Water Quality Training

Water Quality Monitoring Certification Training

All monitoring groups/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.

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
  • Water quality parameters collected, including state criteria and values of concern
  • 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 CMC database

Water Quality Monitoring Recertification Training

Each person who becomes a certified monitor needs to maintain the certification by participating in a recertification process biennially. Recertification workshops are generally set up more like a lab practical.

During recertification workshops monitors need to demonstrate:

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