Full course description

This program is offered as a five week online course, followed by a one-day field day.  Participants must pass an exam for certification.


Municipalities and counties in South Carolina recognize the necessity of inspection and maintenance of stormwater infrastructure. When a neighborhood or property management company cannot carry these tasks out, communities are faced with the challenge of enforcement actions or utilization of limited staff and financial resources to accomplish the task. The goal of the course is to offer a comprehensive statewide program for stormwater-related professionals with the following specific learning objectives:

  • Understand stormwater dynamics and issues, how they affect water quantity and quality, and associated federal, state and local regulations.
  • Gain applied technical knowledge about stormwater control measures and practices used in South Carolina, as well as how they should function and perform.
  • Acquire practical working knowledge about the inspection and maintenance requirements of each stormwater practice.
  • Learn about available tools for successful inspection and maintenance program implementation and evaluation.

Areas to be covered include technical elements of stormwater management practice function and performance, as well as scheduled maintenance tasks that are required to ensure these installed practices are working as intended. Stormwater BMPs to be covered include:

  • wet and dry ponds
  • stormwater wetlands
  • bioretention and infiltration practices
  • manufactured devices
  • underground detention
  • swales and buffers
  • parking lot BMPs and permeable materials
  • rainwater harvesting
  • green roofs

Guidance for inspection preparation, execution, documentation, and safety will also be provided.