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The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) is a 35-hour program taught over 2 weeks by Penn State Center Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. The NGICP educates local practitioners on the ecological and economic benefits and challenges of installing and maintaining successful green infrastructure in the region.

The certification program covers the design, installation, inspection, and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure relating to the Pennsylvania Best Management Practices (PA BMP) manual. It includes class lectures, field tours to local projects, and discussions about specific green stormwater issues and trends around southwest Pennsylvania. Students are responsible for their own transportation to site visits.

This program was initiated under the leadership of DC Water and the Water Environment Federation and is now administered by EnviroCert International, Inc. (ECI). After registration through Penn State and prior to the start of the course, candidates are required to submit a qualifying application directly to ECI including proof of education — high school equivalent or higher. A process checklist will be sent directly upon registration with Penn State. After successfully completing the course, participants become prequalified to sit for the certification exam, which requires registration through ECI and a separate $150 fee.

NGICP is open to all industry professionals looking to learn more about green infrastructure in Pittsburgh.


$660 per person for private-sector companies:

  • $560 registration through Penn State
  • $100 application verification through ECI

$460 per person for public and nonprofit organizations:

  • $360 registration through Penn State
  • $100 application verification through ECI


Contact Information

The course is instructed by David Himes, an NGICP trainer, and is either offered in-person or as a blended course with virtual class discussions and in-person outdoor site visits. Email David at with any questions.