Education and training
Waste Water Specialist
- Bachelor's degree from a university or college with at least 45 quarter-hours of soil science courses and two years of experience in waste water treatment, disposal and reuse working under the supervision of a registered waste water specialist
- Or, a graduate degree in soil sciences and one year of experience in waste water treatment, disposal and reuse working under the supervision of a registered waste water specialist
- Or, a graduate degree in soil sciences and a current registration as a certified professional soil scientist
- Reciprocity: Bachelor's or graduate degree as noted above and affidavit of licensure demonstrating proof of current active registration with no current or pending disciplinary action. The registration must have been issued by a regulatory body of another state or a national association recognized by the board.
Waste Water Trainee
Applicants who do not meet the work experience requirements but who meet the educational requirements may obtain a trainee license. Each combination of education and experience has a specific training period (as specified above).
A trainee may take the written examination before completion of the required work experience but must take the Oregon Laws and Rules examination before a trainee registration will be issued. (Please see more information below under Oregon Laws & Rules Examination.)
Waste water specialists and trainees must pay all relevant fees and submit forms available online or by request to the HLO.
State-prepared waste water specialist examination
Applicants for registration as a waste water specialist must pass the state-prepared waste water specialist examination within three years preceding the date of application for registration, unless they are applying for registration through reciprocity (already registered in another state).
Waste Water Specialist Examination Blueprint and Source Materials
State-prepared examination retake requirements
To provide a standardized process for all regulated professions when applicants for licensure fail state-prepared written qualifying examinations for licensure, the Health Licensing Office has established the following requirements:
- After first failed attempt, applicant may not retake until the office's next business day
- After second failed attempt, applicant may not retake until the office's next business day
- After third failed attempt, applicant may not retake until the office's next business day
- After fourth failed attempt, applicant may not retake for seven calendar days
- After fifth failed attempt, applicant may not retake for seven calendar days
- After sixth failed attempt, applicant may not retake for seven calendar days
- After seventh failed attempt, ability to retake, requirements for retake, or both, will be determined by the office or appropriate board or council on a case-by-case basis
This requirement does not apply to professions that have their own examination retake requirements.
Oregon Laws and Rules Examination
To obtain an environmental health trainee registration, applicants must complete an Oregon Laws and Rules Examination, which is administered through iLearn. A certificate of completion must be printed upon passage of the examination and submitted to the HLO with a trainee registration application.
Application for registration renewal should be made in advance of the registration expiration date, which is one year from the date of issuance. If the renewal is made by the expiration date, the cost to renew is the same as the original registration fee.