WWWOOSSP Changes to Licensing Regulations
Revised OSSP Regulations ONLY (effective 9/19/18): Amends the definition of “maintenance” to conform to a change made to the VDH statutory definition relating to onsite sewage systems.
- Waterworks & Wastewater Works Operators Regulations PDF | online
- Onsite Sewage System Professionals Regulations PDF | online
License renewal and reinstatement fees for licensees are temporarily reduced.
- Renewal fees for wastewater works operator licenses expiring on February 28, 2018, and waterworks operator licenses expiring on February 28, 2019, will be $50. For reinstatement applications received after February 28, 2018, and on or before February 29, 2020, the reinstatement fee is $75.
- Renewal fees for onsite sewage system professional licenses expiring on or after January 31, 2018, will be $50. For reinstatement applications received after January 31, 2018, and on or before January 31, 2020, the reinstatement fee is $75.
In 2015, the Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals (WWWOOSSP) began an extensive review of its regulations and offered proposed changes. Those amendments have now proceeded through all stages of the regulatory process, including executive branch and legal review, as well as public comment periods.
Below are highlights of some of the major changes in effect as of April 1, 2017:
- Separate the chapter for Waterworks & Wastewater Works Operators from the chapter for Onsite Sewage System Professionals by repealing the current regulations and replacing with:
- Create two-tier system of journeyman and master licenses for all onsite sewage system license types
- Add more options to obtain licensure:
- Requirements specific to individuals with a soil scientist or wastewater works operator license
- Revision of experience requirements
- Expanded substitutions for experience options, as well as clarification of eligible education degree provisions
- Restructure CPE requirements to include evolving information and technology, as well as management/supervision course credit for certain licenses
- Strengthen regulations regarding prohibited acts and licensee responsibility
If you have questions regarding the regulation changes, application process, or regulatory process, please contact the Board office by e-mail or call (804) 367-8595.