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. CPESC is recognized across Canada, the United States and all countries.
To learn more about the CPESC program requirements, please download the Scope of Practice below.
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.
Applications for certification require candidates to document information within four categories: