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Sewage Systems (OSSFs), Including Septic Tanks

Information about how to obtain an on-site sewage facility license as an Installer Class I and II, a Designated Representative, a Site Evaluator, an Apprentice, a Maintenance Provider or a Maintenance Technician.

 

TOWA’s Advanced Aerobic Maintenance course required to obtain an OSSF Maintenance Provider license was completed and approved by TCEQ as of 03/15/2011. TOWA is currently registering individuals for upcoming courses. To register, please contact TOWA at (888) 398-7188. The exam will also be available at computer-based testing centers throughout the state.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) promulgated new and revised rules on September 27, 2007 which will affect many licensing programs.

Please review the URL below to become acquainted with the newly adopted Chapter 30 rules for Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 30, Subchapter A, and Subchapter G: On-Site Sewage Facilities Installers, Apprentices, Designated Representatives, Maintenance Providers, and Site Evaluators, Rules 30.231 - 30.247. Exit the TCEQ

To operate as an On-Site Sewage Facility (OSSF) installer, apprentice, maintenance provider or maintenance technician in Texas, you must be licensed or registered by the TCEQ.

To perform the duties of a designated representative, you must be licensed by the TCEQ and be employed by an authorized agent of the agency.

To perform site evaluations, you must be licensed by the TCEQ or a licensed Professional Engineer. Exit the TCEQ 

What work does each license level do?

Installer Class I (OSI) is authorized to install standard OSSF systems (septic tanks, absorptive drainfields, unlined ET drainfields, leaching chambers, gravel-less pipe, and pumped effluent drainfields).

Installer Class II (OSII) is authorized to install all types of OSSF systems.

Designated Representatives (DR) work for an authorized agent of the TCEQ. They perform site evaluations (when it is part of their job duties), complaint investigations, system evaluations, and inspections of OSSFs that have been issued an authorization to construct to ensure the OSSF has been installed to the criteria established by the TCEQ, or the Authorized Agent Order approved by the TCEQ, whichever is more stringent.

Site Evaluator (SE) is authorized to perform preconstruction site evaluations to determine a site's suitability for a particular OSSF system and to identify all features in the area where an OSSF is to be installed that could be contaminated by the OSSF or could prevent the proper operation of the system.

Apprentices: Registered apprentices may not perform any services associated with OSSF installations except under the direct supervision of a licensed installer on the site, by radio, or other means of direct communication at all times. The apprentice may represent the supervising installer at the job site; however, the licensed installer must visit the job site at least once each work day to verify that the work of the registered apprentice is in accordance with State and/or Authorized Agent requirements.

Maintenance Providers are authorized to provide service or maintenance to on-site disposal systems using aerobic treatment.

Maintenance Technicians perform services associated with OSSF maintenance under the direct supervision and direction of the maintenance provider on-site or be in direct communication with the maintenance provider.

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When is a license not required?

You are not subject to training and licensing requirements:

  • when installing, constructing, altering, extending, or repairing an OSSF on a single-family residential propertythat you own.
    • However, you must contact the permitting authority before you install, construct, alter, extend, or repair the OSSF to inquire about permitting requirements; and
    • If you pay someone to construct any portion of an OSSF, the person performing the work must be a licensed installer, except when otherwise specified.
    • This provision does not apply to developers or to those who develop property for sale or lease.
  • when installing electrical components through a licensed electrician.
  • when delivering a treatment or pump tank.
  • when working under the direct supervision of and receiving compensation from a licensed installer or the installer's registered apprentice.
  • when a licensed professional engineer is conducting a site evaluation.

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Obtaining a License

To obtain this license level ... You will need classroom training ... With this much experience ... Pass an exam, scoring at least a ... And pay an application fee of ...
Designated Representative (DR)
Yes
0 years
70
$111.00
Installer Class I (OSI)
Yes
0 years
70
$111.00
Installer Class II (OSII)
Yes
1 year as an OSI, or

2 years as a registered Apprentice
70
$111.00
Site Evaluator (SE)
Yes
0 years. However, you must possess a current OSII, DR, Professional Engineer, Professional Sanitarian, or Professional Geoscientist with a Soil Scientist discipline license.
70
$111.00
Apprentice
No
None
N/A
$111.00
Maintenance Provider
Yes
70
$111.00
Maintenance Technician
Yes
None
N/A
$111.00 

Applications for a license must be approved before taking a license exam.

Training courses and examinations are provided by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). You may register for a course on-line by clicking here, or by calling 800/723-3811.

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I am not licensed; what do I do?

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Installer Class I license

To qualify for an Installer Class I license, you must:

  • submit an application for approval at least three weeks before the basic training course,
  • pay an application fee,
  • complete the basic Installer I training course, and
  • pass the Installer I exam.

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Installer Class II license

To qualify for an Installer Class II license, you must:

  • submit an application for approval at least three weeks before the basic training course;
  • pay an application fee;
  • complete the basic Installer II training course;
  • pass the Installer II exam;
  • meet the experience requirements. Applicants for an Installer II license must submit statements attesting to the individual's work experience. Such statements shall include a description of the type of on-site sewage facility (OSSF) work that was performed by the individual and the physical addresses where the activity occurred. The experience shall be actual work accomplished under the license or registration. The number of systems will not substitute for the time required; and
  • meet one of the following experience requirements:
    • held an Installer I license for at least one year,
    • held an apprentice registration for at least two years; or
    • previously possessed an Installer II license.

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Designated Representative license

To become licensed as a designated representative, you must:

  • submit an application for approval at least three weeks before the basic training course,
  • pay an application fee,
  • complete the basic training course, and
  • pass the exam.

You shall not perform any Designated Representative duties until you are employed by an authorized agent.

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Site Evaluator license

To become licensed as a site evaluator, you must:

  • possess at least one of the following licenses:
    • Installer Class II
    • Designated Representative
    • Professional Engineer
    • Professional Sanitarian
    • Professional Geo-scientist with a Soil Scientist discipline
  • submit an application for approval at least three weeks before the basic training course,
  • pay an application fee,
  • complete the basic training course, and
  • pass the exam.

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Apprentice registration

To become and operate as a registered apprentice, you must:

  • Fill out the OSSF Apprentice Registration Form and a criminal history notification (attestation) as indicated on the appropriate notification web page;
  • Submit the completed forms with an appropriate application fee; and
  • After a registration has been issued and while it remains valid, perform services associated with on-site sewage facility (OSSF) construction under the direct supervision and direction of the installer on-site or be in direct communication with the installer.

You must possess an apprentice registration for at least two years and complete at least six installations under the apprentice registration before you can qualify for an Installer Class II license.

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Maintenance Provider license

To become and operate as a Maintenance Provider (MP), the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess an OSSF Installer II license; or
  • Possess a Class 'C' or higher Wastewater Treatment Operator license; or
  • Have three years experience as a registered MP and/or Maintenance Technician (MT) registrant.

Additionally, the applicant must:

  • Complete the Basic Maintenance Provider (BMP) course; and
  • Complete the Advanced Maintenance Provider (AMP) course; and
  • Submit an MP license application with the license fee; and
  • Pass the applicable licensing examination.

A person that holds a current MP registration that performs maintenance to on-site sewage disposal systems using aerobic treatment shall be allowed to continue to perform maintenance provider duties until July 31, 2011. Effective August 1, 2011, those individuals shall either hold a:

  • maintenance provider license; or
  • maintenance technician registration.

Individuals who meet any of the following criteria do not have to complete the AMP course or take the examination to receive an MP license conversion:

  • Individuals that had obtained an MP registration prior to December 31, 2009 and hold a current OSSF Installer II license and MP registration; or
  • Individuals that had obtained an MP registration prior to December 31, 2009 and hold a current Class 'C' or higher Wastewater Treatment Operator license and MP registration; or
  • Individuals that had three years of experience as a registered MP prior to December 31, 2009 and hold a current MP registration.

All others not meeting the above criteria must take the AMP course and pass the licensing examination to receive an MP license.

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Maintenance Technician Registration

To become and operate as a registered Maintenance Technician, you must:

  • Complete the basic training course; and
  • Request an application form by contacting the occupational licensing section; and
  • Submit the completed form with an appropriate application fee.

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How do I upgrade my Installer I license or apprentice registration?

To qualify for an Installer Class II license, you must:

  • have possessed an Installer Class I license for at least one year or apprentice registration for at least two years,
  • have verified experience:
    • at least three installations under your Installer Class I license, or
    • at least six installations under your Apprentice Registration who directly supervised your installation;
  • submit an application for approval at least three weeks before the basic training course,
  • pay an application fee,
  • complete the Installer II basic training course, and
  • pass the Installer Class II exam.

You must submit letters of reference with your application (30 TAC 30.240(b)(5)).

To register for a basic training course, call the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) at 1-800-723-3811.

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How soon do I need to renew?

All licenses expire in three years. The expiration date will be on the last day of the month they were first issued.

If you do not renew your license within 30 days after its expiration date, you will have to fill out a new application and re-take and pass the exam for the last license level you held. You will be assigned a new license number.

Apprentice registrations will have a three year validity period.

Applications for certain registrations, i.e., maintenance providers or maintenance companies, will not be accepted.

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How do I renew?

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Requirements

To maintain this registration or license level ... You need this much continuing education ... And you must pay an application fee of ...
Designated Representative (DR)
24 hours
$111.00

Installer Class I (OSI)
24 hours
$111.00

Installer Class II (OSII)
24 hours
$111.00

Site Evaluator (SE)***
24 hours
$111.00
Apprentice
0 hours
$111.00
Maintenance Provider*
24 hours
$111.00
Maintenance Technician
0 hours
$111.00
* If your license expires before January 1, 2014 you will not be required to have any CEUs to renew you license. If your license expires after January 1, 2014 you will be required to have 24 hours to be eligible to renew your license.
An individual renewing a license for site evaluator shall demonstrate possession of a current license specified in § 30.240(d)(2)(C) of this title (relating to Qualifications for Initial License) except for individuals who were granted a site evaluator license on the basis of holding either an Installer II or designated representative license.
*** A Site Evaluator must maintain a current OSII, DR, Professional Sanitarian, Professional Engineer, or Professional Geoscientist with a Soil Science discipline license. 

Obtain a list of approved training providers for completion of required CEU's towards license renewal.

Check the status of your license. 

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Online Renewal

If you have obtained your required training credits and your license has not been expired for more than 30 days, you can renew online at: TCEQ Occupational License and Registration Online Renewal.

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Obtaining a renewal application

We will mail you a renewal notification at least 60 days before your license expires. The notification will go to the last known address we have on file for you. This notification will give you instructions for renewing your license using the Texas Online license renewal process.

If you are unable to renew online, please contact our office immediately to receive a printed renewal application. You can contact the TCEQ Licensing Section at licenses@tceq.texas.gov or phone (512) 239-6133. Please be sure to include your full name and license number with your request. Follow the directions which accompany the application, and return it with the requested materials before your license expires.

Remember, it is your responsibility to submit a renewal application in a timely manner.

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Lost Renewal Notifications or Applications

If you've lost your renewal notification or application or did not receive one, you may request a new application before your license expires by phone (512-239-6133) or e-mail (licenses@tceq.texas.gov). Please make sure you include your name, contact information, and license number or social security number. You must submit your application on an approved form.

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Issues of Compliance

You must be in compliance in regard to payment of guaranteed student loans, child support payments, and TCEQ fees or penalties in addition to the requirements summarized in the table above.

If you are currently under enforcement, you are encouraged to resolve these issues before you renew to avoid delays in the renewal of your license.

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Delinquent Fees or Penalties

Effective September 1, 2006, the TCEQ no longer issues, amends, or renews permits, registrations, certifications, or licenses to an entity or person who is delinquent on any penalties or fees.

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Late Renewal

License expired for less than 30 days?

License expired for more than 30 days?

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If your license has been expired for less than 30 days:

You must show proof that you have completed the required number of hours of approved training before your license expired. If you lost or did not receive a renewal notification or application, click here.

  • If you completed your continuing education BEFORE your license expired:
    • You must submit your renewal application with the appropriate fee within 30 days after your license expired.
    • We will also review whether you are delinquent in the paying student loans, and penalties owed to the TCEQ.
  • If you did not complete your continuing education BEFORE your license expired:
    • You will need to follow the same procedures as if your license was expired for more than 30 days.
    • You will be assigned a new license number.

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If your license has been expired for more than 30 days:

You cannot renew your license. In order to obtain a new license, you must to the following:

  • submit an application for approval at least three weeks before taking the exam,
  • pay an application fee, and
  • retake and pass the exam of the license level you last held.

To obtain an application and register for an exam, call the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Exit the TCEQat 1-800-SAFE-811.

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What if I change my address or phone number?

You must notify us of changes in your address or phone number, in writing, by one of the following:

  • Mail - TCEQ, Operator Licensing Section, MC-178, PO Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087
  • Fax - 512/239-6272
  • E-mail - licenses@tceq.texas.gov

Please make sure you include your name, contact information, license number or social security number.

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How do I replace a lost or damaged license?

To replace your lost license, you can contact the licensing section at (512) 239-6133 or download the request form. The replacement license is $20.00. Be certain to specify if you are ordering a wall certificate or pocket card (license card).

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What laws and rules govern my license?

The license requirements are listed in Chapter 366Exit the TCEQ of the Texas Health and Safety Code, Sections 366.014 & 366.071 and Chapter 37 Exit the TCEQof the Texas Water Code.

The qualifications for each license level vary and can be found in more detail in the rules (30 TAC Chapter 30 Subchapters A & G).Exit the TCEQ

The duties and responsibilities for each license level vary and can be found in more detail in the rules (30 TAC Chapter 285 Subchapter F).Exit the TCEQ

The enforcement provisions of this program can be found in Texas Water Code, Chapter 7.Exit the TCEQ

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