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Each year the “Basic Onsite Wastewater System Installation Course” is offered as the mandatory first step for contractors seeking recognition through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services Voluntary Certification Program for Septic System Installers. Voluntary certification programs are also offered in Subsurface Inspection along with additional topics to highlight new technologies, plumbing code review and site evaluator refresher courses.
Partners on this training series include the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District the Maine DEP Non-Point Source Training Center, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the Maine State Planning Office, and Casco Bay Estuary Project.
As the regional County Soil & Water Conservation Districts assist with the local logistics, staff from DHHS’ subsurface Wastewater Program outlines the agendas and leads the instruction while JETCC receives, tracks and organizes all program registration material. Courses are generally offered between January and April and are publicized through a brochure distributed by JETCC as well as through newsletters from the program partners.
The target audience for these classes include: septic system installers, excavation contractors, Code Enforcement Officers, Professional Engineers, Licensed Site Evaluators, architects, real estate brokers and homeowners, as well as personnel working on erosion control.
Basic Onsite Wastewater System Installation Course
Presented by staff from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Subsurface Wastewater Program, this session will give installers of subsurface wastewater disposal systems a basic understanding of the design, permitting, construction, and inspection processes contained in the Maine Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Rules, CMR 241. The various types of systems recognized will be discussed, with significant time devoted to identification and explanation of the rule sections that relate directly to the construction of subsurface systems. A detailed description of the inspection process will be featured, stressing system construction aspects that are critical to the successful long-term functioning of subsurface systems. The use of erosion control devices and the DEP permitting process will also be covered.
Attendees who submit HHE-200 Forms for two successfully completed system installations will be granted a certification number. The details of the voluntary Certification Program for System Installers will be covered during this session.
Subsurface Wastewater System Inspection Course
Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Environmental Protection have developed a voluntary subsurface wastewater system inspection program that is promoted for use at the time of property transfers. However, this process could be used at any time that a system owner wishes to document an existing subsurface system. This session, presented by Subsurface Wastewater Program staff and certified system inspectors, will describe the techniques needed to complete the DHHS State Inspection Report Form (HHE-240). Several examples of typical inspection scenarios will be discussed, including a review of completed inspection report forms. Advanced techniques and equipment relating to existing system evaluation will also be reviewed. Anyone attending this day-long session will earn a voluntary certification relative to conducting inspections of operating subsurface wastewater disposal systems.