Green infrastructure (GI) has become a critical component to comprehensive stormwater management. However, successful implementation of green infrastructure requires access to adequately skilled workforce available to perform the installation, inspection, and maintenance tasks.
Initiated under the leadership of DC Water and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the National Green Infrastructure Certification program (NGICP) sets national certification standards for green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection, and maintenance workers.
By underscoring your competency in these areas, certification increases your competitiveness in the job market, and provides a pathway to higher paying positions.
NGICP CERTIFICATION EXAM ADMINISTRATION
The NGICP exam schedule will be administered on the following dates:
- Friday, February 1, 2019
The fee for the NGICP exam is $200.
NGICP certification requires a high school diploma or equivalent and completion of the exam training course.
Exam Training Course
Applicants for the NGICP certification exam are required to complete a NGICP exam training course provided by an approved trainer. WEF is currently working with partners and our community of trainers to identify training opportunities to address the training requirement to coincide with the exam schedule.
Registrations for available exam trainings and exam administrations are noted on the calendar to the right. Additional options will be added as and when confirmed.
To be added to the notification list of future exam trainings & exams, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NGICP represents the standard for national certification of green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection, and maintenance workers. This course prepares participants to demonstrate their competency in in the following green infrastructure areas:
- bioretention (rain gardens, bioretention cells, curb extensions/bulb-outs, bioswales, stormwater planters),
- rainwater harvesting (rain barrels and cisterns),
- permeable pavements (porous concrete, pervious asphalt and permeable pavers),
- green roofs and blue roofs,
- dry wells and stormwater wetlands.
The exam is currently administered as a paper-and-pencil test. Results are usually available within 45 days.
Credentials are good for two-years from the date on your certificate. The two-year certification cycle begins on the date NGICP awards the credential and expires on the first day of the month immediately following this date.
A maintenance fee of $100 is due at the end of the first year in order to keep your credential in good standing.
All certificants need to apply for recertification by their two-year anniversary and pay a $100 recertification fee. There is no need to take an exam to get recertified but, the certificant is responsible for making sure that they stay up-to-date on the latest GI best practices through continuing education.
A certificant must document participation in a minimum of 14 hours of professional development hours (PDH) in topics directly related to constructing, inspecting, and maintaining green infrastructure during each two-year cycle in order to maintain the NGICP credential.
COMBINED EXAM TRAINING AND EXAM COURSE
For individuals that are ready to train and test, details regarding the combined NGICP training & exam will be posted under EVENTS.
Upcoming Training & Exam Events
Benefits of Staying NGICP Certified
- National certification keeps you on a long-term pathway for living wage jobs across the United States.
- Your credential promotes green infrastructure as an environmental and economical strategy for stormwater management.
- Your credential supports the development of a proficient green workforce.
- The credential gives you exposure to employers looking to hire skilled green infrastructure workers through the NGICP Certification Database.
What is green infrastructure?
Green infrastructure is a set of stormwater management practices that protect, restore, or mimic the natural water cycle. There are many different types and all provide several advantages.
Why get certified?
Benefits of certification include standing out amongst your peers and demonstrating your commitment to keep your knowledge current.
What is the certification process?
The basic certification process involves applying to the program, seeking out training opportunities, and taking the certification exam.