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On-Demand eTraining

The Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership now offers on-demand eTraining courses in an effort to make certification and recertification more accessible to stormwater professionals. Professionals can learn at their own pace and at their own convenience. More information on each of our eTraining programs is shown below.


Green Infrastructure Training

sadkfj;lkjasdfl;kA convenient on-demand training program for those interested in learning how to install and design green infrastructure best management practices.  This is a certificate program as opposed to a certification program that requires passing an exam and recertification.  A certificate is issued upon completion of the training and is good for five years.  This is an ever-evolving field.  Therefore, it is recommended that the participant renew their certificate every five years to stay updated on changes to design and construction of many of the practices.

Course Fee: $125
PDH Credits: 5.5 Hours
Certification Length: 3 Years
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Iowa Certified Construction Site Pollution Prevention Inspectors and Installers (ICCSPPI-01)

The ICCSPPI program offers an affordable, time efficient, certification opportunity for inspectors and installers of construction site pollution prevention practices for sediment and erosion control. The course also covers good housekeeping pollution prevention best management practices. The eTraining course features over 4 hours of on-demand video content, learning checks, interactive exercises, and the ICCSPPI certification exam. Certified professionals can check their certification status here.

This online training explains the principles of erosion and applicable best management practices (BMPs) for preventing stormwater pollution. The course covers NPDES regulatory requirements and compliance and documentation measures for stormwater permitting in Iowa.

Course Fee: $125
PDH Credits: 5.5 Hours
Certification Length: 3 Years
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Course Highlights

  • • General Permit No. 2
  • • Soils & the Erosion Process
  • • Good Housekeeping Pollution Prevention BMPs
  • • Erosion Control BMPs
  • • Sediment & Velocity Control BMPs
  • • Post Construction Stormwater Management
  • • Inspection Walkthrough
  • • Certification Exam

Intended Audience

  • • Construction Site SWPPP Inspectors
  • • Erosion and Sediment Control Installers
  • • Municipal Stormwater Staff
  • • Environmental Consultants
  • • Excavation or Earth Moving Contractors
  • • Construction Management Students

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the regulatory requirements associated with stormwater permitting in Iowa.
  2. Learn how to interpret a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
  3. Learn the basics of installation and inspection of erosion and sediment control BMPs.
  4. Learn how to recognize proper and improper installation of stormwater BMPs and how to communicate deficiencies.
  5. Learn common good housekeeping practices for preventing stormwater pollution.

“The instructor was very knowledgeable and had a calm and logical method of teaching that truly connects with anyone taking the online course. Not only was the course both fun and challenging but ISWEP’s direct feedback on the training was invaluable. I can’t speak highly enough of this course.”

– Garth R.

“Completing the online ICCSPPI recertification was easy and efficient. The modular format allowed the course to be completed over multiple days and the learning checks at the end of each were helpful for key detail retention.”

– Angelique S.

“I thought the delivery method for the on-demand online ICCSPPI Certificationtraining was effective for me. The instructor was a clear communicator and was very good at highlighting a few key points that I would guess have been problematic in the field – see porta-potty placement. I finished up the course with a confidence that I had an adequate understanding of the intent of the regulation and BMPs. ”

– John W.


Iowa Certified Construction Site Pollution Prevention Inspectors and Installers Recertification (ICCSPPI-02)

The ICCSPPI program offers an affordable, time efficient, certification opportunity for inspectors and installers of construction site pollution prevention practices for sediment and erosion control. This course is meant for professionals that are already ICCSPPI certified and required to recertify every 3 years to maintain certification. The eTraining course features over 2.5 hours of on-demand video content, learning checks, and interactive exercises. Certified professionals can check their certification status here. COURSE PREREQUISITE: You must already be an ICCSPPI and within 1 year of the expiration date on your certificate.

This online training features advanced topics in stormwater management. Topics include General Permit No. 2 highlights, SUDAS specifications, erosion control for all seasons, various modes of sediment control, dewatering best practices, how to estimate SWPPP quantities, and quality control. The course is co-taught by Dwayne Stenlund of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Course Fee: $75
PDH Credits: 3.0 Hours
Certification Length: 3 Years
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Course Highlights

  • • Recertification Requirements
  • • General Permit No. 2 Highlights
  • • SUDAS Specifications
  • • All Seasons Erosion Control
  • • Modes of Sediment Control
  • • Dewatering Best Practices
  • • Estimating SWPPP Quantities
  • • Quality Control
  • • Inspection Exercise

Intended Audience

  • • Construction Site SWPPP Inspectors and Installers that need to recertify

Learning Objectives

  1. Advance a certified individual’s knowledge of erosion and sediment controls that work best in Iowa.
  2. Learn common SWPPP mistakes and methods for avoiding them.
  3. Learn updated policies and regulations for construction sites in Iowa related to General Permit No. 2.

Iowa Certified SWPPP Designer (ICSD-01)

The ICSD eTraining provides the same content as the live training event but made more convenient for you to complete on demand and at your own pace. The certification is designed for for those who prepare (design), review and approve Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs). From the first disturbance of soil to sodding or seeding and everything in between the SWPPP guides construction site runoff control and post-construction stormwater management. Certified professionals can check their certification status here.

Participants will learn regulatory requirements for General Permit No. 2 compliance, common erosion and sediment BMPs, and good housekeeping practices to prevent stormwater pollution. Participants will learn the 6 phases for preparing a SWPPP and how to implement it at a construction site.

Course Fee: $155
PDH Credits: 5.5 Hours
Certification Length: 3 Years
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Course Highlights

  • • The Five Pillars of Erosion and Sediment Control
  • • Soils & the Erosion Process
  • • SWPPP Design Phases
  • • Erosion, Sediment, and Velocity Control Practices
  • • Good Housekeeping Pollution Prevention
  • • Post Construction Stormwater Management
  • • Video Exercise
  • • Certification Exam

Intended Audience

  • • SWPPP Designers
  • • Municipal Stormwater Staff
  • • Environmental Consultants

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the regulatory requirements associated with stormwater permitting in Iowa.
  2. Learn how to prepare a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
  3. Learn how to properly implement a SWPPP.

Iowa Certified Home Builder SWPPP Supervisor (HBSS-01)

The Homebuilder SWPPP Supervisor program is developed especially for home builders and those in charge of maintaining Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) on residential projects. Participants will learn the design guidelines and regulatory requirements regarding stormwater pollution and erosion control on the individual lot scale. Certified professionals can check their certification status here. This online training explains the principles of erosion and applicable best management practices (BMPs) for preventing stormwater pollution on invididual lots.

The course covers NPDES regulatory requirements and compliance and documentation measures for stormwater permitting in Iowa. This certification does not have any continuing education requirements but does require recertification through a short exam every 3 years to maintain certified status. Certified individuals receive a 10% promotional code for future conferences, webinars, or live-trainings organized by ISWEP.

Course Fee: $95
PDH Credits: 3.5 Hours
Certification Length: 3 Years
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Course Highlights

  • • Regulatory Background and General Permit No. 2
  • • Erosion Control BMPs
  • • Sediment & Velocity Control BMPs
  • • Good Housekeeping BMPs
  • • SWPPP Development
  • • Inspection Walkthrough
  • • Certification Exam

Intended Audience

  • • Small Residential Home Builders
  • • Developers

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the regulatory requirements associated with stormwater permitting in Iowa, and how they pertain to homebuilders and developers.
  2. Learn how to develop a SWPPP for an individual residential lot.
  3. Learn the basics of installation, maintenance, and inspection of erosion and sediment control BMPs.
  4. Learn how to recognize proper and improper installation of stormwater BMPs and when maintenance is needed.
  5. Learn common good housekeeping practices for preventing stormwater pollution.

More eTraining courses are currently be developed.