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AK-CESCL Training Program

Welcome to the Alaska Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training Program

What is AK-CESCL?

- NOTICE -The Alaska Storm Water Steering Committee (ASWSC) is continuing to monitor the ever-changing developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The highest priority of any business is to protect the health and safety of employees and customers. With that, please click here for the official AK-CESCL Letter of Understanding (LOU) outlining COVID-19 impacts to AK-CESCL and precautionary steps.

AK-CESCL (Alaska Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead) is a training and certification program to enhance compliance with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Construction General Permit for storm water discharges. It is overseen by the Alaska Storm Water Steering Committee (ASWSC) to provide standardized training statewide. ASWSC is a collaboration of government agencies and contractor associations.

AK-CESCL training is a two-day course that includes the erosion and sedimentation processes, the regulatory requirements, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, Best Management Practices, inspection, record-keeping, and cold climate challenges. To become certified, an individual must attend the entire course and pass a written exam. The certification is valid for three years. Individuals who are CPECS, CESSWI, CPSWQ, and/or CISEC certified, will be allowed to automatically bypass the two-day course and take the 8-hour Refresher Course without having to first take the two-day (16-hour) course prior. If the participant fails to achieve a passing score from the 8-hour recertification course, the participant will be required to retake the two-day certification course.

- REFRESHER - ASWSC has approved a one-day, eight-hour Refresher Course to satisfy the Alaska Certified Erosion Sediment Control Lead (AK-CESCL) renewal requirements. To be eligible to take this training, you must have an active AK-CESCL number and taken the two-day (16-hour) class or Refresher class within the last three years. As of February 20, 2018 a new grace period of 90 calendar days from the expiration date has been approved by the ASWSC, in which a certified individual is eligible to renew his or her AK-CESCL certification by taking the refresher course, if their certification expired within this time frame. During the grace period, the individual is considered not AK-CESCL certified for purposes of being a "qualified person" for permit requirements. If your certification expired prior to February 20, 2018, AK-CESCL requires you to take the two-day class. If your AK-CESCL certification expired after February 20, 2018, you may be eligible to take the eight-hour Refresher Course providing your expiration is not past 90 days.

This course is a summary of the two-day initial AK-CESCL class. This course thoroughly examines erosion and sediment pollution control concepts and design procedures as they apply to construction projects. The Refresher Course is a training and certification program to comply with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Construction General Permit. The Refresher Course will stress risk management, review proper best management practices, and provide guidance.

Upon passing the 8-hour refresher course, the applicant will be granted an AK-CESCL certificate. Applicants not passing the (8-hour) refresher course will be required to retake the two-day (16-hour) class.

Prerequisites: An attendee must have an active AK-CESCL number and completed the two-day (16-hour) or the one-day (8-hour) refresher course within the past 3 years. The AK-CESCL is now requiring attendees to sign a Student Awareness Form as part of our transition from a 16-hour class to offering an 8-hour class. In order for students to be aware of the improvements made to the CESCL refresher program, we are requiring all students to turn in a signed copy of the awareness form to the trainig provider prior to the class. Here is a link to the Student Awareness Form. We will also have the forms at registration.

Additional Recommendation: It is encouraged that attendees review the two-day course materials located on the AK-CESCL website.

Special Note: Effective May 1st, 2013 Storm Water Inspectors and Storm Water Leads working a project that disturbs five or more acres are required by the Construction General Permit to be certified as an Alaska Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead.

Do you want to host a training?

If your group is interested in hosting a training that fits your schedule, location or class size, the following training providers offer full certification services upon request. Interested individuals or groups should contact the authorized training providers directly.

ABC of Alaska, Inc.
Amber Cartier

Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium
Mandy Beaulieu

Associated General Contractors of Alaska
Thea Scalise

Creative Courses
Alex Zimmerman

Dunn Environmental Services
Art Dunn


TPC Consulting, LLC
Tracy J. Coon

Mary Nan Cunningham

Garret Gladsjo

Crouse Environmental Compliance, LLC
Shawn Trasky

Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust
Neil Arneson

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Dave Waldo (for government agencies only, check for availability of instructors)

If you plan to give multiple courses, you can become a Training Sponsor yourself. More information is available here.