We Provide Onsite Sewerage Training
For Engineers and Geologists
The Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (EGBC) prescribe requirements for registrants providing services as a Professional under the Sewerage System Regulation. Our curriculum is targeted at the occupational competencies required by a P.Eng. or P.Geo. for declaration of competency for onsite sewerage practice in accordance with Principle 2 of the EGBC Code of Ethics. Content includes the EGBC Professional Practice Guidelines for Onsite Sewerage Systems. Our training is also suitable for achievement of continuing education requirements in accordance with the Professional Governance Act and EGBC policies.
For Registered Onsite Wastewater Practioners
The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) are the certifying body for ROWPs in British Columbia. Their requirements for ROWP certification include achievement of an extensive list of occupational competencies and minimum experience requirements under the oversight of a suitably qualified ROWP or Professional. They also require successful completion of the ASTTBC Jurisprudence exam. Our curriculum was developed to support your pathway to your initial ROWP certification or to add an endorsement category. Our training is also suitable for achievement of ASTTBC’s requirements for continuing professional development.
Upcoming Online Courses
We provide online delivery of courses. The webinars are live and interactive, using GoToMeeting screen sharing software with audio options by phone or voice-over-internet. Learning resources are provided for download. Typically, courses are scheduled for evenings, allowing you to access training without interfering with your work schedule and without the expense of travel and accommodations.
EQUIP OS135 – Onsite Sewerage Systems: Advanced Soils-Based Design
This course is best suited for Practitioners and Professionals with previous training and experience for soils characterization and design of onsite sewerage systems. This course provides a fast-paced refresher for soils characterization, treatment processes in soil, mounding effects and delivers advanced competencies for design of soil-based treatment and dispersal systems including departures from SPM standards.
EQUIP OS110 – BC Regulatory Framework For Onsite Sewerage
This course provides the common core competencies required by the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC for self declaration of sewerage qualifications and by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC for all categories of Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner certification. Subsequent courses provide the specialty competencies for ROWP endorsements as an Installer, Planner, Maintenance Provider, or Private Inspector.
EQUIP OS120 – Sewerage System Specification and Installation Standards
This course provides the foundational knowledge required by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC as a condition of certification as a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner – Installer. Applicants for ROWP Planner also need this course to create specifications within the design documents. Similarly, professionals will find this course helpful for achievement of sewerage system design competency.
EQUIP OS130 - Onsite Sewerage Systems Design
This course provides training for design of on-site sewerage systems in BC. The purpose is to provide the foundational knowledge required by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC as a condition of certification as a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner – Planner and the sewerage system design competencies identified by the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC for self declaration of sewerage competency by engineers and geologists.
EQUIP OS140 – Sewerage System Maintenance and Inspection
This course provides training for maintenance and inspection of on-site sewerage systems in BC. The purpose is to provide the foundational knowledge required by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC as a condition of certification as a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner – Maintenance Provider and for ROWP - Private Inspector.
We find that online training is the most effective method to deliver theoretical content but practical competencies require a hands-on approach. We provide field workshops in various locations within BC. Topics include site & soil assessment, inspections and maintenance, pipe camera workshops and orientations to technologies in common use. Occasionally we provide opportunities to participate in ‘real world’ installations, inspections, maintenance service of large flow systems or site/soil assessments. Contact us directly or sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications of field training opportunities.
We currently offer a maintenance and inspection practicum opportunity. Jim provides one-on-one support for your assessment of a sewerage system at Nanoose Bay, BC. A pipe camera is provided. This is intended for one or two participants per session. You can anticipate spending at least four hours on site, followed by your creation of formal reports and drawings with desktop review by Jim. You pick the date, subject to Jim's availability. Contact Jim to discuss details.
One-on-one support is critical for professionals and practitioners. Whether you are currently working in the onsite sewerage industry or seeking to develop the entry level competencies, you need support from suitably qualified Authorized Persons. EGBC requirements for professionals entering this field of practice include supervision by a qualified engineer or geoscientist. ASTTBC requirements for ROWP certification include minimum work experience under the oversight of a qualified ROWP or Professional. We can do that!
Entry level practitioners and professionals often find themselves in need of support to interpret and implement sewerage standards. Experienced and fully qualified persons typically encounter projects with significant site and soil constraints, problematic sewage discharges or other challenges that require innovative design solutions. EQUIP Training can help!
Our team includes industry leading professionals and practitioners. We can provide desktop review to support system design, maintenance or inspection. In some cases, we can attend your sites for mentoring or for direct supervision. We can propose a team member, or you can select the expert that best meets your needs.
We host free monthly online meetings for informal discussions about the BC sewerage industry. No fees apply! Typically, we have a guest speaker to deliver a presentation on a specific topic followed with a Q&A discussion regarding the presenter’s topic and an open discussion about any issue that participants wish to raise. We use screen sharing for the visual elements, with audio options by phone or by voice-over-internet.
As a shout-out to Michael Payne, P.Geo., P.Eng. and to Brent Dennis, P.Eng., we are calling these 'FAWG' meetings. Michael and Brent host Friday Afternoon Wastewater Groups in Victoria and the Lower Mainland respectively. Those in-person meetings have been on hold recently due to COVID issues. When pandemic restrictions are eased we encourage attendance to those meetings, and we invite others to host face-to-face FAWGs in your local area. EQUIP Training adds the online option. Unfortunately, we can’t add the post-FAWG sessions in a nearby pub (as FAWGs traditionally include) but we can provide a valuable forum with easy access by online methods.
This is an excellent continuing education opportunity for professionals and practitioners. You will be able to claim continuing education credits for EGBC or continuing professional development hours for ASTTBC.
The next scheduled online FAWG is Friday October 22, 2021, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The topic is: The Professional Governance Act - New Practice Requirements for Sewerage Professionals and Practitioners. The PGA has been in effect since February 2021. Many of us missed the emails and webinars from EGBC and ASTTBC regarding the PGA ... or we have lingering questions regarding "what do we need to do to comply with the PGA?" We'll explore the very significant impacts that this legislation brings, including new obligations to report malpractice by others, mandatory Indigenous Awareness training, mandatory completion and reporting of continuing education, and other new obligations under the PGA.
Click below to register. We will send a link to join the online session using the GoToMeeting screen sharing app.
Get in touch!
We value one-on-one-contact. Please don't hesitate to call or email us for discussion about your pathway to ROWP certification or your professional development needs.