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Statewide Forms 

Mandated forms which are to be used as prescribed by the Director can be found on the STS Forms page.

Contractor Bonding

The State Wide Bond Form Packages are found on the Registration Information  page

List of Companies that have completed bond forms received by ODH

List of Installers Bonded for Multiple Systems

List of Bonded Septage Haulers

List of Bonded Service Providers


Responsibility of Continuing Education Providers and Health Districts

Responsibilities of Local Health Districts:


Annually starting in 2016, the local health district must confirm that any contractor renewing their registration as an installer, service provider or septage hauler provides evidence of certification or CE hours. The list of all approved CE options for the previous year will be maintained on this Web page.  


Responsibility of Continuing Education Providers: 

Any entity wishing to provide continuing education must submit a STS Contractor Continuing Education Approval Application by email to BEH@odh.ohio.gov or by fax to (614) 466-4556.  Please submit the application at least 10 days prior to the training event. 

The following information/items must be included with each application for CE approval. 

  1. Learning Objectives – the learning objectives must clearly identify the knowledge and skill(s) the participants should acquire by participating in the program. 

  2. Presenter Qualifications – you must provide a statement of qualifications for each presenter, which must be attached to the application. These items should include the speaker(s) professional and background information. 

  3. Program/Training Schedule – Attach a copy of the program agenda, itinerary or outline with detailed times for breaks and lunches (if applicable).  CE will not be awarded for registration, breaks, lunches, pre-tests, post-tests, or program evaluations. 

  4. Brochure/Flyer – Submit a program brochure or flyer for the program/training, if one is available.

Proof of Program Completion – Documentation of the completed program/training must be submitted to ODH within 60 days of completion, including a list of participants for the program/training.  Failure to submit proof of completion may result in the disapproval for future trainings/programs.
Continuing Education Providers CE Providers must provide a certificate of attendance to each contractor including the CE hours attended.

Upon receipt of the approval request, the Residential Sewage Program staff will review the application and supporting documents.  The requesting agency/organization will be notified of approval or disapproval within five days of receiving the application. If you have any questions about the application or the CE approval process, contact the Ohio Department of Health Residential Sewage Program at (614) 644-7551. 


Continuing Education Options for Re-registration for sewage treatment systems installers, septage haulers and service providers

ODH approved Online Distance Learning Courses

ODH Approved CEUs for the 2020 Registration (classes taken in 2019)

ODH Approved courses for 2019 Registration year

Here is a list of STS contractors that have completed the CIDWT National O & M Service Provider Program..

Journal Entry to approve active certification as OEPA Wastewater Operator be used in lieu of CEU's

Manufacturers that require factory training for Installation or Service Provider

Here is list and link to the Manufacturers that require factory training for the installation and to perform service on products approved after January 1, 2007.

Operation & Maintenance Tracking Program Resources for Local Health Districts

Resources for local health districts starting and/or maintaining an operation and maintenance tracking program for sewage treatment systems (STS) and gray water recycling systems (GWRS).


EPA’s Handbook for Managing Onsite and Clustered (Decentralized) Wastewater Treatment Systems


This handbook goes in depth explaining management tools and information for implementing EPA’s management guidelines. Includes tools like how to identify stakeholders and their roles, how to evaluate an operation and maintenance tracking program, and how to fund management activities with specific possible funding sources. In addition, the Handbook also includes fact sheets regarding public education and participation, performance, inspection and monitoring, certification/licensing, operation and maintenance, recordkeeping, and financial assistance and funding.   


EPA’s Voluntary National Guidelines for Management of Onsite and Clustered (Decentralized) Wastewater Treatment Systems



These guidelines are aimed to enhance the performance and reliability of decentralized wastewater treatment systems through improved management programs. The Management Guidelines will help improve system performance by encouraging institutionalizing the concept of management; raising the quality of state, tribal, and local management programs; and suggesting minimum levels of activity.


EPA’s Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Manual



This design manual is a very detailed guidance on the design, construction, and operation of onsite wastewater treatment systems. It also discusses specific issues related to operation and maintenance tracking programs such as program goals, public outreach, questions the public will have, how to implement performance requirements and evaluations, listing activities LHDs should consider in setting up certification and licensing, how frequent and type of monitoring is appropriate, how to implement operation and maintenance oversight programs, and listing broad funding options.


Washington State Department of Health’s O&M, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Has key elements for an effective operation and maintenance tracking programs including education materials. It also offers examples of health departments successfully implementing operation and maintenance tracking programs, funding, and data collection policies.    


EPA’s The Clean Water State Revolving Fund


The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program is a federal-state partnership that provides communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects.

Approved Sewage Treatment Products since 2007

Manufacturers provide system specific operations and maintenance manuals which outline the requirements for that specific system. This information can be found on the Approved Sewage Product  page.

Types of STS Components, System Types and Maintenance of each system type.

This page is a basic overview of the STS (Sewage Treatment System) components, system types and system maintenance of each type of system  This information is found here.

Soils, Designs and Site Drainage

An accurate soil evaluation is critical information to determine sewage treatment system (STS) design options for a property. This page provides information on Soil Evaluator (Soil Scientist), STS Designers and Site Drainage Resources.  This information is found here

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Overview

A discharging sewage treatment systems treats and then discharges treated effluent to a stream, ditch or other surface water body.  An National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) permit must be obtained from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) Division of Surface Water whenever there is a discharge of treated or partially treated water to a surface water of the State. NPDES permits exist to regulate wastewater discharges. Additional Information on NPDES is located here.