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The MPCA will ensure no certifications will expire due to COVID-related course cancellations. SSTS professionals will still be responsible to obtain their required continuing education hours once workshop scheduling returns to normal. We are working closely with the MPCA to determine how to best meet the training needs of Minnesota’s SSTS industry. For the most up-to-date information on MPCA’s training and certification requirements, please visit the MPCA COVID-19 website.


To make any disability-related accommodations, please contact us at (800) 322-8642 or septic@umn.edu


Three Common Myths about Related Continuing Education Credits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (link to MPCA website)

Questions? Contact MPCA SSTS Licensing & Certification staff, Jane Seaver, at Jane.Seaver@state.mn.us or 651-757-2711.

Continuing education (CE) requirements help certified SSTS professionals maintain the expertise they need to be successful in the SSTS Industry. All approved SSTS training receives accreditation to award either direct or related credits to those who attend. Below, we dispel the most common myths about training that awards related credits.

1. Related CE Credits Cannot Be Used to Renew My SSTS Certification:  False. Related (or indirect) continuing education credits are tracked by the MPCA and do count towards your renewal requirement. Individuals with any combination of Installer, Maintainer and Service Provider Certifications must earn 12 credits (or hours) every 3 years. Individuals with a combination of certifications that include any level of the Designer or Inspector specialty areas must earn 18 credits every 3 years with at least 6 credits of Soils CE.

2. Related CE Credits Are Worth Less than Direct CE Credits:  False. Related CE Credits are valued equally to direct CE credits when the MPCA evaluates your renewal requirements. However, those with a 12-credit requirement cannot count more than 6 related credits towards renewal every 3 years. For example, you could meet your requirement with 6 related credits + 6 direct credits. Those with an 18-credit requirement cannot count more than 9 related credits every 3 years. In this case, you could meet your requirement with 9 related credits + 3 direct credits + 6 soils direct credits.

3. CE that Awards Related Credits Covers Topics of No Value:  False. You earn related credits at events that do not provide training specific to SSTS in Minnesota. Learning about septic systems at a national conference or about emerging technologies is undeniably valuable. However, you would earn related credits from attending these training events because you have not received targeted education or updates on Minnesota Rules Chapters 7080-7083. The MPCA requires a minimum amount of direct credits to ensure that individuals are exposed to its SSTS Rules during each 3-year CE period.

Registration links for classes below held after July 1 are not yet availabile, but will be soon. To receive the email announcement when registration is open, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Course Course Dates Location Registration Registration fee Registration deadline
Hybrid Soils CE afternoon field portion - Dakota County Sep 23 2021 Dakota County 255 Sep 13 2021
Hybrid Soils CE morning field portion - Dakota County Sep 23 2021 Dakota County 255 Sep 13 2021
Introduction to Onsite Systems Online Sep 27 2021 to Oct 1 2021 Online 390 Sep 17 2021
Installing Onsite Systems Online Oct 11 2021 to Oct 15 2021 Online 295 Oct 1 2021
Basic Design of Onsite Systems Alexandria Nov 1 2021 to Nov 5 2021  Douglas County Public Works Building 526 Willow Drive Alexandria, MN 56308 495 Oct 28 2021
8 hour General CE Alexandria Nov 15 2021 Alexandria - Holiday Inn 5637 MN-29, Alexandria, MN 56308 195 Nov 11 2021
4 hour General CE Alexandria AM Nov 16 2021 Alexandria - Holiday Inn 5637 MN-29, Alexandria, MN 56308 115 Nov 11 2021
4 hour General CE Alexandria PM Nov 16 2021 Alexandria - Holiday Inn 5637 MN-29, Alexandria, MN 56308 115 Nov 11 2021
8 hr General CE Alexandria Nov 17 2021 Alexandria - Holiday Inn 5637 MN-29, Alexandria, MN 56308 195 Nov 11 2021
8 hour General CE St. Cloud Dec 6 2021 St. Cloud - Holiday Inn 75 S 37th Ave S, St Cloud, MN 56301 195 Dec 2 2021
4 hour General CE St. Cloud AM Dec 7 2021 St. Cloud - Holiday Inn 75 S 37th Ave S, St Cloud, MN 56301 115 Dec 3 2021
4 hour General CE St. Cloud PM Dec 7 2021 St. Cloud - Holiday Inn 75 S 37th Ave S, St Cloud, MN 56301 115 Dec 2 2021
8 hour General CE St. Cloud Dec 8 2021 St. Cloud - Holiday Inn 75 S 37th Ave S, St Cloud, MN 56301 195 Dec 2 2021
8 hour General CE Mankato Dec 13 2021 Mankato - AmericInn Conference Center 240 Stadium Road, Mankato, MN 56001 195 Dec 9 2021
8 hour General CE Mankato Dec 14 2021 Mankato - AmericInn Conference Center 240 Stadium Road, Mankato, MN 56001 195 Dec 9 2021