Surface Water Identification Training and Certification (SWITC) Course

NC DWR - NCSU BAE Stream ID Courses

Next scheduled course:  Spring, 2018 in Raleigh, NC   
For more information about the course or to sign up for the wait list for notification of future classes, click here to be directed to the NCSU website. 

 

The Surface Water Identification Training and Certification (SWITC) Course is offered by the North Carolina Division of Water Resources (DWR) and NC State University (NCSU) to comply with N.C. General Statute 143-214.25A. This statute requires DWR to train and certify staff of the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS), the Division of Water Resources (DWR), and local delegated programs.

Certification from this training course is required in order to make a legal determination of stream origins and identify surface waters subject to buffer rules enacted by the NC Environmental Management Commission. Staff within NCFS (who are also Registered Foresters), DWR, or local delegated programs who take the course and pass both the written and field tests will be certified to make determinations of stream origins subject to the buffer rules.

Individuals other than those authorized for certification who take the course and pass both the written and field tests will receive a "Certificate of Training" for having successfully completed the course.

Who should attend? 

Environmental and forestry consultants, engineering consultants, landscape architects and regulatory professionals whose work involves riparian zone and stream issues.

For registration, continuing education, fees, and other information, click here

For more information, please email Niki Maher or call (919) 807-6367.

Other Available Courses

Intermittent and Perennial Stream Identification Classes are available to environmental and forestry consultants, engineering consultants, landscape architects and regulatory professionals whose work involves riparian zone and stream issues. A written and field exam will be administered and a certificate of training will be issued for all participants who successfully pass the exam. Though the applications are specific to North Carolina conditions, this course will also be useful for professionals whose work is focused in other states. These courses will be audited by DWR staff to ensure consistency with the state program. The course instructor can be contacted to inquire about continuing education credits for foresters (SAF, CFE), engineers (NCBEES, PDH), and landscape architects (NCBLA, CEC). For more information, contact John Dorney at jdorney@moffattnichol.com.