DC Water and the Water Environment Federation announced the first National Green Infrastructure Program Certifications in January. Their program, the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP), has been in pilot phase. The exam was administered in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Rockville, Maryland.; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Fairfax, Virginia; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The NGICP is designed to verify that certificants have demonstrated competency in the foundational knowledge, concepts and terminology required to perform tasks related to green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection and maintenance.
“We are preparing a workforce for the jobs we know are coming to support green infrastructure projects here in the District of Columbia and across the nation,” said George Hawkins, CEO and General Manager of DC Water.
Over the past year, DC Water, WEF and a group of NGICP Partnering Organizations from across the nation have been working to develop the program structure, components and requirements on an expedited schedule. Designed to meet international best practice standards, the certification will promote a skilled green workforce, help streamline the process of connecting qualified talent to in-demand jobs, support community-based job creation in U.S. cities and establish national standards for professionals seeking to work on GI projects. As the field evolves, so will NGICP through recertification.
The exam, currently offered through the NGICP Partnering Organizations, tested applicants on their knowledge of GI fundamentals, construction methods and maintenance procedures. Additional pilot NGICP training sessions are expected this spring and fall. Program administrators are using the results of this operational pre-test to create a standardized exam form that will be used for the national rollout in 2018.
“The overwhelmingly positive response and interest in the NGICP credential has confirmed the need for this certification program and industry support of this valuable and growing segment of the water sector,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill.
Housed under the WEF Stormwater Institute, the NGICP is being developed and implemented with the support of a growing number of utilities to help advance the program nationwide. Current NGICP Partnering Organizations include:
- District Department of Energy and Environment, Washington, D.C.
- Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Wisconsin
- Montgomery County, Maryland
- Kansas City Water Services Department, Missouri
- Fairfax County, Virginia
- City of Baltimore Department of Public Works, Maryland
- Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District, Kentucky
- San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, California
- Capital Region Water, Pennsylvania
- Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Illinois
- New Orleans Delegation, Louisiana
- Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, Pennsylvania
- Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio
- Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Massachusetts
February 15, 2017 NewTerrain