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Course Name
Certified Preparer of Storm Water Pollution (CPSWPPP)

Contact Hours: 18

Course Description
The 18.5-hour, CPSWPPP computer based stormwater training and certification course educates and certifies you to prepare a Construction Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs).

As a CPSWPPP you will also receive a dual certification as a CCIS, which allows you to implement, inspect, and maintain construction sites for stormwater compliance.  This training covers the principals and practices of erosion and sediment control as well as the proper reporting and documentation requirements for ensuring compliance under the NPDES Construction General Permit.

This course has been reviewed and recognized by the EPA and is a Level 300 United States Green Build Council approved course.

Outcome
The CPSWPPP certification course covers the principles and practices of erosion and sediment control as well as the methods necessary to prepare SWPPPs so you can:

  • Make proper and informed decisions on the information included in the preparation of a complaint SWPPP. 
  • Measure the design needs of the site due to soils, type and size of construction projects, and the principles and practices of erosion and sediment control design techniques. 
  • Describe and understand the proper installation, maintenance and inspection of best management practices on a construction site.
  • Assess a construction site to determine proper stormwater compliance and provide assistance and leadership to construction workers as how to maintain stomwater compliance throughout a project’s entirety.
  • Understand the teamwork and communication necessary between owner, operators and SWPPP designer so the site stays in compliance throughout the construction project.

Assessment
Learners are required to complete a 25 question exam after each of the six (6) course sections.  Learners must pass the exams with a 75% or greater over a 90 minute timeframe.  Learners have an unlimited amount of attempts to pass exams.  After a failed attempt, new randomized exams are generated from a pool of questions from that course section.

Outline
Required Learning Modules:

•  Federal Construction General Permit (Part I and II)
•  Principles and Practices of Erosion Control
•  Principles and Practices of Sediment Control
•  Principles and Practices of Pollution Prevention
•  On-site Construction Inspections
•  Preparation of a Construction SWPPP

CPSWPPP Learning Module Descriptions and Outlines

Learners, who purchase the CPSWPPP course, also receive the Certified Compliance Inspector of Stormwater training modules and exams and are required to complete the addition module on The Preparation of a Construction SWPPP.


Federal Construction General Permit

The 2012 Federal Construction General Permit (CGP) will educate and prepare an operator of a construction site how to comply with the mandates of the current federal permit. Due to the complexity of the 2012 Federal CGP, this course is broken down into two separate training modules.

1.0 – NPDES & Construction General Permit History
1.1 - Water Pollution Control Act
1.2 - Timeline of Events: The 1960s
1.3 - Clean Water Act
1.4 – NPDES Program
1.5 - Phase I Construction
1.6 - TMDL and Impaired Waters
1.7 - Phase II Construction
2.0 - General Permit Definitions
2.1- Construction General Permit
2.2 - Notice of Intent (NOI)
2.3 - Permit Authorization or Coverage
2.4 - Notice of Termination (NOT)
3.0 - General Permit Coverage
3.1 - Coverage Details
3.2 - Eligible Areas
3.3 - Requirements, Regulations and Dates
3.4 - Who Obtains Coverage
4.0 - Notice of Intent
4.1 - Notice of Intent (NOI)
4.2 - eNOI
4.3 - NOI Deadlines
4.4 - Continuation of Coverage
4.5 - Site Posting
5.0 - Federal CGP Requirements
5.1 - Erosion and Sediment Control Requirements
5.2 - Stabilization Requirements
5.3 - Pollution Prevention Requirements
6.0 - Allowable and Prohibited Discharges
6.1 - Allowable Stormwater Discharges
6.2 - Prohibited Discharges
7.0 – Water Quality-Based Effluent Limitations
7.1 – Effluent Limitations and Water Quality Standards Explained
7.2 - Keywords and Phrases
7.3 - Federal CGP Requirements
7.4 - Discharging
7.5 – On-Site Inspection
8.0 - Construction Site Inspections
8.1 - Responsible Persons
8.2 - Inspection Frequency
8.3 - Inspection Requirements
9.0 - Corrective Actions
9.1 - Corrective Actions Defined
9.2 - Corrective Action Conditions and Deadlines
9.3 - Corrective Action Records
10.0 – Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
10.1 – SWPPP Development
10.2 – Contents
10.3 – Inspections and Maintenance
10.4 – Spills or Releases
11.0 - Terminating Permit Coverage
11.1 – Termination Conditions
11.2 – Notice of Termination
11.3 – Submitting The NOT
11.4 – NOT Deadlines
11.5 – Document Retention
12.0 - Standard Permit Conditions
12.1 – Individual Permits
12.2 – Non-compliance Penalties
12.3 – Operator Cooperation
12.4 – 24-Hour Notification
12.5 – Bypasses and Upsets
13.0 - Appendix Guide
13.1 – Appendix A: Definitions and Acronyms
13.2 – Appendix B: Areas Eligible For Coverage
13.3 – Appendix C: Small Construction Waivers
13.4 – Appendix D: Endangered Species Act
13.5 – Appendix E: Historic Properties
13.6 – Appendix F: Impaired Water Tier System
13.7 – Appendix G: Buffer Guidance
13.8 – Appendix H: 2-Year, 24 hour Storm Events
13.9 – Appendix I: Standard Permit Conditions
13.10 – Appendix J: Notice of Intent (NOI) Instructions
13.11 – Appendix K: Notice of Termination (NOT) Instructions

Principles and Practices of Erosion Control Outline

The Principles and Practices of Erosion Control will educate and prepare an individual to identify and properly implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to control erosion on construction sites. The training module will feature chapters that will discuss:

1.0 - What is Erosion?
1.1 - Accelerated Erosion
1.2 - Environmental and Economic Impacts of Erosion
1.3 - Water Erosion
1.4 - Wind Erosion
1.5 - Factors of Erosion
2.0 - Erosion Control Overview
2.1 - Erosion Controls Overview
2.2 - Vegetation
2.3 - Cool vs. Warm Season
2.4 - Nurse Crop
3.0 - Soil Preparation
3.1 - Organic Matter
3.2 - Fertilizer
4.0 - Best Management Practices for Erosion Control
4.1 - What is a BMP?
4.2 - Erosion Control Devices
4.3 - Perimeter Controls
4.4 - Details of BMP Controls
5.0 - Stabilization
5.1 - Site Stabilization
5.2 - Perimeter Buffers
5.3 - Stockpiles
6.0 - Mulch andCompost
6.1 - Types of Mulch
6.2 - Compost
6.3 - Hay Implementation
6.4 - Poor Design 
6.5 - Hydromulch 
7.0 - Rolled Erosion Control Products
7.1 - Rolled Erosion Control Products
7.2 - Netting
7.3 - Blankets
7.4 - Installation
7.5 - Turf Reinforcement Mats (TRMs)
8.0 - Surface Roughening
8.1 - Tracking
8.2 - Bucket Teeth

Principles and Practices of Sediment Control Outline

The Principles and Practices of Sediment Control will educate and prepare an individual to identify and properly implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to control sediment on construction sites. The training module will feature chapters that discuss:

1.0 - Sediment Control
2.0 - Silt Fence
2.1 - Installation Methods
2.2 - Alternative Perimeter Controls
3.0 - Wattles
3.1 - Types of Wattles
3.2 - Biodegradable Wattles
3.3 - Fiber Filtration Tubes
3.4 - Reusable Wattles
4.0 - Check Dams
4.1 - Proper Installation and Spacing
4.2 - Types of Check Dams
5.0 - Level Spreaders
5.1 - Level Spreaders
5.2 - T-Pipe Spreader
5.3 - Swale Level Spreader
6.0 - Slope Drains
7.0 - Inlet Protection Devices
7.1 - Inlet Protection Overview
7.2 - Inlet Protection Design
7.3 - Silt Fence as Inlet Protection
7.4 - Manufactured Inlet Protection
8.0 - Polyacrylamides (PAMs)
8.1 - Polyacrylamides (PAMs) Explained
8.2 - Flocculent Polymers
8.3 - Long Chain Polymers
8.4 - Chitosan
9.0 - Sediment Ponds
9.1 -Types of Sediment Ponds
9.2 - Pond Dewatering
9.3 - Outlets
9.4 - Short Circuiting
9.5 - Turbidity Curtains

Principles and Practices of Pollution Prevention Outline

The Principles and Practices of Pollution Prevention will educate and prepare an individual to identify and implement proper Best Management Practices (BMPs) to control and prevent pollution on construction sites. The training module will feature chapters that will discuss:

1.0 - Good Housekeeping
1.1 - Solid Waste
1.2 - Sanitary Waste
1.3 - Hazardous Waste
2.0 - Material Storage
2.1 - Material Delivery and Storage
2.2 - Fuel Storage and Secondary Containment
2.3 - Vehicle Maintenance
3.0 - Concrete Washout
3.1 - What is Concrete Washout?
3.2 - Concrete Washout Area Continued
3.3 - Concrete Washout Systems
4.0 - Spill Reporting
4.1 - Spill Reporting and Clean Up
4.2 - Spill Kits and Spill Centers
4.3 - Accidental Spills
5.0 - Phasing BMPs and Sequencing of Construction
5.1 - Phasing BMPs
5.2 - Sequencing of Construction
5.3 - Stockpile Carryover
6.0 - Dust Control
6.1 - Dust Control Defined
6.2 - Water Truck Uses
6.3 - Polymer Emulsions Uses
6.4 - Soil Tackifiers
7.0 - Track-Out
7.1 - Track-Out Defined
7.2 - Design Variables
7.3 - Maintenance 
7.4 - Hybrid Designs


On-site Construction Inspections Outline

On-site Construction Inspections will educate and prepare an individual to thoroughly and properly inspect construction sites for stormwater compliance. The training module will feature chapters that will discuss:

1.0 - Inspection Rules and Protocol
2.0 - SWPPP Overview
2.1 - Reviewing The SWPPP
2.2 - SWPPP Components
3.0 - Paperwork Inspection
3.1 - Paperwork Overview
3.2 - Notice of Intent (NOI)
3.3 - Contractor Certification Statement Forms
3.4 - Hazardous Material Spill Forms
4.0 - Updating The SWPPP
4.1 - Record of Soil Disturbances
4.2 - Site Map
5.0 - Site Inspection
5.1 - On-Site Documentation 
5.2 - Best Management Practices (BMPs)  
6.0 - Notice of Termination (NOT)
6.1 - Filing the Not
6.2 - Perennial vs. Annual Vegetation
6.3 – Inspections

The Preparation of a Construction SWPPP Outline

The Preparation of a Construction SWPPP will educate and prepare an operator for the rigors of writing and updating compliant SWPPPs for construction projects. The training module will feature chapters that will discuss:

1.0 - What Is A Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)?
1.1 - Construction SWPPP
1.2 - Life of The SWPPP
2.0 - Gathering Information
2.1 - Ask Questions
2.2 - Where To Get Information
2.3 - Review the Regulations and Construction General Permit (CGP)
3.0 - Components of the SWPPP
3.1 - Contents of the SWPPP
3.2 - Certifications
3.3 - Standard Permit Conditions
4.0 - BMP Design
4.1 - BMP Framework
4.2 - Design Do’s and Don’ts
4.3 - BMP Details
5.0 - SWPPP Site Map
5.1 - SWPPP Site Map Requirements
5.2 - SWPPP Site Map Location
6.0 - Inspections, Maintenance, Corrective Actions and Monitoring
6.1 - Inspection Requirements
6.2 - Corrective Action Log
6.3 - Water Quality Standard Monitoring