Sewage Enforcement Officers (SEOs) are certified in Pennsylvania by the State Board of Certification of SEOs. Once an SEO has attended pre-certification training and has successfully passed a state certification exam, he must maintain his certification by obtaining 15 continuing education credits each certification cycle.
A certification cycle is two-years long runs from July 1 to June 30. The current 2016-2018 cycle ends June 30, 2018. So, an SEO must have accrued at least 15 CEUs by that date or else risk losing his certification with the Commonwealth.
CEUs can be earned by attending DEP-approved conference — like previous PASEO Conferences — or, by attending DEP-approved training courses. DEP no longer offers the training directly to SEOs but rather relies on approved third-party providers like PASEO to develop & deliver content to the SEO community. You can find a list of all DEP approved training sponsors & approved training courses here.
As an added convenience to SEOs to track their accrued continuing education credits, DEP has included an additional column in the “Active SEOs by County” spreadsheet which itemizes the number of continuing education hours a SEO has for the current cycle. The credit column should assist you in meeting the 15-credit requirement.
The “Active SEO by County” spreadsheet can be located under the heading “Active Sewage Enforcement Officers” on DEP’s website.
Per September 2014 DEP guidance, the following items highlight the SEO CE Program:
Certification cycles are two years in duration and extend from July 1 of each even numbered year to June 30 of the following even numbered year. For example, a certification cycle begins on July 1, 2014 and ends on June 30, 2016.
An SEO is required to complete 15 CE credits during each certification cycle. SEO credits earned in excess of 15 credits within a certification cycle are carried over into the next cycle, but not to exceed 7 credits.
An SEO may complete as many CE courses as desired during a certification cycle. All courses taken are displayed on the SEO’s training report for historical reference but credits in excess of 22 will not be added into the “total credit count” on the report or carried over into the next cycle.
CE training requirements for all SEOs begin in the first complete two-year certification cycle following their certification. For example, an SEO that becomes certified between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2016, will be required to complete the CE training requirements by the end of the 2016-2018 certification cycle. In other words, the SEO must meet their first CE training requirements by June 30, 2018. If a newly certified SEO takes a CE course within the certification cycle in which he/she became certified, those CE credits earned will be carried-forward into the first full certification cycle and applied toward the 15 CE credit requirement.
DEP sent an “all-SEO” letter in March 2012 to sewage enforcement officers alerting them to changes in the continuing education program for the 2012-2014 cycle and beyond. Some of DEP’s changes contained in that letter include:
- The 15 continuing credits required from the 2010-2012 certification cycle is waived.
- Continuing education courses will now be offered by approved third party providers and an attendance fee will be attached. The fee will be determined by the provider.
- The Advanced Soils Course #109 is no longer a mandatory training course for certification renewal.
- Training reports will no longer be provided on a requested basis. An individualized training report will be mailed to you with your pocket card at the beginning of each new cycle. Please be aware you will need to keep track of your own continuing education credits during the cycle to make sure you take all 15 credits required.
- The SEO website, www.seotraining.org, will be taken off line effective June 30, 2012. Effective now, all up-to-date information will be posted on the DEP website.
- To answer all of your questions and concerns, a [DEP] email account and telephone number have been set up specifically for SEOs. Please contact RA-SEOtrng@pa.gov or 717-772-5157.