PSMA Certification (3/30/21-3/31/21): 101 Basic Onlot Wastewater Treatment System Inspection Training Course


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This 2-day beginner’s course covers the PSMA/NOF Inspection Standards. Subjects covered include: system permitting and operations history, basic system components, the basics to locating systems, basics to recognizing problems, analysis of inspection results and evaluation report writing. Individuals who complete the course work and achieve a passing grade on the post-training exam become 101 certified. PSMA-NOF Inspection Standards can then be used under a limited license agreement.  Your company MUST be a member of PSMA to attend a PSMA certification course.   View course syllabus.

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Please Note: The skills of reading and writing are required prerequisites for training and for all candidates who will take the PSMA/NOF certification exam. PSMA/NOF-certified inspectors must be able to follow written instructions, record field measurements, write answers to questions and draw conclusions. Trainees must be able to complete the training and the exam without reading or writing assistance. Persons with disabilities should notify the PSMA Office in advance of the session, and reasonable accommodations will be made to assist in facilitating your participation.

Be Prepared! All trainees should bring materials to take notes. A calculator will be beneficial. If you have inspection tools such as probe rods, flashlight, mirror, tape measure and gloves, please bring them. THIS YEAR, ONLY 101 STUDENT TRAINING includes a field trip to nearby onlot systems with hands-on application of inspection skills. The field activity on Day 2 operates rain or shine. Dress appropriately for field conditions; bring a change of shoes. 102 Students will remain in the classroom.

COVID Notice:  Classroom space will be limited. PSMA will be following whatever safety protocols are in place by the local jurisdiction as well as the host hotel.  Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Employer Declaration: The registering Business (“Licensee”) hereby applies for a limited license to use the Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Inspection Standards promulgated by the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association, Inc. and the National Onsite Wastewater Education and Research Foundation, Inc. (“PSMA/NOF”). If granted, the license shall remain in effect only so long as the trainee individual named in this Application is a Certified PSMA/NOF Inspector, as defined in the Training Policies of PSMA/NOF and remains in the employ of the below identified business, and only so long as the identified business identified remains a member of PSMA. The license shall automatically expire when either of these conditions ceases to exist.  As the employer of a PSMA certified Onlot Wastewater Treatment System Inspector, Licensee agrees and pledges that Inspectors in its employ will fully apply the Standards for every inspection that is presented or described to the client or any other party as constituting a “PSMA Inspection,” or words to that effect. Licensee agrees and pledges to comply with the PSMA Code of Ethics (Code).  Licensee acknowledges that failure to fully and strictly apply the Standards, or to misrepresent them, or failure to comply with the Code can result in decertification of the Inspector and expulsion from Association membership. Upon the approval of the Application by PSMA, Licensee will be legally bound by these terms. The person executing this application certifies that he or she is authorized to bind the identified Business to the terms hereof.

Event Details

Day 1 --
7:30am-8:00am: Check-in Open
8:00am-12:00pm: Class
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch Provided
1:00pm-5:00pm: Class

Day 2 ---
7:00am-7:30am: Check-in Open
7:30am-12:00pm: Field Activity
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch Provided
1:00pm-4:30pm: Review & Certification Test

The Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel has rooms available at a discounted rate of $95 for single or double rooms. Please reference that you are with the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association group to receive the discounted rate.

Hotel Information
Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel
1741 Paper Mill Road, Reading, PA 19610
Hotel (General): (610) 376-3811
Hotel (Reservations): (877) 814-2538
Group Room Block: PSMA
Discount Group Rate: $95 (cut off March 22nd)

Start date: March 30, 2021

End date: March 31, 2021

Start time: 08:00 a.m.

End time: 04:30 p.m.

Venue: Crowne Plaza Reading, 1741 Papermill Road, Reading, PA 19610