Rules and Regulations for Education and Training Certification
In 2003, HB285 amended the Georgia Erosion and Sediment Control Act of 1975. These amendments included a groundbreaking mandatory certification program for all individuals involved in land disturbing activities in Georgia. The Conservation Commission in consultation with EPD and the Governor appointed Stakeholder Advisory Board was charged with developing and implementing this program.
The passage of House Bill 285 brings with it a new Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program and charges the Commission with managing and administering the new education and certification process. Other State agencies and private organizations will be consulted ensure that the program remains up to date and is responsive to State needs by establishing a Stakeholder Advisory Board. Other public and private entities will be authorized to deliver educational, testing, or certification components of the program only upon written approval and agreement by the Commission. Anyone involved in land development, design, review, permitting, construction, monitoring, inspection, or any land-disturbing activity in Georgia must meet these new education requirements and be certified by the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. It is estimated that 26,000 people will have to be certified by December 31, 2006.
The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission in consultation with Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the Stakeholder Advisory Board have developed course materials for this this program specific to the needs of Georgia. They include various levels of certification as well as a Trainer program to certify third parties to offer certification courses throughout the state.
The Conservation Commission is pleased to offer this certification program that will break new ground in the state's strategic goal of an educated Georgia.
Requirements for Persons Involved with Land Disturbing Activities
NOTIFICATION: Effective January 1, 2013 - Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States for Applicants Seeking to Obtain or Renew Erosion & Sediment Control Certification