|Action||General Review 2014|
|Comment Period||Ends 2/22/2017|
18VAC160-40-270. Qualifications for master alternative onsite soil evaluator licenses (ITEM 4)
18VAC160-40-270. Qualifications for master alternative onsite soil evaluator licenses
Propose the board strike four years and replace with eight (8)
Four ] Eight years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing alternative onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator [ certified by VDH before July 1, 2009 ], a professional engineer, or an alternative onsite soil evaluator.
From the former VDH AOSE program,
A person who demonstrates to the satisfaction of the division that he has at least eight years of experience evaluating site and soil conditions for onsite sewage systems in Virginia in accordance with the Board of Health’s regulations (12 VAC 5-610-20 et seq.) shall be eligible to receive a certificate as an AOSE provided:
a. The applicant successfully completes a training course or courses designated and approved by the division,
b. The applicant successfully completes the AOSE written and field tests approved by the division, and
c. The applicant provides a written statement signed by a current or former supervisor or an AOSE with a current certification stating that the person is sufficiently experienced to become an AOSE
During review of the Onsite Sewage Disposal System Research in Florida, an Evaluation of Current OSDS Practices in Florida, March 1993 (below), industry concerns were listed as how to improve on lot wastewater treatment.
The practice of engineering is a universal constant and is independent of geo-political boundaries. Our licensing board(s) should be gathering information from the success of other programs to ensure a competent work force is readily available. Reducing entry requirements will not provide a more skilled labor force to meet current demands for the user or designer. Historical paradigms for designing onsite sewage systems have expired and failed in most states. Increasing designer knowledge, skills, and abilities provides immediate benefit that society can rely upon.