Overview CCM

NH Certified Culvert Maintainer (CCM)

The UNH T2 Center's full day Culvert Maintainer Certification Training class covers the basics of the NH culvert legislation that became effective December 21st, 2013. These rules were adapted in compliance with RSA 482-A:3, XVII - XIX. The course will cover these basics:

  • Certification Legislation
  • Certification Requirements
  • Process
  • Culvert Criteria
  • Responsibilities
  • Staying Certified
 *UNH T2 provides certified culvert maintainer training but the certification is provided by the NHDES

Certification and Recertification Periods:

Initial certification is valid for the remainder of the year issued, plus all of the following year.  For instance, if someone takes their initial CCM training in July 2019 and obtains their CCM certification for the first time effective July 17,2019, the initial certificate will be effective from 7/17/2019-12/31/2020 (the remainder of 2019 and all of 2020).  If someone takes their initial CCM training and applies for a certificate in March 2019, and receives their initial certificate effective March 9, 2019, the initial CCM certificate would be effective from 3/9/2019-12/31/2020. 

Renewal certification is for the full two years following the expiration of the CCM’s current certification.  This means the CCM can take their renewal training anytime in the second year, and it will not impact or “shorten” the dates of the subsequent renewal certificate.  For instance, if the current initial certificate is set to expire on 12/31/2019, and the renewal training is completed on 7/14/2019, the renewal certificate (once all criteria and application details are met) will be issued for 1/1/2020-12/31/2021.   

Regardless of a certificate being active until 12/31 of the year, it’s important to submit proof of training and application to renew certificates by December 15 of that year (two weeks before the certificate expires).  NHDES has 10 days to issue recertifications, which includes confirmation that you have provided quarterly notifications, and this deadline prevents lapses in your certification. 

Renewal Requirements

In order to renew the culvert maintainer certificate, the applicant must: 

  • provide documentation that the individual has completed 2 hours of instruction from an approved provider in one or more of the areas identified in Env-Wt 905.03(b) within the 2-year term of the individual's current certificate
  • provide a statement that the applicant currently holds a valid certificate as a culvert maintainer
  • be able to demonstrate that the applicant is employed at the time of renewal by a state or municipal public works agency
  • have filed all required reports
  • have not acted or failed to act in any way that would constitute just cause to suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew the certificate

Eligible individuals need to fill out this DES application.  There is no fee for application.  

Special note regarding CCM renewal during Covid-19 (updated 7/16/2020): 

We are not aware of any Executive Order or other Emergency Order that exempts CCM certificates from expiration during COVID-19 impact.  It is our understanding that CCM certificates will be subject to expiration on 12/31/2020 if the certified individual does not take the Refresher and meet the other certification criteria.  

With that in mind, UNH T2 will be looking at all options to schedule a refresher for CCM in the next few months (including virtually if that helps the process) and we’ll keep you updated on that planning.  

Meanwhile though, please reach out to us or CCM@des.nh.gov with any questions about the status of your certificate.

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