Soil and Site Evaluation & Shallow Groundwater Courses

TCEQ, TDH &  OESAC Approved for 8 Continuing Education Hours

Web-Based

 

Register for Courses:     Soil and Site: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/index.cfm/productDetails/ProductID/1429/

Shallow Groundwater: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/index.cfm/productDetails/ProductID/1739/

Course Locations:           Soil and Site | Shallow Groundwater

Frequently Asked Questions:Get your answers here! (Although written for the Soil course, this FAQ is also applicable to the Shallow Groundwater course)

 

PLEASE NOTE: All technical support for accessing or getting started with the courses is done via email (campushelp@extension.org). The hours for this support are Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. By registering for a course, you agree to resolve any enrollment issues or issues starting the course via campushelp@extension.org.

Basic Information (Soil and Site Course)

This course is designed for OSSF Designated Representatives, Site Evaluators, Installers, and Sanitarians requiring CEU hours to satisfy TCEQ, TDH and OESAC licensing requirements.

This is a basic introduction to soil and site evaluation. Dr. John Jacob, the lead Extension Specialist in the State of Texas for soil and site evaluation for on-site septic systems, developed the course. It addresses the major limitations of soils in terms of texture, groundwater, and restrictive layers. The course places a special emphasis on evaluation of the landscape in terms of shallow groundwater issues. Course outline below.

Basic Information (Shallow Groundwater Course)[NOT YET APPROVED FOR TCEQ CREDIT, PLEASE CHECK BACK]

This course is designed for OSSF Designated Representatives, Site Evaluators, and Installers requiring CEU hours to satisfy TCEQ (as well as other approved states) licensing requirements. You will get enough knowledge to know when groundwater should be a problem for a standard on-site sewage facility (OSSF), and you will understand the signs that should alert you to the presence of shallow groundwater in the soil treatment zone for an on-site sewage system and is approved for 8 CEUs by the TCEQ [APPROVAL PENDING, please check back for updates]. Dr. John Jacob, the lead Extension Specialist in the State of Texas for soil and site evaluation on-site septic systems, developed the course.

How much does each course cost?

Each course costs $125 for 8 credit hours.

How do I enroll?

You can enroll in the course at http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu, you have one year to complete the course. All required reading and testing is from your home or office computer, so NO TRAVEL IS REQUIRED.

How is TCEQ, TDH  or OESAC notified?

Registration and tracking of course completion is through the Texas A&M University System. Around the first of the next month after you have completed the Soil & Site Evaluation Basic Introduction we will submit your CEUs to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) or the Oregon Environmental Services Advisory Council (OESAC) and e-mail you your certificate of completion for your records.  If you are a Sanitarian, you will need to send a copy of your certificate to the Texas Department of Health (TDH).

Do I have to complete the entire course at one time without a break?

You do not have to complete the entire course in one sitting in front of your computer. The course is organized in modules and your progress is tracked by module completion. There is a short quiz at the end of each module.

What do I do to successfully complete the course?

To successfully complete the course, you must read the course workbook and complete all the quizzes and the final with a score of 100%.  If you miss a question on a quiz or the final, you can keep retaking until you score a 100%.

Do I need any printed material to take the course?

There is an online Course Workbook located on the course website which will open in Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can either read the Course Workbook on your computer or you can print it.  If you decide to print the workbook, it is approximately forty pages.

If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, there is a link provided on the course website under “About This Course” which enables you to download it.

PLEASE NOTE: All technical support for accessing or getting started with the course is done via email (campushelp@extension.org). The hours for this support are Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. By registering for the course, you agree to resolve any enrollment issues or issues starting the course via campushelp@extension.org.

Soil & Site Evaluation Basic Introduction Course Outline

Module 1 Introduction: Soils as Treatment Units

  • Importance of Soil Properties Critical to Wastewater Treatment

Module 2aSoil Survey and Texture

  • Identify the major components of soils
  • Identify soil particle sizes and textures
  • Understand the use of soil surveys in soil and site evaluation

Module 2b Structure, Restrictive Layers

  • Understand the basic kinds of soil structure
  • Understand and be able to identify the major kinds of restrictive layers

Module 2c Groundwater

  • Understand soil features that can be used to identify shallow water tables
  • Understand the limitations of those features

Module 3 Site Evaluation

  • Understand basic landscape concepts
  • Understand the hydrologic cycle and the flow of water in the landscape
  • Understand how to “read” the landscape in terms of unsuitably wet soils

 

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