The Alabama Onsite Wastewater Association 

Training Center

TRAINING CLASSES:

THE BASIC, or FIRST TIME INSTALLER LICENSING CLASS

This workshop is now conducted over the course of three-and-a-half days.  This class is designed to provide the training needed for new installers to enter Alabama's onsite industry.  The training qualifies first time licensees to install conventional onsite treatment systems provided they pass the basic installers licensing examination at the end of the training.  Conventional systems are loosely defined as those systems consisting of a septic tank, a header line, and field lines.  Field lines typically consist of a twelve inch gravel trench with four inch PVC pipe installed between twelve and sixty inches from grade in soils with percolation rates of five to one hundred twenty minutes per inch.  Chambers, gravelless pipe, Styrofoam, and tire chips can also be used with conventional systems.  This training is conducted three times annually. 

Tentative Basic Installer Class Agenda

Note: This agenda is subject to change due to instructor's schedules. If you are interested in a particular topic, please contact us a few days prior to the course for confirmation of the schedule.

Day One

7:00-7:45                  Registration at Training Center                                                                                 

8:00                          Welcome and Training Introduction                                                

8:15                          How Onsite Systems Work                                                          

11:45                        LUNCH

1:00                          Onsite Rules Overview I                                                                    

2:00                          Onsite Rules Overview II                                                                   

3:00                          BREAK

3:15                          Permit Processing and Forms                                                            

4:15                          Septic Tanks & Holding Tanks 

Day Two 

8:00                        Basic Leveling

10:00                      Basic Leveling Quiz and Problem Session

12:00                      LUNCH

1:00                        Group Training Sessions: Applying Basic Leveling in the Field

4:00                        Adjourn                                                                 

Day Three

7:00                          Soils and Onsite Systems                                                                                      

8:00                          Septic Tanks and Holding Tanks                                                    

11:45                        LUNCH

1:00                          Onsite System Layout and Installation                                           

2:00                          Onsite System Sizing & Problem Session                                           

3:00                          BREAK

3:15                          Failure Evaluation and Repairs                                                             

Day Four

7:00                          Licensure Law and the AOWB                                                        

8:00                          Onsite System Sizing Problems & Course Review                        

9:00                          BREAK                                                 

9:15                          AOWB Basic Installer Examination                                 

                                                    


GETTING AN EARLY START ON YOUR STUDIES:

The main training text for the Basic Installers Class is the Alabama Department of Public Health's (ADPH) Rules for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal, Chapter 420-3-1. Students will receive a copy of the Rules when they come to class. However, free copies of the Rules are available through the ADPH Bureau of Environmental Services in Montgomery. You can contact them and request a copy by calling 334-206-5373, or follow the link below to view the rules online.

Onsite Sewage Rules and Regulations in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format

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Suggested topics of early study include the sections on permitting process/forms and design criteria/technical specifications. The following slideshows are from presentations that you will see during the class. Check them out to get ahead on your studies!

How Onsite Systems Work    Permitting Requirements    Septic Tank Sizing   Onsite Rules Overview

System Layout and Installation       Sizing and Problem Session      Soils and Onsite Systems    

More training links coming soon!


THE ADVANCED LEVEL I INSTALLERS LICENSING CLASS

                                                                  

The Advanced Level I Installers Licensing class is a workshop that installers MUST attend prior to taking the Advanced Level I Licensing Examination. In addition, the installer MUST first complete the Basic Installers Class and other requirements before enrolling in the Advanced Level I Licensing program. The curriculum and class material for the advanced licensing class has been approved by the U.S. EPA and the Alabama Onsite Wastewater Board.

Representatives from manufacturers of  the systems at the Training Center, ADPH staff, and other industry experts provide instruction and are on hand to field specific questions. upon successful completion of the Advanced Level I Installers class and licensing examination, the Advanced Level I Installer License allows the  installer to install advanced or secondary treatment systems that treat daily sewage flows up to 1200 gallons per day,   Advanced (or secondary) treatment systems are any systems that deviate from conventional design and require an engineer's design plan.  Topics in this two and a half day course include attached-growth treatment systems, suspended-growth treatment systems, soils, drip systems, and others.  This course is offered twice annually. 

Purpose

Schedule

   

                                                                   

The workshop consists of two and a half jam-packed days of training. Dress comfortably and casually because the field sessions usually take place regardless of the weather. Bring an umbrella or rain gear just in case Mother Nature gets uncooperative. Notebooks and pens are provided upon arrival at the training sessions, but attendees should bring a calculator to use during the math section.

 

 

Tentative Advanced Class Agenda

Note: This agenda is subject to change due to instructor's schedules. If you are interested in a particular topic, please contact us a few days prior to the course for confirmation of the schedule.

Day 1

 

7:15-7:45 am           Registration                         

8:00                         Welcome                                                              

8:15                         Introduction to Alternative Onsite Systems  

9:15                         Station Training

11:45                       LUNCH

1:00                         Pumps                                                                   

2:00                         Sand Filters                                                                           

3:00                         BREAK

3:15                   Raised Bed Systems                                           

4:15                         Chambers and Drip Irrigation                            

Day 2

 8:00                         Aerobic Treatment Units                                   

9:15                         Station Training

11:45                       LUNCH

1:00                         Peat Biofilters                                                      

2:00                         Filters & Risers                                                    

3:00                         BREAK 

3:15                         Open Cell Foam Systems                                   

4:15                         Math                                                                     

Day 3

8:00                         State Regulations for Alternative Systems     

9:00                         Soils & Agronomy                                                       

10:00                       Station Training and Course Review               

11:00                       LUNCH

12:00                       TEST                                                                     

 

***Note to Installers (and other interested folks, too!): Look below and you will find many of the  presentations that are taught during the sessions. You can study up on some of the material before you attend the class.


Advanced Installer Licensing Class Topics and PowerPoint Presentations

Wastewater Management: Why?        Mounds and Controlled Fill Systems     Risers and Lids

Filters    Advanced Treatment Systems     Open Cell Foam Systems   

Onsite Sewage Rules and Regulations in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format

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More presentations coming soon!

 


THE ADVANCED LEVEL II INSTALLERS LICENSING CLASS

The Advanced Level II Installers Licensing class is a workshop that installers MUST attend prior to taking the Advanced Level II Licensing Examination. In addition, the installer MUST first complete the Advanced Level I Installers Class and other requirements before enrolling in the Advanced Level II Licensing program. The curriculum and class material for the advanced licensing class has been approved by the U.S. EPA and the Alabama Onsite Wastewater Board.

Representatives from manufacturers of  the systems at the Training Center, ADPH staff, and other industry experts provide instruction and are on hand to field specific questions. upon successful completion of the Advanced Level II Installers class and licensing examination, the Advanced Level I Installer License allows the  installer to install advanced or secondary treatment systems that treat daily sewage flows over 1200 gallons per day,   Advanced (or secondary) treatment systems are any systems that deviate from conventional design and require an engineer's design plan.  Topics in this two and a half day course include constructed wetlands, peat biofilters, aerobic treatment units, open cell foam biofilters, soils, drip systems, and others.  This course is offered twice annually. 

Purpose

Schedule

  

                                                              

The workshop consists of two and a half jam-packed days of training. Dress comfortably and casually because the field sessions usually take place regardless of the weather. Bring an umbrella or rain gear just in case Mother Nature gets uncooperative. Notebooks and pens are provided upon arrival at the training sessions, but attendees should bring a calculator to use during the math section.

 

 

Tentative Advanced Class Agenda

Note: This agenda is subject to change due to instructor's schedules. If you are interested in a particular topic, please contact us a few days prior to the course for confirmation of the schedule.

 

Day

7:15-7:45 am           Registration                         

8:00                         Welcome                                                              

8:15                         Review of Secondary Treatment Systems      

9:15                         BREAK

9:30                         Station Training

11:45                       LUNCH

1:00                         Intro to Decentralized Wastewater                  

2:00                         Collection Systems Part I                                                          

3:00                         BREAK

3:15                   Collection Systems Part II                                 

4:15                         Disposal Methods                                              

Day 2

 8:00                         Tertiary Treatment                                              

8:30                         Nutrient Removal                                                

9:00                         Disinfection                                                         

9:30                         BREAK

9:45                         Station Training

11:45                       LUNCH

1:00                         Bio-solids Management                                     

2:00                         Troubleshooting & Maintenance                     

3:30                         BREAK 

3:45                         Pumps and Controls

Day 3

 8:00                         ADPH Rules: Permitting & Mgmt. Entities     

9:00                         ADEM Rules: Permitting & Operator  Regs                                            

10:00                       AOWB Rules Overview                                     

11:00                       Station Training Refresher

12:00                       LUNCH

1:00                         TEST  


***Note to Installers (and other interested folks, too!): Look below and you will find many of the  presentations that are taught during the sessions. You can study up on some of the material before you attend the class.

Advanced Installer Licensing Class Topics and PowerPoint Presentations

Advanced Treatment Systems    Intro to Decentralized Wastewater Treatment and Disposal

Collection Systems    Tertiary Treatment    Review of ADPH Permitting Requirements


BASIC, or FIRST TIME PUMPERS LICENSING CLASS

This two-day course is geared toward potential licensees who wish to pump septic tanks or operate portable restrooms.  A separate license is required for installers or manufacturers.  Participants in  this training learn the basics of septic tank maintenance and the ins and outs of performing the tasks associated with the pumping/portable restroom business.  They can then receive their license upon successful completion of the pumper's licensing examination.  This course is offered three  times annually. 

Pumper Licensing Class Topics and PowerPoint Presentations

First Time Pumpers

INSPECTIONS: What every cleaning should be

Math Questions

Trucks and Pumps


SEPTIC TANK MANUFACTURES LICENSING CLASS

This two-day course is offered once a year and is typically conducted at a manufacturing plant, often a concrete plant, somewhere in the state.  Location may vary, but plant locations are used because of the unique nature of this licensing program.  Participants are required  to successfully complete the manufacturers licensing examination at the end of the two-day course.  


CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES

                                                                    

Once an installer has completed the licensing process, he or she is required by the Alabama Onsite Wastewater Board to receive continuing education annually in order to maintain his or her license. Basic Installers, Pumpers, and Manufacturers  must receive 6 credit hours of continuing education annually in order to maintain their licenses.  Advanced Level I Installers must receive 8 hours of continuing education annually. Advanced Level II Installers must receive 10 hours of continuing education annually. Annual continuing education is required by the AOWB for all installers, pumpers, and tank manufacturers in the state of Alabama.  Topics for the CEU classes typically include expanded versions of subjects taught in other licensing programs, along with other technical, professional development, and industry-related subjects.  Unlike the licensing programs, most of which are only conducted at the AOWATC, continuing education classes are conducted statewide in an effort to bring training right to your backyard, and help you avoid the expenses of overnight travel and time off the job.


REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 

Note that AOWA members receive discounts on some of the class fees. For information on joining the AOWA, please contact them at 334-396-3434.

Contact the AOWATC at 205-652-3803, or the AOWA office at 334-396-3434, to receive a registration packet. Please look over the licensing fee information provided below:

Basic Installer Licensing Fee :                        $325.00

Advanced Installer Class Fee:                        $350.00

Advanced Level II Installer Class Fee:           $375.00

PLEASE NOTE!!! In addition to the training class fee, you will be required to pay a separate $100.00 examination fee, made payable to the Alabama Onsite Wastewater Board (AOWB). The exam fee must be paid to th AOWB before you attend class.

Contact the AOWATC at 205-652-3803, or the AOWA office at 334-396-3434, to receive information on continuing education classes.You can also download a licensing class or continuing education registration form here:

http://www.aowainfo.org/Training-Schedule.html

IMPORTANT: The registration deadline for classes is two weeks before classes begin. 

 

If your registration is not postmarked by two weeks before your scheduled class you will be charged a $50.00 late fee.  If you "walk-in," you will be charged an additional $25.00 on top of the $50.00 late fee.  Payment by check or money order only, made payable to the Alabama Onsite Wastewater Association, should be sent with your registration form to:

University of West Alabama

Attn: Allen Tartt

Station 7

Livingston, AL   35470

 

IMPORTANT: Any cancelled registrations MUST be received or phoned in within TEN days of the class date in order to receive a full refund. Fees for cancelled registrations after this deadline WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.


ALABAMA ONSITE WASTEWATER BOARD INFORMATION

              

The AOWB is the official installer licensing agency for the state of Alabama. On the last day of any licensing class, AOWB staff will be on hand to administer the required licensing examination. The AOWB handles all licensing paperwork, including bond issues, licensing applications and license renewal.

The fee for taking a licensing examination is $100.00. This fee must be paid before you attend class. If you have any questions concerning the AOWB, please call them at 334-269-6800.

 

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