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Training Center

Contact the Statewide Headquarters of the Onsite Sewage Program

  •  850-245-4250



    Mailing Address

    Bureau of Environmental Health, Onsite Sewage Programs 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-08 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1710 

To help fulfill the credentialing and continuing education training needs of onsite wastewater contractors and county health department field staff, the Department of Health staff provide and support training at various locations across the state.

Florida Onsite Wastewater Association Training Center sign

Much of this training takes place at the Florida Onsite Wastewater Association's Training Center in Polk City, Florida. Local contractors and wastewater professionals played a key role in starting the training center by donating time and resources to the construction of the site, and the center continues to be funded in part through a portion of the repair permit fees.

FOWA training center hands-on training
The center promotes a hands-on approach to education and showcases both conventional systems and a variety of wastewater treatment alternatives.   The center provides a number of hands-on workstations featuring low-pressure distribution, pumps and pump controls, mound systems, and tank components.
Hand-on training at the Florida Onsite Wastewater Association Training Center
There is an area set up to give field staff experience in inspecting onsite systems.  Soil pits are also available to provide first-hand experience in observing soil colors and textures in place in the ground.  The goal of the center is to elevate the professional state of practice both for Department of Health field staff and for onsite wastewater contractors and a variety of basic and advanced courses are offered.

Accelerated Certification Training (ACT) 

Septic Tank Contractor Training (130 kb pdf). List of approved courses for Registered and Master Septic Tank Contractor registration renewal.

Florida Soil-Certified Engineer's Staff The Florida Onsite Wastewater Association (FOWA) maintains a listing of engineering staff who have taken and passed the "Master III - Basic Florida Soils" course.

Directions to the FOWA training center (207 kb pdf)

For information on courses or to register contact:
Sherrill Parr
Florida Onsite Wastewater Association, Inc.
PO Box 665
Winter Haven, FL 33882
Phone:  863-845-5262
Fax:  1-877-832-9434

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