Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control 

    Recognized as the top designation in Canada CPESC® certification represents many disciplines and specialties that work to produce site-specific plans and designs that comprehensively address current and potential erosion and sedimentation issues with practices and measures that are cost effective, understandable and that meet environmental and regulatory requirements. CPESC registrants meet educational and practical experience standards, subscribe to the code of ethics, pass a rigorous qualifying exam and maintain expertise through a continuing professional development program.  To learn more about the CPESC program requirements, please download the Scope of Practice below.

    CPESC is recognized across Canada, the United States and all countries.


    If your team works on landscapes that involve land disturbances, land development and land management then incorporation of a CPESC on your team is a smart move. While working on sites like subdivisions, commercial sites, parks, other recreational areas, mixed use developments, highways, transmission lines (power, oil, and gas), farms, forests and surface mines CPESC team members are a resource which ensures your projects will: run according to regulation, be permitted efficiently and perform exceptionally. CPESC qualification identifies professionals who have a high-level of experience and technical knowledge. The program is significantly difficult and so reliant on collection of experience that a CPESC-IT (in training) designation has been established. This IT designation identifies professionals who are on the path to certification but who have the need for continued experience and professional development before they can achieve CPESC certification.

    Certified Professionals in Erosion & Sediment Control are trained and tested on each of these subjects and have proven their proficiency on subjects including but not limited to:

    • Regulations – Federal & Local

    • Permitting – types, authorities and methods

    • Permitting application requirements for – municipalities, construction activity and industrial activity

    • Erosion & Sediment Site Planning and Management including: resource planning, hazards associated with urban development, land development plans, scheduling and implementation

    • Predicting Soil Loss – via the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) and the Modified Universal Soil Loss Equation (MUSLE)

    • Procedures for estimating Gross Erosion including: sheet, total and wind erosion

    • Runoff Management Planning and the associated equations and considerations to address: soil permeability, precipitation and hydrologic cycle

    • Soil Stabilization Mechanisms (Erosion Control) including: vegetation, bio-technical protection, soil tackifiers and stabilizers, turf reinforcement mats, hydraulically applied erosion control products, erosion control blankets and other related technologies.


    • Highschool Diploma plus 7 years experience
    • Associates Degree plus 5 years experience
    • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree plus 3 years experience
    • MS Degree plus 3 years experience
    • PHD-plus 3 years experience

    Application Requirements for Certification

    Applications for certification require candidates to document information within four categories:

    • General Information
    • Education and Training
    • Professional Stormwater Related Experience
    • Reference

    Application Instructions & Forms

    CPESC Application Instructions

    CPESC Application Form

    Certification Procedures & Standards

    CPESC Certification Procedures & Standards

    CPESC Fee Schedule

    CPESC Fee Schedule


    Key Reference Materials

    1. Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control Exam Review Study Guide (2018 - V.1 Standard. Int. Unit Version)
    2. Urban Hydrology for Small Streams, TR-55
    3. Designing for Effective Sediment and Erosion Control on Construction Sites. J. Fifield (April 2004)