Nonpoint Source Training Center

Contact: John Maclaine, (207) 615-3279, fax (207) 287-2814

The Nonpoint Source (NPS) Training Center provides training opportunities to individuals seeking to educate themselves on the effects of NPS in Maine and helps provide tools and practices to prevent this diffuse pollution at its source. NPS Training Center courses may be of interest to contractors, landscapers, municipal officials, engineers, inspectors, and project managers.

Certification in Erosion Control Practices

In accordance with Gov. Janet Mills and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s (Maine DEP) Nonpoint Source Training Centerhas cancelled most training events through the summer of 2020.

UPDATE: Courses for the fall are in development and this site will be updated with new class availability and options soon, but will be subject to class size limitations.

See more information on cancellations and temporary process for certifications.

Soil erosion is the leading source of nonpoint source pollution and the use of effective erosion control practices is critical to protecting the quality of Maine waters. For this reason, the Maine Legislature passed the State’s Erosion Control Law. This Erosion Control Law requires that when disturbing soil, adequate measures must be in place and maintained to prevent the erosion of sediment and soil from a site.

DEP provides training and opportunity for individuals involved in any aspect of soil disturbance to become Certified in Erosion Control Practices. The training is of primary interest to earthwork and landscape contractors, but may also be of interest to municipal officials, general contractors, inspectors, consultants, and engineers.

This certification remains voluntary; however, Maine law does require that any contractor working in the municipal Shoreland Zone must have an individual Certified in Erosion Control Practices by Maine DEP present on the site during all phases of soil disturbance. To help contractors comply with these and other laws protecting Maine waters, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has developed a training program on understanding and using effective erosion control techniques.

Training Courses

Training Schedule & Online Courses

Information on training course dates and locations, as well as online re-certification opportunities can be found on our Training Schedule.

Certification and continuing education courses are offered on an annual basis at several locations throughout the state. In addition to Basic & Advanced Erosion & Sedimentation Control Practices, the Training Center offers a variety of courses related to nonpoint source pollution. For those in need of re-certification, we offer continuing education courses that meet the requirements to maintain your certification.

While many training courses are focused on certification credits, anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Fees many apply

Training Center Resources