.
All college degrees are accepted for education credit and receive education per the tables found on the web page.

Certifications

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.
You can find your certification number on the ECI website within the directory or in your portal.
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.
Tentative launch date is August 27, 2017.
Many jurisdictions accept or require ECI certifications. You will need to check with specific jurisdiction you are working in to verify acceptance.
Many jurisdictions accept or require ECI certifications. You will need to check with specific jurisdiction you are working in to verify acceptance.
The directory only shows those certified professionals that are current with their certifications. If you are current and your name does not appear, please contact a Program Associate.

Exams

Description on the ECI Website under the “How To” section.
Varies by certification. Paper CPESC and CPSWQ full exams are five hours, CESSWI full exam is four hours, and CPMSM full is 3 hours.
You will be awarded your certification within 48 hrs of passing your PSI exam. Your certificate and credentials packet will be arrive by mail within two (2) weeks.
No. ECI suggest and encourages that you sit for the exam as quickly as possible once you are approved.
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 need to submit a request found on the ECI website calendar page. PSI will send an email confirmation with the required number.

PDHs

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.
Description on the ECI Website under the “How To” section.
You may carry over one years PDH requirement.
To have PDHs carryover you must request in writing (emails are acceptable) that available PDHs be carried over to the next PDH/renewal cycle.
PDHs are earned after you become certified. The exception is that you may receive, upon request, one renewal cycle equivalent of PDHs for passing the exam.
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.
ECI has developed a general list of locations to earn PDHs. This list will be posted on the web page in the near future.
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.
That feature on the portal is not currently available.
ECI is a certifying organization and not a training organization. To be an accredited certification organization training is not allowed.
Typically any course with an environmental emphasis is accepted as a PDH. As a certified professional, ECI expects you to use your professional judgement as to if a course is applicable.

Portal

Log into the portal, click profile, click update profile. Further directions can be found under the “How To” section of our website.
Be sure to select the grey box located directly below your certification on the renewal page. Please refer to step 10 in How to Renew Certification for more information.

Reinstatement

This is on a case by case basis and must be approved by the Operations Manager.
This is on a case by case basis and must be approved by the Operations Manager.
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.
If you are less than 30 days past due you renew and pay a late fee. If you are past due more than 30 days you will need to go through the reinstatement program.
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.

Renewal

Receipts are mailed along with your new Certification card.
Receipts are mailed or emailed. If you need a receipt immediately login, click on store, account details, order history, then order #, and print page.
Description on the ECI Website under the “How To” section of our website.
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.
Every year from your current certification date.
You need to earn the amount of PDHs for the certification requiring the most.
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.
No. If you need a replacement certificate you may order one from the Store on the ECI website.

Review Course

You will need to check the calendar on the ECI website. In the future ECI will be offering these review courses online.