ESC Certification and Training


In order to protect the environment and the Boise River from negative impacts of construction and polluted stormwater runoff, the City of Boise requires earth disturbing construction projects to obtain an erosion and sediment control (ESC) permit.

Responsible Person Certification

  • The City of Boise requires a trained and certified "Responsible Person" on every construction site. They must have day-to-day control over construction site activities, and be in charge of the erosion and sediment control program.
  • The training covers program requirements, regulatory background and construction site best management practices. Students who pass the open-book written examination will be certified for three years.
  • Upon completing a responsible person (RP) training class, the RP certification is valid for 3 years. Please note that you are required to bring a completed application form and $55.00 check made out to the City of Boise to the class.

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Plan Designer Certification

  • Developers, builders and contractors involved in subdivision development, multi-family housing, all commercial development and some foothills construction, must submit an erosion and sediment control plan for review and approval or modification. Plans must be prepared and signed by an individual trained and certified by the City of Boise.
  • Plan designer training covers program requirements, regulatory background, ESC plans and  best management practices. Students gain the knowledge necessary to prepare an erosion and sediment control plan.
  • Attending the course does not guarantee certification. Since this basic level course is designed only to provide the city's requirements, attendees must provide a resume detailing their experience in erosion and sediment control.
  • The city evaluates the student's qualifications and test results of the written examination (open book) to determine if certification will be issued.

Download Application (PDF)

Interim Certification

  • Responsible person or plan designer interim certification is available. The interim certification is valid for 6 months and will not be renewed. The individual must attend the appropriate training during the interim certification period.

Upcoming Training

DateTraining TypeTraining ProviderLocation
February 11, 2020Responsible PersonEngineering with a MissionBoise
February 12, 2020Responsible PersonCWI Workforce DevelopmentNampa
February 26, 2020Plan DesignerCWI Workforce DevelopmentBoise
March 11, 2020Responsible PersonCWI Workforce DevelopmentBoise
March 17, 2020Responsible PersonEngineering with a MissionBoise
April 8, 2020Responsible PersonCWI Workforce DevelopmentNampa
April 10, 2020Responsible PersonEngineering with a MissionBoise
May 6, 2020Responsible PersonCWI Workforce DevelopmentBoise
May 19, 2020Responsible PersonEngineering with a MissionBoise
May 27, 2020Plan DesignerCWI Workforce DevelopmentNampa
June 10, 2020Responsible PersonCWI Workforce DevelopmentNampa
June 16, 2020Responsible PersonEngineering with a MissionBoise

Training Providers

College of Western Idaho - Workforce Development

  • Contact: Call (208) 562-2700 for more information
  • Boise Location: 1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709 (map)
  • Nampa Location: CWI Canyon County Center, 2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651 (map)

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Engineering with a Mission

  • Contact: Call (208) 870-9495 for more information
  • On-site training available for groups of 8 or more
  • Location: Idaho AGC Training Room, 1649 Shoreline Drive, Boise, ID 83702 (map)
  • Class registration and payment instructions available at

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Syman LLC, Erosion and Sediment

  • Contact: Call (208) 739-8320 for more information
  • On-site training available for groups of 8 or more

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Training Instructors

If you are interested in becoming an Erosion and Sediment Control Training Instructor, please complete the training instructor application and return to:

Boise City Planning and Development Services
Attn: Erosion and Sediment Control Division
P.O. Box 500 
Boise, ID 83701-0500

Please allow at least four weeks prior to start of course for processing of application.

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