Natural Shoreland Erosion Control Certification

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Public List of NSECC Trained Professionals

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Upcoming Training Locations and Dates
Past Training Locations and Dates

Natural Shoreland Erosion Control Certification Course
for Landscapers, Contractors, and Site Workers

Course Content:
November 2016 NSECC training in MontpelierThis Certification Course covers shoreland Best Management Practices, including techniques for erosion control, stormwater management, bioengineering and wildlife habitat protection. Lakeshore owners often rely on professional contractors, landscapers, engineers or other site workers to advice and help them manage their property. The NSECC course teaches contractors both the science for using BMPs and the science of how they work to protect the lake while remaining attractive and appealing to homeowners.  All workers certified through this six hour training course will be listed on the Agency of Natural Resources web site and the list will be shared with lakeshore property owners. Those certified through this course will also be given preference for grants and contracts awarded through the new Vermont Clean Water Initiative, and are eligible for professional development credits, including four non-soil credits for Licensed Designers. 

Public List of NSECC Trained Professionals:


PowerPoint Presentations (from November 2016 trainings)

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Upcoming Training Locations and Dates

More information about future NSECC trainings should become available in spring 2019. 

Past Training Locations and Dates

November 2018 Training Locations and Dates:

  • Monday, November 5 - Castleton University
  • Wednesday, November 7 - Richmond (Formerly scheduled to take place in Essex)
  • Friday, November 9 - Associated General Contractors of Vermont

November 2017 Training Locations and Dates: 

  • Monday November 6 - Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury
  • Wednesday November 8 - Associated General Contractors of Vermont in Montpelier
  • Wednesday November 15 - Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension in Essex

November 2016 Training Locations and Dates: 

  • Monday, November 7, at Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District in Rutland, VT
  • Wednesday, November 9, at the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, VT
  • Monday, November 14, at  Lake Champlain Sea Grant at UVM in Essex Junction, VT
  • Wednesday, November 16, at Assoiated General Contractors of Vermont in Montpelier, VT

January and February 2016 Training Locations and Dates:

  • Wednesday, January 20, at the Lake Champlain Basin Program in Grand Isle, VT
  • Friday, January 22, at the Associated General Contractors of Vermont in Montpelier, VT
  • Monday, January 25, at the Northwoods Stewardship Center in Charleston, VT
  • Wednesday, January 27, at the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District in Castleton, VT
  • Thursday, February 4, at the Lake Champlain Sea Grant at UVM in Burlington, VT


NSECC Certification lasts three years.  Below is a table that shows the year when you will need to Recertify:

Session Attended:        Recertification Date:

January 2016                  by December 2019

November 2016             by December 2019

November 2017             by December 2020

November 2018             by December 2021

November 2019             by December 2022

If you don't remember the year you earned your NSECC certification, please contact David Addeo at

Options for Recertification
  1. Attend Minimum of a Four Hour Relevant Training or Conference
    • VT Summer Erosion Control Field Day Training (for 2019 - June 11 at Richmond, and June 12 at Lake Eden)
    • VT Rivers and Roads Training
    • Bioengineering Project Installation Training Day
    • Green Stormwater Infrastructure Workshop
    • UVM Sea Grant Realator Training
    • NSECC Training (course curriculum varies some from year to year, but always provides current science, case studies, and updates on permit requirements)
    • Vermont Lake Seminar
    • North American Lake Management Society Conference
    • New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society Conference
    • May 9th, 2019 Septic Conference
    • Maine Erosion Control Workshops (typically offered annually in the fall)
    • It’s possible to attend another Conference or Training Event and earn Recertification Credits, if the training is deemed relevant to shoreland issues by Amy Picotte and David Addeo.
  2. Complete a Bioengineering Project Installation
    • If you have been involved with a shoreland restoration project, you can earn NSECC recertification credits for your work.
  3. Prepare a Presentation About Your Shoreland Work
    • Submit Your Shoreland Power Point Presentation and Be Willing to Present it at a 
      NSECC Training or at another Group Setting, if requested.
  4. Complete the Shoreland On-Line Tutorial (this option will be available late spring 2019)
    • After visiting the NSECC Web Page and watching each of these PPT presentations, complete and submit the SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE.

FORM to SEND US for Recertification.  This is REQUIRED and essential for our record keeping.

If you cannot submit the form electronically, you may mail a printed copy to the address below

State of Vermont - Department of Environmental Conservation Watershed Management Division

Attn: NSECC Recertification

1 National Life Drive, Main 2

Montpelier, VT 05620-3522

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