CISEC Complete Course including all four modules

This online course will help you prepare for the 3½-hour nationwide CISEC certification exam. It is meant only to be a guide and CISEC, Inc. does not make any claim that it represents everything covered in the examination since questions exist that can only be answered by gaining field experience. There are four modules with eight total sections to this course.

Module 1: EPA Rules and Regulations

The purpose of this module is to ensure inspectors understand EPA and the Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements and how they are applicable to inspections. Participants will evaluate EPA’s 2012 construction general permit as it applies to the duties of inspectors. Participants will also evaluate SWPPP details so that participants understand what they must do to meet federal compliance criteria. Items for this module will include (but are not limited to):

Clean Water Act

NPDES 2012 GeneralPermit:

  1. Permittee and Designer Obligations and Requirements
  2. Inspector Obligations and Requirements
  3. Corrective Action Requirements
  4. Training Requirements
  5. Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Requirements

Classroom Example SWPPP and S&EC Drawings

Module 2: Background of an Inspector

In this module, participants will learn the importance of what is recommended for an inspector's background and how this will help them keep a site in compliance with EPA requirements. In addition, participants will see how assessing past experiences will improve the inspection process. Items for this Module will include (but not limited to):

Definitions: Sediment vs. Erosion

Topographic Assessments: Reading a map

Hydrology: Hydrographs and sedigraphs

Polymers: Anionic vs. cationic

Ethics: CISEC’s Code

Module 3: Inspecting BMPs

This module will provide the necessary tools for inspecting BMPs found on land development, vertical/big box construction, and linear projects. Participants will learn about inspecting installed sediment and erosion control measures, whether the BMPs are functioning in a correct manner, and assess BMP limitations. In addition, information will be provided on inspecting storage areas where potential pollution problems may occur and assessing whether new BMPs need to be added or whether existing structures can be removed. Items for this Module will include (but are not limited to):

Writing Inspection and Corrective Action Reports

Inspecting Commonly Found BMPs on Construction Sites:

  1. Barriers
  2. Sediment Containment Systems
  3. Erosion Control BMPs

Inspecting Other Important BMPs:

  1. Stabilized Construction Entrances
  2. Polymer Systems
  3. Wind Erosion BMPs
  4. Concrete Washouts
  5. Hazardous Waste Sites

Module 4: Conducting Construction Site Inspections

This module covers the basic duties of an inspector by conducting a “virtual” tour of a construction site. Participants will reinforce their role and responsibilities as inspectors to meet EPA Phase I and Phase II requirements. The module will include “hands-on” exercises on documenting, communicating, reading SWPPPs and S&EC plans, writing reports,interacting with fellow participants, and assessing what to look for on a construction site. Items for this Module will include (but are not limited to):

Inspection Requirements

Inspection Reports

Conducting “Virtual” Site Inspections:

  1. Before Construction and During Grading
  2. During Construction

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
IECA CEU Certification 0.65 CEUs from January 01, 2013