Having trouble getting your WPC Manager and Inspectors approved by Caltrans, here's why...

In January of this year, Caltrans issued the new Revised Standard Specification (RSS) 13-1.01D requiring that the Water Pollution Control Manager (WPC Manager) and any Assistant or Alternate WPC Manager on a Caltrans project shall take a Caltrans-approved 8-Hour WPCM Course.



The requirement took effect on new projects that bid on or after April 17, 2020, that contain that new RSS. The course so far is only offered in-person, so access by some has been difficult.


Be advised, Caltrans is stepping up their enforcement of this requirement and even rejecting SWPPPs or WPCPs without a trained WPC Manager.


Recently, all of our Caltrans SWPPP and WPCP Submittals have been coming back with revisions requiring proof that the WPC Manager and any assistant WPC Manager have the proper 8 Hour training.


This is in addition to the required QSP and Title 22 Hazardous Waste Generator Training.


Per this update, you have to get your QSD or QSP to this 8-Hour WPCM training to be able to serve as the WPC Manager on your project. Or, you can hire a consultant firm to provide those services.


Also, be advised that current Caltrans Standard Specifications require that your WPC Manager must be able to reach the job site within 2 hours of being contacted. Thus, it is not recommended to hire a WPC Manager from over 2 hours away unless no one is available in that particular area.


The best service will come from a WPC Manager that is physically able to see your site on a regular basis and ideally prevent emergencies before they occur. We have been asked to assist some contractors who hired out-of-town WPC Managers that are outside of this 2-hour radius.


This has been causing some serious compliance issues in the field.


Per Caltrans, "To become a WPC manager, alternate WPC manager, or assistant WPC manager for Caltrans construction projects, one of the stormwater management training requirements is to submit a certificate upon completion of an 8-hour WPC manager training"


Source: https://dot.ca.gov/programs/construction/storm-water-and-water-pollution-control


Here's the requirement pulled from the Caltrans Specs...


Replace the 3rd paragraph of section 13-1.01D(3) with:


Training for assistant WPC managers who inspect, repair, and maintain WPC practices, collect water quality samples, and record water quality data must include:

  1. Review of the sampling and analysis plan and the Construction Site Monitoring Program Guidance Manual

  2. Health and safety review

  3. Sampling simulations

The training for assistant WPC managers must comply with the requirements described under "WPC Manager Training," and includes:

  1. Obtaining a certificate by completing the 8-hour WPC manager training

  2. Reviewing updates, revisions, and amendments to the training

For training requirements, go to the Construction Storm Water and Water Pollution Control website. Replace the 1st paragraph of section 13-1.01D(4)(a) with: Assign a WPC manager to implement the WPCP or SWPPP. Assign an alternate WPC manager to perform the responsibilities of the WPC manager in the manager's absence. The alternate WPC manager must have the same qualifications as the WPC manager. You may assign an assistant WPC manager to act under the supervision of the WPC manager to inspect, repair, and maintain WPC practices, collect water quality samples, and record water quality data. You may have more than one assistant WPC manager. Replace the 1st paragraph of section 13-1.01D(4)(b) with: The WPC manager must:

1. Comply with the requirements provided in the Construction General Permit for QSP 2. Comply with the requirements described under "WPC Manager Training," including:

2.1. Obtaining a certificate by completing the 8-hour training 2.2 Reviewing updates, revisions, and amendments to the training


For the requirements, go to the Construction Storm Water and Water Pollution Control website.


Need to take the course? Here are the currently approved vendors, click here


Back in October, we sent our entire team to participate in the Apex Tutoring 8-Hour Caltrans Training Course and it was very informative and engaging. Other qualified consultants include Verux and Brown and Caldwell.


Want to take our 1-Hour Initial Caltrans Water Pollution Control Training? Our course will meet the Caltrans requirement for all employees and subcontractors working on your project to have initial stormwater training prior to working on the job site.


You can pre-enroll by clicking here. We're hoping to have it out in the upcoming months. Note this class is not a substitute for the WPC Manager required training.

Need a Water Pollution Control Manager? We are trained and ready


In the last year alone we invested tens of thousands in significant training to get our team the coursework and certifications they need to bring you the highest quality service. Our 22 SWPPP inspectors have QSP or QSD training along with CISEC, Caltrans 8-Hour, Title 22 Hazardous Waste Generator Training, Sampling Training, and other relevant coursework.


Call (707) 693-1926 or email estimating@tullygroup.com if you need a Water Pollution Control Manager on your site. Our team brings 20 years of stormwater management experience and training to your project.


Blog post written by Robin Tully, PE, QSD and Kaeli Tully, QSP

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