CERTIFIED INSTALLER OF ONSITE WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS (CIOWTS)

CERTIFIED INSTALLER OF ONSITE WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS (CIOWTS) CREDENTIAL
The primary purpose of the credential is to set a standard of practice and create a baseline of knowledge for onsite wastewater system installations. Iowa counties are encouraged to adopt regulations providing for the certifying of installers and to require the CIOWTS  credential.  Counties currently requiring the Basic Level CIOWTS credential are Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Dallas, Delaware, Floyd, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Iowa, Jasper, Jones, Linn, Marion, Scott, Story, Warren, Washington, and Winneshiek.   Please check with your county sanitarian for specific requirements.  Clayton County will require the CIOWTS starting July 1 of 2021. 

The IOWWA Certified Installer of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (CIOWTS) Handbook can be viewed or downloaded in the below "Documents and Files" section.  

A pass score of 70% or higher must be achieved to receive the CIOWTS credential.    The credential runs on a two-year cycle.   During each two year cycle, the credential holder must have a minimum of 12.0 hours of continuing education earned in the onsite wastewater industry.      IOWWA has events scheduled throughout the year that provide continuing education approved for the CIOWTS credential.   For those taking the Installation Overview course prior to a scheduled test, the 12.0 CE hours earned will be applied to the first two-year cycle.

CIOWTS Test Study GuideThis study guide, published by the Consortium of Institutes for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment, is a 464 page notebook that serves as a self study aid for those interested in testing for the Certified Installer of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (CIOWTS) credential.    The handbook is also a valuable office or field reference guide and can be purchased as a publication or PDF file.  The study guide can be ordered through Iowa State University, use this link:  Installation of Wastewater Treatment Systems Manual.

IOWWA Member and Non-Member CIOWTS List:  To review IOWWA members and non-members who have the CIOWTS credential, please refer to the "CIOWTS Members and Non-Members List" PDF file in the Documents & Files section below

Certified Installer of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (CIOWTS) Test - Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Location:
Arlington Community Event Center, 853 Main Street, Arlington IA
Test check-in: 12:30 – 1:00 PM, instructions at 1:15 PM |  Test start: 1:30 PM 

The CIOWTS test application MUST be submitted to IOWWA before Nov. 15, 2021.  T
he application can be downloaded from the below "Documents and Files" section.  There are three (3) format options to use to complete the CIOWTS Test Application:

1) Word Document - Download, print, complete by hand.
2) Word Form Field - Download, complete tabbing between form fields and save.
3) PDF Form Field - Download, complete by tabbing between form fields and save.

Basic Level (75 multiple choice questions, 2-hour time limit). Counties in Iowa requiring the credential use the Basic Level credential. 
Advanced Level (125 multiple choice questions, 3-hour time limit)
Please be sure to bring a small hand-held calculator and two #2 pencil.
Test Fee:  Basic Level Member: $125.00  |  Non-member:  $150.00
Advanced Level Member:  $145.00  |  Non-member: $170.00

Installation Overview Course - Tuesday, December 7 - Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Location: 
Arlington Community Event Center, 853 Main Street, Arlington IA
Instructors: 
Dr. Sara Heger, University of MN; Katie Resor, R & R Septic Solutions
Course Fee:
IOWWA members - $215.00 | Non-members *$335.00

Tues., Dec. 7:  
Continental breakfast 7:30 AM | Workshop: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (lunch included)
Wed., Dec. 8:  
Continental breakfast 7:30 AM | Workshop: 8:00 AM – Noon (lunch included
For those taking the CIOWTS test, there is a break from end of course until CIOWTS test check-in.

*To use the member fee, if you are not a current member, you will want to join IOWWA. Membership is not the same as the credential. Membership is yearly and is an option. Joining now will provide IOWWA membership for the rest of 2021 and all of the 2022 IOWWA membership year.

Sponsored by IOWWA, this one and a half day Installation Overview course is available for the benefit of those taking the CIOWTS exam as well as anyone who requires continuing education.  Another benefit is that the 12.0 hours of continuing education earned from the Installation Overview course will be credited to the first two-year credential cycle.   
NOTE: You are not required to take the Installation Overview prior to the test.

For both the Basic and Advanced Levels you must verify that you are at least 16 years old.   Proof of age must be submitted prior to taking the test at the test site registration (e.g. copy of driver’s license or birth certificate).   

Basic Level Exam - 75 questions, 2 hours to complete
Advanced Level Exam - 125 questions, 3 hours to complete

All questions are written in multiple choice format.   The CIOWTS exam is based upon the following content areas.  Next to each subject area the approximate percentage of questions in that content area on the exam.   State and local codes are not part of the test.

PLAN ASSESSMENT 10%
1. Knowledge of site plans; basic surveying; topography; site features
2. Knowledge of materials requirements; standards and specifications; soil profile descriptions; pump performance; treatment and dispersal technologies
3. Ability to conceptualize an installation activity
4. Ability to make mathematical calculations of area, volume, elevation, rates, measures and weights

JOB STAGING 20%
1. Knowledge of installation plans; elevations; topography
2. Ability to transfer designer’s plan to site; reconcile variations; identify conflict
3. Knowledge of equipment needs and limitations; materials and supplies; soil characteristics
4. Ability to make mathematical calculation
5. Ability to identify subcontractor and homeowner needs and potential conflicts

SITE DEVELOPMENT/ INSTALLATION 70%
1. Knowledge of soil characteristics; ability to recognize soil characteristics in the field
2. Knowledge of specifications and installation techniques for tanks, baffles, filters and screens, piping and fittings, aggregate and fill material, proprietary treatment components, pumps and siphons, liner materials, valves, switches and tubing
3. Knowledge of electrical requirements
4. Knowledge of gravity and pump/siphon dosed system requirements
5. Knowledge of timers and remote monitoring
6. Knowledge of bedding, testing, pipe connection methodologies
7. Knowledge of pump performance specifications; total dynamic head in pressurized systems
8. Ability to make mathematical calculations, conversions

The CIOWTS credential runs on a two-year cycle.   During each two year cycle, the credential holder must have a minimum of 12.0 hours of continuing education earned in the onsite wastewater industry.      IOWWA has events scheduled throughout the year that provide continuing education approved for the CIOWTS credential.   For those taking the Installation Overview course prior to a scheduled test, the 12.5 CE hours earned will be applied to the first two-year cycle.

If CE hours are obtained at an event not sponsored by IOWWA, prior approval for the course will need to made to IOWWA.  Course title, description and presenter(s) biography information will need to be submitted to IOWWA at least 30 days prior to the event.     If you receive CE hours from other sources be sure to provide IOWWA with a copy of your certificate or record of CE hours earned.  Email to info@iowwa.com or fax to 1-480-802-6643.  

Continuing education earned at workshops sponsored by the DMACC Onsite Wastewater Training Center are pre-approved by IOWWA. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION SEARCH:   For the CE search, you can enter a full name, at least 4 letters of the first or last name, or at least 4 letters from the company name.     The results will show all records within the search criteria.  To see the data for only one person, find their name in the list and click on the name.  The listing shows IOWWA members as well as non-members.

The list will include continuing education hours as noted in the IOWWA database.    If an event is not listed, please email info@iowwa.com the Certificate of Attendance showing the event name, sponsoring affiliation, location, date of event and continuing education hours received.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR CIOWTS CREDENTIAL HOLDERS:  You must know your current credential cycle dates when checking your continuing education.    Events listed are for 2 years however only those that fall within your two year CIOWTS credential cycle will count.

CERTIFIED INSTALLER OF ONSITE WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS (CIOWTS) CREDENTIAL
CONTINUING EDUCATION GRACE PERIOD EXTENSION UNDER STATE OF EMERGENCY
Due to the pandemic, a continuing education extension has been enacted by the IOWWA Board of Directors.   You will have the 60 day grace period plus an additional 6 months.  Please note that the subsequent renewal will revert to the 60 day grace period. 

IOWWA will accept up to 6 CE hours of online training per CIOWTS credential cycle and 2 CE hours per credential cycle for county contractor meetings (even if multiple county contractor meetings are attended).

There are several options available to verify credential status:

* In the Documents & Files section, open the "CIOWTS Member and Non-member List".   This is an alphabetical listing of those who currently hold the CIOWTS credential.
* Use the CIOWTS Certified Installer Search (search by zip code).   This will result in a list of current year IOWWA members who hold the CIOWTS credential.
* Another option is to select "Continuing Education Search" on the left side.   This search will show IOWWA members and non-members and allows you to search by name or company name.   The information lists the credential level (B-Basic or A-Advanced) as well as the credential expiration date.
* In the member search, you are able to search by zip code and the logo will show if the person holds the CIOWTS credential.