The purpose of the Post-Construction BMP Inspector program is to train professionals in methods and strategies for conducting routine and thorough inspections of stormwater management practices.
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:
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:
Guidance for inspection preparation, execution, documentation, and safety will also be provided.
The Post-Construction BMP Inspector program will ensure that science-based information for low impact development practices and climate change are made available to communities in their evaluation of stormwater infrastructure operation and performance.
INTENDED AUDIENCE. The target audience for this course includes design engineers, stormwater managers, public works staff, commercial landscapers and homeowner associations. In addition, current partnerships with communities have identified the need for consistent evaluation of these practices, and there exist many opportunities to connect trained students with summer internships and future employment.
FORMAT. The course will be offered through Clemson's Center for Watershed Excellence. The online classroom will feature:
COURSE STRUCTURE. As a "hybrid" course combining online and face-to-face learning, it will incorporate self-paced lectures, discussion, quizzes, and other web-based methods of participant-instructor interaction, along with hands-on participation activities in the field.
TIME COMMITMENT. Plan for 1-3 hours per week. Some weeks are longer than others. Since the material is self-paced, you can catch up in a subsequent week if you fall behind. We understand that everyone has busy schedules!
The Spring 2017 course is open for registration. Be sure to review all the information on this page, and then click the button below to register online.
Spring 2017 Course Syllabus
This program may qualify for up to 15.00 Professional Development Hours.
$395. If you register 3 or more participants, we can offer a group discount of $50/person. Please contact Michael Griffin for more details.
You'll be able to pay by credit card when using the Register Online link above. If you are unable to pay by credit card, please contact Michael Griffin.
If you're a current course participant, click here to login to the online classroom. Unless you have a clemson.edu account, you will click the sign-in link for "Continuing & Professional Education".
The program development team leader for this course is:
Dan Hitchcock, Ph.D., P.E.
Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science
The development team includes:
Dan Hitchcock, Ph.D., P.E.
Cal Sawyer, Ph.D.
J.P. Johns, P.E.
Chuck Jarman, P.E.
Kim Counts Morganello
Michael P. Griffin
The online course is being offered in Spring 2017, with a required in-person field day in Greenville, SC on 6/1/2017. We plan on offering the course again in Fall 2017, with a field day in North Charleston, SC.