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.
GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PRACTITIONER (GIP) CERTIFICATION EXAM ADMINISTRATION
The GIP certification exam has now transitioned to a computer-based test that will be offered at PSI testing locations. Registration for the exam will still occur through WEF.
The fee for the NGICP exam is $200.
GIP certification requires a high school diploma or equivalent and completion of the exam training course.
Exam Training Course
Applicants for the GIP certification exam are required to complete a GI exam training course provided by an approved trainer or that meets the exam blueprint. 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 are noted on the calendar to the right.
To be added to the notification list of future exam trainings & exams, email email@example.com.
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 GIP certification exam has transitioned to a computer-based test (CBT) and will be offered at PSI testing facilities.
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.
GIP EXAM TRAINING
For individuals that are ready to train and test, details regarding the GIP training will be posted under EVENTS. The test will be administered as a computer-based test (CBT) at PSI testing centers, and individuals have upto a year from completeion of their training to schedule the GIP exam at a PSI testing location.
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.