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Training and Certification Program

The Suffolk County Legislature amended the Suffolk County Septic Code and the Licensing Law in an effort to further protect public health and water quality. Those septic companies applying for or renewing their license after June 23, 2016.  The Long Island Liquid Waste Association modified it's Certification Program in order to meet the new requirements of these new requirements.  

In the spring of 2020 our in person training class was moved to an online forum in order to mitigate the limitations caused by the pandemic.  We have received an overwhelming appreciation of the online format which allows for participation outside of regular business hours in the comfort of the participant's homer office.  

The certification program is an 8 Training Credit Hours which is comprised of (2) Four hour nights as reflected in the schedule below.  Attendees MUST participate in BOTH nights in order to earn the certificate of completion required for license applications and renewals.

The LILWA Certification program has been approved by Suffolk County to fulfill the qualifications for endorsements 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 9.   The course schedule is below and the fee is $200 per person.   

If you have any questions please call 631-585-0448.

Membership Pays

LILWA membership is not required for certification, however Suffolk County recognizes 1 TCH for each full year of membership maximum 2 TCH in a wastewater professional association, such as LILWA, that has been approved by the Licensing Department. A maximum of four TCH's for such memberships may be applied towards the minimum required hours for any two-year endorsement renewal period.

Members can find other training resources  at the following sites:

OSHA 10 Hour Training ONLINE

Our online OSHA-authorized courses feature:

  • Audio narration

  • Interactive exercises and quizzes

  • Real-life case studies

  • Discounted rates for bulk orders

  • 24/7 course access from any desktop, laptop or mobile device

  • An OSHA-authorized trainer who can answer your questions

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services in cooperation with the University of Rhode Island Training Program is offering courses to fulfill the qualifications for :

10: Innovative and Alternative Treatment System Installer


11: Innovative and Alternative Treatment System Service Provider

NAWT Online Vacuum Truck Training Course

Topics of instruction include:

  • Materials to pump and avoid

  • Government regulations

  • Truck equipment and components

  • Drive and Control mechanisms

  • Basic and advanced pump out skills and procedures

  • Loading and unloading

  • Safety and emergency response plans

  • Customer interaction and education

  • Reasons to manage these materials

  • Basic science of vacuum and pressurization

  • Pumps

  • Basic Pump Truck Operation

  • Manifests and reports

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