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Introduction to Septic Systems

Course Code: EW0207CA17

6 TCHs offered for NJ Wastewater Operators Only
(License S, C, N)

Septic System Course

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Date & Time

Last Held: June 14, 2017
8:30am - 4:00 pm (Check-in time: 8:00am)

Next offering TBD.


This new one-day course has been developed to present an introductory overview of the working of septic systems for those not directly involved in the installation or pumping industries. The course will begin with a discussion of the history and development of such systems and move into presentations on:

  • The types of septic systems: what conditions make each appropriate
  • Individual components and their relative importance
  • The role soils play in system function and failure
  • What is a system malfunction and how is it determined to be happening?
  • What steps do a declaration of a total system failure require you to take?
  • Cesspools - why they are no longer allowed; and
  • Old ideas vs. more modern thinking regarding wastewater treatment.

Speakers will review the research that led to changes in thinking regarding onsite wastewater treatment, the development of alternative technologies, and the subsequent updates of NJ's regulations regarding such systems. A summary of the NJDEP Septic Inspection Protocols and a presentation on the steps required to complete its reporting and fulfill local health department regulations will be included on the agenda.

Join course coordinator Tom Cahill (REHS), other knowledgeable/experienced wastewater professionals, and state/local regulators for this introduction and discussion of the topic. If you need a good, basic understanding of septic systems – as a real estate professional, homeowner, or property inspector – this is the course for you!

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The June 14, 2017 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

In addition to 0.6 Rutgers CEUs, this septic systems class has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Licensed Wastewater Operators: 6 TCHs (Approval #01-061701-20)

NJ Health Officers & REHSs: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 6.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

NJ Certified Public Works Managers: Pending

Registration Fee TBD
Mulit-Person Registration Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center
20 Indyk-Engel Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08902
Directions and Parking Information

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Introduction to Septic Systems" or Course Code EW0207) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Assistant Director: Carol Broccoli, 848-932-7207
Administrative Assistant: Claudine Oleskin, 848-932-7204

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