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PSATS Sewage Enforcement Officer Academy

To Register: Click HERE  or call PSATS at (717) 763-0930.

Workshop Title

PSATS Sewage Enforcement Officer Academy


December 5 - December 9, 2016


The PSATS SEO Precertification Academy is designed to teach the basic skills a future sewage enforcement officer (SEO) needs to know to work for a local agency. Whether you work for a municipality in need of a good SEO or are someone who is considering the SEO field as a career, you will want to check out the benefits of sending someone to or attending the academy yourself. Not only is the academy a prerequisite to taking the commonwealth's certification examination for SEOs, but you will leave the course better prepared to enter the multi-faceted world of a local agency SEO.

The PSATS SEO Precertification Academy is divided into two parts, the Orientation course and the Academy course. The Orientation course is completed through self-study before attending the Academy course. The four and a half-day Academy course is a specially created, interactive program that teaches the duties and responsibilities of a local agency SEO. Two topics in the Academy course have self-study content that must be completed prior to attending the course. In the classroom, participants go beyond lecture to actively participate in the lessons through practice problems and discussion scenarios.

DEP has approved the successful completion of the PSATS SEO Precertification Academy as the required prerequisite to sit for the SEO Certification Exam. Successful completion of the academy means that the SEO candidate attends the entire academy. Complete attendance includes prompt arrival each day and adherence to breaks and departure times. Exceptions must be discussed in advance with the instructor and will only be allowed for emergencies. Each exception will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Who Should Attend

According to the regulations, anyone interested in becoming an SEO for a local agency must attend a DEP-approved precertification training. The DEP-approved, PSATS SEO Precertification Academy will provide information and resources to help a candidate prepare for the SEO certification exam and to begin work as a certified local agency SEO.

The PSATS SEO Precertification Academy would also benefit anyone who works with onlot sewage systems or the operation and management of these systems. The course focuses on Act 537 and the Pa. Code Title 25, Chapters 71, 72, and 73, dealing with onlot sewage systems. 


 PSATS Educational Center
4855 Woodland Drive
Enola, PA 17025
(717) 763-0930


Experienced SEOs and soil scientists.


$949 Non-Member Rate

$799 PSATS Member Rate*

* To qualify as a PSATS member, the registrant must have paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or its affiliates (solicitors, engineers, planners, and emergency management associations) or be an associate member.

This fee covers tuition, lunch, course materials in electronic format (Act 537, regulations, workbook, and appendix), three videos (The Care and Feeding of Your Septic Tank, Onlot System Components, On-Site Testing, and Final Inspection), a copy of the Act 537 and the Code 25, Environmental Protection Chapters 71, 72, and 73 regulations.

NOTE: The registration fee does not include a hardcopy of the Academy classroom course materials. Candidates must print these materials prior to coming to class or bring the electronic files on a computer.


December 5 thru December 9, 2016

Registration Information

Preregistration is required. Each Academy course seats 25 attendees. Interested parties are asked to register early, as class size is limited.

How to Register

To register for the academy, click here. You may pay by credit card or by check. Payment must be received to hold a seat in the academy.

Cancellation/No Show Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing by faxing to (717) 763-9732 or sending an email to Refunds will be determined by the date of receipt of the fax or email. A cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the session you are registered for is subject to a $100 cancellation fee. Those who cancel within 30 days of the session forfeit the full registration fee, unless there is a substitution identified by the registrant.

Accessibility & Other Needs

All session will be held at ADA-accessible location. Please use the “accessibility needs” line to indicate alternate format, sign language requirements, or any other needs you might have.

PSATS SEO Precertification Course Work

The Orientation course is delivered through self-study. Candidates will work through the course content independently and complete self-guided and self-graded tests to check his or her understanding of the content. The Academy course is delivered through self-study and classroom course work. All self-study content must be completed prior to attending the Academy course.

The Precertification course will cover the following topics:

  • Description of an onlot sewage system
  • Historical context of Act 537

  • Managing onlot sewage systems

  • Protecting public health

  • Pennsylvania Code Title 25, Chapters 71, 72, and 73

Academy Self-Study Content

  • Planning (self-study and classroom delivery)

  • Reimbursement (self-study delivery)

Academy Classroom Content and Schedule

The Academy course will review Pa. Code Title 25, Chapters 71, 72, and 73, dealing with onlot sewage systems. The academy will focus on teaching the skills necessary to be an SEO for a local agency. It will provide the opportunity to practice the skills that are being taught through scenarios and practice problems. The last day of the course will provide a question and answer session.


7:30 AM – Registration
8 AM – Overview, Slope, Isolation Distances, Soil Probe Evaluation, Soil Survey Map, Daily Flow
5:30 PM – Adjourn
*  Lunch provided on site


8 AM – Percolation, System Design & Selection, Building Sewer, Tank Size
5:30 PM – Adjourn
*  Lunch provided on site


8 AM – Distribution Methods, Absorption Area, Permit Application Review, Inspection Stage, Final Inspection
5:30 PM – Adjourn
*  Lunch provided on site


8 AM – Planning (Self-study and Classroom), Administrative, Malfunctions
5:30 PM – Adjourn
*  Lunch provided on site


7:30 – Breakfast
8 AM – Malfunctions cont., Question and Answer Session
Noon – Adjourn

To Register for the Academy: Click HERE or call PSATS at (717) 763-0930.

SEO Certification Exam

Candidates must register with the SEO Certification Board to sit for the SEO Certification Exam. To obtain information on exam dates and locations and to register for the exam, you must contact the certification board directly.

Link:  Exam application forms and information

Rachel Carson State Office Building
Bureau of Point and Non-Point Source Management
PO Box 8774
Harrisburg, PA  17105-8774
Phone:  717.772.2186
Fax:  717.772.5156


SEO Precertification Academy Sponsors