Green infrastructure (GI) has become a critical component to comprehensive stormwater management. However, successful implementation of green infrastructure requires access to adequately skilled workforce available to perform the installation, inspection, and maintenance tasks.

By underscoring your competency in these areas, certification increases your competitiveness in the job market and provides a pathway to higher paying positions.

The benefits of becoming certified by the NGICP include:

  • Expansion of your skills and knowledge of building, inspecting and maintaining GI systems
  • Greater awareness of GI career opportunities
  • Proof of your commitment to supporting sustainable performance of GI practices
  • Exposure to employers looking to hire skilled GI workers through the NGICP Certification Database

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Course & Exam Details

NGICP represents the standard for national certification of green infrastructure construction, inspection, and maintenance workers. This course prepares participants to demonstrate their competency in the following green infrastructure areas:

  • bioretention (rain gardens, bioretention cells, curb extensions/bulb-outs, bioswales, stormwater planters),
  • rainwater harvesting (rain barrels and cisterns),
  • permeable pavements (porous concrete, pervious asphalt and permeable pavers),
  • green roofs and blue roofs,
  • dry wells and stormwater wetlands.

A complete list of topical areas can be found on the Exam Blueprint and Body of Knowledge.

Exam Eligibility
NGICP certification requires a high school diploma (or equivalent) at a minimum and completion of 35hr GI training course. All applicants must email Sarah Stallard, a copy of their transcript/ diploma as proof of HS (or college) education.

Exam Results
The exam is currently administered as a paper-and-pencil test. Results are usually available within 45 days.


Exam Training

Monday, April 22  |  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, April 23  |  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, April 24  | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday, April 25  | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, April 26   |  8:00 am – 11:15 am

Exam Date

Friday, April 26  |  12:30 pm – 4:15 pm


Fee for this workshop and exam is $700 ($500 covers the workshop and $200 covers the exam.)

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Training & Exam Location

Stickney Water Reclamation Plant
6001 W. Pershing Road
Cicero, IL 60804

(M&O Admin. Building, 2nd Floor Room S311)


Contact NGICP at or call The Water Environment Federation at 703-684-2400.