Upcoming Courses

Erosion and Sediment Control Practitioner (ESCP™) Certificate and Environmental Monitoring for Construction Projects Practitioner (EMCPP™)

Dates: March 19-23, 2018 (Monday - Friday)
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $1,500+GST per person
Location: In-class Days: Ucluelet Community Centre, Field Days: Site TBD
Instructor: Ed Van Osch - VOI Training
Contact: Mandala at 250-522-1269 or mandala@clayoquot.org for more details

What you'll learn:

Erosion and Sediment Control Practitioner (ESCP™) Certificate

The objective of the Erosion and Sediment Control Practitioner (ESCP™) Certificate training course is to investigate the fundamentals of effective erosion and sediment control practice. This starts with an understanding of what erosion is and the primary factors that influence soil erosion. What follows is a purposeful progression to the correct and timely selection, installation, inspection and maintenance of erosion and sediment controls. The purpose, benefits and limitations of commonly used, effective erosion and sediment control practices is explored through classroom lectures and in-the-field, hands-on application of erosion and sediment control practices and materials.

Erosion and sediment control practices that are discussed and explored in this course include:

  • Site assessment methodology for erosion and sediment control.
  • Vegetation preservation and management.
  • Assessing soil texture.
  • Slope gradient measurement.
  • Drainage controls.
  • Rolled erosion control products including erosion control blankets and turf reinforcement mats.
  • Organic and inorganic mulches including hydraulically applied mulches.
  • Organic fiber rolls.
  • Seeding and seed mixtures.
  • Soil amendments.
  • Check dams.
  • Other soil cover and revegetation options.
  • Slope drains.
  • Effective practices to control wind erosion.
  • Sediment fencing.
  • Sediment retention berms.
  • Sediment retention ponds.
  • Riprap design and installation.

Environmental Monitoring for Construction Projects Practitioner (EMCPP™)

Environmental Monitoring for Construction Projects is an environmental management practice that is implemented on the majority of construction and development projects in Canada. Hundreds of companies provide environmental monitoring services. Thousands of individuals work as Environmental Monitors. Project proponents, construction contractors, regulators and project stakeholders request, require, employ and work with Environmental Monitors.

Environmental Monitoring for Construction Projects Practitioner (EMCPP™) explores this complex but often misunderstood environmental management discipline. It is often viewed as an junior or career-starting employment position. This course makes the case that Environmental Monitoring for Construction Projects is a challenging occupation requiring broad environmental and construction knowledge and a diverse mix of technical and communication skills.

The primary purpose of EMCPP is to define a method of Environmental Monitoring for Construction Projects professional practice that is consistent, relevant, defensible, unambiguous and meets the expectations of project stakeholders for environmental monitoring.

Topics explored in this 3-day course include:

  • Defining Environmental Monitoring for Construction Projects.
  • Roles and duties of the Environmental Monitor.
  • Authority of the Environmental Monitor.
  • Roles of other stakeholders in construction projects including proponents, contractors and regulators.
  • Differentiating between Environmental Monitors, Environmental Inspectors, and Environmental Supervisors.
  • Comparing the roles and expectations of Environmental Monitors against other Environmental Professionals.
  • Construction project administration - who is responsible for what?
  • Relevance of construction contracts to Environmental Monitoring for Construction Projects.
  • Environmental Monitor skill and knowledge training:
    • Erosion and sediment control.
    • Site restoration.
    • Inwater construction practices and procedures.
    • Water quality monitoring.
    • Engineering fundamentals.
  • Environmental management plans and construction environmental management plans and their importance and relevance to the Environmental Monitor and other stakeholders.
  • Reporting.
  • Principles of effective Environmental Monitoring for Construction Projects practice.

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Past Courses

Forest Restoration and Sustainable Forestry

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Restoration of Freshwater Aquatic Systems

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Wildlife Danger Tree Assessors Course

On March 25th and 26th 2014, the University of Northern British Columbia, along with Central Westcoast Forest Society held a two-day Wildlife Danger Tree Assessors course in Ucluelet. 

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Advanced Chainsaw Operators Course

Last July 2014, Central Westcoast Forest Society and the Atleo River Restoration Crew took part in a three-day Advanced Chainsaw Operators Course with RIT Consulting. 

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Streamkeepers Training Course

Last June, Central Westcoast Forest Society, together with the Raincoast Streamkeepers, hosted a two-day streamkeepers training course. 

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Fisheries Habitat Assessment Course

Central Westcoast Forest Society, in partnership with the Ahousaht-Mainstream Salmon Enhancement Subcommittee and the Small Change Fund, hosted a 2-day Fish Habitat Assessment Methods Course with the Natural Resources Extension Program (NREP) at Vancouver Island University.

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