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18VAC160-20-98

18VAC160-20-98. Qualifications for licensure - onsite sewage system operators.

A. Each applicant shall make application in accordance with 18VAC160-20-76 and shall meet the specific entry requirements provided for in this section.

B. Each applicant holding a valid interim onsite sewage system operator license shall submit documentation of compliance with the continuing professional education requirements of this chapter at the time of application.

C. Specific entry requirements.

1. Conventional onsite sewage system operator. Each individual applying for an initial conventional onsite sewage system operator license shall pass a board-approved examination and shall have at least one year of full-time experience as a sewage handler or one year of full-time experience working under the direct supervision of either an interim conventional, interim alternative, conventional, or alternative onsite sewage system operator licensee. meet one of the following requirements:

a. Have at least one year of full-time experience as a sewage handler;

b. Have one year of full-time experience working under the direct supervision of either an interim conventional, interim alternative, conventional, or alternative onsite sewage system operator licensee; or

c. Possess a valid wastewater works operator license.

2. Alternative onsite sewage system operator. Each individual applying for an initial alternative onsite sewage system operator license shall possess a valid interim onsite sewage system operator license or a valid conventional onsite sewage system operator license, shall pass a board-approved examination, and shall meet one of the following requirements:

a. Have no high school diploma and 24 months of full-time experience working under the direct supervision of an alternative onsite sewage system operator licensee or an interim alternative onsite sewage system operator licensee;

b. Have a high school diploma or GED and 12 months of full-time experience working under the direct supervision of an alternative onsite sewage system operator licensee or an interim alternative onsite sewage system operator licensee; or

c. Possess a valid Class IV or higher wastewater works operator license and have satisfactorily completed an onsite sewage system operator course approved by the board or have six months of full-time experience working under the direct supervision of an alternative onsite sewage system operator licensee or an interim alternative onsite sewage system operator licensee.

D. Education and training substitution. Each individual applying for a conventional or an alternative onsite sewage system operator license may receive credit for up to half of the experience required by this section for:

1. Satisfactory completion of postsecondary courses in wastewater, biology, chemistry, geology, hydraulics, hydrogeology, or soil science at the rate of one month per semester hour or two-thirds of a month per quarter hour; or

2. Satisfactory completion of board-approved onsite sewage system operator training courses at the rate of one month for each training credit earned. Up to one training credit is awarded for each 10 hours of classroom contact time or for each 20 hours of laboratory exercise and field trip contact time. No credit towards training credits is granted for breaks, meals, receptions, and time other than classroom, laboratory and field trip contact time.

18VAC160-20-9998

FORMS (18VAC160-20)

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Certificate of Completion, 19CPE (rev. 05/09).

Application for Training Course Approval, 19CRS (rev. 05/09).

Experience Verification Form, 19EXP (eff. 07/09).

Experience Verification Application – Onsite Sewage System Applicants Only, A436-19EXP (rev. 10/12).

Education & Training Substitution Form, 19ET_SUB (eff. 07/09).

Licensure Fee Notice, 19FEE (eff. 07/09).

Interim Onsite Soil Evaluator - VDH Employees Only License Application, 1930LIC (eff. 07/09).

Interim Onsite Sewage System Installer License Application, 1931_32LIC (eff. 07/09).

Interim Onsite Sewage System Operator License Application, 1933_34LIC (eff. 07/09).

Onsite Soil Evaluator Exam & License Application, 1940_41EXLIC (eff. 07/09).

Onsite Sewage System Installer Exam & License Application, A465-1944EXLIC (rev. 12/12).

Onsite Sewage System Operator Exam & License Application, 1942_43EXLIC (eff. 07/09).

Suspension of Examination – Conventional Onsite Sewage System Installer License Application, 1944WAIV (eff. 07/12).

Onsite Sewage System Operator - Exam & License Application, A465-1942EXLIC-v3, (eff 07/13).