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Septic Tanks, Wells, Soils, and More!
Become a Certified Septic Tank Installer or Pumper
- Review the certification requirements for individuals and companies. Click here.
- Study for the exam(s). You must pass at least the Residential Exam in order to install)
- Contact your County Environmental Health Office to schedule your exam. Click here.
- Complete the application(s) and bring them to your county.
- If starting a new company, pay your company certification fee.
- 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.
- 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 call the State Environmental Health Office at 404-657-6534.
Southeastern Building Trade Association (online and in-person classes)
Call 888-882-7282 or click here for details and to register.
Georgia Onsite Wastewater Association (GOWA) Courses
Call 706-407-2552 or click here for details and to register.
Onsite Wastewater Consultants, out of Talmo Georgia
Call Natalie Connell, (404) 433-6790.
Soil Science Inc. (in-person classes)
Call Donnie Bradshaw, 770-307-7311, 6360 Lower Mill Rd, NE; Crawfordville, GA 30631.
Rules and Regulations
Manual for On-Site Sewage Management Systems Rules - Updated June, 2019
Technical reference guide for the siting, design, permitting, inspecting, and troubleshooting of residential septic tanks.
View the Manual by section (coming soon):
Section A – Rules and Regulations
Section B – General Site Provisions
Section C – Soil Information
Section D – Pretreatment
Section E – Effluent Distribution and Dosing Devices
Section F – Disposal Systems
Section G – Experimental On-site Sewage Management Systems
Section H – Site Modifications
Section I – Septage Removal and Disposal
Section J – Sewage Flow Schedule
Section K – Field Inspections
Section L – Operation and Maintenance
Section M – Lot Sizing
Section N – Certification
Section O – Appendices
Soil Classifier Information
- Alternative and Non-Conventional Absorption Field Product Approvals
- Aerobic Treatment Units
- Concrete Septic Tank Manufacturers
- Effluent Filters
- Plastic and Fiberglass Distribution Devices
- Plastic and Fiberglass Septic Tank Manufacturers
- Pre-Packaged ATU/Drip Emitter Systems
To request review and approval for a product not listed, please complete our Product Review Application.
Variance and Waiver Request Form (Instructions Page)
For additional information on Alternative and Chamber Product Approvals, please contact the State Environmental Health Office at (404) 657-6534.
Certification Review Committee (CRC)
The CRC assists the Department in the certification of persons who install, inspect, pump, maintain or repair on-site sewage management systems.
Technical Review Committee (TRC)
The TRC makes recommendations to the department regarding the approval of new systems, assist the Department with the development and revision of standards and guidelines for new technology, assists with the adoption of periodic updates to the Manual for On-Site Sewage Management Systems, and serves as the final authority in contested interpretation issues of the Rules and the Manual for On-site Sewage Management Systems.
Soil Classifiers Certification Advisory Committee (SCCAC)
The SCCAC is responsible for certification, oversight, performance assessment and recertification of persons who classify soils for on-site sewage management systems.
- Minimize health problems related to untreated human sewage.
- Regulation and inspection of new on-site sewage management systems (septic tanks/field lines).
- Investigation and inspection of repairs made to improperly functioning on-site sewage management systems.
- Education, training, and certification for environmentalists, septic tank installers, pumpers, soil scientists, geologists, and engineers involved in installing, maintaining, and repairing on-site sewage management systems.
Septic Tanks, On-Site Sewage, Portable Toilets
- Body Art
- Chemical Hazards
- Education and Training
- Environmental Health Emergency Preparedness
- Environmental Health Rules and Regulations
- Food Service
- Healthy Homes and Lead
- Hotels, Motels and Campgrounds
- Mosquito-borne Illness
- Wastewater Management
- Well Water