Report on “Distinguished Service Award” to Dato’ Ahmad Fuad Embi (Vice President of MSO) & ECI International Committee Meeting: San Diego, California.
Chairman (ECI Executive Director)
Co-chair International Comm. (Mexico)
Andrew Macleod IECA (Australasia) President
IECA (Australasia) Director
ECI Canada Affiliate
ECI Asst. Exec Director
Lori Moore ECI Secretariat
Jaime Ambriz ECI Marketing
Greer ECI Reviews and Exams
Petersen ECI past President
Fuad Embi MSO (ECI Malaysia Affiliate)
13. Shelly Enders ECI Canada Affiliate - Executive
executive Director, Rob Anderson (RA) chaired the meeting. Everyone introduced
themselves and RA proceeded to give the latest developments in ECI. Many of the
old committee members in ECI have left due to “mismanagement problems” at ECI
which apparently are still being corrected. There is now a completely new team
at ECI headed by RA. (See Appendix 1.)
there are some 16,000 professionals registered with ECI, about 5,000 are
considered to have “left” ECI mainly due to PDH problems. This is considered an
“erosion rate” of about 20%, and addressing this is an ongoing problem.
has spent about US$300,000 developing a new system to enable them to provide
on-line applications for internationals. But affiliates including Malaysia can
continue to vet through their applicants manually, as normal.
Frankcombe from IECA Australia is helping out with the metrication of ECI exams
for International registrants.
reports that it has developed 6 comprehensive manuals on Erosion and Sediment
control some time ago and is willing to share them. In Australia, the ECI
affiliate is through their IECA (Australasia) body which has an established
organization based in Melbourne since 1994. This organization covers New
Zealand as well.
has about 300 registrants to date. It is still having problems reaching out to
provincial governments to build into their legislation a provision for ESCP as
what the Americans have. They also have an on-going tussle with CISEC in
Canada, which is being promoted by the Toronto Regional Control Authority
(TRCA), which disparages ECI for some reason. Shelly Enders is the paid
executive managing their organization and she uses a software called “Growthzone”
to manage everything about their members, from updating subscriptions to PDUs
to news infos.
Malaysian report is in Appendix 2.
2.0 ECI Awards
3 years of it being mooted, ECI finally agreed on a list of recipients for
“Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Distinguished Service Award”. The awardees
are shown in Appendix 3. Lifetime
Achievement Awards were given to pioneers and founders of CPESC who have
contributed a great deal over their lifetime. Distinguished Service Awards were
given to those who have contributed substantially to ECI and the profession
over the years.
Dato’ Ahmad Fuad Embi (Vice
President of MSO) is one of the recipients of the “Distinguished Service Award”
for his years of dedication in promoting and championing ESCP in Malaysia.
Awards were given out at a dinner function at the Kimpton Palomar Hotel, San
Diego Saturday 21 Oct 2017. About 50 guests attended the function, comprising
of award winners, their families and ECI staff.
and Malaysia were the only internationals in the list, with the rest being
Americans. This is an honour as even Canada, which were affiliates much earlier
than Malaysia, were not represented.
Latest developments in ECI
is the largest professional certification organization in the environmental
field of stormwater with over 16,000 professionals certified over the past 40
years. It is also the only international certification body which provides an
accreditation compliant program administering five certification programs that
have been vetted through by hundreds of people (including practitioners,
regulators, academic personnel, engineers and attorneys) to ensure the
certifications represent national and international standards. ECI
certifications are not intended to represent state and regional issues. Rather
they are intended to certify individuals possess the knowledge and skills, as
well as the ethical obligation, to work at a local or regional level to solve
complex water quality issues. ECI professional certifications require extensive
knowledge and experience, as well as continuing education to ensure that
certified individuals stay current with changing industry technology. ECI
Certifications should not be confused with certificates of training programs.”
(Text from ECI website).
At the Board of Directors meeting Aug 29, 2017 in Washington,
Robert Anderson was retained as the Executive Director. Francisco Urueta from
Mexico was appointed as the Co-Chairman of the International Committee. The
Board noted that ECI has completed a three year transition period and has grown
considerably over the last 2 years especially. It now has 5 certification
programs administered over the whole United States and 20 other countries in the
world. The latest program announced is the CPISM certification (Certified
Professional in Industrial Stormwater Management) which should be useful to
professional engineers dealing with wastewater in Malaysia. It is also
noteworthy that the Program chairman for CPSWQ is a Malaysian: Ngiam Kee-Hwee
who is a senior manager at Walmart.
Assistant Executive Director is Ms Melissa McKinney who will manage the
day-to-day affairs of ECI. She was previously the Operations Manager, and
usually is the one who communicates with me on any issues with our MSO,
although Rob Anderson also emails on what are considered policy matters (e.g.
the 2016 suspension of MSO certification programs).
Program Manager is Marvin Greer who is in charge of Reviews and Exams, and is
the person who is changing the present US version of CPESC to the Malaysian
version, as well as the Metric version which will be offered to international
marketing Coordinator is Jaime Ambriz, who is in charge of marketing strategies
and approach as well as the outreach program. He will be the relevant person
when we start our awareness program to other South-east Asian countries next
Status of International
Organizations: Malaysia (MSO).
presently has 362 registrants: 190 CPESC, 164 CESSWI and 8 CPSWQ out of a total
of 537 members.
- Agreement with ECI
first agreement between MSO and ECI was signed July 21, 2013 due to be renewed
in 2016. The second agreement has been drafted and is being finalized by both
- ECI Certification Exams
has appointed a Malaysian Proctor (Azman Abu Bakar) for the first time, in
2017. MSO is continuing with a schedule of 2 exams for CPESC, 2 for CESSWI, a
year, as was done for previous years. This year an exam for CPSWQ has also been
slotted for the year end.
It is anticipated that the next
exams for CPESC and CESSWI slotted for Dec 2017 will be held in electronic version
i.e. online, without the need for exam question papers and answers.
It is also anticipated that there
will be questions on “Malaysian Rules and Regulations” for the first time, as
compared to all previous exams where the “Rules and Regulations” part only
covered US Rules and Regs. This is because the Malaysian R&R written
chapter and exam questions have been finalized and agreed upon by both parties
a few months ago.
MSO is scheduled to host a workshop
to introduce the ECI certification system to other countries in the region
(South East Asia), subject to approval of the funding. This is expected to
kick-start a more systematic approach to Erosion and Sediment control in the
Award Recipients 2017.