Land Application of Residuals System Operators Training School

Online Sessions:  July 13, 15, 17, 20, 22
In-Person Field Day:  August 10 (Raleigh, NC)

Land Application School has been modified for 2020 as five online sessions and
one traditional field day.  Attendance is required for all sessions. 


Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns.


We continue to work with local and state health officials, as well as NC State and NC A&T State Universities, to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Please know that training schedule changes are intended to protect the health and safety of our community while striving to provide the resources and services you need.We will continue to closely monitor the situation and act consistently with local, state and national recommendations.



Kathryn Luxford

Joni Tanner

All land application facilities that hold a permit from the Division of Water Resources for the land application of sludge, residuals, or contaminated soils (on a designated site) are subject to classification as a land application system. As a classified system, the permit holder is required to designate an Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) and a Back-up Operator who hold a Land Application/Residuals Operators Certification to be responsible for the operation of the system. The purpose of this training school is to provide the training necessary to properly operate and manage land application programs for residuals and biosolids. The training school is mandatory for all applicants for the examination for certification as Land Application/Residuals Systems Operator, regardless of education or experience.

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Online Sessions 1 & 2, July 13 & 15

• Introduction to Wastewater Treatment and Biosolids Management
• Residuals Characteristics
• Sludge Processing
• Land Treatment System

Online Session 3, July 17

• Site Management
• Equipment
• Math
• Soils and Vegetation
• Optional Math Help Session

Online Sessions 4 & 5, July 20 & 22

• Laws, Rules, and Permit Requirements
• Equipment Operation and Safety
• Record Keeping and Monitoring
• Public Information

Field Day, August 10
(Will be held rain or shine. Please wear appropriate attire.)

• Question and Answer Opportunities with Field Operations Personnel
• Demonstration and Calibration of Land Application Equipment


Exam Information

Examinations for certification as a Land Application of Residuals System Operator are administered by the staff of the Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission (WPCSOCC) on a quarterly basis at five locations throughout North Carolina. Application for the certification examination is a separate process from registration for the training school and must be made directly to the WPCSOCC. Completion of the training school is a prerequisite for the certification examination. However, there are other eligibility requirements that must be met in order to sit for the examination. The examination application and fee must be submitted directly to the WPCSOCC 30 days prior to the desired examination date.

Application for Examination

For an application to become a certified Land Application of Residuals System Operator or for further information concerning the examination, please check the WPCSOCC website, write, or call:


1618 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1618
(919) 807-6353

The first exam date following the School is September 10, 2020. Application deadline is August 11, 2020.

Link to the Examination Application

 Registration Information

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The registration fee includes course materials and a certificate of attendance.

Fee: $395

Online Session Access:

The online sessions will be delivered via Zoom web conferencing as webinars with a live moderator, some live instruction, and some recorded instruction. Once registered, you will receive full information on how to access the online sessions

Field Day Address:

Booth Field Learning Lab
4000 Chi Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27603

Nearby Hotels:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
3741 Thistledown Dr.
Raleigh, NC


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
5630 Dillard Dr.
Cary, NC