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The Erosion & Sediment Control Level 3 course will provide attendees with the opportunity to improve their decision-making process with regards to erosion and sediment management at all stages of the project from concept through to completion.

This course is identified as advanced training and design for those who have completed the Level 1 & 2 courses. Attendees will gain knowledge and skills to develop and/or assess an Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) plan against the requirements of the IECA 2008 “Best Practice Erosion and Sediment Control” guideline.

This 3 day course will also address the theory component for candidates wishing to complete the IECA assessment requirements (fundamentals exam and take home plan preparation assignment) to attain CPESC qualification.

This course has been specifically designed for people tasked with preparing, implementing or assessing erosion and sediment control plans, including, but not limited to:

  • Planners
  • Designers
  • Auditors

Attendees must have an existing understanding and experience with erosion and sediment control. 

A base level of knowledge surrounding soils and the fundamentals of hydrology and hydraulics is preferable.



Erosion risks and soils

Overview of relevant legislation

Forms of erosion and erosion drivers

Erosion risk assessment (RUSLE) and selection of appropriate control measures

Key soil properties (physical and chemical)

Soil sampling and analysis

Sodic & dispersive soils

Soils as a growing media


Role of sediment control measures and compliance requirements for capture of

sediment laden runoff.

Effectiveness and limitations of sediment controls.

Construction and maintenance requirements for all types of sediment controls

Emerging treatment technology.

Using erosion control techniques to manage soil stockpiles, stabilised site access,

temporary work areas and to achieve final site stabilisation.

Comparison of various erosion control products performance, suitability          for nominated works and installation and maintenance requirements.

Sediment basin design standards, operation, treatment & maintenance requirements.


Drainage design principles and standards

Managing runoff and controlling erosion

Comparison of drain lining options and rock check dams

Works within a waterway and temporary crossings

Calculating peak flow using rational method

Manning’s equation and sizing of drains and chutes

Design sizing for sediment basins and spillways


Process and requirements for preparing an ESC plan

Plan preparation – practical exercise

Complete the IECA Fundamentals Exam (optional)


The Type A, B & D Sediment Basin Design Course has been developed to support the draft Appendix B (IECA, 2016) document and updated State Planning Policy (Qld).

This forms 1 day of the 3 day course and is focussed at practitioners responsible for the design and/or construction of sediment basins.

  • Knowledge of the IECA (2008) Best Practice Erosion and Sediment Control Manual
  • Awareness of the impacts of poor onsite ESC management on receiving                     environment
  • An understanding of relevant legislation and requirements
  • Knowledge of soil types, properties and management techniques
  • An awareness of current best practice for managing ESC & the                                     associated limitations
  • An appreciation of the effectiveness different erosion & sediment control                   techniques
  • An understanding of construction and maintenance requirements for                         control measures (including cost control, resource planning and onsite efficiency)


  • An understanding of construction site hydrology and hydraulics
  • Knowledge of sediment basin design and operation
  • An understanding of how to achieving successful revegetation on all sites
  • An awareness of water quality monitoring (turbidity, TSS, pH)
  • Knowledge of inspection and auditing requirements
  • An understanding of ESC plan preparation process


More Information

Register your interest for this course by contacting the Professional Development Manager training@ipweaq.com

This course is delivered in partnership with Terry Clark of the Topo Group. Terry has trained over 1,000 public works personnel within QLD, NSW and NT. Terry holds the internationally recognised accreditation ‘Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control’ (CPESC) and has many years of experience in planning, implementing and managing ESC aspects on a wide variety of public works projects.