Inspector Training

How do I become a licensed conventional OWTS inspector in RI?

Rhode Island does not currently have a licensing program for onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS) inspectors. However, a number of Rhode Island communities have adopted wastewater management ordinances that require the regular inspection of OWTS by a Town approved professional, many of which require training through the New England Onsite Wastewater Training Program (NEOWTP).  For those professionals working in areas that are currently without a specific ordinance, properly trained practitioners are expected to have a competitive advantage and a thorough knowledge of conventional OWTS is strongly encouraged for both new and returning inspectors.

NEOWTP provides intensive training in the area of conventional onsite wastewater treatment system inspection, covering materials in the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) “Septic System Checkup: the RI Handbook for Inspection” and including field work with blind inspections during a two-day class held at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston and the NEOWT Center located nearby at the University’s Peckham Farm. Following completion of the course, registrants may take an examination to demonstrate successful completion of the training curriculum.  Upon passing the examination, registrants will be added to an Onsite Wastewater System Inspector Registry, managed by the NEOWTP. The registry is also made available by the RIDEM OWTS Professional Licensing Program.  The vast majority of RI Towns with OWTS management programs use the registry to include inspectors in their Town approved list of inspectors.

Please note, the registry does not to serve as an endorsement of any particular practitioners, only to serve as a registry of those who have successfully completed the training curriculum.

How do I register for the conventional onsite wastewater treatment system inspection training?

Interested professionals should view the NEOWTP class schedule or download a NEOWTP Course Schedule to review dates and times for the course.  In order to take the exam and qualify for the registry, you must register for INSP 100A, Conventional Onsite Wastewater System Inspection, and INSP 100B, Conventional Onsite Wastewater System Inspection Field Training. Those people who take and pass the exam are entered into the registry.  The classes are offered on a consecutive Thursday and Friday in April and again in September.  Registrants may choose to take INSP 100A or INSP 100B for continuing education credits only without exam and subsequent registry. 

Can you tell me more about INSP 100 classroom and field work?

During the first day of class, attendees will be in the classroom learning about onsite wastewater systems, inspection techniques, and general safety issues, We also include instruction on the proper use of tools and gadgets of the inspection trade and recognizing typical substandard systems. The second day of class will begin with a hands-on review at our Training Center at Peckham Farm, followed by field visits to local homes to conduct two blind inspections using the standardized RI state inspection procedures and inspection reports we discussed on the first day. Written and field practical examinations are given at the training Center during the mid-afternoon of the second day.

How do I become a licensed inspector in MA?

Massachusetts practitioners must complete Massachusetts Title 5 Training and Certification through the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in order to become a licensed System Inspector in Massachusetts, however, INSP 100A and INSP 100B are approved for continuing education credits for license renewal in MA.