This website has been authorized by the Palm Beach County MS4 NPDES (PBC NPDES) Steering Committee as a resource for all permittees within the county. It is intended that this site will provide the permittee with helpful information on understanding and complying with the requirements of the MS4 NPDES permit.

Group/Joint Activities - Training

The Palm Beach County MS4 permit requires that permittees provide training on three topics. Annual follow-up (or "refresher") training is required for those that have received the initial training. The three topics are:

  • Identification & reporting procedures for a suspected illicit discharge or dumping in the MS4 for all appropriate permittee personnel (including field crews, fleet maintenance staff, and inspectors) and contractors. (Part III.A.7.c)
  • Spill prevention, containment & response procedures (including techniques for mitigating pollution from spills) for all appropriate permittee personnel (including field crews, firefighters, fleet maintenance staff, and inspectors. (Part III.A.7.d)
  • Stormwater management and erosion and sedimentation control BMPs for construction sites for site plan reviewers, site operators, and site inspectors. Construction site inspectors must be certified through the Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training program, or equivalent. (Part III.A.9.c)

The Palm Beach County MS4 permittees carry out a joint training program that is available to all permittee personnel, as well as contractors and private individuals.

  • Refresher Training: Illicit discharge, spill prevention and sedimentation & erosion control training topics are presented at a group training session, held at least once each year, typically in March. Training description and attendance logs are maintained for each training session. In addition, a Library of EXCAL Visual Training videos is available to the permittees anytime for use at in-house training sessions.
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Other Available Training (not required by MS4 permit)

Stormwater Management Personnel Training

Personnel training for managers, supervisors, field maintenance personnel, technicians, heavy equipment operators, and field staff are available from various organizations.

The Florida Stormwater Association ( offers two stormwater operator certification seminars:
  • FSA Stormwater Operator Certification - Level 1 The Level 1 program is intended to improve the knowledge and competency of stormwater management field personnel by providing high quality, consistent training that assures a recognized level of knowledge and skill. This two-day course is designed for field maintenance personnel such as foremen, technicians, heavy equipment operators, road stabilization crews, crew leaders, etc.
  • FSA Stormwater Operator Certification - Level 2 The Level 2 program is intended to familiarize stormwater management supervisory personnel with the tools necessary to effectively implement your organizations goals and objectives. The curriculum includes leadership skills and communication, proper design of stormwater management systems, permitting requirements, operating budgets and stormwater utility fees. This two-day course is designed for senior-level foremen, managers and supervisors. Successful completion results in a Stormwater Operator Level 2 Certification from FSA and fulfills FDEP's training requirements of your MS4 permit for appropriate stormwater management personnel in Illicit Discharge Detection/Elimination and Spill Prevention Control/Countermeasures. Also, the course has been pre-approved to provide 6 parallel continuing education credits (CECs) for Certified Floodplain Managers.
The Florida Water Pollution Control Operators Association ( has three levels of stormwater management classes (C, B and A). All classes are week-long seminars. Prerequisites include years of experience in stormwater (1 to 5 years), and completion of the previous level class. FWPCOA also offers a 3-hour regional Stormwater NPDES Illicit Discharge Training course.
Upcoming Training Sessions

The next training event has not been scheduled yet.

Past Training Sessions
(most recent 5 are listed)

May 18 & 19, 2022
Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training & Certification Program Cheryl Moore - Instructor (
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
More information, event details and registration is available here.

March 17, 2022
IDDE & SEC Refresher Training (Cheryl Moore Instructor)
Location: City of Palm Beach Gardens Emergency Operations Center
Training description & attendance lists are available here.

May 12 & 13, 2021
Co-Permittee Meeting, Florida Stormwater Sediment & Erosion Control Inspector Training (Cheryl Moore Instructor)
Location: Virtual (MS Teams)

March 17, 2021
IDDE & SEC Refresher Training (Cheryl Moore Instructor)
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
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May 12, & 13, 2020
Stormwater Sediment & Erosion Control Inspector Training Seminar Cheryl Moore - Instructor (
Location: Jupiter Community Center

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