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