Updated by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), February 2013

According to Title 5 (310 CMR 15.000), all System Inspectors and Soil Evaluators are required to renew their approval on a three year cycle. In addition, you must obtain 10 hours of approved continuing education training (training contact hours, or TCHs), during this three year renewal period if this is a subsequent (2nd, 3rd, etc.) renewal for you. TCHs are not required for first-time renewals. In order to maintain your System Inspector and/or Soil Evaluator approval, you must submit a renewal form, proof of 10 TCHs (if subsequent renewal) and fee ($100) by or before your approval expiration date.

A reduced renewal fee of $75 has been authorized for System Inspectors and Soil Evaluators who are Board of Health employees. To be eligible, you must be a municipal employee and serve as a Board of Health inspector, health agent, or director. Volunteer Board members and private contracted agents/inspectors are NOT eligible.

When will I receive my renewal application?

All System Inspectors and Soil Evaluators will receive their renewal application approximately 3 to 4 months prior to their approval expiration date.

If I am both a System Inspector and Soil Evaluator, should I send in $100 for each separate renewal application?

Yes. Submission of the renewal form, along with the renewal fee, and proof of TCHs (if subsequent renewal), is required of all System Inspectors and Soil Evaluators who wish to renew. If you are currently an approved System Inspector AND Soil Evaluator, you will receive and must return a separate renewal form and fee for EACH approval. NEIWPCC must receive both forms and fees by the approval expiration date; otherwise, an additional late fee will apply and approval will be subject to revocation..

Do I need to submit 10 Training Contact Hours (TCH) with my renewal application?

If this is your first renewal, TCHs are NOT required. If this is a subsequent (2nd, 3rd, etc.) renewal, you WILL need to provide proof that you have obtained the required approved 10 TCHs by your approval expiration date. These TCHs must be acquired during the 3-year period prior to the approval expiration date.

If I am both a Soil Evaluator and System Inspector do I need to obtain 10 TCH's for each?

If you are both a Soil Evaluator (SE) and System Inspector (SI), and this is a subsequent (2nd, 3rd, etc.) renewal, you will be required to obtain 10 TCHs for both approvals. You may submit the same 10 TCHs IF the classes were approved for both SE and SI. Classes that are approved for both System Inspectors and Soil Evaluators will be designated as “SE/SI” on the list of approved classes. If only one is listed (either “SE” or “SI”) then that class is approved for ONLY that one. A list of approved classes is available on the NEIWPCC website at: Training, Exams & Licenses.

Can someone take the same course during the renewal period for TCH credit?

NO. A Soil Evaluator or System Inspector cannot take the same course during the 3-year renewal period for TCH credit for their renewal.

Is NEIWPCC tracking the TCH's from approved classes so that documentation will not be required to be submitted with my renewal?

NO. As there are many different training providers that have been, and are continuing to be, approved for their courses, seminars, etc., NEIWPCC does not have the ability to track and record all completed training. Therefore, each approved Soil Evaluator and System Inspector is responsible for tracking their own TCHs obtained during their renewal period (if subsequent renewal). This should be done by keeping the certificate or letter of attendance/completion (which should have a Title 5 approval number on it) that is given for your attendance at an approved class. Copies of these should be sent in along with completed renewal form and payment.

Where can I obtain a list of the approved courses for TCH credit?

Approved classes for TCH credit are listed at: Training, Exams & Licenses. Information on classes is updated on a regular basis, as classes are submitted by training vendors and approved by NEIWPCC. Please note that this list(s) should not be considered all-inclusive, as other approved TCH courses may exist that are not on this list(s).

What if I attended a program that is not approved?

Information on program approval may be obtained on the NEIWPCC web site at Training, Exams & Licenses. If the program or class you attended is not on the approved list, no TCHs can be granted. Attendees are free to contact the training vendor to request that they download the Request for TCH Approval/Evaluation form and submit with all relevant information with regard to the program that the approval is being requested for. The TCH approval form along with program information must be submitted by the training vendor ONLY (not the attendee) to NEIWPCC for review by the Onsite Advisory Committee..

What if I am currently approved and a renewal application was not received?

You should verify that your correct address is on file by checking the list of approved System Inspectors and/or Soil Evaluators on MassDEP’s website: Approved Soil Evaluators & System Inspectors. If the address is not current or you are not listed, contact NEIWPCC (see contact info at the end of this document)..

What if only one application form was received but I am both a Soil Evaluator and System Inspector?

The proper form must be submitted for each renewal. If this is your first renewal, these forms can be downloaded at NEIWPCC (New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission). If this is a subsequent (2nd, 3rd, etc.) renewal, please contact NEIWPCC..

As a MA Registered Sanitarian, Professional Engineer (Civil, Environmental or Sanitary) or Certified Health Officer who has been pre-approved as a System Inspector, do I need to renew my approval?

YES. You must renew your approval in the same manner as all others who have become MA Title 5 System Inspectors. This includes submittal of a renewal form, proof of TCHs (if subsequent renewal; no TCHs needed for first-time renewal) and $100 fee. Renewal forms will be mailed out approximately 3 to 4 months prior to your approval expiration date. First-time renewals forms (only) are also available on our website at: Training, Exams & Licenses. Renewal forms for subsequent (2nd, 3rd, etc.) renewals will be mailed out (only).

Is there a reduced renewal rate for municipal employees?

YES. The Onsite Advisory Committee has authorized a reduced renewal fee of $75 for System Inspectors and Soil Evaluators who are Board of Health employees. To be eligible you MUST be a municipal employee and serve as a Board of Health inspector, health agent or director. Volunteer Board members and private contracted agents/inspectors are NOT eligible. If you are eligible and are both a System Inspector and Soil Evaluator, the combined discounted renewal fee is $150. To receive the discount, proper verification in the form of a letter from either a Board of Health office or Town Clerk MUST accompany the completed renewal application.

For additional information

Tom Groves
Director, Wastewater and On-Site Programs
NEIWPCC
650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410
Lowell, MA 01854
978-323-7929
tgroves@neiwpcc.org

Paul Spina
Information Officer, Wastewater and On-Site Programs
NEIWPCC
650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410
Lowell, MA 01854
978-323-7929
pspina@neiwpcc.org
 

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For more information, visit the Title 5 section on our web site at: NEIWPCC (New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission).