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Georgia Southern University offers online training for septic tank contractors

Busy septic contractors and Georgia’s Environmental Health District personnel now have a user-friendly way to complete their required continuing education: by taking online courses from Georgia Southern University.

Georgia’s septic tank contractors and installers have until Feb. 28, 2008, to complete four to eight hours of recertification training. The state’s environmental health workers have similar responsibilities for regular update training.

Georgia’s Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, Environmental Health Section has authorized Georgia Southern University to provide on-site sewage (OSS) training as online courses to meet the recertification and training needs of these core personnel in ensuring public health.

For $75 per course, participants can avoid the time and expense of travel, hotel and food bills, and loss of work time that come from face-to-face training. Instead, participants have one full month from the date of payment to access the course repeatedly online and take the final exam as often as they wish.

The three scheduled online classes  each providing one or two hours of training  were developed in partnership with the University’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health.

‘OSS 1010: Safety and On-Site Sewage Management” is the hour-long course that covers the various safety issues which must be addressed when installing and inspecting on-site sewage systems.

‘OSS 1200: Wastewater Characteristics” is a two-hour class that covers the biological, chemical and physical characteristics of wastewater. ‘OSS 1210: Pathogens of Concern in On-Site Sewage” is another two-hour class that defines the pathogens associated with sewage and discusses their potential for the transmission of infectious diseases.

The courses may be taken in any order. For more information or to register, visit or call (912) 681-5551.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers more than 120 degree programs serving nearly 17,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:

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