CGP Training

Construction General Permit
Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD)/Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) Training

The California Construction General Permit No. 2009-009-DWQ (CGP) for discharge of stormwater was adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on July 1, 2010. For projects requiring CGP coverage, a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) must be developed and certified by a QSD. Actual in-field SWPPP related work must be conducted, overseen, or implemented by a QSP. Both QSDs and QSPs must obtain appropriate training. The State and Regional Water Quality Control Boards of California led the development of appropriate curricula through a collaborative organization called The CGP Training Team; and training is currently provided by certified Trainers of Record (ToR) who are under contract with the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA).

Our next Bay Area training session will be held on January 30, 31, and February 1, 2018 in Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, CA.

Training session details are located here.

WRECO Office Building
1243 Alpine Road, Suite 215
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

To register, please select the course type (3-day QSD/QSP, 2-day QSP, or 1-day QSD*) below and follow the PayPal prompts. CASQA registration and online exam fee are not included in the cost of the training course. Discount is given to local and state agencies. Please contact us for more information.

QSD/QSP Training

*Please note that the 1-day QSD course is for students who have already completed the 2-day QSP (modules 1-5) Training and wish to complete the QSD training requirements.

Registration closes on Thursday, January 25, at 5:00 PM.

WRECO's three day QSD training class includes more than 20 hours of instruction, and our two day QSP class includes more than 12.5 hours of instruction in compliance with the State regulations. If you wish to obtain both QSD and QSP training, you should take the three day QSD/QSP class. Our training curriculum includes Powerpoint presentations, exercises, quizzes, and real-life examples applying CGP requirements to projects, so that you will be well prepared for passing the exam. Our student-to-instructor ratio is low, with approximately 12 students per class. In addition, our two ToRs are available to answer any additional questions students may have after the training, providing strong student support.

A testimonial from one of our students is shown below:
"I wanted to thank you for teaching such a great class. You kept the days flowing. I wanted to let you know that I registered and took the test right when I got home and I PASSED with a 90%! I couldn't have done it without your help."

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received two full business days prior to the first scheduled day of training shall receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than two full business days in advance shall have the option to receive a rain check or pay a $50 cancellation fee. WRECO has the right to reschedule the training class if the minimum number of students registered is not met.

As of July 1, 2013, professional civil engineers, geologists or engineering geologists licensed by the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists (CBPELSG) may register for a QSD certification via two methods:

1) California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) State Water Board Approved Process, which requires classroom instruction by a ToR, an online exam, and allows for certified QSDs and QSPs to be listed in a searchable database. WRECO provides the classroom instruction necessary for this method. For more information on this method, please call (925) 941-0017 x218.

2) The Storm Water Monitoring and Reporting Tracking System (SMARTS) certification is a self-directed training using resources from the SWRCB and the Sacramento State College Office of Water Programs (OWP). Licensees are bound by statutes and bylaws to either know how to perform their professional work or to preclude themselves from doing that work. For more information on this method, please contact the help desk at

Note that this new SMARTS method is only applicable for licensed professionals who have, or otherwise obtained the professional work experience for QSD certification. Licensed professionals seeking QSP certification are still required to obtain 12.5 hours of classroom training, pass an online exam, and register through CASQA.

If you are not a licensed Professional civil engineer, geologist, or engineering geologist and want to become a QSD or QSP, you must utilize method (1) to obtain your certification. In addition, you must have or obtain the necessary prerequisites. Detailed prerequisites for becoming a QSD/QSP are provided here.

Please review the fact sheet stating the difference between applying through the SWRCB's website and taking the CASQA training.

WRECO is proud to be a part of the elite first group of CASQA qualified Trainers of Record. We have been providing QSD/QSP training since 2010 and have trained over 500 students to date. Agencies and organizations we have trained include: Alameda County Public Works, Contra Costa Clean Water Program, Caltrans, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, cities of Walnut Creek, Concord, Fremont, Mountain View, and Dublin, and Shea Homes, among others.

For students who take the CASQA-approved QSD/QSP training, pay the registration fee, and pass the online exams, their names will be listed in CASQA's searchable QSD/QSP database, which allows for location-specific searches.

Helpful Links

  • For the QSD/QSP online exam registration and CASQA's current list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), click here and follow the stated instructions.

  • For more information about the CGP, visit the SWRCB, Construction Stormwater Program website.

  • To obtain a free copy of the SWAMP Field Methods Course CD, please email Mary Tappel at to request a copy. Make sure to provide your return mailing address or visit the SWRCB SWAMP website for more information.

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