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AK-CESCL Training Program

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

NOTICE - For AK-CESCL certified individuals whose expiration date is between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020, the expiration date of your certification (shown on your card and the AK-CESCL website) is being extended one year (365 days) for a total certification period of four years. For more information about the extension, refer to this LOU issued by the Alaska Storm Water Steering Committee (ASWSC) on March 20th. AK-CESCL offers in-person courses with safety measures as guided by health mandates issued by Governor Mike Dunleavy, Alaska Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, and local recommendations. All students attending an AK-CESCL course must follow these safety protocols while attending a class:

  1. Provide your own writing utensil.
  2. Complete the health questionnaire which will need to be submitted to the instructor 24-hours prior to the start of class.
  3. Provide/obtain your own food and beverages (storage will not be provided).
  4. Use provided hand sanitizer when entering/exiting the building.
  5. Wipe down your table and chairs at the end of the class with provided disinfectant.
  6. Practice social distancing and maintain 6 feet of personal space at all times.
  7. Be considerate and try to limit one person in the restroom at any time.
  8. Wear a cloth face covering in compliance with local city face covering ordinances.
  9. Breaks and lunches will be taken outdoors as much as possible.
  10. Follow any additional safety protocols issued by the AK-CESCL instructor.

What is AK-CESCL?

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 January 1, 2016 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 Safety Alliance
Mandy Beaulieu

Alaska Railroad
Jeanette Holt

Associated General Contractors of Alaska
Thea Scalise

Creative Courses
Alex Zimmerman

TPC Consulting, LLC
Tracy J. Coon

Garret Gladsjo

Crouse Environmental Compliance, LLC
Shawn Trasky

Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust
Neil Arneson

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
DOT Training (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.