Pre-Certification Workshops

What you need to know:

  • To attend in-person workshops, you MUST adhere to the University of Minnesota’s protocols in regards to COVID-19.  Please see our protocols webpage for all of the outlined information.  You MUST wear a mask or face covering AT ALL TIMES while indoors.
  • These workshops will be accredited as required training ONLY.  These workshops are for those who need to obtain their licenses, not for those who need continuing education hours.  The Onsite Sewage Treatment Program is working on continuing education opportunities for later in the year.
  • If you are registering for another individual (co-worker, spouse, etc.) please create an individual online account for that person (i.e. do not register Babe the Blue Ox using the account registered to Paul Bunyan).  Also, if you are registering for someone on their behalf, please make sure they are aware of the protocols in regards to COVID-19. 
  • Due to restrictions surrounding Covid-19, registration is limited to 20 participants per workshop. 
  • To register, click the link for the selected course below or navgate to the paper registration form.

Basic Design
Intermediate Design
Advanced Design
Maintaining Onsite Systems
Service Provider
Inspecting Onsite Systems

Basic Design (20)

Brainerd - May 3-7, Registration Deadline April 28 - This course begins at 12:30 on May 3rd.  Remaining days begin at 8:00 am. Cost $495

Intermediate Design (27)

Please note this class is from 8am - 3pm Monday - Thursday, Friday 8am - Noon with the MPCA exam Friday afternoon beginning at 1pm.  Also, participants will need to bring a computer to complete daily homework online.

Alexandria - March 29 - April 2, Registration Deadline March 24 -  Cost $495

Advanced Design (29)

Please note this class is from 8am - 3pm Monday - Thursday, Friday 8am - Noon with the MPCA exam Friday afternoon beginning at 1pm.  Also, participants will need to bring a computer to complete daily homework online.

Alexandria -  April 12-16, Registration Deadline April 7 - Cost $495

Maintaining Onsite Systems (415-1)

Soils Pre-Cert (515)

Service Provider  (49-1)

Inspecting Onsite Systems Pre-Certification  (30-1)

  • June 2-4; Alexandria, MN - Holiday Inn (Registration deadline: May 28) - Class starts at 1:00pm on first day - Cost $310 - SOLD OUT, WAITLIST AVAILABLE

Check or Purchase Order Registration Form

*Note: Staff encourages you to register online, with a credit card, for these courses.  The University is under reduced operations so mail is only checked once per week.  Purchase orders can be emailed to  

Registration Form

COVID-19 Course Protocols (Abridged Version)

To reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission, the OSTP has protocols based on guidance from the CDC, MDH, and UMN. Although the class is outdoors, participants are required to bring a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth and maintain a distance of 6-8 feet from other participants. The mask MUST be worn during the entire session, including the check-in process. In addition, participants must:

  • At check-in, answer the following pre-screening questions, as well as a no-contact temperature check:
    • Do you have a new or worsening cough?
    • Are you experiencing shortness of breath?
    • Within the last 14 days, have you been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • At check-in and throughout the class, maintain a physical distance of 6-8 feet from other participants

If your temperature is 100.4 or higher, or question responses indicate that you could be sick, you may not attend the class. If that should happen, you will be refunded your registration fee in full. Failure by attendees to follow the protocols and requests of OSTP and venue staff, may result in class registration revocation and forfeiture of registration fees. We appreciate your cooperation with these requirements as it ensures the safety and health of our attendees and staff, and enables us to continue to host and plan future in-person training.

If you need assistance to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time, please contact us at (800) 322-8642 or

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel due to COVID symptoms, medical-advised quarantine, caring for others, or another COVID-related cause, a full refund will be issued.
  • If you fail the health screening in-person at check-in, a full refund will be issued.
  • All cancellations for non-COVID reasons must be received in writing by OSTP staff ( 4 business days prior to the workshop. All refunds will be made in the same manner as payment minus a $30 cancellation fee. Classes must be cancelled and rebooked before the start date of the course to avoid forfeiting your entire course fee.
  • If you are asked to leave the class due for not complying with requirements for social distancing, facial coverings, or other protocols, the learner will forfeit their entire course fee.
  • In the event that classes are cancelled due to state, local, or University restrictions, a full refund will be issued.

Registration Questions?

If you have questions or need assistance regarding one of the workshops above, please contact us at 1.800.322.8642 or email us at

 Certification Questions?

Please visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s COVID-19 website if you have any questions regarding your certificate or continuing education hours. If you have any further questions for the MPCA or would like more information you may contact the MPCA via phone or email at 651-757-2201 and