Digging Deeper

Soils Training for Soil Professionals


Kathryn Luxford

Joni Tanner


In response to client requests, the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is periodically offering soils and onsite wastewater workshops designed especially for those who already have a strong understanding of soil genesis, mineralogy, physical properties, and implications for land use.


  • Environmental Health Specialists
  • Licensed Soil Scientists
  • Foresters
  • Professional Engineers

(via Zoom)

In-Person Training

 Registration Information

Soils of the Outer Piedmont
November 16, 2021
Erik Severson, PhD, NCSU
Alan Clapp, LSS
Scott Greene, LSS, NCDHHS
Phil Bradley, PG, NCGS
  • Geology of the Outer Piedmont
  • Soils of the Outer Piedmont
  • Issues Related to Onsite Systems
  • Saprolite vs Parent Material
  • Field Videos of Detailed Soil Descriptions: Cecil, Pacolet, Wedowee, Chewacla

6 hours



Drip Dispersal Design for Small Proprietary Systems
August 24, 2021
Tom Ashton, LSS, American Mfg
Pam Pruett, Env Systems Cons
Meghan Andress, PreDoc Inc.
  • Review of Rules
  • Hardware Requirements
  • Field Application
  • Delineation and Absorption Area
  • Elements of Hydraulic Design
  • Small Group Work: Design examples & problem scenarios
  • Additional Considerations: Site preparation, redistribution, uneven zones, treed sites, & flow equalization
  • Hands-on Field Demonstrations

6 hours

NOTE:  This course content is similar to the webinars in the left column, but adds opportunities for small group work, design examples, problem scenarios, and hands-on demos.  Attend both the webinars and the in-person course for an intensive training experience to build your design skills.

Mtn Horticultural Crops Ext Center
455 Research Dr
Mills River, NC
To Register:
Click on the course title at left.


Professional Credit: 

  • Environmental Health Specialists (NCREHS).  These course agendas have been submitted for approval.
  • Licensed Soil Scientists (self-claim)
  • Professional Engineers and Surveyors (self-claim)
  • Foresters  – We can submit these courses for CFE credit upon request.  Contact us at soils_training@ncsu.edu.

NOTE: These courses will not be submitted for credit for septic installers, septic inspectors, or wastewater operators. For courses approved by NCOWCICB and WPCSOCC, please visit: go.ncsu.edu/wastewater-ce