Erosion & Sediment Control
The Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Control Act (GESA) as last amended in 2004 requires all persons involved in land development, design, review, permitting, construction, monitoring, inspection, or any land disturbing activity in Georgia be state certified by a GSWCC approved training organization. In addition, certified individuals must complete the four-hour re-certification course every three years.
The Two Rivers RC&D Council is a GSWCC approved training organization and offers both certification and re-certification courses throughout West Central Georgia.
Depending upon your particular job, you must attend and successfully pass a formal exam for one or more of the courses. However, there is no exam for the re-certification course. Participants who successfully complete the state required courses will be issued a color-coded ID card. Below is the list of approved courses along with professions affected by the law.
Level 1A – Fundamentals Course - This one-day course is the most widely required since it affects general contractors, builders, developers, site superintendents, grading and utility contractors, local governments, and monitoring consultants.The course is designed to certify persons involved in land disturbing activities. There is a one hour test at the end of the course.
Level 1A Full Certification-You must submit an application and prepay the $145.00 registration fee (includes course materials). You must present a photo ID on the day of the course and exam. You must complete a written exam and score 70 or above on the certification exam.
Level1B-Advanced Fundamentals Course - This is a two-day course designed to train regulatory enforcement inspectors contracted to do regulatory work to accurately inspect land disturbance areas for compliance with state erosion and sedimentation laws. The course will cover several topics such as the role of the inspector, ES & PC planning and review, and local program overview criteria.
Level 1B Full Certification- You must submit an application and prepay the $225.00 registration fee (includes course materials). You must have at least 60 days of work experience in the field of erosion and sediment control. In lieu of work experience, an individual may obtain Level 1A Certification. You must attend a 2 day, sixteen hour certifiction course. You must present a photo ID on the day of the course and exam. You must complete a written exam and score 70 or above on the certification exam.
Level 1A and 1B Re-Certification Courses - These four-hour courses are required by law for certified individuals every two years to maintain their certification status. There is a course for both Level 1A & 1B recertification.
According to State law, a certified individual shall be required to attend and participate in at least four
hours of approved continuing education courses, as established by the Commission, every three years. (O.C.G.A. 12-7-19)
You must submit an application and prepay the $75.00 registration fee (includes course materials)
You must present a photo ID and a current certification card on the day of the course.
There is no exam for this course.
Next Course Dates-Listed below in blue- call for location information
Level 1A Certifiction-
All Level 1A Full Certification classes to begin at 8:30 AM and conclude at 4:30 PM
May 11, 2017 September 7, 2017
Level 1A Recertification - 4 hour refresher course
All Level 1A recertification classes to begin at 8:30 AM and conclude at 12:30 PM
December 7, 2017
Level 1B Advanced Fundamentals FullCertification-
July 26-27, 2017
Level 1B-Re-certification course-4 hour refresher course
All level 1B recertifiction classes to begin at 12:30 PM and conclude at 4:30 PM
September 7, 2017
**All manuals can be found at the Georgia Soil and Water Commission Website at gaswcc.com . It is recommended that each applicant review the course materials before class. Employees of city/county governments should contact Two Rivers RC & D, Inc. staff for pricing and course scholarships. Please call to sign-up.