Certification Information

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  • Installers/Pumpers - How to Become Certified
    1. Download this pdf file. Review the certification requirements
    2. Study for the exam(s).
      1. As a contractor you must demonstrate knowledge of all standards and criteria found in the DPH Manual for On-site Sewage Management Systems. However, it will be helpful in preparing for the exam(s) to focus on Download this pdf file. Section A- Rules and Regulations Download this pdf file. Section D- Pretreatment , Download this pdf file. Section E- Effluent Distribution and Dosing Devices , and Download this pdf file. Section F- Dispersal
      2. Septic Tank Pumpers, focus on  Download this pdf file. Section I- Removal and Disposal .
      3. Portable Sanitation Pumpers focus on Download this pdf file. Rule 511-3-6
      4. You must pass at least the Residential Exam to install and the Pumper Exam if you are going to pump septic tanks.
      5. Additional exams are required for installing Commercial systems, Subsurface Drip Systems, and Mounds.  
      6. Contact your County Environmental Health Office to schedule your exam. Download this pdf file. Click here .
    3. Complete the application(s) and bring them to your county. 
      1. Download this pdf file. Contractor Application
      2. Download this pdf file. Company Application
    4. If starting a new company, pay the certification fee (amounts and payment link below). 
    5. If you are a pumper company, you'll also need to have your truck(s) inspected by the county and be issued a County Septage and Removal Permit. 

    Important Notes: 

    • If you were previously certified and have been non-certified for over 2 years, you must reapply and retest. 
    • If you are changing companies, need to change your contact information, or have any questions about certification, please email: [email protected] or call the State Environmental Health Office at 404-657-6534.
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  • Installers/Pumpers - How to Renew Certification
    1. Get continuing education (Installers = 8 hrs; *Pumpers = 6 hrs).
    2. Pay the State COMPANY Certification Renewal Fee (link below, it is not a fee per individual).
      • $100 late fee if paid after 2/28/22.
    3. If pumping, renew your County pumper permit (contact your county to renew and pay).

    Additional notes:

    • Must be working under a certified company.
    • If you were previously certified and have been non-certified for over 2 years, you must reapply and retest. 
    • For Portable Sanitation ONLY companies (no pumping of septic tanks), only one pumper in the company needs to get continuing education. 
    • If you are changing companies, need to change your contact information, or have any questions about certification, please email: [email protected]
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  • Soil Classifier Info

    Applications:

    Download this pdf file. Geologists   ( Download this doc file. Word version )
    Download this pdf file. Engineers   ( Download this doc file. Word version )
    Download this pdf file. Soil Classifiers  (Word version)

    Renewal Requirements:

    • $400 renewal payment was due February 28, 2022 (pay below and include $100 late fee).
    • 30 hours of continuing education.  
    • Download this pdf file. CEU Course Requirements  (note: the Ethics Requirement is waived for the 2022 renewal cycle)
    • Download this doc file. CEU Reporting Form   
    • Insurance must be current and on file with the State Environmental Health Office or you will automatically be removed from the Approved list. 
    • Email policy to: [email protected]

    IMPORTANT NOTE: all future correspondence will be sent via email and you are responsible for letting us know if your email address changes. If you did not receive a renewal notification email from us or if you want to update your address, contact us: [email protected] 

    Additional Information:

    Download this pdf file. Professional Reference Form
    Download this pdf file. Code of Conduct

    * Please call 404-657-6534 if you have any questions. 

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  • Fee Amounts

    Certification Fees ($100 late fee if renewing after 2/28/22)

    Installers:
    $400 ($500 if renewing late)
    Pumpers: $400 ($500 if renewing late)
    Installing AND Pumping: $800 ($900 if renewing late)

    Portable Sanitation Pumping Only Company: $300 ($400 if renewing late)
    Soil Classifiers Individuals: $400 ($500 if renewing late)

    Pay online using the link below.

    Expect delays if mailing a check or money order.
    Make payment out to GA DPH, Env Health and send to:
    Env Health, 2 Peachtree St NW, 13th Floor; Atlanta, GA 30303

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    • Continuing Education

      Georgia Onsite Wastewater Association (GOWA) 2021-2022 Courses
      Call 706-407-2552 or click here for details and to register.​

      Southeastern Building Trade Association (online and in-person classes)
      Call 888-882-7282 or click here for details and to register.             

      Soil Science Inc. (in-person classes)
      Call Donnie Bradshaw, 770-307-7311, 6360 Lower Mill Rd, NE; Crawfordville, GA 30631

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    • Update or Change Your Individual or Company Information

      * If you want to remove someone from your company, make changes to owner information, address, or company certification type please email ([email protected]) a note on company letterhead with the details of your change requests.

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    • IMPORTANT NOTE

      By making a renewal payment and renewing your certification as a DPH Environmental Health Septic Tank Installing or Pumping Company, you agree to the following statements:

      • I nor my employees have violated any of the Department’s Rules and Regulations governing Onsite Sewage Management Systems, Chapter 511-3-1 during the last renewal period.
      • I nor my employees have  received a criminal conviction or have have any pending criminal charges related to on-site services. 
      • I further understand that the company will be held accountable for all violations committed by its employees.
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    Pay Fees Below:

    Installer/Pumper Company Fee

    ​​​Soil Classifier Fee

    Please call us at 404-657-6534 or email: [email protected] if you have any questions.

    For additional information, visit Onsite Sewage/Septic Systems/Portable Toilets