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.  GI training courses will be held through partner organizations and other training outlets.

Read and understand the NGICP Applicant’s Handbook

The Applicant Handbook is a document that that provides information about the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program including applying for the certification, preparing for the exam, taking the exam, receiving exam results, maintaining certification and other policies.

Download the Applicant Handbook

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 and fee details can be found in the Applicant Handbook.  Exam fees for the operational pretest in December 2016 and for exams during the pilot phase (June 2017 and Nov 2017) are waived.

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.  For more information, refer to Section 7 of the Applicant Handbook.

Take the NGICP certification exam and receive a passing grade

Section 3 and Section 4 of the Applicant Handbook provides information on what to expect on exam day and post-exam.  Individual exam scores will be reported within 45 days to each candidate by hard copy letter mailed to the address on record and a scan of the letter sent via e-mail.

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.  For more information, refer to Section 6 of the Applicant Handbook.

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.

Eligibility requirements

Candidates seeking the GI certification must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Complete a GI training course that meets the requirements (as listed in Section 1 of the Applicant Handbook) or is approved by the Water Environment Federation (WEF);
  • Hold a high school diploma or the equivalent;
  • Take and pass the GI examination; and
  • Attest to the NGICP Code of Conduct.

The NGICP Certification Council does not develop, approve, endorse, or recommend any training course for the GI certification examination.  Membership in WEF or other membership organizations is not a requirement to earn the GI certification.

Certification exam

The Exam Development process is well underway and the Exam Blueprint has been released.  The Exam Blueprint is a document that lists the objectives/topics for the NGICP Exam and the approximate weight of each that will be included on NGICP exam forms.  This information can be a useful guide for applicants to understand the scope of the exam.  Download the Exam Blueprint.

The operational pretest was held on December 13, 2016 at various partner locations.  The second NGICP exam was held on June 6, 2017 and the next exam will be offered on November 14, 2017.  This exam is currently available only through NGICP Partners.  After the national roll-out of the NGICP (anticipated to be in early 2018), the NGICP will be available across all regions of the U.S.