Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM)

Certified Stormwater Manager logoThe purpose of the Stormwater Manager Certification is to promote excellence and commitment to public service by advancing the knowledge and practice of stormwater management to benefit the community, public agencies and the profession.

The Stormwater Manager Certification is intended for experts in the public and private sectors who coordinate and implement stormwater management programs for city, county, state, provincial, and federal agencies. These individuals assist in administering drainage, flood control, and water quality programs.

Water quality programs include state and federal permit requirements related to stormwater runoff, including management of public education, illicit discharges, erosion control, post-development runoff BMPs, system maintenance, water quality monitoring, data analysis, and reporting. Drainage and flood control programs include operational maintenance of drainage systems, planning and construction of capital improvements, and basic knowledge of floodplain management.

These individuals may also be involved in budgetary oversight, long-term planning, policy development, and other administrative activities.


Steps to Certification

  1. Eligibility and Verification
  2. Taking the Exam
  3. Navigating Certification and Recertification

I urge anyone considering the CSM program to commit to certification. It has proven to be a valuable enhancement to my career, and I have no doubts that it can do the same for any water resources professional.
– John Schexnayder, P.E., CFM, CSM, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Read John's story in the APWA Reporter.


Email certification@apwa.net.

2023 Exam Dates

All exam applications must be received at least 30 days prior to preferred testing date.

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