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Ohio Department of Health Septage Continuing Education

The following CEU classes are authorized for renewal to do work in 2021.
The deadline to obtain 6 CEUs was December 31, 2019 to do work this year.
If you are still in need of CEUs to do work in 2020 please CONTACT your local Health Department to see if you qualify to request a VARIANCE before paying for our classes.

  • Please read the following carefully.
  • All Ohio classes are conducted via the Adobe Connect distance learning platform utilizing the internet.
  • All available online, on-demand, interactive, distance learning events are listed with an ADD TO CART Button below
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  • Or contact Ms. Dendra J. Best with your list of requested classes 1-231-233-1806
  • Payment is preferred via secure online billing. All major credit cards, direct debit are accepted.
  • You may pay by check made payable to 'Wastewater Education 501(c)(3)' and mailed to P.O. Box 792, Traverse City, Ohio 49685-0792. (Mailed checks should allow 5 business days to arrive)

Those classes, for credit to obtain a 2021 or renew a 2020, License currently available as recorded/ on-demand are in RED

Upon receipt of payment you should receive a confirmation email and then a follow up with your student credentials and class URLs
Payment buttons are located BELOW each class description

    Classes include snap quizzes, discussion and Q&A.
  1. Those attending are expected to be active participants and complete a short post-class assignment before CEU Certificates can be issued.

Payment MUST be received beforehand.

Then we will email you your class access key.

WasteWater Education 501c3 requires payment prior to releasing each Class access link. Students have 90 days to demonstrate participation, and fulfillment of required tests or assignments. All such requirements must be fulfilled before a final Certificate of Completion can be issued. If payment is made and the attendee is unable to take the classes within this time frame a credit toward future classes, will be noted. A refund may be considered subject to Board approval. NO Refund will be given after 180 days. • A 6 month payment credit option is available for any amount over $99 - see PayPalCredit for information. (a Certificate of Completion will be issued by WasteWater Education 501c3 upon successful completion of ALL class requirements.)


2020OH- 001 Safety Procedures Part One: Electricity 2 CSE- $80

As more properties have outdoor electrical service, and increasing numbers of advanced systems have electrical components, even if your role is just to service the tank - outdoor electricity can be deadly, both man made and from nature. OSHA considers electrocution one of the ‘fatal four’ prime causes of workplace fatalities and serious injury.

2020OH-002 Part Two: Common Sense Work site safety to avoid personal injury and liability (2 CSE)- $80

Areas to be covered referencing OSHA best practices:

2020OH-004a: Dealing with extreme weather events (2 hours $80)

As an active participant in programs and presentations of the OSU Climate Change Outreach Team, and in view of severe weather events from recent years, STS providers will need to become aware of and trained for conditions which stress, damage or limit the performance of onsite wastewater systems. This class will review wet weather events, prolonged ice and snow cover, drought and heat periods as well as natural disasters.

2020OH-005a Blood Born Pathogens and Parasites. - 2 CSE $80

Safety Procedures: Basic primer on personal safety best practices both as an employer and as a single business owner. UPDATED
Areas to be covered will reference:

2020OH-005b Bugs Without Borders - A primer for disease vectors and parasites of emerging concern to wastewater service providers.4 CSE - $160

  1. Vectors for infection are changing, especially emerging infections due to changing climate and weather conditions.
  2. Projected climate changes and increased risk to service providers of exposure from insects and parasitic emerging pathogens will be examined.
  3. Recognition of symptoms.
  4. Areas to be covered will reference OSHA 1926
  5. Public outreach and communication
  6. Understanding risk

2020OH-005c Best practices for portable sanitation and service providers in handling 'sharps' and drug paraphernalia 2 CSE - $80

  1. Stop! Think! Look! Refer to your check list!
    Do you HAVE written policies and guidelines? If not start here.
  2. The object of this class is to be a Primer on personal safety best practices both as an employer and as a single business owner.Areas to be covered will reference: Vectors for infection and recognition of symptoms.
  3. First Aid best practices and health care suggestions
  4. PPE guidelines and preventative measures
  5. Public outreach and communication
  6. Understanding risk

2020OH- 007d Assessing the site for portable sanitation service and placement. 2 CSE- $80

Regardless of whether this is a new or an old established client, the site assessment begins with the initial phone call. Being prepared for what site conditions exist, or may be, will ensure both safe working conditions, protection for your self and the property owner. Are you asking the right questions? Do you have a site preliminary check list? What is the time line for completion?
This class also examines how to review the site using online tools and what additional questions this might lead you to ask the property owner or other contractors working on the site. Such as:

Whether it’s for 12 or 200 - how you install and service will either make you a client for life or break your business.
Assessing the site will focus on 7 main items:
Is the site safe, can I access it, can I service it, how many people/how many units, risks, invisibility, hygiene.

20209OH-007e Check Lists, Inspections and Disclosure Forms 2 CSE - $80

Service providers routinely do system inspections, both on occupied properties as part of a normal service call, but also on a property that has sat empty for an extended period of time. There are legal and ethical considerations - and development of sound policies and procedure are essential. 
Utilizing checklists for all service visits is a best practice to ensure nothing is overlooked.
Creating a Disclosure Statement is good business practice for many reasons.
Recognizing the difference between an inspection and an evaluation will be covered, also best practices for collecting system samples for performance evaluation. This class will expand on previous year’s best practices and options for official onsite inspector certification.

2020OH- 007f. HOW TO USE Google Earth Pro,  and USDA NRCS WEB Soil Survey 1.5 CSE - $60

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In the Class titled Assessing the Site, service providers were introduced to the tools available to them to look at the location beforehand, assessing best access routes, anticipating logistical problems.
This class is both for service providers and installers.Taught by Paul Finnel - past manager of the WebSoil Program at NRCS.

This class will allow attendees to experiment and to review an actual site using:
* Google Earth’s layers and functions.
* Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world. NRCS has soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation’s counties and anticipates having 100 percent in the near future. The site is updated and maintained online as the single authoritative source of soil survey information - and invaluable tool for assessment and troubleshooting onsite systems. See
*And SoilWeb – an online tool developed by UC Davies

2020OH- 007g. Soil Profiles in Ohio: A Basic Primer for troubleshooting and servicing systems and land application best practices including how to use Google Earth Pro, and USDA NRCS WEB Soil Survey 2 CSE - $80

This class is both for service providers and installers.Taught by Paul Finnel - past manager of the WebSoil Program at NRCS.

2020OH- 007h. The Basics: An introduction to wastewater treatment processes and microbiology for package treatment and septage receiving. 2 CSE - $80

A 2 hour introduction to the absolute basics of how biological wastewater treatment systems and microorganisms operate. This class is both for those at the very start of their careers as well as those who would just like to know more about the hidden world of microbes! We have good health in this country because we train professionals to understand how biology and chemistry make wastewater treatment systems work. Come learn the basics! It's been since 1911 since the US has had a major outbreak of cholera but preventing incidences of water born illness are the central reason environmental professionals strive for excellence in wastewater system design, operation and maintenance. Wastewater practitioners have to start somewhere on their long road to becoming a professional operator.

2020OH- 008a. Understanding Conventional Systems - TANKS SERVICING, CLEANING AND INSPECTING 2 CSE- $80

How they work, what to look for, in the home, inlets, outlets, tank construction, tank issues, effluent filters, measuring and observations, inspecting the drain field; when to do borings, where, what you may find. Compliance with OH Code

2020OH- 008b Introduction to history and use of precast concrete tanks: Is it cement or concrete? Why does it even make a difference? 1.5 hours $60

In this class you will learn the difference between cement and concrete and how they are used. A brief history of concrete will be presented showing that concrete is the oldest building material still being used today. The class will also provide the learner with a brief overview of current issues in the industry, including associations, Certifications, and ASTM standards applicable to precast concrete.

2019OH- 008ci Who’s in charge - are YOU in charge? What are your responsibilities for installing a precast tank? 3 hours $120

a) Getting organized Reviewing the design, the location, the grade, the layout, the elevation. Is this a new, replace or repair visit? Reviewing the site. Do you see potential problems now and for the future? How easy will it be to service this system? Assessing the site, soils, conditions BEFORE choosing and hiring equipment. Assessing the landscape view - (i.e the problems with slopes and walk out basements, snow plowing sites etc.) Protecting the site and why. Equipment staging for hauling, digging, lifting, leveling. Pipe choices, staging, handling.
b) SAFETY - THINK FIRST! As a service provider you are the responsible person on site. Tank delivery, clearance, trenching, confined space, types of tanks and the various installation guides, leveling and setting the bed.
c) Watertightness, repairing and inspecting risers, filters and inspection ports. Checking for integrity of existing boots, seals and mastics. ASTM standards.

2019OH- 008cii Microbial Induced Corrosion: Causes and Methods of Prevention Septic Tank Deterioration - recognition, causes and assessment. 1.5 hours $60

Microbial Induced Corrosion (MIC) shortens the life span of concrete products. Unfortunately, there are some incorrect myths about the cause and effect. What systematic events lead to the colonization of bacteria that causes this corrosion. The impact and severity of this corrosion will be explained, and the actions necessary for the prevention of MIC will be presented. Concrete corrosion can be prevented. Attendees will be invited to present their own experiences.

2020OH- 008d. Understanding Conventional Systems - TREATMENT FIELDS SERVICING, TROUBLE SHOOTING AND INSPECTING 2 CSE- $80

How they work, what to look for, and different media. Inspecting the drain field; when to do borings, where, what you may find. Groundwater issues, surface water discharge and hydrologic flow. Understanding and recognizing local soils. Compliance with OH Code

2020OH- 008g. Understanding and Servicing Holding Tanks and Pump Chambers - 2 hours $80

In this class we will review the reasons these systems have been installed and the special challenges of servicing.

2020OH- 009.PPCPs, FOG and 'Flushables' (2 CSE- $80)

A conversation about pollutants and their impacts on system performance, special needs for servicing and disposal. Pharmaceutical Products, Personal Care Products, Pesticides, Petroleum Based Cleaning and Plasticizing Products and their effect on wastewater system performance and the environment. What to look for, basic safety precautions, legal considerations. Issues with acceptance by a WWTP.

2020OH- 010a.Basic Math And System Calculations 101 - 2 hours $80

Rationale: a competency in basic math is essential to be sure the system is working correctly. Areas to be covered:

2020OH- 010b.Basic Math And System Calculations 101 - 2 hours $80

2020OH- 011: Pumps, panels, switches and floats

To be covered: Local and State requirements, Servicing, inspecting, installing, safety, sizing.
In conjunction with SSPMA [Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association] a 6 CEU course specifically for septic service providers - Each class (1 CEU) may be taken as a stand alone option. To be covered: Local and State requirements, Servicing, inspecting, installing, safety, sizing.

6 CEU Hours available now at $240 - see FULL PAYMENT BUTTON below the individual listings
1. Floats and Alternative Level Sensing / Joe Zimmerman and Jeremy Drinkwine, SJE Rhombus

2. Best Installation Practices For Trouble-free Pump Controls / Mark McCollum, SJE Rhombus

3. Basic Electric Theory Relating to Onsite Septic Control / Mark McCollum, SJE Rhombus

4. Troubleshooting Pumps, Panels and Switches with Digital Multimeters / Tom Stephan, Xylem

5. Understanding Pumps and Common Pumping Issues / Deron Oberkorn, Zoeller

6. Sizing Guidelines for Sump, Sewage and Grinder Pumps / Deron Oberkorn, Zoeller

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2020OH – 012a: Educating the Property Owner on Best Management and Operation Practices (2 CSE - $80)

Building a relationship of trust with the property owner is more than just a 'pump and go' event. Educating the public about their responsibility as an onsite system owner is compatible with your role as an environmental and public health professional. A recent study made the claim that the average adult has a 5-8th Grade understanding of science but a basic understanding of how a septic system works is essential to their performance and your ability to properly service them.
This class will cover resources available for you to develop communication skills and customize education services and messaging for the property owner to promote the reason we are all in this business - to protect public and environmental health:

2020OH- 013: Online Tool for Creating a Community/Individual Septic System Owners Guide  2 hours $10 

Please email for access link
Many residential and commercial properties rely on onsite systems to safely treat their wastewater.
Many of these systems serve clusters of homes through a shared 'community' system which requires additional management. The delivery of proper system management is a key issue to ensure cost-effective and long-term wastewater treatment for both new development and existing communities. Community System Owner's Guide (CSOG) will help community members and leaders understand how their system works, what management tasks need to occur on a regular basis, and how they can protect their infrastructure from premature failure. Using this tool, an engineer, septic professional, community facilitator, or educated community member will be able to develop a guide to effective management by entering basic information on the users, system, rate structures and any regional, state, or local differences in regulations that affect the management of community systems.
A Team lead by Sara Heger - Onsite Sewage Treatment Program in the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota has created This recorded demonstration is approved for 2 OH CEU hours. An administration fee of $10 will be charged to oversee the CEU requirement which is to answer a 10 question quiz about the Tool plus create a System Guide Template.

WasteWater Education 501c3 requires payment prior to releasing each Class access link. Students have 90 days to demonstrate participation, and fulfillment of required tests or assignments. All such requirements must be fulfilled before a final Certificate of Completion can be issued. If payment is made and the attendee is unable to take the classes within this time frame a refund, or credit toward future classes, will be considered subject to Board approval.

Course Cancellation/Rescheduling:Course Cancellation/Rescheduling: Some courses may be cancelled or rescheduled due to low enrollment/registration or other reasons.

Questions regarding the above courses may be directed to the Director of Wastewater Education 501(c)(3) Ms. Dendra J. Best, at 231-233-1806.

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