Water Quality Training

Water Quality Monitoring Certification Trainings

All monitoring coordinators and volunteer monitors are required to attend a water quality monitoring certification workshop held by a CMC service provider or a certified trainer before they begin collecting water quality data for the CMC.

Certified Monitors

All monitors collecting Tier 1 and Tier 2 data are required to attend a water quality monitoring certification workshop provided by the CMC service provide or certified trainer before they begin collecting data. Additionally, monitors are required to pass an annual re-certification assessment the first two year of monitoring and a biennial assessment after that.

Certification workshops generally include:

  • Goals and objectives of the CMC and the monitoring project
  • Science of water quality issues in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
  • Water quality impacts and the significance of the indicators to be measured
  • Safety when monitoring
  • Review monitoring protocols through hands-on training exercises:
    • Clean, calibrate, use and store monitoring equipment
    • Collect, store and transport water samples for water quality analysis
    • Analyze water samples
    • Fill out and complete field data sheets accurately
    • Follow quality assurance and quality control procedures
  • Enter monitoring results into the Chesapeake Data Explorer

During recertification workshops monitors need to demonstrate:

  • A thorough understanding of the water quality monitoring methods and QA/QC procedures
  • They can perform the monitoring methods and QA/QC procedures correctly

Certified Trainers

A Certified Trainer is any person who is certified to lead a Water Quality Monitoring Certification Workshop for monitors participating in a monitoring program, this usually is the Coordinator for a specific program. The CMC service provider will provide a train-the-trainer workshop on an as needed basis for monitoring coordinators who would like to become a certified trainer for their monitoring group.

To become certified, trainers are required to attend a Train-the-Trainer workshop and demonstrate:

  • A thorough understanding of water quality monitoring methods and QA/QC procedures implemented by this project.
  • The ability to explain water quality parameters, water quality science, and the importance of assessing stream health in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
  • The ability to logistically plan and effectively train workshop participants to collect data according to their program procedures.
  • The ability to provide the required quality assurance to meet their designated tier level.

Once certified, trainers are required to meet with a CMC service provider on an annual basis to review their program and troubleshoot issues.