SEO Precertification Academy

Welcome to the PSATS SEO Precertification Academy!

For new SEO’s, the program now requires the Precertification Soils course prior to being able to sit for the SEO Certification Exam, typically held immediately following the required PSATS SEO Precertification Academy.

The SEO Technical Guidance Document covers the details and requirements to be an SEO.  The two above-noted courses must be completed and the Soils course passed before a candidate is eligible to sit for the SEO Certification Exam.  This exam is held on the Friday afternoon immediately following the PSATS Academy, and usually two more times annually at either the PSATS training facility or at DEP’s Central Office on Market Street in Harrisburg, PA, or at DEP’s South-Central Regional Office on Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg, PA.  Dates will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, on DEP’s SEO and Board webpages and more information will be on the PA Clean Water Academy.

On this page, you will find access to videos that are referenced in the Orientation/self-study materials, links to access the self-study materials, and links to access the classroom materials for the academy. 

Please note: Your academy registration does not register you for the Certification Exam. You must register through DEP for the exam. Please reference the Exam information below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (717)763-0930, or send an e-mail to Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Enola!

Down the Drain Video
SEO Precertification Academy Video

Click below to access course files:

You may want to print the self-study workbooks. You should not print the self-study guides. You may print the quizzes if you like, or simply do them on the computer. These are for your own self-assessment. The user’s guide will explain how to do the self-study parts of the class.

SEO Academy User’s Guide

SEO Academy Orientation and Self-Study Materials

SEO Academy Workbook – Classroom Materials
(you should print a hard copy of the classroom workbook and/or
have a laptop to access the electronic files during class)


A Department approved precertification soils course is now required, along with the precertification academy before becoming an SEO. SEO candidates cannot take the SEO Certification exam following the Academy unless the Precertification Soils Course (for SEO Candidates) has been completed. The prospective SEO must pass the precertification soils exam and complete the precertification academy to sit to take the SEO certification exam. Upon successful completion of the certification exam, an SEO will then receive their certification. 

The Precertification Soils Course (for SEO Candidates can be accessed with a login in PA Clean Water Academy at the following link:       PA Clean Water Academy 

To obtain your exam application, contact the SEO Certification Board of DEP at (717) 772-2186 or by e-mail to 

There are deadlines to register for the exam. You should register at least 30 days prior to the certification exam. If you would like to take the exam that is being offered with your class, please contact DEP at your earliest convenience. 

Hotels in the area

For the Best Western Plus and the Holiday Inn Express, mention that you are attending training at PSATS and would like the PSATS rate.

*  Holiday Inn Express 717-732-8800
   (within 1 mile of our office)

*  Park Inn Mechanicsburg 717-697-0321
   (formerly Holiday Inn)

*  Quality Inn Enola(717)732-3941

*  Best Western Plus 717-635-2523
   (across the street from our office)

Successful Completion

To obtain successful completion of the SEO Precertification Academy, a prerequisite to sit for the SEO Certification exam, an attendee must be present during the times listed for the class. No excuses for absence shall be accepted except those of illness, family emergency, or business emergency and an explanation of the absence must be provided in writing. If illness, family emergency, or business emergency forces you to be absent for more than ten percent of the entire course, the course will not be deemed successfully completed. 

Bring Along

  • Hardcopy of the academy workbook or a computer to display the files.
    • Hardcopies of workbooks will NOT be provided in class.
  • Calculator
  • Pens and pencils
  • Photo ID

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