Much of this training takes place at the Florida Onsite Wastewater Association's Training Center in Polk City, Florida. Local contractors and wastewater professionals played a key role in starting the training center by donating time and resources to the construction of the site, and the center continues to be funded in part through a portion of the repair permit fees. The center promotes a hands-on approach to education and showcases both conventional systems and a variety of wastewater treatment alternatives. Its goal is to elevate the professional state of practice both for county health department field staff and for
The center provides a number of hands-on workstations featuring low-pressure distribution, pumps and pump controls, mound systems, and tank components. There is an area set up to give field staff experience in inspecting onsite systems. Soil pits are also available to provide first-hand experience in observing soil colors and textures in place in the ground.
The center offers a variety of basic and advanced courses.
Accelerated OSTDS Certification Course: Basic Florida Soils, System Design, System Materials, Construction Standards and Regulatory Requirements. This five day course is required training for Department of Health field staff and persons applying for Master Septic Tank Contractor registration.
Septic Tank Contractor Training (130 kb pdf). List of approved courses for Registered and Master Septic Tank Contractor registration renewal.
Florida Soil-Certified Engineer's Staff. The Florida Onsite Wastewater Association (FOWA) maintains a listing of engineering staff who have taken and passed the "Master III - Basic Florida Soils" course.
For information on courses or to register contact:
Click here for directions to the training center (207 kb pdf)
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