Utah On-Site Wastewater Treatment Training Program

Utah On-Site Wastewater Treatment Training Program

UOWA 2017 Conference

The 2017 Annual Conference of the Utah On-Site Wastewater Association was held February 16-17, 2017 at the Conservation Garden Park in West Jordan, Utah. We appreciate your support.

If you would like a copy of the 2017 UOWA Conference agenda in Word Format click here.

The schedule and registration forms for 2017 certification classes are now available.

New for 2017

  • Test-Out Option for Recertification of Levels 1 and 2

Exams for Level 1 and Level 2 recertification will be offered on February 23, 2017, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the following Health Department locations. (Registration deadline is Feb. 10th)

Summit County Health Department - Park City

Central Utah Health Department – Richfield

Tooele County Health Department – Tooele

Southeast Health Department  – contact for location

Southwest Health Department  – St. George

Tri-County Health Department  – Vernal

Bear River Health Department  – contact for location

Weber-Morgan Health Department - contact for location

Please note: Failure to pass the exam(s) will require recertification class attendance. Government staff is not eligible for the test-out option.

Exams will be offered twice/yr. August 2017 - To Be Announced

For a copy of the registration form please go to "Registration Form"  (PDF format).  (For word format).

  • Level 1 and 2 Recertification

Starting in 2017, the recertification classes for Levels 1 and 2 will be consolidated into a one day class.  


For more information on the certification program click here.

Beginning in 2011, all on-site wastewater certification and renewal of certification workshops are DOPL-approved for continuing education credit for contractors and plumbers. For more information contact Judy Sims at judith.sims@usu.edu.


Thanks for your support and continuing interest in on-site wastewater treatment issues in Utah.

Since 1998, the Utah On-Site Wastewater Treatment Training Program, located at Utah State University’s, Utah Water Research Laboratory, has provided training to health department staff, site evaluators, general contractors, engineers, system designers and others in on-site wastewater treatment. In 2001, the state initiated a certification program for on-site wastewater treatment professionals and the Utah State training program has provided training workshops in support of that certification program.

There is a lack of public education and awareness, as well as installation and operation training that contributes substantially to misuse and failures of on-site wastewater treatment systems. There is a need for those involved in the development of new housing sites, including system designers, installers, regulators and city and county planners to be trained in correct principles of planning, design, material and systems selection, and system installation for on-site wastewater treatment systems currently allowed under Utah code.

Mission of the Utah On-Site Wastewater Treatment Training Program:

"To provide formal classroom and field training as well as technology transfer to Utah and other Rocky Mountain region regulators, consultants, contractors, and other stakeholders in on-site wastewater treatment systems."


Funding generously provided by the Huntsman Environmental Research Center and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

"[We are] committed to conserving resources and to acting as guardians for the environment."


USU Professor Judith L. Sims served as an elected board member of the National Wastewater Recycling Association from 2008 until 2010. Go to Article in Utah State Today.

"[We are] committed to conserving resources and to acting as guardians for the environment."