Stormwater I

80 Hours / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Online, Self-Paced

Course Overview:

Stormwater effects on receiving streams and the aquatic ecosystems in them is very important. Developing performance goals and design criteria for stormwater controls is a necessary step. This course addresses the concept of unit processes and unit operations as they apply to stormwater management.  Learners will become familiar with a simplified framework to facilitate communication between stormwater management professionals, and how to promote the development of a stormwater management strategy, at the site level, that serves as a blueprint for the design process.  The importance of basin volume to effectively treat stormwater, and the five categories of stormwater controls, for example: swales and strips, and filters are explained.

About ProTrain:

ProTrain is committed to offering world class interactive online courses that provide training and learning support for the student in a number of ways during their experience. The ProTrain course structure has been developed to provide activities to guide students throughout the entire process of learning. Learning activities include hands-on assignments that allow students to use what they are learning to allow better transferable skills within their work environments; and collaborative assignments, like wikis and discussion groups that allow them to share what they have learned with others in the same course.

While a student learns, they are not alone. Each student will receive guidance and support from his or her assigned Training Assessment Manager (TAM) and Student Services Specialist (SSS) representative. In addition, we will offer live monthly webinars and feedback sessions for various subject categories. Throughout the entire course, students are monitored by the SSS representative using progress reporting from the ProTrain Registration System (PRS).

ProTrain will provide Students who successfully complete their online certification programs and pass their industry level certification exams the access to the new ProTrain Education-2-Employment Career Tracker system. The Career Tracker will allow our students who pass exams to load their own resumes at no additional cost, and letting industry employers find their talent through the same database.

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Sigrid Ferguson Green, MSEd in Instructional Design for Online Learning, MS Human Resource Management, with over 15 years of experience in training and development/education. Her experience has been to lead teams of Instructional Designers, and managed curricula for companies such as: American Express and Assurant. Her experience includes but is not limited to the following: technical writing, web design, training, instructional design, graphic design, and curriculum development.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1 Introduction
  • Urban Stormwater Management Overview
Lesson 2 Effects of Stormwater on Receiving Waters
  • Effects of Urbanization on Water Quantity
  • Effects of Stormwater Control Practices on Water Quantity
  • Effects of Urbanization on Water Quality
  • Effects of Stormwater Control Practices on Water Quality
  • Effects of Urbanization on Channel Form
  • Effects of Stormwater Control Practices on Channel Form
  • Effects of Urbanization on Aquatic Biota
  • Effects of Stormwater Control Practices on Aquatic Biota
Lesson 3 Performance Goals for Stormwater Controls
  • Introduction
  • Methods for Establishing Performance Criteria
  • Methods for Establishing Watershed-Based Performance Criteria
  • Methods for Establishing Technology-Based Performance Criteria
Lesson 4 Unit Processes and Operations for Stormwater Control
  • Introduction
  • Application of Unit Processes and Operations Concepts
  • Unit Processes for Quantity Control
  • Unit Processes for Quality Control
Lesson 5 Selection Criteria and Design Considerations
  • Introduction
  • Understanding Goals and Design Criteria
  • Understanding and Protecting Site Resources
  • Identification of Source Controls
  • Implementation and Performance Monitoring
Lesson 6 Basins
  • Description
  • Design Principles
  • Cisterns and Rain Barrels
  • Forebays
  • Vaults and Swirl Concentrators
  • Oil and Water Separators
  • Dry Basins
  • Wet Basins
  • Wetlands
Lesson 7 Swales and Strips
  • Description
  • Basic Design Principles
  • Swales
  • Strips
Lesson 8 Filters
  • Description
  • Design Principles
  • Surface Sand Filter
  • Subsurface Sand Filter
  • Bioretention Filter
  • Landscaped Roofs
  • Drain Inlet Inserts
  • Manufactured Filters
  • Subsurface Gravel Wetland

All necessary materials are included.


After the completion of the Stormwater I & II and Stormwater Management Hydraulics and Hydrology Part I & II courses, the student will be prepared to take the American Public Works Association (APWA) Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM) certification exam.

To demonstrate eligibility, candidates must submit an application documenting the completion of one of the following education and work experience pathways:

  • High school graduation or equivalent and 7 years of relevant work experience
  • Associate’s degree or equivalent trade school certificate and 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of relevant work experience
  • Master’s degree and 2 years of relevant work experience
  • Doctoral degree and 1 year of relevant work experience

Relevant work experience is that performed within or for a public entity in one or more aspects of stormwater management as defined in the CSM target audience description and illustrated in the CSM Content Outline.

Please note that the individual state requirements may vary.  Students will be responsible to check with their state’s governing body for state specific requirements.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.