.10 Verifier Approval Protocol.

A. An individual may not be approved to act as a verifier as provided by this chapter unless the individual meets the following requirements to be established by the Department:

(1) Education and experience;

(2) Training; and

(3) Continuing education.

B. The Department may approve a verifier who meets the following eligibility requirements:

(1) Has 3 or more years of experience developing SCWQPs or qualifies as a U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service Conservation Planner level II;

(2) Is certified in Maryland to prepare NMPs in accordance with applicable Department regulations COMAR 15.20.04; and

(3) Has completed Department training in the use of the MNTT.

C. A verifier may only remain eligible to perform verifications by completing at least 6 hours of Department approved training within the first year, and 12 hours thereafter every 3 years.

D. After the opportunity for a hearing, the Department may deny, suspend, or revoke the approval of any verifier who:

(1) No longer meets eligibility requirements;

(2) Violates any of the regulatory requirements of this chapter;

(3) Provides the Department with any misleading, false, or fraudulent report;

(4) Fails to promptly provide any report or any record required to be kept by this chapter;

(5) Fails to meet the continuing education requirements for verifiers;

(6) Is determined to be negligent or incompetent; or

(7) Fails to act in such a manner that the Department determines provides other good cause to deny, suspend, or revoke approval.