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Certified Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control Inspector Program

Initial Certification

Initial Certification Class

CEPSCI initial certification will qualify individuals who complete the CEPSCI class and pass the corresponding exam.


  • Important Dates and Locations

    Classes begin: 8:30 a.m. 
    Classes adjourn: 4:30 p.m.

    In-Person Classes and Exams:

    • June 28-29, 2023
    • August 16-17, 2023

    Online Classes and Exams:

    • May 17-18, 2023
    • July 19-20, 2023

    In-person classes will be offered at the River Center in Saluda Shoals Park:

    River Center
    5605 Bush River Road
    Columbia, SC 29212

  • Certification Process
    1. Course instruction
    2. Qualifying exam
    3. Grading and DHEC notification
    4. Issuance of Certification (within 1-2 weeks)
  • The One-Day Initial Certification Class Will:
    • Address techniques for construction site erosion prevention and sediment control
    • Cover regulatory requirements related to NPDES Construction General Permit compliance in South Carolina
    • Introduce environmentally effective techniques for different terrain and topography
    • Demonstrate how to review grading and drainage plans and BMP details
    • Provide an overview of techniques and practices for conducting a thorough field inspection
    • Help prepare attendees for the exam, which is part of the process for becoming a SC Certified Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Inspector
  • System and Hardware Requirements for Online Classes and Testing:
    • Operating System - Windows 8, 8.1 and 10; MAC 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.15
    • Connection - 300kb/s upload speed, satellite and dial-up connections are not supported
    • 213 MB of storage for testing software
    • Webcam
    • Microphone or headset with microphone
    • Tablets, hybrid devices and mobile phones are not supported

Certified Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control Inspector Program

Course Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 AM Check-in

8:30 – 12:00 noon

Welcome and Introduction to CEPSCI
Regulatory Overview and Reporting Requirements
Runoff Control Best Management Practices
Erosion Prevention Best Management Practices

12:00 – 12:45 PM Lunch

12:45 – 4:30 PM

Sediment Control Best Management Practices
Construction Plan Review
Construction Plan Exercises
Techniques and Practices for Field Inspection
Preparations and Review for Qualifying Exam

4:30 PM Adjourn