Onsite Wastewater Practitioner Training - ROWP Certification Support

We offer training to prepare applicants for certification as a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner (ROWP).

COVID Update:

Given the current Covid crisis, courses scheduled for traditional class room delivery have been postponed indefinitely.

We continue to provide on line delivery. The webinars are live and interactive, using screen sharing software and conference call audio.

EQUIP OS110 -  ROWP Certification Prep  

Eight sessions, online, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, August 18 - September 10, 2020.
Fees are $800.00 plus GST.

The purpose of this course is to launch your application to the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) for certification as a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner (ROWP).

The primary focus is the ASTTBC Jurisprudence exam - a condition of certification for all ROWP categories. The exam will be delivered to participants at the end of the course.

Key content includes the Sewerage System Regulation, ASTTBC Policies and Practice Guidelines, and an introduction to the Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual.

After successful completion of the ASTTBC Jurisprudence exam, applicants are required to demonstrate (to ASTTBC) specific occupational competencies for either Installation, Planning, Maintenance Provider or Private Inspector endorsements. We provide courses for each of those endorsement categories.

See detailed course descriptions within the COURSE OUTLINES page.

 

EQUIP OS120 - Specification and Installation

Six sessions, online, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, September 15 - October 1, 2020.
Fees are $600.00 plus GST.

The purpose of this course is to support your application to ASTTBC for the ROWP - Installer and/or Planner endorsement.

Participants will become familiar with the essential skills and knowledge (competencies) required by the ASTTBC as a condition of ROWP - Installer certification. Note that ASTTBC requirements for Planner certification also includes these competencies regarding SPM II- 6 Specification and Installation Standards.

Key content includes the Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual section II- 6 Specification and Installation Standards.

Students are encouraged to complete OS110 - ROWP Certification Prep in advance.

After this course, you will need to continue self-learning strategies and experiential learning … including submission to ASTTBC of at least three installation work examples. We provide on-going support for your development of work examples.

See detailed course descriptions within the COURSE OUTLINES page.

 

EQUIP OS130 - Planning Intro

Twelve sessions, online, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, October 6 - November 12, 2020.
Fees are $1200.00 plus GST.

The purpose of this course is to support your application to ASTTBC for the ROWP - Planner endorsement.

Participants will become familiar with the occupational competencies required by ASTTBC for the ROWP - Planner endorsement.

Students without pre-existing ROWP certification are encouraged to complete OS110 - ROWP Certification Prep and OS120 - Installation Intro in advance of OS130.

We will cover the Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual standards and guidelines for planning, and introduce best practices for site/soil assessment and on site sewerage design.

Content includes soils classification, system selection and design standards, preparation of documents for Health Authority submissions and regulatory requirements for Authorized Persons.

In addition to theoretical content, two case studies will be completed for design of sewerage systems - a simple gravity dispersal system, and a conventional pressure dispersal system.

After this course, you will need to continue self-learning strategies and experiential learning … including submission to ASTTBC of at least three planning work examples. We provide on-going support for your development of work examples.

See detailed course descriptions within the COURSE OUTLINES page.

 

EQUIP OS140 - Maintenance and Inspection Intro

Ten sessions, online, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, November 17 - December 17, 2020.

Fees are $1000.00 plus GST.

This course is best suited for existing ROWPs seeking to add Maintenance Provider and/or Private Inspector endorsement categories. It will be fast-paced. We won't be spending much time on the basics. We assume you know the fundamentals of onsite sewerage and can find your way in the BC Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual. The online training will focus on the BC - specific issues we face as Authorized Persons for sewerage system maintenance and inspection.

If you are new to the industry, we highly recommend completion of OS110 - ROWP Certification Prep in advance of OS140. Also consider OS120 - Installation Intro and OS120 - Planning Intro (details below).

Participants will become familiar with the occupational competencies required by the ASTTBC for the ROWP - Maintenance Provider and Private Inspector endorsements.

We will cover the Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual standards and guidelines for maintenance, and the ASTTBC Guidelines for Providing Inspection Service. Key content includes creating the required reports for clients.

We'll spend some time on advanced troubleshooting, testing and monitoring. We'll check out the gear - including meters for dissolved oxygen, turbidity, temperature, PH etc. and of course pipe cameras and locating equipment.

The hands-on competencies will be reinforced within subsequent field training days, and our team of trainers can provide personalized mentoring throughout the province including support for the minimum five work examples required by ASTTBC as a condition of ROWP registration.

Prospective students should note that the required essential skills and knowledge (occupational competencies) for Maintenance Providers and for Private Inspectors are essentially the same. The primary distinction between MP and PI certification requirements is the required reporting to clients, with additional detail in inspection reports regarding the design capacity of the system versus the daily design flow for current or proposed use. Accordingly, this course encompasses the requirements for both MP and PI categories of ROWP certification. Participants are encouraged to pursue both certifications … a great business model … same gear … similar procedures … both categories of practice are in high demand.

Personalized mentoring for ROWP Certification applicants

ROWP certification requirements are complex. One-on-one assistance by a qualified mentor is critical. We can help.

We have fully qualified Authorized Persons to provide individualized mentoring and technical support to help you achieve the requirements for Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner certification. We provide guidance for your development of the required work example submissions - ensuring you achieve compliance with sewerage standards and ASTTBC Practice Guidelines.

We can connect you with Authorized Persons in your area to provide the required oversight and supervision while you gain the mandatory experience for certification.

Continuing professional development, technical support for onsite sewerage

Our group of industry leading Practitioners and Professionals are ready to answer your technical enquiries regarding onsite sewerage. Turn to us for technical support and professional development.

Do you have a specific question about standards of practice? Our team includes the authors of the BC Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual and other experienced reviewers, trainers and mentors. Contact us for any technical enquiry related to onsite sewerage standards and guidelines.

Designing a sand mound for the first time? Want to try a drip dispersal system? Our team can provide the expertise you need.

Why train with us?

Jim is recognized as a leading instructor in the BC onsite wastewater industry. Here's why:

  • Over 40 years experience as a sewerage system contractor.
  • Over 15 years experience as a professional educator and curriculum developer.
  • Over 10 years on the ASTTBC team, first as Certification Board member and Chair, then as Compliance Officer, and recently as the Manager - Onsite Wastewater Registrations Program.
  • Team member for development of the Ministry of Health's Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual.
  • Developed and instructed the mandatory orientation course for Version 3 of the Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual, over 300 participants in 14 locations.
  • Team member for development of the ASTTBC ROWP Certification Policy and Practice Guidelines.
  • Main provider of ASTTBC application support and mentoring for ROWP applicants.
  • Delivered ROWP certification instruction to over 150 participants.
  • Delivered The Industry Training Association courses for Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate of Qualification to over 500 participants.
  • Jim has assembled a team of leading subject matter experts to participate as instructors and curriculum developers.

Ownership

This website is owned and operated by Jim Andersen Ltd., Incorporation Number BC0732295.

For training and curriculum development, we are doing business as EQUIP Training.

Jim Andersen Ltd. has been incorporated since 2005, preceded by other corporate and proprietorship identities dating back to 1977.

Jim Andersen Ltd. has no direct affiliation with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (the certifying body for Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioners).

Next Steps...

We value one-one-contact. Please don't hesitate to call or email us for discussion about your pathway to ROWP certification or your professional development needs.