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 Information Bulletin
State-prepared examination retake requirements
- The Health Licensing Office will notify each applicant whether the applicant passed or failed their examination.
- Upon written request to the board, any applicant may discuss performance on the examination.
- Any applicant who fails to make a passing grade on the examination may be allowed to take the examination a second time upon payment of the applicable fees. However, any applicant who fails the examination a second time must obtain special permission from the board to take the examination a third or subsequent time.
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.