BC Regulatory Framework For Onsite Sewerage

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Self Paced On Demand Online Delivery

  • Ten sessions. 
  • Pre-recorded sessions are used, with the full slate of learning resources and with individualized one-on-one support. Contact us for additional details.
  • Instruction by Jim Andersen, AScT., ROWP; Jackson Twa, ROWP; Brent Dennis, P.Eng. and Michael Payne, P.Eng., P.Geo.
  • Fees are $1,000 plus GST.

Course Purpose

The purpose is to provide the common core competencies required by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC as a condition of certification as a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner (ROWP) and the competencies regarding the BC regulatory framework and fundamentals of onsite sewerage - identified by the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC for self declaration of sewerage competency by a P.Eng. or P.Geo.

Note that ASTTBC's requirements for ROWP certification include the common core competencies PLUS at least one of the Specialty Areas of Competency corresponding to the category(ies) of certification sought by the applicant. This course covers the common core. Subsequent courses cover the specialty competencies for Installation, Planning, Maintenance and Inspection. Applicants can pursue ROWP certification with just one of the specialty endorsements, or multiple categories. For example, to become a ROWP Installer, we recommend OS110 plus OS120 - Sewerage System Specification and Installation Standards. To achieve the planner endorsement, we recommend OS110, OS120 and OS130 - Onsite Sewerage Systems Design.

Course Content

Common core occupational competencies prescribed by ASTTBC and EGBC, including:

  • An in-depth look at the BC Sewerage System Regulation.
  • An overview of the BC Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual.
  • A detailed orientation to the critical standards of the SPM applicable to all fields of practice for on site sewerage.
  • Role of the Ministry of Health and Regional Health Authorities.
  • Role of the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.
  • Role of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC.
  • ASTTBC and EGBC practice guidelines for sewerage.
  • ASTTBC and EGBC Code of Ethics.
  • Effective business practices.
  • Hazards to health and the environment.
  • Principles of treatment and dispersal.
  • Treatment and dispersal technologies.


Instructor-led lectures.

Extensive learning exercises are included to reinforce key learning outcomes.

A large digital file is provided with additional learning resources including:

    • BC Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual
    • ASTTBC Policies and Guidelines
    • EGBC Policies and Guidelines
    • Interpretive bulletins from the Ministry of Health
    • Slide printouts and study notes.
    • Extensive learning exercises, practice quizzes and self-study resources.


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