Once a study design (new programs) or methods review (existing programs) is completed, monitoring groups designated to collect Tier 1 and Tier 2 data need to attend a water quality training before data can be uploaded to the Chesapeake Data Explorer. Water quality monitoring trainings ensure that all chemical monitoring data uploaded to the Chesapeake Data Explorer are collected in accordance with the CMC quality assurance project plans and standard operating procedures.
We offer two general types of training for certified monitors and certified trainers. The type of training offered to each group depends on a monitoring groups specific needs, based on methods and equipment used, volunteer engagement process and program coordination.
Once water quality monitoring trainings are completed, the group becomes a CMC member and is able to upload data to the Chesapeake Data Explorer. If a group is designated as Tier 1 or Tier 2 based on their methods review, but does not attend a training workshop all data will be labelled as provisional Tier 1 or provisional Tier 2.
A certified monitor is a any person – volunteer, paid-staff, intern, etc – that collects water quality data through a monitoring program that is a member of the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative. All monitors collecting Tier 1 and Tier 2 data are required to attend a water quality monitoring certification workshop provided by a CMC service provider or certified trainer, follow their approved sampling plan, and submit data to the Chesapeake Data Explorer or their program coordinator. Additionally, monitors are required to pass an annual re-certification assessment the first two years of monitoring and a biennial assessment after that in order to maintain their certification.
A Certified Trainer is any person – volunteer, paid-staff, intern, etc – who coordinates a water quality monitoring program, which may include collecting data, training volunteers, organizing and managing data, providing quality assurance, and uploading data to the Data Explorer. We provide train-the-trainer workshops on an as needed basis for coordinators who would like to become a certified trainer for their monitoring group. These workshops are tailored to each monitoring groups specific needs based on equipment used and quality assurance protocols. Once certified, trainers are required to meet with a CMC service provider on an annual basis to review their program and troubleshoot issues.