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Title 5 Certification: Classes and Exams

On behalf of MassDEP, we offer System Inspector and Soil Evaluator certification classes.

System Inspector Certification Training

The Title 5 System Inspector certification course consists of a full day of classroom training, followed by a 2-hour multiple choice exam a week later. NEIWPCC offers this course at least twice a year, usually in the Spring and Fall, and in various areas of the state.

The next Title 5 System Inspector certification class is scheduled for:

  • There are no classes scheduled at this time.  Our next class will be in spring, 2019 – please check back here in early 2019.

Please note that a System Inspector Application/Eligibility form, along with proof of eligibility, must also be submitted with any certification class registration form. A class registration form will be posted above when available.

Additional Classes/Exams:

  • System Inspector re-take exam December 19 – registration is now closed.

To receive hard copies of the System Inspector Application/Eligibility Form and the registration form for this certification class, call NEIWPCC at 978-323-7929, ex.105 or email us at title5@neiwpcc.org.

Note: NEIWPCC reserves the right to postpone or reschedule any course due to insufficient registration or inclement weather conditions.


Soil Evaluator Certification Training

The Title 5 Soil Evaluator certification class is an 8-week class (one session per week) that includes three classroom sessions followed by a morning classroom (multiple choice) exam session, then three field sessions followed by a half-day field exam.

The classroom sessions are conducted in one location, while the field sessions are conducted in different areas of the state in order to expose students to various soil types and conditions within the state.  NEIWPCC offers this program at least once a year, usually in mid-late Spring. A Fall course may be offered as well, depending on demand, and has been offered over the last few years.

The next Title 5 Soil Evaluator certification class is scheduled for:

  • There are no classes scheduled at this time.  Our next class will be in spring, 2019 – please check back here in early 2019.

Please note that a Soil Evaluator Application/Eligibility form, along with proof of eligibility, and waiver release form (see below) must also be submitted with any certification class registration form. A class registration form will be posted above when available.

Documents/items for class students

manual (color version)

2018 Schedule by topic

Day 1

Role of NEIWPCC / Class Overview

On-Site System Basics

Regulatory Requirements

Soil Horizons and layers

Geologic Deposits

Day 2

Soil Color

Soil Structure

Soil Texture

Reference Materials 2018

Day 3

Perc Testing

Redox Features

Determining High Groundwater Elevation

FIELD SESSIONS – MAPS

Homework Assignment – See/use soil test pit #3 on the Topsfield maps below.

Field Session 1 – Topsfield:

USGS Topo – updated

Aerial photo – updated

Field Session 2 – Southampton:

USGS Topo – Southampton

Aerial photo – Southampton

Field Session 3 – Deerfield:

USGS Topo – Deerfield

Aerial photo – Deerfield

Field EXAM – Bridgewater:

USGS Topo – Bridgewater

Aerial photo – Bridgewater

Additional Items

Note: Students need to download, print out and bring with them at least one copy of the “Form 11 – SE cert class versionfor each soil test pit at each field Session. For field Session 1, for example, you will need 4 copies.  NOTE:  For field EXAMS, you should use THIS VERSION OF THE Form 11 (click link at left).  This version has certain items “X”ed out that you do NOT need to fill out during the exam.

Additional Classes/Exams:

  • Soil Evaluator re-take (classroom) exam December 19.  Registration is now closed.

Please NOTE: A Liability Waiver Release for SE field sessions is required for the MA Title 5 Soil Evaluator (SE) classes that are field classes or have a field component. This waiver form must be completed and submitted with any SE Certification class (the full 8-session certification course), Refresher field session/course or make-up field exam registration. This (signed and dated) waiver form must be received before the first classroom session in order for you to attend field sessions or one of these field classes or exams.

To receive hard copies of the Soil Evaluator Forms and the Registration Form for training classes, call NEIWPCC at 978-323-7929, ex.105 or email us at title5@neiwpcc.org.

NEIWPCC reserves the right to postpone or reschedule any course due to insufficient registration or inclement weather conditions.


To be added to the mailing list for either program, please contact NEIWPCC at 978-323-7929, ex.105 or email us at title5@neiwpcc.org. For additional information on Title 5 and onsite systems, refer to the MassDEP web site.