Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
12/6/2021

Part V. Onsite Soil Evaluator

18VAC160-40-230. License required.

A. Notwithstanding the provisions of Chapter 4 (§ 54.1-400 et seq.) of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia, no individual shall perform the duties of an onsite soil evaluator without possessing a valid license issued by the board.

B. An individual cannot simultaneously hold master and journeyman onsite soil evaluator licenses in the same class. Issuance of a master onsite soil evaluator license in a specific class shall void the journeyman onsite soil evaluator license in the same class.

C. An individual cannot simultaneously hold valid conventional and alternative master onsite soil evaluator licenses or conventional and alternative journeyman onsite soil evaluator licenses. Issuance of an alternative master onsite soil evaluator license shall void the conventional onsite soil evaluator license.

D. A journeyman onsite soil evaluator must work under the direct supervision of a master onsite soil evaluator with the appropriate class of license. A master onsite soil evaluator of an equal or greater class is responsible for supervising the provision of onsite soil evaluations and designs by any journeyman onsite soil evaluator under his responsibility.

E. Experience to qualify for licensure cannot be verified by a journeyman onsite soil evaluator.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2301 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2017.

18VAC160-40-240. Qualifications for journeyman conventional onsite soil evaluator licenses.

An applicant for licensure as a journeyman conventional onsite soil evaluator shall furnish acceptable documentation that one of the following has been met:

Prerequisites

Exam Required

Education Required

Documented Qualifying Experience

1.

Virginia professional soil scientist license

No

No

No

2.

No

No

No

One and one-half years of full-time experience assisting in the evaluation of site and soil conditions and design of conventional onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized soil evaluator, a professional engineer, or an onsite soil evaluator

3.

No

No

VDH onsite sewage system training program

One year of full-time experience assisting in the evaluation of site and soil conditions and design of conventional onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized soil evaluator, a professional engineer, or an onsite soil evaluator

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2301 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2017.

18VAC160-40-250. Qualifications for master conventional onsite soil evaulator licenses.

An applicant for licensure as a master conventional onsite soil evaluator shall furnish acceptable documentation that one of the following qualifications has been met:

Prerequisites

Exam Required

Education Required

Documented Qualifying Experience

1.

No

Yes

Master's or bachelor's degree

Two years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing conventional onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator, a professional engineer, or an onsite soil evaluator

2.

No

Yes

Associate's degree

Three years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing conventional onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator, a professional engineer, or an onsite soil evaluator

3.

No

Yes

VDH onsite sewage system training program

Two years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing conventional onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator, a professional engineer, or an onsite soil evaluator

4.

Journeyman or interim conventional onsite soil evaluator

Yes

No

Three years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing conventional onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator, a professional engineer, or an onsite soil evaluator

5.

Virginia professional soil scientist license

Yes

No

One year of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing conventional onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator, a professional engineer, or an onsite soil evaluator.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2301 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2017.

18VAC160-40-260. Qualifications for journeyman alterantive onsite soil evaluator licenses.

An applicant for licensure as a journeyman alternative onsite soil evaluator shall furnish acceptable documentation that one of the following qualifications has been met:

Prerequisites

Exam Required

Education Required

Documented Qualifying Experience

1.

Virginia professional soil scientist license

No

No

One year of full-time experience assisting in the evaluation of site and soil conditions and design of alternative onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator , a professional engineer, or an alternative soil evaluator

2.

Possess or held either a valid interim alternative onsite soil evaluator license or a conventional onsite soil evaluator license

No

No

One year of full-time experience assisting in the evaluation of site and soil conditions and design of alternative onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator a professional engineer, or an alternative soil evaluator

3.

An authorized onsite soil evaluator

No

No

One year of full-time experience assisting in the evaluation of site and soil conditions and design of alternative onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator, a professional engineer, or an alternative soil evaluator

4.

No

No

No

Two years of full-time experience assisting in the evaluation of site and soil conditions and design of alternative onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator , a professional engineer, or an alternative soil evaluator

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2301 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2017; Errata, 33:15 VA.R. XXXX march 20, 2017.

18VAC160-40-270. Qualifications for master alternative onsite soil evaluator licenses.

An applicant for licensure as a master alternative onsite soil evaluator shall furnish acceptable documentation that one of the following qualifications has been met:

Prerequisites

Exam Required

Education Required

Documented Qualifying Experience

1.

No

Yes

Master's or bachelor's degree

Two years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing alternative onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator, a professional engineer, or an alternative onsite soil evaluator

2.

No

Yes

Associate's degree

Three years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing alternative onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator, a professional engineer, or an alternative onsite soil evaluator

3.

Held or holds a conventional onsite soil evaluator license, interim alternative onsite soil evaluator license, journeyman alternative onsite soil evaluator license, or authorized onsite soil evaluator license

Yes

No

Two years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing alternative onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator, a professional engineer, or an alternative onsite soil evaluator

4.

No

Yes

No

Four years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing alternative onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator, a professional engineer, or an alternative onsite soil evaluator

5.

Virginia licensed professional soil scientist

Yes

No

Two years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing alternative onsite sewage systems verified by one or more of the following: an authorized onsite soil evaluator, a professional engineer, or an alternative onsite soil evaluator

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2301 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2017.

18VAC160-40-275. Verification of experience by authorized onsite soil evaluators.

An authorized onsite soil evaluator who is verifying experience pursuant to Part II of this chapter and who holds no other license listed as qualified to verify experience may only verify experience obtained before July 1, 2009.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2301 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2017.

18VAC160-40-280. Acceptable degree programs and verification procedures.

A. Applicants seeking to qualify for licensure based on completion of an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree shall submit an official transcript from the school where the applicable degree was obtained. Only degrees from an accredited college or university that is approved or accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional or national accreditation association, or by an accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education will be considered. The following degrees shall be considered to qualify in accordance with 18VAC160-40-250 and 18VAC160-40-270:

1. Bachelor's or master's degree in soil science, biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, geology, agronomy, earth science, or environmental health.

2. Associate's degree in wastewater works, environmental science, or engineering technology.

3. Bachelor's degree in a related physical, biological, environmental, or chemical science that includes a minimum of 40 semester credit hours in any combination of science and math.

B. Any applicant who has earned a degree from an institution outside of the United States shall have the degree authenticated and evaluated by an education credential evaluation services. The board reserves the right to reject any evaluation submitted by the applicant.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2301 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2017.

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