For applicants

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.

Eligibility

 

 

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 ngicp@wef.org.

 

 

Course Details

 

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.

A complete list of topical areas can be found on the Exam Blueprint and Body of Knowledge.

 

Exam Results

 

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.

 

Maintenance Fee

 

A maintenance fee of $100 is due at the end of the first year in order to keep your credential in good standing.

Recertification Process

 

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.

Instructions for fulfilling PDH requirements.

 

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
Aug
26
Mon
Honolulu, HI – Training (Aug 2019) @ Kapolei Civic Center
Aug 26 @ 8:30 am – Aug 30 @ 4:30 pm

Register for TRAINING

Register for EXAM
Please view user guide for navigating the exam registration. Questions regarding exam registration can be directed to sstallard@wef.org 

Registration (Registration is separate for Training & Exam – MUST register for BOTH)
The training is provided by Lauren Roth Venu, a licensed NGICP trainer. Inquiries for this training can be directed to lauren@rothecological.com.  Information regarding the training can be found here.

Eligibility Requirements
All candidates interested in taking the NGICP exam must have completed High School education (at a minimum) and a 35hr GI training.   Applicants are required to upload a copy of their HS/college diploma or transcript at the time of registering for the NGICP exam and the trainers will submit the training attendance log to us (as proof of completing the 35hr training).

Training Schedule
Aug 26-30, 2019 (Mon through Thu):  8.30 AM to 4.30 PM and 8.30AM to 12.30PM (Friday)

Cost
Training Fee – $500
Exam Fee – $200 (paid to WEF)

Exam Information
The exam is currently being administered as a computer-based test at PSI Testing Centers.  Approved NGICP applicants will receive an email from PSI regarding scheduling the NGICP exam.  The NGICP Exam must be scheduled within one year of completion of training.

Sep
5
Thu
Pittsburgh, PA – Training (Sep 2019)
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm

Register for TRAINING

Register for EXAM
Please view user guide for navigating the exam registration. Questions regarding exam registration can be directed to sstallard@wef.org 

Registration (Registration is separate for Training & Exam – MUST register for BOTH)
The training is provided by Holly Hudson, a licensed NGICP trainer. Inquiries for this training can be directed to Holly Hudson at hhudson@cosmostechnologiesinc.com or 412-321-3951.

Training Schedule
Five consecutive Thursdays – Sep 5, 12, 19, 26 and Oct 3:  9.00 AM to 5.00 PM at 700 River Ave (5th Floor Conference Room), Pittsburgh PA 15212

Cost
Training Fee – $350 early bird (paid to Cosmos Technologies); $385 after July 5
Exam Fee – $200 (paid to WEF)

Exam Information
The exam is currently being administered as a computer-based test at PSI Testing Centers.  Approved NGICP applicants will receive an email from PSI regarding scheduling the NGICP exam.  The NGICP Exam must be scheduled within one year of completion of training.

Sep
9
Mon
Marietta, GA – Training (Sep-Oct 2019) @ Georgia Association of Water Professionals
Sep 9 @ 8:00 am – Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm

Register for TRAINING

Register for EXAM
Please view user guide for navigating the exam registration. Questions regarding exam registration can be directed to sstallard@wef.org 

Registration (Registration is separate for Training & Exam – MUST register for BOTH)
The training is provided by GAWP, a licensed NGICP trainer. Inquiries for this training can be directed to jmoore@gawp.org or 678-540-7323 .

Training Schedule
Sep 9, 16, 23, 30 & Oct 7, 2019 (only on Mondays):  8.00 AM to 5.00 PM

Cost
Training Fee – $975 (paid to GAWP)
Exam Fee – $200 (paid to WEF)

Exam Information
The exam is currently being administered as a computer-based test at PSI Testing Centers.  Approved NGICP applicants will receive an email from PSI regarding scheduling the NGICP exam.  The NGICP Exam must be scheduled within one year of completion of training.

Westminster, CO – Blended Learning Pilot (Training & Exam) – CANCELLED @ City Park
Sep 9 @ 8:00 am – Sep 11 @ 12:00 pm
Westminster, CO - Blended Learning Pilot (Training & Exam) - CANCELLED @ City Park | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

This event is cancelled and will be rescheduled to a future date (TBD).

WEF is piloting a Blended Learning Program (combination of online learning & a 2-day in-person training) in 2019.  As part of this pilot program, applicants are required to complete the GI modules online via WEF’s Learning Management System over 8 weeks (July & Aug) and then, attend a 2-day in-person training and take the exam after the training ends. Completion of the online modules is a pre-requisite to attend the in-person training.

Schedule
Online Learning (8 weeks): July to Aug.  Applicants will be given access to the training materials via WEF’s Learning Management System
In-person Training (2-day): Sep 9 and 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Exam Date: Sep 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location
City Park, 10455 Sheridan Boulevard, Westminster, CO 80020

Cost
Fee for this training and exam is $700 (Training=$500 and exam=$200)

Exam Eligibility
For this pilot program, NGICP certification requires a high school diploma (or equivalent) at a minimum and completion of the GI training (online learning component and the 2-day in-person training). All applicants must email Sarah Stallard (sstallard@wef.org), a copy of their transcript/diploma as proof of HS (or college) education before July 1, 2019.

Exam Details
This exam is being administered as a paper-and-pencil test. Results are usually available within 45 days.

Sep
18
Wed
Pittsburgh, PA – Training (Sep-Oct 2019) @ Energy Innovation Center (Penn State Center)
Sep 18 @ 8:30 am – Oct 16 @ 4:30 pm

Register for TRAINING

Register for EXAM
Please view user guide for navigating the exam registration. Questions regarding exam registration can be directed to sstallard@wef.org 

Registration (Registration is separate for Training & Exam – MUST register for BOTH)
The training is provided by David Himes, a licensed NGICP trainer. Inquiries for this training can be directed to David Himes at davidhimes@psu.edu or 412-263-1754.

Training Schedule
Five consecutive Wednesdays – Sep 18, 25 and Oct 2, 9, 16:  8.30 AM to 4.30 PM at Energy Innovation Center (Penn State Center), 1435 Bedford Avenue; Suite A; Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Cost
Training Fee – $550 (for private sector companies) and $350 (for public organizations)  Lunch is included
Exam Fee – $200 (paid to WEF)

Exam Information
The exam is currently being administered as a computer-based test at PSI Testing Centers.  Approved NGICP applicants will receive an email from PSI regarding scheduling the NGICP exam.  The NGICP Exam must be scheduled within one year of completion of training.

Oct
7
Mon
Hopkinton, MA – Training (Oct 2019) @ Weston Nurseries, Inc., Wholesale Building
Oct 7 @ 8:30 am – Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm

Register for TRAINING

Register for EXAM
Please view user guide for navigating the exam registration. Questions regarding exam registration can be directed to sstallard@wef.org 

Registration (Registration is separate for Training & Exam – MUST register for BOTH)
The training is provided by Trevor Smith, a licensed NGICP trainer. Inquiries for this training can be directed to trevor@landescapesdesigninc.com. Information regarding the training can be found at: https://www.mnla.com/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1259712#

Eligibility Requirements
All candidates interested in taking the NGICP exam must have completed High School education (at a minimum) and a 35hr GI training.   Applicants are required to upload a copy of their HS/college diploma or transcript at the time of registering for the NGICP exam and the trainers will submit the training attendance log to WEF (as proof of completing the 35hr training).

Training Schedule
Aug 12-16, 2019 (Mon through Friday):  8.30 AM to 5.00 PM

Cost
Training Fee – $800
Exam Fee – $200 (paid to WEF)

Exam Information
The exam is currently being administered as a computer-based test at PSI Testing Centers.  Approved NGICP applicants will receive an email from PSI regarding scheduling the NGICP exam.  The NGICP Exam must be scheduled within one year of completion of training.

Oct
17
Thu
Pittsburgh, PA – Training (Oct-Nov 2019)
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – Nov 14 @ 5:00 pm

Register for TRAINING

Register for EXAM
Please view user guide for navigating the exam registration. Questions regarding exam registration can be directed to sstallard@wef.org 

Registration (Registration is separate for Training & Exam – MUST register for BOTH)
The training is provided by Holly Hudson, a licensed NGICP trainer. Inquiries for this training can be directed to Holly Hudson at hhudson@cosmostechnologiesinc.com or 412-321-3951.

Training Schedule
Five consecutive Thursdays – Oct 17, 24, 31 and Nov 7, 14:  9.00 AM to 5.00 PM at 700 River Ave (5th Floor Conference Room), Pittsburgh PA 15212

Cost
Training Fee – $350 early bird; $385 after Aug 17 (paid to Cosmos Technologies)
Exam Fee – $200 (paid to WEF)

Exam Information
The exam is currently being administered as a computer-based test at PSI Testing Centers.  Approved NGICP applicants will receive an email from PSI regarding scheduling the NGICP exam.  The NGICP Exam must be scheduled within one year of completion of training.

Dec
2
Mon
Marietta, GA – Training (Dec 2019) @ Georgia Association of Water Professionals
Dec 2 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm

Register for TRAINING

Register for EXAM
Please view user guide for navigating the exam registration. Questions regarding exam registration can be directed to sstallard@wef.org 

Registration (Registration is separate for Training & Exam – MUST register for BOTH)
The training is provided by GAWP, a licensed NGICP trainer. Inquiries for this training can be directed to jmoore@gawp.org or 678-540-7323.

Training Schedule
Dec 2-6, 2019 (Monday to Friday):  8.00 AM to 5.00 PM

Cost
Training Fee – $975 (paid to GAWP)
Exam Fee – $200 (paid to WEF)

Exam Information
The exam is currently being administered as a computer-based test at PSI Testing Centers.  Approved NGICP applicants will receive an email from PSI regarding scheduling the NGICP exam.  The NGICP Exam must be scheduled within one year of completion of training.

Hopkinton, MA – Training (Dec 2019) @ Weston Nurseries, Inc., Wholesale Building
Dec 2 @ 8:30 am – Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm

Register for TRAINING

Register for EXAM
Please view user guide for navigating the exam registration. Questions regarding exam registration can be directed to sstallard@wef.org 

Registration (Registration is separate for Training & Exam – MUST register for BOTH)
The training is provided by Trevor Smith, a licensed NGICP trainer. Inquiries for this training can be directed to trevor@landescapesdesigninc.com. Information regarding the training can be found at: https://www.mnla.com/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=1259712#

Eligibility Requirements
All candidates interested in taking the NGICP exam must have completed High School education (at a minimum) and a 35hr GI training.   Applicants are required to upload a copy of their HS/college diploma or transcript at the time of registering for the NGICP exam and the trainers will submit the training attendance log to WEF (as proof of completing the 35hr training).

Training Schedule
Aug 12-16, 2019 (Mon through Friday):  8.30 AM to 5.00 PM

Cost
Training Fee – $800
Exam Fee – $200 (paid to WEF)

Exam Information
The exam is currently being administered as a computer-based test at PSI Testing Centers.  Approved NGICP applicants will receive an email from PSI regarding scheduling the NGICP exam.  The NGICP Exam must be scheduled within one year of completion of training.

 

 

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.