The requirements for septic certification vary from state to state with the United States. Those seeking certification are required to pass an exam and any additional state requirements, such as business licenses.
To become a septic tank professional, one must first pass the certification exam. The topics covered on the exams vary by state. Most exams cover the topics of construction criteria, connections and venting, minimum site conditions for installation of the septic tank, discharge of waste and safety considerations. Each exam also is specified to the state in which the exam is taken, expounding on state laws related to enforcement of penalties of practicing without a license.
In some states, septic tank installers who own their own businesses are required to have additional business licenses. This licensure includes paying additional annual fees and having at least one employee of the business possessing a septic tank installer license, too.
In many states, there are two levels to the septic tank installer exam. The first is both written and oral, and it includes knowing how to correctly pump and clean a tank, as well as how to haul and properly dispose of waste. The second level of certification includes projects on a larger level. Certification requirements include a minimum applicant age of 18 years.