Programs

FAQs

1.  The memo says that “previous WQ classes you may have taken in past years do not apply.” But, the “Stormwater Management and Erosion Control” course sounds exactly like what I recently took. Why does that no longer apply? Would I have to retake the class or just the refresher?  

The Stormwater Management and Erosion Control course is a new course. It is a linear and transportation-based course that is being developed and this will serve as day one of CDOT’s ECS Certification.  The previous ECS course was general in nature and will be replaced with material that is more relevant to CDOT/linear project work. The name of the course will be changed to “Transportation Stormwater Management and Erosion Control” (TECS) to reflect the content change and so that SAP will be able to track the attendance. Another one-day class called the “Essentials of CDOT Erosion/Sediment Control and Stormwater Management” course is also in development. It will be hands-on at the BMP Field Training Academy and will cover CDOT-specific water quality specifications. In order for contractors to obtain the ECS Certification, both classes will have to be taken by January of 2015 and refresher course taken every 3 years to meet the requirements of the memo. Refresher course(s) are currently being developed and will be available in January 2013. Remember that attendance for these two classes is only required for CDOT Project Contractors seeking the ability to bid work on CDOT projects. However, these classes are also recommended for CDOT project managers and engineers, Hydraulic Engineers, Region and HQ Environmental/Water Quality/Specialists.

2.  The paragraph about maintenance personnel (p.2, 2nd paragraph) is confusing. Is training required or not? Since Maintenance personnel do the 30-day inspections and repairs, shouldn’t at least TM II’s and above be required to take the maintenance-specific class?

Classes are only required to obtain CDOT Water Quality Certification. The memo does not require all maintenance personnel to become certified.  Each region determines who will be performing SCP inspections and those individuals will need to take the classes.     

3.  How long is each class?

Information about the length of the class will be shared when it is posted in SAP, however no class will be longer than 8 hours.

4.  What software is required?

It is not anticipated that special software will be utilized or required to complete the training class. Materials required for the course will be provided.  

5.  What classes are pre-requisites for other classes?

SAP will indicate when a class has a prerequisite. BMP Selection for Stormwater Management is recommended to be taken before SWMP Preparer I and II. Transportation Stormwater Management and Erosion Control is a prerequisite for Essentials of CDOT Erosion/Sediment Control and Stormwater Management classroom and practicum (BMP Training Facility). Transportation Stormwater Management and Erosion Control is a prerequisite for Conducting Stormwater Compliance Inspections for Construction Activities/Maintenance Personnel.

6.  What is the difference between “Mandatory” and “Required” classes?

Mandatory classes are those directed by the Consent Order for certain positions as determined by the memo and include “BMP Selection for Stormwater Management and the Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) Preparer Workshop Part I”. Required classes are those determined necessary by the memo for professional development and project proficiency.

7.  I have been working on NEPA documents for years at CDOT. Is the NEPA training class required for me? If I took it already, do I have to take it again, or just the refresher class?  

NEPA 101 is a required class to obtain the non-mandatory CDOT Water Quality Certification but it has been shortened to a 2 hour class. A NEPA refresher course must be taken every 3 years to maintain your water quality certification. CDOT Water Quality Certification is not mandatory or required by the memo.

8.  Is attendance required for the entire class (all x hours) to have it count for training?

Following the Office of Learning and Development class structure, no more than one half-hour of a class can be missed. This includes arriving late, leaving early, or taking an excessive amount of unscheduled breaks. An individual would be required to re-take a course in order to receive credit if he or she is unable to successfully complete activities given in the classroom, does not participate in the activities, and/or is called out of the classroom to handle other matters, and is gone for more than one half-hour.

9.  This is a LOT of classes, particularly if we have to take refreshers every 3 years. Will management give us the time to take these?

This training curriculum was approved and has support from executive management so time will be allowed to meet the requirements set by the memo. Please note though that only two of the classes, “BMP Selection for Stormwater Management" and "Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) Preparer Workshop Part I” are mandatory and the rest are offered as professional development or to support a job task, such as inspections for maintenance.

10.  Under scheduling (p.3, last paragraph), if the refresher courses are only given every 3 years for ECS, what about contractors who hire in between? Shouldn’t the refresher courses be given every year but required every 3 years? 

Yes. Refresher courses will be offered periodically throughout the year to ensure a continuous recertification process and are only required to be taken every 3 years.

11.  If the class is not offered, how are we supposed to achieve training requirements?

All classes will be offered multiple times throughout the year at various locations. Dates will be advertised in the public announcements, on CDOT’s website and in SAP. Additional course dates can be scheduled to meet demands.

12.  How often will these trainings be held? And Where?

All classes will be offered multiple times throughout the year at various locations. Dates will be advertised in the public announcements, on CDOT’s website and in SAP.

13.  Since not all of the classes are ready, will the fiscal year time change for folks to finish the mandatory classes?

Management has decided not to alter the time frame for class completion. The mandatory classes “BMP Selection for Stormwater Management" and "Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) Preparer Workshop Part I” are scheduled and posted on the training website.   

14.  Why is there no refresher requirement for the SWMP Preparers?

In the future a SWMP Preparers refresher course may be developed.  However, managers can request anyone to attend more than once as you see fit.  A white paper is going to be submitted to executive management at the end of the fiscal year and if it is determined that a SWMP preparer refresher class is necessary it will be included in the white paper.

15.  The memo stated that the required CDOT employees shall finish their training by May 31, 2013, while the memo gave Contractor employees until January 2015 to finish their training.  Why are Contractors given more time?

The mandatory classes “BMP Selection for Stormwater Management" and "Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) Preparer Workshop Part I” are for CDOT staff only and have a deadline of May 31, 2013. The contractors Erosion Control Supervisor (ECS) certification has a 3 year completion deadline. These time frames were directed by management.

16.  What has changed in the classes that we have to take them over again?

The mandatory classes “BMP Selection for Stormwater Management" and "Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) Preparer Workshop Part I” meet the requirements of the Consent Order and cover training on the incorporation of BMP design and overall stormwater management into a project’s construction design and planning phase; detailed discussions on the implementation of BMPs during different phases of construction and the maintenance of a system/series of pollution controls throughout the life of a project and as a project evolves through those different phases; specific guidance on appropriate, functional and effective BMPs to implement when working in and adjacent to state waters and how those BMPs can and should be incorporated into the design of a project; training on the proper use of, and necessary modifications to, permanent flood control structures that are used as temporary construction BMPs; detailed instruction on final stabilization and the implementation and maintenance of BMPs at projects once construction operations have ceased, including a discussion of who will be responsible for maintaining those BMPs and how final stabilization will generally be monitored and achieved; and information on stormwater control technology advancements. The Erosion Control Supervisor (TECS) certification class will be updated from the current general information curriculum to include challenges experienced on linear and transportation related projects and operations and maintenance experienced in urban, rural, mountains and the plains. The training will cover the Consent order, specifications, and hands on experience.

17.  If we have taken the class in the last year, do we now have to take it again?

If you have taken the “BMP Selection for Stormwater Management” course, you do not have to take it again. ECS is now going to be TECS.  The Transportation Erosion Control Supervisor (TECS) certification class will be updated from the current general information curriculum to include challenges experienced on linear and transportation related projects and operations and maintenance experienced in urban, rural, mountains and the plains.  The training will cover the Consent order, specifications and hands on experience.

18.  What if we have taken the class 3 years ago or 10 years ago? Do we have to now take it again?

Yes. See questions #1 and #17.

19.  If we want to achieve the Water Quality Certification and have had the majority of the classes in the past, do we have to take them all again plus the new ones to get the certification?

Yes. See questions #1 and #17.

20.  What happened to the classes on Environmental Permits and NEPA for Engineers that we all took right after the Consent Order came out? 

Those were consent order required, but now we have to make new classes for the consent order requirement?  This doesn’t make sense? Environmental Permits and NEPA 101 classes were developed and offered after the NOV as injunctive relief, not part of the Consent Order, and were mandatory by the then Chief Engineer (Craig Siracusa) in order to offset our potential fine. Those classes are still being offered in the curriculum attached to the new Chief Engineer Training Memo but are not currently mandatory.  The new mandatory classes are “BMP Selection for Stormwater Management and the Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) Preparer Workshop Part I” and were developed to meet the specific Consent Order requirements as stated in #16 above.

21.  In the 2nd paragraph of the Memo, it states that this is a requirement of the CO, and the next line states that this is a new requirement?

This is an unfulfilled requirement for the Consent Order and the “BMP Selection for Stormwater Management" and "Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) Preparer Workshop Part I” classes complete those requirements.

22.  What specific courses need to be taken every 3 years for CDOT employees and for the Contractors?

Once every 3 years, refresher courses for “BMP Selection for Stormwater Management" and "Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) Preparer Workshop Part I” must be taken by all “newly hired engineers and other employees who are involved in project design, oversight and/or maintenance related to stormwater drainage and quality in order to maintain compliance with the Consent Order".  The contractor required TECS classes “Transportation Stormwater Management and Erosion Control” is a prerequisite for “Essentials of CDOT Erosion/Sediment Control and Stormwater Management classroom and practicum” (BMP Training Facility also require a 3 year recertification). The other refresher courses are available to maintain your voluntary CDOT Water Quality Certification as described in the curriculum.

23.  Aren’t some of these classes already offered but named something else?

The Erosion Control Supervisor Certification class “Stormwater Management and Erosion Control” has been changed to “Transportation Stormwater Management and Erosion Control” is a prerequisite for “Essentials of CDOT Erosion/Sediment Control and Stormwater Management classroom and practicum”  to differentiate them in SAP.

24.  a) The mandatory training classes do not match other documents out there, such as the “Construction Inspector Qualification Plan”, dated May 15, 2007.  The EIT3 and EPST2 are required to have ECS training. http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/tetp/construction-inspector-qualification/Inspector_Qualification_Plan.pdf/view   b) all RECAT members are required to take the Compliance Inspector Training Class, but that is not stated anywhere in the Memo that they are mandatory to take that class.  Other required classes are also listed in section 4.6 of the Water Quality Program Book.  Where are those classes??  http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/environmental/water-quality/documents/WQPB%20whole.pdf    c) Each section of the Water Quality Program Book says there is training available…where can we find that training??  And how do we know when a class is required when it says “as needed?”  How do we know when the training is needed? a) This memo  supersedes some previously required mandatory training courses such as the” NEPA 101” and “Water Quality and Natural Resource permits”. It is to work in conjunction with other programs, documents and requirements. The EIT3 and EPST2 still are categories that require mandatory training under the new memo.  b) RECAT members were required to take the ECS course and are still required to take the revamped TECS according to the Memo. Another required class in Section 4.6 of the Water Quality Program Book is Conducting Stormwater Compliance Inspections which will still be offered by Altitude Training Associates and periodically offered at CDOT and as requested.  The class “How to Maintain a SWMP and Complete the 1176 and 1177 Inspection Forms” has been replaced by SWMP Preparer II.

25.  How do the roles on page vii of the Water Quality Program Book fit into needing the new mandatory training and do they still need to take the trainings identified in #24?

The Memo lists required attendees of the mandatory training classes to include: CDOT Project Managers and Project Engineers, Hydraulic Engineers, and Region and HQ Environmental/Water Quality Specialists. Page vii lists Landscape Architect,  Natural Resources Outreach Specialist, Region Water Pollution Control Manager, and Water Quality Program Manager, which can all be considered Region and HQ “Specialists”.

26.  Why are there no classes on permanent BMPs?

A class on permanent BMPs may be developed in the future.   

27.  Are you willing to offer the two mandatory training classes regionally? 

Yes. Training classes will be scheduled throughout the state.

28.  Is there a plan for how contractors, consultants, and local agencies will be receiving the news of these new requirements? Will it go through contracting? Regional mgt? etc?  
The Colorado Contractors Association has been informed regarding these requirements on August 20th.  We will also develop an official release so the message is consistent.  We will also notify the Colorado Stormwater Council in October 2012 and others.  Multiple mechanisms will be used.

29.  How will the requirements be tracked? It says that the CDOT Hydrologic Resource Unit will track. Is that your new name? Will you be tracking for internal and external personnel?

Environmental Program Branch has already begun to explore how tracking will be accomplished and it will be a combination of ESCAN and SAP. We have developed a system that allows those two programs to exchange construction sites information and we will be able to modify them to help us with training. We need both because only internal CDOT staff can use SAP and external construction project folks can be tracked/alerted through ESCAN. And yes, EPB’s Natural Resources section name changed in 2011 to the Hydrologic Resources and Ecological Design section to accommodate the added demands and growth of the water quality program.

30.  Why would some of the maintenance staff not be required to take at least the ECS class since they are the ones inspecting and maintaining sites in post construction?

Maintenance training requirements were determined by management. However, Stormwater Management and Erosion Control is a prerequisite for Conducting Stormwater Compliance Inspections for Construction Activities/Maintenance Personnel.

31.  Are past certifiable classes going to expire?  

Yes. The ECS certification will expire January 31, 2015, and be replaced with the TECS, with recertification every 3 years.

32.  It wasn’t clear as to who initiated this task?  EPB, Tim Harris etc?

The curriculum was developed to meet the remainder of the Consent Order requirement, recommendations by the Water Quality “Quality Assurance Review” required by FHWA that included feedback from regional interviews, and requests from CDOT personnel, consultants, contractors, and the public for additional training.  The CO was the driver of the timing of this training but the additional classes answered a need identified by CDOT region personnel and others.

32.  Who developed the outline for this training memo and the deadline of 5/31/13?

The draft curriculum was first developed and presented to the RPEMs, the Water Quality Advisory Committee, the RTDs, and the Senior Management Team over many months.  Input from many people was requested and incorporated.  With the upcoming possibility of being able to request the lifting of the Consent Order once all of the requirements are completed or programs were in place after the 24th and final August BMP training Facility  requirement, CDOT needed to get this program in place as the last item to complete for the CO.  The outline and deadline were reviewed by executive management, RPEMs and the regions. It is expected that this request for the lifting of the CO will be presented to CDPHE by December 31 2012 with this training memo as the final item required.

34.  Have these new classes been developed?  Time is running out to take them.

The memo states we have a full year to complete the classes, since they have not been offered or may not have not been developed we then have much less than a year to complete them, that can make it difficult for the regions to comply and sets some of them up for possible failure. All mandatory classes have been developed. A schedule has been prepared for delivery of mandatory classes and posted on My Learning. A review of the class schedule and additional classes that are required to meet the demand will be done after the first of the year to assess status. CDOT management will be briefed at that time.

35.  What are the training requirements (deadlines) for new hires, and will the training structure be put in place to accommodate those requirements?

New hires will have 1 year to take the mandatory classes as with all new hire classes. Classes can be requested by the region training coordinator and class size minimums may affect when classes are held.  Classes will be held across the state, and every effort will be made to accommodate requests.  Travel may be required for some attendees.

 

 

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