Over the 2019 President’s Day weekend, GKY’s Doug Fritz and Stu Stein delivered the latest National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) Train-the-Trainer workshop for the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Participants in the 20-hour class, hosted by the City of Austin, Texas Watershed Protection Department, included members of the public, private, and non-profit sectors from Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Pittsburgh, PA; Newark, NJ; Youngstown, OH; and Wilmington, NC. The Train-the-Trainer workshops are designed to familiarize participants with NGICP resources and class materials, improve set-up and delivery of individual NGICP classes, model field visits to green infrastructure sites, familiarize potential instructors with adult education concepts and practices, and promote consistency in course delivery throughout the United States.

NGICP provides the base-level skill set needed for entry-level workers to properly construct, inspect and maintain green stormwater infrastructure. Designed to meet international best practice standards, NGICP is a tool that can be used to meet a wide range of needs, including: professional development for green infrastructure professionals; certification and continuing education to bolster employee qualifications and meet licensing requirements; and support workforce development programs designed to provide candidates with the technical skills necessary to enter the green workforce. The 15 individuals who participated in the latest Train-the-Trainer workshop delivered by GKY will increase future certification training opportunities in this growing field.

For more information regarding GKY’s training experience and credentials including NGICP, please feel free to contact us.