Comprehensive onsite wastewater management education program

Onsite wastewater professionals can earn required Continuing Septage Education (CSE) credits or Continuing Education Credits (CEC) by March 15 deadline through live webinar.

The illustration shows the design of a typical home septic system. l MSU Extension
The illustration shows the design of a typical home septic system. l MSU Extension

Over 1.4 million homes and businesses in Michigan use onsite wastewater (aka septic) systems to handle their waste water. Proper maintenance and use are essential to keep these systems functioning properly to prevent ground and surface water contamination.

Designers, installers and septage haulers (pumpers) play a vital role in onsite wastewater management. Professionals design the systems based on the property’s unique characteristics. Installers install the system based on detailed specifications. Pumpers assist in maintaining the system through regular maintenance and troubleshooting.

Professional engineers and septage haulers both require periodic continuing education credits. The engineer’s education credit is a recent requirement when their license is renewed. While septage haulers have had a licensing requirement for over 40 years, the education credit requirement is just beginning its second five year cycle.

On March 12 and 13, 2015, Michigan State University Extension is sponsoring a live two-day webinar to meet the credit and deadline requirements for these groups. The training will cover Key Ingredients of a Good Onsite Treatment System on day one and Onsite Wastewater Treatment Design and Management on day two. Sessions will include lecture and discussion and live question and answer. Participants will receive seven contact hour credits for each day they attend. Municipal wastewater operators are eligible for .6 contact hour credits for day two only.

This Michigan Department of Environment Quality (MDEQ) CSE credit or CEC approved training will be held live in Grand Rapids at the Kent County Health Department and live-streamed via Zoom to four locations around the state: the Tollgate Education Center in Novi, the University Center in Gaylord, the Plant and Microbial Sciences Building on the MSU campus in East Lansing and the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Chatham.

Cost for the training is $100 per day or $180 for both days, and includes a digital copy of all handouts and materials. If more than one person from the same company or agency attends, there is a $10 per person discount. Training reimbursement is available for most Michigan Licensed Septage Haulers through MDEQ.

For more information on the training, including specific location information, and to register, visit:

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