CPESCs are trained, tested, and certified to the highest standards. CPESC following your name demonstrates qualification and provides confidence in your ability. CPESC team members ensure that projects run according to regulation, are permitted efficiently and perform exceptionally.

A Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) embraces the science of surface erosion and sediment control. This practice also specializes in the study and subsequent reduction of the adverse effects of environmental pollutants, whether natural or manmade, as it relates to soil, water, and air.

CPESC is the only professional certification recognized by the EPA whose professionals are designated as qualified to prepare stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs).


Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control™

The CPESC® certification represents many disciplines and specialties that work to produce site-specific plans and designs that comprehensively address current and potential erosion and sedimentation issues with practices and measures that are cost effective, understandable and that meet environmental and regulatory requirements. CPESC registrants meet educational and practical experience standards, subscribe to the code of ethics, pass a rigorous qualifying exam, and maintain expertise through a continuing professional development program. To learn more about the CPESC program requirements, please download the Job Task Analysis below.

To help support the growth of knowledge and professional development, EnviroCert has established an “In-Training” status (-IT).  The purpose of this status is to recognize professionals who have a strong foundation of knowledge and are working toward expanding their expertise through experience and continuing education.  IT status is given to applicants who have requested this status and who have passed Part 1 of the CPESC exam.

Benefits of CPESC® On Your Team

If your team works on landscapes that involve land disturbances, land development and land management then incorporation of a CPESC on your team is a smart move. While working on sites like subdivisions, commercial sites, parks, other recreational areas, mixed use developments, highways, transmission lines (power, oil, and gas), farms, forests and surface mines CPESC team members are a resource which ensures your projects will: run according to regulation, be permitted efficiently and perform exceptionally. CPESC qualification identifies professionals who have a high-level of experience and technical knowledge. The program is significantly difficult and so reliant on collection of experience that a CPESC-IT (in training) designation has been established. This IT designation identifies professionals who are on the path to certification but who have the need for continued experience and professional development before they can achieve CPESC certification.

Certified Professionals in Erosion & Sediment Control have been trained and tested on each of these subjects and have proven their proficiency on subjects including but not limited to:

  • Regulations – Federal, State, & Local
  • Permitting – types, authorities and methods
  • Permitting application requirements for – municipalities, construction activity and industrial activity
  • Erosion & Sediment Site Planning and Management including: resource planning, hazards associated with urban development, land development plans, scheduling, and implementation
  • Predicting Soil Loss – via the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) and the Modified Universal Soil Loss Equation (MUSLE)
  • Procedures for estimating Gross Erosion including: sheet, total, and wind erosion
  • Runoff Management Planning and the associated equations and considerations to address: soil permeability, precipitation and hydrologic cycle
  • Soil Stabilization Mechanisms (Erosion Control) including: vegetation, bio-technical protection, soil tackifiers and stabilizers, turf reinforcement mats, hydraulically applied erosion control products, erosion control blankets, and other related technologies.