Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
9/23/2021

Part VII. Continuing Professional Education

18VAC160-40-330. Continuing professional education.

A. Each licensee shall have completed the following number of continuing professional education (CPE) contact hours during each renewal cycle. CPE provisions do not apply to licenses that were held for less than two years on the date of expiration.

License Type

CPE Contact Hours Required

1. Master alternative onsite soil evaluator

16

2. Master alternative onsite sewage system installer

16

3. Master alternative onsite sewage system operator

16

4. Master conventional onsite soil evaluator

12

5. Master conventional onsite sewage system installer

12

6. Master conventional onsite sewage system operator

8

7. Journeyman alternative onsite soil evaluator

8

8. Journeyman alternative onsite sewage system installer

8

9. Journeyman alternative onsite sewage system operator

8

10. Journeyman conventional onsite soil evaluator

4

11. Journeyman conventional onsite sewage system installer

4

12. Journeyman conventional onsite sewage system operator

4

B. CPE courses completed during the license period immediately prior to the expiration date of the license shall be acceptable in order to renew the license. CPE courses completed during a license renewal cycle to satisfy the CPE requirements of the preceding licensing renewal cycle shall be valid only for that preceding license renewal cycle and shall not be accepted for subsequent renewal cycles.

C. The licensee will not receive credit for completing the same CPE course with the same content more than once during a license period.

D. A licensee may receive CPE credit for teaching a course that otherwise meets the requirements of this chapter; however, additional credit shall not be given for subsequent offering of a course or activity with the same content within the same licensing cycle. In addition a licensee may receive two hours of CPE no more than once during a single licensing cycle for the initial development or substantial updating of a CPE course.

E. For all licenses, safety subjects shall not count for more than one half of the total required CPE hours.

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, 33:13 VA.R. 1821 February 20, 2017.

18VAC160-40-340. CPE subject matter for onsite sewage system installers.

The following course topics will be accepted for CPE credit for onsite sewage system installers:

1. Sewage system installation;

2. Operating and maintaining equipment;

3. Security and safety procedures;

4. General science and mathematical principles;

5. Administrative knowledge and procedures applicable to the profession;

6. Laws and regulations applicable to the profession;

7. Monitoring, evaluating and adjusting treatment processes (alternative onsite sewage system installers only); and

8. Management and supervision principles (master onsite sewage system installers only; maximum of four contact hours).

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.

18VAC160-40-350. CPE subject matter for onsite sewage system operators.

The following course topics will be accepted for CPE credit for onsite sewage system operators:

1. Onsite system operations;

2. Monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting treatment processes;

3. Operating and maintaining equipment;

4. Security and safety procedures;

5. General science and mathematical principles;

6. Administrative knowledge applicable to the profession;

7. Laws and regulations applicable to the profession; and

8. Management and supervision principles (applicable to master onsite sewage system operators only; maximum of four contact hours).

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.

18VAC160-40-360. CPE subject matter for onsite soil evaluators.

The following course topics will be accepted for CPE credit for onsite soil evaluators:

1. Site and soil evaluations;

2. Security and safety procedures;

3. Mapping, cartography, and geographic information systems;

4. System design;

5. Inspections;

6. General science and mathematical principles;

7. Administrative knowledge and procedures applicable to the profession;

8. Laws and regulations applicable to the profession; and

9. Management and supervision principles (applicable to master onsite soil evaluators only; maximum of four contact hours).

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.

18VAC160-40-370. Use of training credits and formal education for CPE credit.

Any course approved by the board for substitution as training credits or formal education semester hours, as provided for in 18VAC160-40-70 or 18VAC160-40-280, shall also be acceptable on an hour-for-hour basis for CPE contact hours. One semester hour of college credit shall equal 15 CPE contact hours, and one-quarter hour of college credit shall equal 10 CPE hours. The training credits or formal education must be applicable to the license for which CPE credit is sought.

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.

18VAC160-40-380. Maintenance of CPE.

A. For a period of at least two years following the end of the license renewal cycle for which the CPE was taken, the following evidence shall be maintained to document completion of the required CPE.

1. Evidence of completion of a structured training activity, which shall consist of the name, address, and telephone number of the sponsor;

2. The dates the licensee participated in the training;

3. Description of the subject matter presented; and

4. A statement from the sponsor verifying the number of hours completed.

B. The board may conduct an audit of its licensees to ensure compliance with the applicable CPE requirements. Licensees who are selected for audit shall provide the necessary documentation stipulated in this section.

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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