What is the certification process?
The sections below describe how the certification process works.
Participate in a GI construction, inspection and maintenance training course and study
Applicants will be required to complete a training program directly related to GI construction, inspection, and maintenance. WEF is providing exam trainings in Alexandria, Virginia associated with each exam. Click here to register. Additional GI training courses will be held through partner organizations and other training outlets.
Meet the NGICP eligibility requirements
NGICP certification requires a high school diploma or equivalent and completion a GI training course. Detailed information is provided in the below sections.
Submit a certification application and fees
The certification application fee is $200. Application and fee details can be found on the registration page.
Read, understand and agree to abide by the NGICP Code of Conduct.
Pledging to abide by the Code of Conduct is an essential piece of the certification process as it assures that a certificant agrees to uphold the highest standards of personal and professional behavior. The Code of Conduct is included in the application.
Take the NGICP certification exam and receive a passing grade
Individual exam scores will be reported within 30 days to each candidate by hard copy letter mailed to the address on record and a scan of the letter sent via e-mail.
What to expect on exam day
The GI examination is given via paper and pencil at testing sites sponsored by WEF and NGICP partner organizations.
ADMISSION TO TEST SITE
Candidates must have a government-issued form of photo identification for admission to the testing site.
Exam candidates may only bring two No. 2 pencils into the examwith them. All cell phones must be turned off and stowed withina zipped or secured bag kept at the front of the exam room infull view of all exam candidates for the duration of the exam. Cellphones and other electronic devices must be stowed prior toentrance at the exam site and are not permitted for use duringthe testing. Any participant found with a cell phone or electronicdevice in use during the exam will be required to turn in theirexam, leave the testing site, and forfeit their exam fee.
No one is allowed to bring any paper or books or calculators or any other materials into the exam. At the end of the exam, each candidate is required to turn over all materials on their desks except for the two pencils that they entered with.
NGICP testing sites and proctors follow security protocols to ensure the integrity of the certification program and protect the confidentiality of exam materials and content.
Individual exam scores will be reported within 30 days to each candidate by hard copy letter mailed to the address on record and a scan of the letter sent via e-mail. Candidates who fail the exam will receive information of their performance as compared to the passing standard.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR SCORES
A criterion-referenced standard setting process is used to establish the passing point for each exam. This means that each candidate’s performance on the exam is measured against a predetermined standard. Candidates are not graded on a curve and do not compete against each other or against a quota. Receiving a higher than passing score is not an indication of more advanced knowledge or a predictor of better job performance. All individuals who pass the exam, regardless of their score, have demonstrated an acceptable level of knowledge.
The names of individuals who have earned the GI certification are not considered confidential. NGICP will publish the names of individuals who have passed the GI certification examination in the Directory of Certified Green Infrastructure individuals [link to director]. The directory includes the certified individual’s first name, last name, city, state, ID number, and certification status. A certificant may opt out of the directory.
NGICP issues a non-transferable certificate only to individuals found to meet all certification requirements. No other factors shall be used to determine an individual’s qualification to earn the certificate. The certificate will also include: the certificant’s name, ID number, title of certification, scope of certification, certification issuer (NGICP), and the signature of the NGICP Council Chair.
Candidates who did not successfully pass the examination must wait a minimum of 120 days from the date of their most recent exam to apply to retest. Candidates must continue to meet the published eligibility criteria, submit the required application, and pay the corresponding fees in order to retake the exam.
Occasionally, testing irregularities occur that affect an individual or a group of test takers. Such problems include, without limitation, administrative errors, defective equipment or materials, improper access to test content and/or the unauthorized general availability of test content, as well as, other disruptions of test administrations (for example, natural disasters and other emergencies). Typical testing irregularities will be investigated and resolved by the NGICP staff, in conjunction with the test site representative. Significant irregularities will be escalated to the attention of the Certification Council. The Council may direct either not to score a test or to cancel test scores based on the irregularity.
INCLEMENT WEATHER OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES
Exam administrations may be canceled and rescheduled due to inclement weather or where the government has declared a local state of emergency for the time period including the scheduled exam time or during the 24 hours immediately preceding the exam time. Determination of weather will be based upon local authorities such as public school boards or weather advisories issued by the National Weather Service for the area in which the exam will be administered.
EXAMINATION RELATED COMPLAINTS
An individual may request reconsideration of an adverse non-disciplinary decision made as part of the exam eligibility, exam testing, and recertification processes. The types of items that fall into this policy may include: being deemed ineligible to take an exam, concerns about an unsuccessful exam result, a test site issue, a medical or personal emergency, or denial of the recertification application.
To request a reconsideration of a decision, submit the request in writing to the NGICP Council at 601 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1994 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org within 30 days of the date on the letter or e-mail stating the original decision. The written request must include the:
- Date of the decision
- Details of the situation and circumstances
- Reason for the request for reconsideration
- Relevant materials for the request for reconsideration
- Individual’s contact information (e-mail, phone number, address)
Once your request has been received, it will be entered into the Request for Consideration Log. Then a representative of the NGICP Council, who may be a staff member or Council member, will review the request within 10 days of receipt and notify the candidate within 30 days of the review. The determination of the NGICP Council on the matter is considered final.
Meet the recertification requirements
To maintain GI certification, all certified individuals are required to recertify every two (2) years, at which time a certificant must document participation in a minimum of 14 contact hours of continuing education training in topics directly related to constructing, inspecting or maintaining green infrastructure during each two-year certification cycle.
Training and study opportunities
Applicants for the GI certification exam are required to complete a GI training course that meets the requirements below or is approved by WEF. The GI training course must meet the following criteria:
- The curriculum covers the GI certification examination domains, as listed in the exam blueprint.
- The curriculum covers the practices emphasized by the certification program including bioretention, green roofs/blue roofs, rainwater harvesting (rain barrels and cisterns), dry wells, stormwater wetlands, and permeable/porous pavements.
- The instructor has two out of three of the following qualifications:
– At least three years of direct experience in stormwater green infrastructure construction, inspection, and maintenance;
– Experience as an instructor for hands-on adult learning courses; and
– Minimum of a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) degree related to water resource management or environmental sciences
- The course has a minimum of 35 total contact hours, which include at least seven hours of field or interactive educational activities.
- Delivery must be in person, encompassing a mix of traditional classroom teaching, hands-on activities, and site visits.
For additional study material, see the NGICP Body of Knowledge. This document lists the resources that were identified, reviewed, and selected as reference materials to be used as the technical reference library for the NGICP.