The MS4 Compliance and Enforcement Certified Inspector (MS4CECI) Seminar is a 2-day training experience designed to credential Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) staff and contracted personnel to perform MS4 permit compliance and enforcement responsibilities.
CLASSROOM TRAINING: Upon completion of the first day of training the course attendee will have learned:
- Clean Water Act Fundamentals
- National Stormwater History
- Green Infrastructure / Urban Stormwater Impacts
- MS4 Permit Compliance and Enforcement Basics
* USEPA, State and/or Local government personnel will present on subjects related to Waters of the US, State Waters, MS4 program audits, preferred enforcement protocol, etc.
CLASSROOM TRAINING: Upon completion of the second day of training, the attendee will have learned:
- Role of the MS4 Inspector
- IDDE Outfall Reconnaissance & Investigations
- Industrial General Facility Inspections
FIELD SIMULATION TRAINING
- Outfall Reconnaissance, inventory & water sampling protocol
- Illicit Discharge Detection Elimination (including annual inspections and complaint investigations
- Industrial Facility Investigations.
Course modules have been prepared and reviewed by stormwater consulting professionals as well as state and local regulatory personnel with over 100 years of combined experience. NPDES Stormwater Training Institute Instructors as well as US EPA officials and Environmental Protection Division personnel present important stormwater topics in an easy to understand and practical format including but not limited to video, Keynote presentations, experiential sharing, white board question and answer sessions, group problem solving, and realistic in the field watershed, outfall, complaint and facility investigations.
***New to our course is our module for Green Infrastructure stormwater management practices which are quickly becoming the norm. This module will cover the benefits and challenges of using green infrastructure and low impact development technologies, land use planning, retrofitting and maintenance.
Upon completion of the two day MS4CECI Seminar, attendees will take a 1 hour open book exam. Certification is granted upon receiving a passing score of 70%. Upon successful completion of the course, the attendee will receive a Certificate of Completion and a MS4CECI photo ID card. All course material, instruction, testing and certification ID card are included in the cost of the course. The certification is valid for 3 years, at which time an online renewal course will be available for course renewal.
The NPDES Training Institute developed the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Compliance & Enforcement Certified Inspector (MS4 CECI) course to fill a need for municipalities, SWPPP design professionals and regulatory plan reviewers to be properly educated and knowledgeable of their compliance and enforcement activities as MS4 operators. We’ve received scores of questions asking if we could provide an MS4 Inspector course for their people. As a result we’ve invested a lot of time and energy into the MS4 CECI course that answers all the questions we’ve ever received about the MS4 program.
Luke Owen, Principal trainer and consultant for the NPDES Stormwater Training Institute, lead the development of the MS4 CECI course and invited federal, state, local government officials and consultants to review and edit the class modules. As a result, we believe the MS4 CECI course is by far the most effective course offered anywhere that truly helps the MS4 inspector fulfill his/her MS4 responsibilities in the field. The course will thoroughly answer your question about how the MS4 program and how the permit ties into the NPDES construction & multi-sector (Industrial) general permit programs and gives specific guidance on how to perform MS4 outfall, IDDE investigations, facility inspections, and outfall monitoring duties.
MS4 field compliance and enforcement inspectors (MS4CECI’s) are where the rubber meets the road when it comes to effectively growing our economy and protecting our water resources at the same time. Without knowledgeable MS4 inspector oversight of our watersheds; local fishing holes have little hope of holding fish for the next generation.