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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.

Courses/Exams:

    The next Title 5 System Inspector certification class is scheduled for Fall 2019 (tentatively November), location TBD.  Contact us for more information or to be added to the Title 5 Training Notification List.

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.

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 course (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.

Courses/Exams:

    The next Title 5 Soil Evaluator certification class will begin September 10, 2019 in Acton, MA.  Registration is now OPEN Download the course flyer to register.

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.

Documents/items for Fall 2019 Title 5 SE course students will be updated nearer to the start of the course. Below is a rough outline of the materials to be provided.

2019 Fall Course Schedule by Day and Topic

Pre-Course Reading

Day 1 Course Materials:

  • Intro, Role of NEIWPCC
  • Basics of Onsite and Title 5
  • Soil Horizons and Layers
  • Geologic Deposits

Day 2 Course Materials:

  • Soil Reference Materials
  • Soil Color
  • Soil Texture
  • Soil Structure and Consistence

Day 3 Course Materials:

  • Estimating High Groundwater
  • Redox Features
  • Reference Materials Practice

Field Sessions:

For each field session, students should download and bring ample copies of Form 11. Information for each Field Day will be posted several days before the date. DIRECTIONS to the field sessions will be updated and posted here prior to the course.

Field Day 1 Materials (Topsfield):

  • Topo Map
  • Aerial Map

Field Day 2 Materials & Refresher (Southampton):

  • Topo Map
  • Aerial Map

Field Day 3 Materials (Deerfield):

  • Topo Map
  • Aerial Map

Field Exam Materials (Bridgewater):

  • Topo Map
  • Aerial Map

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.

Reference Links

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 due to insufficient registration or inclement weather conditions.


Soil Evaluator Refresher Training & Makeup Exams

Additional Classes/Exams:

    There are no Soil Evaluator Refresher Courses scheduled at this time. The next course will be scheduled for Spring 2020.
    A Re-take Field Exam will be scheduled for October 2019 in Bridgewater, MA. – Watch here for more information to come this summer.

Materials

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 Refresher training classes or makeup exam schedules, 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.