Training for Septic System Installers and Inspectors

COVID-19 UPDATE:

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.

Steps for Certification as a North Carolina Installer or Inspector

Contact:

Joni Tanner
919-513-1678

Kathryn Luxford
919-515-7154

soils_training@ncsu.edu

1. Apply to the NCOWCICB (state board).  Download the application from the NCOWCICB website:
2. Register for the initial certification training.
  • Installers: Register for the 18-hour Intro Training below.
  • Inspectors: Register for the Inspector School below.
3. Register for additional training and the exam as needed, depending on certification type.  The first additional training opportunities offered by NC State University are listed below, but other options are available in different locations around the state.  You can see our full list of 3-hour and 6-hour workshops at this website:  go.ncsu.edu/wastewater-ce
  • Installers:
    • For Grade 1 or 2, you’ll need one additional day of training (6 hours) after the 18-hour Intro. (There is no exam for Grades 1 or 2, only the training requirement.)
    • For Grade 3 or 4, you’ll need 2 additional days of training (9-12 hours) after the 18-hour Intro plus an exam. The exam is offered by the NCOWCICB on a different date.
  • Inspectors: After the school, you’ll need to pass an exam to finish your certification. The exam is offered by the NCOWCICB on a different date.
4. Keep up with your continuing education.  All certifications require continuing education training each year prior to Nov 15, in order to renew the certification for the next year. The CE requirement begins with the first year of certification, so if you activate your certification in 2019, the NCOWCICB will require CE by Nov 15, 2019 to renew for 2020.  We offer continuing education options around the state September-December, and they will be posted here (go.ncsu.edu/wastewater-ce) when those courses are available.  They are also listed in the “Soil Science at Work” brochure (download link below).  A new brochure for 2019-2020 will be posted in late May.
  • Installers: Grades 1 and 2 require 3 hours/year. Grades 3 and 4 require 6 hours/year.
  • Inspectors: Inspectors require 6 hours/year.

18-hour Introductory
Installer Training

Register now by clicking on the date below.

Inspector School
for Time-of-Sale Inspections

Register now by clicking on the date below.

 

Additional Training Options

Introduction
This course introduces students to the basics of onsite wastewater and illustrates how septic systems function. You will learn the most important points about installing gravity distribution septic systems and how to use Best Management Practices for system installation to increase the lifespan of your clients’ septic systems.

 

2020 Schedule
August 4-6, 2020 (Raleigh)
Sep 1-3, 2020 (Mills River)

 

Registration Fee:
$485
Payable to NCSU.

 

Agenda
9:00am-4:30pm
Day 1
  • Septic system function and operation
  • Understanding conventional systems
  • Septic systems in the environment
  • Permitting
  • State rules and enforcement
  • Planning and site preparation
  • Tanks, trenches, outlet filters, & risers
  • Field demonstrations
Day 2
  • Distribution devices
  • Conventional, accepted, & innovative systems
  • Layouts and elevations
  • Safety
  • Field demonstrations
Day 3
  • Modifications to systems
  • Local health department inspections
  • Layout problems
  • Drainfield and trench media
  • Field demonstrations
  • Functioning as a team with the local health department
 Introduction
Proper inspections are key to ensuring an onsite system is acceptable for property transfer or adding on to an existing structure. This school was designed specifically to teach individuals how to properly perform property transfer inspections and prepare them for the certification exam offered by the NCOWCICB.
 

2020 Schedule
Sep 21-22, 2020 (Raleigh)

Registration Fee:
$335
Payable to NCSU.

Agenda
9:00am-4:30pm
Day 1
  • Overview of systems and wastewater
  • Basic rules of onsite systems and inspectors
  • Safety
  • Preparation prior to site visit
  • Components
  • Site/source review
  • Tanks, controls and pumps
  • Field instruction
Day 2
  • Advanced pretreatment
  • Disinfection
  • Distribution and dispersal
  • Final report
  • Legal aspects
  • Special Conditions
  • Field instruction
  • Completing the final report

 

Continuing Education Options:
3/27/20: We are working to schedule 6-hour and 3-hour workshops for fall 2020.  When these courses have specific dates and locations, they will be listed on this webpage:

 

NCOWCICB Exam Information
Visit the NCOWCICB website for exam dates and the exam registration form.

 

Registration Information

Registration for September – December training options will be available in June 2020.  

NOTE: Registration fees include course materials, refreshment breaks, lunch each day, and a certificate of attendance.

Raleigh Classroom Address:

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

Mills River Classroom Address:

Mountain Horticultural Crops Ext Ctr
455 Research Dr.
Mills River, NC 28759