A new partnership in sediment and erosion accreditation

Soil Science Australia has recently been given the green light to develop an ‘Erosion and Sediment Control Certification Program’.

The Australasian International Erosion Control Association (IECA Australasia) signed an agreement to develop the certification at the IECA Conference in Noosa recently. The accreditation will be a part of Soil Science Australia’s Registered Soil Practitioner program.

“Soil Science Australia is proud to develop this accreditation program. It is an exciting opportunity to develop an industry-wide Australian and New Zealand approach to providing assurance to practitioners and industry,” said CEO Michael Walker.

The new Registered Soil Practitioner – Erosion and Sediment Control accreditation is being designed for environmental managers, engineers, soil scientists, natural resource managers, regulators and other soil professionals who develop and implement erosion and sediment control plans.

The accreditation is being designed to ensure construction and mining managers—as well as local, state and federal governments in both Australia and New Zealand—have confidence that a Registered Soil Practitioner has been trained to develop and apply erosion and sediment control standards in line with contemporary best practice.

“We’re excited to partner with Soil Science Australia in order to provide assurance that the appropriate principles are being applied when managing construction, mining, forestry and remediating disturbed sites during construction and decommissioning,” said Shonelle Gleeson-Willey, Chair of the Certification Taskforce.

It is intended that training towards the certification will be delivered by external IECA Australasia and Soil Science Australia approved providers under Australian and New Zealand national training standards, which are managed by Soil Science Australia.

Further information:

Soil Science Australia website: soilscienceaustralia.org.au
IECA Australasia website: austieca.com.au