The Law of Supply and Demand says that all factors being equal, the price of an item is determined by its supply and demand. If there is low supply and a high demand, then prices go up. Inversely, a high supply and low demand lowers the price. With regards to stormwater training programs, the higher the requirement for construction projects to comply with regulations on stormwater management, the higher the need for industry practitioners to get adequate Enviromental Protection Agency or EPA-certified trainings and be “Qualified Personnel”.
In 2003, Phase II of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) or NPDES Permit Program took effect. The program requires regulations for Construction Activity Permit Programs to be written and implemented for land disturbance greater than one acre. This is to be done by federal governments and states that have been given authority to do so. The NPDES covers thousands of communities that need to police land disturbance with inspections, ordinances and permit coverage.
With this development, the training and education of industry professionals on stormwater management has become a must. Related to this, some companies have offered online courses for SWPPP training that have been reviewed and certified by the EPA to equip them with the most necessary skills and latest training. Upon completion of the training, a student like environmental engineers, general contractors, landscape architects and municipal inspectors is considered a “Qualified Person”.
A “Qualified Person” must have knowledge on the principles and practices of erosion and sediment control and can adequately assess conditions in construction sites that an affect the quality of storm water. He must be able to analyze if the implemented measures are effective to control the quality of stormwater discharge. US Green Build Accredited Education provides professionals with short courses and trainings to qualify them for a SWPPP certification.
A SWPPP training will only be useful if the classes and modules are recognized as a “Professional Certification” by consent decrees of the Department of Justice and the EPA. Consider courses with Money Back Guarantees to assure you that you’re getting the appropriate training you need. For more information, visit http://sdfca.org/articles/Is_Your_SWPPP_Correct_and_Defensible.htm.
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