DEQ Certifications – ESC & SWM During COVID-19

March 25, 2020

Following up on our message concerning Materials Certification Schools, Flagger Certification and WZT Courses, below is guidance from DEQ regarding their DEQ-administered Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management Certifications:


If you currently hold an ESC or SWM Certificate that is up for renewal soon, there will be no extension granted for those that must recertify before the expiration date. Certification holders have three full years by which to seek continuing education courses in person or online. Applicants must ensure that they have enough contact hours of continuing education, enter these hours in the DEQ Certification and Accreditation Tracking System (CATS), and pay the recertification fee prior to midnight on the day of the certificate’s expiration date. Understanding that most, if not all in-person courses have been cancelled, DEQ would like to remind Industry that they offer FREE online courses by which candidates can take prior to the expiration of their certificate. Other online resources include: Forester University and

New Applications

As mentioned, most, if not all of the in-person courses have been temporarily postponed. New applicants are encouraged to access the CATS system to start the application process, complete any online knowledge base courses, gain the provisional certification, and sit for the respective proficiency exam once the Pearson Testing Centers have re-opened again. Applicants will still need the course documentation, but Pearson will not be monitoring the date of the course.

At this point, DEQ is not issuing a blanket extension of certifications at this time, but they will be flexible with extenuating circumstances, and will look at each recertification situation on a case-by-case basis.

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