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Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans for NPDES Construction Sites

COURSE NO: C05-009
Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans for NPDES Construction Sites
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces the reader to the development of construction site Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP). A SWPPP is required for coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction Site General Permit.


Development inevitably causes some degree of disturbance and compaction of the soil, the loss of vegetation density, impacts to natural habitats and the creation of impervious surfaces.  All too often ordinances requirements result in a site layout that does not take into consideration the most valuable aspects of a site.  Water quality, habitat, and critical ecological features can be lost if sites are fit to a development, rather than fitting a development to a site.


The most critical requirement of the NPDES permit is the preparation and implementation of a SWPPP. The NPDES program has specific requirements for items that must be addressed in a SWPPP. Understanding the requirements for the creation and implementation of a SWPPP is essential to staying in compliance with the law. The SWPPP serves many functions: NPDES permit conditions require it, it provides documentation of compliance, and ultimately if properly designed and implemented it provides the direction to reduce water quality impacts.


This 5 PDH online course is applicable to practicing engineers, contractors, developers, regulators, and all other personnel involved with construction sites.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • When and why you need a SWPPP
  • What elements are required in a SWPPP
  • Fundamentals of the erosion process
  • Developing a SWPPP using site analysis and planning
  • Proper selection of Best Management Practices
  • Certification and Notification requirements
  • SWPPP Implementation
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the EPA publication "Developing Your Stromwater Pollution Prevention Plan" (833-R-060-04).

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
SWPPP for NPDES Construction Sites (2.8 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty-five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this EPA publication.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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