CERTIFIED INSTALLER OF ONSITE WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS (CIOWTS) CREDENTIAL
CONTINUING EDUCATION GRACE PERIOD EXTENSION
Grace Period – Under State of Emergency
CIOWTS Credential Holders - In response to the current state of emergency with the coronavirus, IOWWA will adjust the existing “grace period” of 60 days, plus the current time of this emergency. This will end when we can safely offer workshops. This goes into effect as of March 15, 2020. We will adjust the policy as necessary to accommodate all credential holders who would be unable to attain required CIOWTS continuing education hours training during this time.
When circumstances become safe to once again resume attendance at workshops, IOWWA will end the extended “grace period” date and resume the current 60 day grace period policy. For example, if we feel in 4 months we can start again, the grace period would equal the 60 days, plus 4 months.
IDNR Time of Transfer -The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Department) has implemented an enforcement and compliance protocol in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances facing the state from COVID-19. Consistent with Governor Reynold's public health proclamation dated March 17, 2020, the Department is attempting to provide some regulatory relief and mitigate the economic effects of business closings and social distancing standards necessary to protect the public's health. To that end, the Department is issuing this protocol in an attempt to balance the need to protect and maintain Iowa's natural resources against the need to protect people from infection.
As a direct result of this action, current Certified Time of Transfer Inspectors who do not meet the continuing education credit requirements by March 31 will be allowed to renew their inspector license. Any continuing education credits obtained after April 1, 2020 will go towards meeting the continuing education credit requirements for the upcoming 2020-2022 certification period. Your certification renewal information will be delivered to the address we currently have listed for you in our data system. We ask that you use the Operator Certification web site to review your certification mailing address and submit any updates as soon as possible to ensure you receive your renewal documents.
The Operator Certification Web Database is located at http://programs.iowadnr.gov/opcertweb/.
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