Erosion and Sediment Control Training and Certification Program
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Erosion and Sediment Control Web-based Training course - under the "Construction" tab.
Iowa DOT Erosion and Sediment Control Training Program (updated 11/22/2013)
|Erosion & Sediment Control Basics (ESC Basics)||Erosion Control Technician (ECT)|
|Type||Web-based training||Certification class|
|Course Length||Approx. 1-2 hours||2 days|
|Fee||None||See Registration Book|
|Prime Contractor requirement*||1 per project(s)||1 per Prime Contractor|
|DOT requirement*||1 per project(s)||1 per RCE office|
|Valid for||2 years||5 years**|
|Other state/national training accepted?||No||Yes***|
|Anticipated start date for requirements||Contracts let on or after
October 15, 2013
|Contracts let on or after April 15, 2014 - but offered 2013-2014 training session.|
* Requirement applies to projects that are covered by a NPDES storm water permit.
** 2 updates required to re-certify after 5 years.
*** Exam still required. See Materials IM 213.
Erosion and Sediment Control Training Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What types of erosion control training or certification are available?
There are two types:
- Erosion & Sediment Control Basics (ESC Basics) training: This is a web-based training course.
- Erosion Control Technician (ECT): This is a 2-day certification course.
2. What projects will require an ECT and an ESC Basics trained individual?
Both an ECT and an ESC Basics trained individual will be required on projects where there is a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) storm water permit. Projects that require NPDES storm water permit will have a Pollution Prevention Plan in the contract documents. Please note ESC Basics training requirements will begin for contracts let on or after October 15, 2013, and ECT requirements will begin for contracts let on or after April 15, 2014.
3. Will someone who has completed ESC Basics training be required to be on the project at all times?
No, but an ESC Basics trained individual, such as the project superintendent, will be required to be on the project on a daily basis when construction activities are taking place. For this daily requirement, the Contractor may delegate responsibility to a Subcontractor. However, the ESC Basics trained individual joining the Contracting Authority on the storm water inspections will be required to be from the Contractor.
4. Will it be required for the ECT required to be on the project at all times?
No. The ECT will be required to have responsible oversight of the project’s erosion control. The ECT will not be required to be onsite at all times and can delegate day-to-day oversight to those working on the project on a daily basis, such as the project superintendent or foreman who has completed the ESC Basics training. See Question 10 for ECT responsibilities.
5. Will a Subcontractor’s ECT or ESC Basics trained individual satisfy the contract requirements for the Contractor?
No, except for as described in Question 3. Even though the erosion control portion of the contract may be subcontracted, the Contractor will have to have both an ECT and an ESC Basics trained individual on staff.
6. Will an ECT and ESC Basics trained individual be required on Local Administered Projects?
Both will be required for Contractors and strongly recommended for local public agency staff on all local agency projects let through the Department where there is a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) storm water permit. Projects that require NPDES storm water permit will have a Pollution Prevention Plan in the contract documents.Please note ESC Basics training requirements will begin for contracts let on or after October 15, 2013, and ECT requirements will begin for contracts let on or after April 15, 2014.
7. Are other state or national erosion control programs considered “or equal” to the ECT certification?
Yes, see Materials IM 213.
8. How does one access the web-based ESC Basics training?
Go to the "Erosion and Sediment Control" course on the Iowa DOT web-based training website - under the "Construction" tab.
- Before taking the training, an individual must acquire learning credentials. Instructions to set up learning credentials.
- The online training takes approximately one to two hours and does not have to be completed in one sitting. Individuals must complete training on his/her own. Training a group of individuals under one learning credentials log-in will not be accepted.
9. How often is recertification or retraining required?
For ECT: Certification shall be valid for five years (expiring on December 31st of the fifth year). A 90 day grace period will be allowed for the individual to renew their certification.
- To be eligible to renew certification, technicians shall have completed two update classes in the five-year period between certification and recertification. The Iowa DOT or an agency or organization approved by the TTCP will hold these classes. The technician will not receive credit for more than one update per training session, or an update taken the year that they initially attended certification training.
- If the technician does not attend the required two update courses, or fails the recertification exam, they will be required to attend the ECT class and pass the exam.
10. What are the responsibilities of an ECT and an ESC Basics trained individual?
The following will be responsibilities of an ECT:
- Carefully review and be familiar with the details in the contract documents
- Assign erosion and sediment control monitoring responsibilities to ESC Basics trained field staff
- Review copies of storm water inspection reports
- Provide input on initial Erosion Control Implementation Plan (ECIP) submittal and ECIP updates
- Provide onsite reviews when requested by Contracting Authority or Contractor field staff
- Attend required storm water inspections with the Contracting Authority
- Coordinate all erosion and sediment control operations, including those of subcontractors and suppliers
- Prepare required initial ECIP submittal and ECIP updates
- Attend construction progress meetings to discuss erosion and sediment control issues