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Title 5 Certification: Classes and Exams

~ CORONAVIRUS UPDATE ~

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

System Inspector Certification TrainingMay 2021 – Class FULL

Soil Evaluator Certification Training –  CANCELLED until further notice

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you and stay safe!

Soil Evaluator Refresher Training and Makeup Exams – TBD


System Inspector Certification Training

We had so much demand for this class that we added a second virtual class for this spring to accommodate as many people as possible.

The in-person 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. The virtual Title 5 System Inspector certification course consists of two half-day webinars, followed by the exam in-person. NEIWPCC usually 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 will be held May 21 & 24, 2021 virtually with the in-person exam in Lowell, MA the first week of June.  This class is now full.  There will be another class sometime this fall.  A registration packet will be uploaded to this site when the class is booked.  Please be sure to fill out this entire packet and attach the proper eligibility proof.  Municipalities are authorized to send in a copy of their town check request in lieu of payment.  There are only 40 slots available in this class, please send in your registration as soon as possible.  Scanned copies of registration packets can be emailed with a credit card.

Please note that Massachusetts Registered Professional Engineers (civil, sanitary or environmental), Massachusetts Registered Sanitarians and Certified Health Officers are pre-approved and do not need to take the class or exam.  Pre-approved candidates need to fill out a System Inspector Application form, and submit it to our office along with proof of eligibility and payment ($100) to get registered and receive credentials.

A new class is currently being planned for the fall of 2021.  If you would like to be put on the notification list, please 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

CANCELLED-As the COVID-19 crisis continues and we are under strict guidance for in-person training, the planning committee has come to the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Mass Title 5 Soil Evaluator Certification Courses.  The registrants for the Spring 2020 class  will be placed in the next available class, which we are hoping will be in fall 2021.  New candidates can be put on a notification list for the next available class by emailing title5@neiwpcc.org.  We thank you for your patience and understanding in these unprecedented times.

The Title 5 Soil Evaluator certification class is an 8-week course (one session per week) that includes three classroom sessions, three field sessions, a written exam and a 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 twice a year, in the spring and fall.

Courses/Exams:

2020 Spring Course Schedule by Day and Topic

Please note:  Lecture or Classroom days are 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Field days are 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.  For each field session, students should download and bring ample copies of Form 11; make sure to have filled out Section B. 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.

Pre-Course Reading

Course Outline

Know Before You Go

Week 1 (Class Day 1) Course Materials:

  • Basics of Septic Systems
  • Role of NEIWPCC
  • Intro to Title 5
  • Geologic Deposits
  • Intro to Soils
  • Soil Colors
  • Soil Texture
  • Soil Horizons and Layers

Week 2 (Field Day 1) Materials (Topsfield):

  • Topo Map
  • Aerial Map

Week 3 (Class Day 2) Course Materials:

  • Soil Reference Materials
  • Hands on Reference Session – (please bring a laptop)
  • Redox Features
  • Soil Structure and Consistence
  • Hands on practice with soil profiles and Form 11

Week 4 (Class Day 3) Course Materials:

  • Use of Frimpter – Estimating High Groundwater
  • Practice Problems with Frimpter
  • DEP Practice Assignment on Reference Materials
  • Site Evaluation and Perc Testing
  • Hands on texturing, coloring and profile descriptions
  • Questions, Review and Profile Exercises

Week 5 – Written Exam

Week 6 (Field Day 2) Materials (Southampton):

  • Topo Map
  • Aerial Map

Week 7 (Field Day 3) Materials (South Deerfield):

  • Topo Map
  • Aerial Map

Week 8 – Field Exam Materials (Bridgewater):

  • Topo Map
  • Aerial Map
  • Exam Form 11

Additional Items:

Note: Students need to download, print out and bring with them at least one copy of the “Form 11 – SE cert class version” for 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, ext. 516 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

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Additional Classes/Exams:

There are no Soil Evaluator Refresher Courses scheduled at this time. The next course is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2021.

A Re-take Written Exam will be scheduled soon.

A Re-take Field Exam will be scheduled soon.

Materials

Reference Links
Reference Material Presentation

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, ext. 516 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.516 or email us at title5@neiwpcc.org. For additional information on Title 5 and onsite systems, refer to the MassDEP web site.