Virginia Master Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator License

The Master Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator License allows you to do the following work:

  • Design conventional onsite sewage systems suitable for the soils
  • Certify sites that are suitable for alternative onsite sewage systems
  • Evaluate soils and soil properties:
    • In relationship to the effect of these properties on the use and management of:
      • Soils and locations for alternative onsite sewage systems

How to Get the Master Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator License in Virginia?

  1. In order to apply, the candidate must meet one of the following qualifications:
    • Qualification 1
      • No prerequisites are needed
      • Education required
        • Have a master's or bachelor's degree
      • Documented qualifying experience
        • Have two years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing alternative onsite sewage systems, verified by one or more of the following:
          • Authorized onsite soil evaluator
          • Professional Engineer
          • Alternative onsite soil evaluator
    • Qualification 2
      • No prerequisites
      • Education required
        • Have an associate's degree
      • Documented qualifying experience
        • Have three years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing alternative onsite sewage systems, verified by one or more of the following:
          • Authorized onsite soil evaluator
          • Professional engineer
          • Alternative onsite soil evaluator
    • Qualification 3
      • Prerequisites
        • Hold a conventional onsite soil evaluator license, interim alternative onsite soil evaluator license, journeyman alternative onsite soil evaluator license, or authorized onsite soil evaluator license
      • No education required
      • Documented qualifying experience
        • Have two years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing alternative onsite sewage systems, verified by one or more of the following:
          • Authorized onsite soil evaluator
          • Professional Engineer
          • Alternative onsite soil evaluator
    • Qualification 4
      • No prerequisites are required
      • No education requirements
      • Documented qualifying experience
        • Have four years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing alternative onsite sewage systems, verified by one or more of the following:
          • Authorized onsite soil evaluator
          • Professional engineer
          • Alternative onsite soil evaluator
    • Qualification 5
      • Prerequisites
        • Be a Virginia licensed professional soil scientist
      • No education requirements
      • Documented qualifying experience
        • Have two years of full-time experience evaluating site and soil conditions and designing alternative onsite sewage systems, verified by one or more of the following:
          • Authorized onsite soil evaluator
          • Professional Engineer
          • Alternative onsite soil evaluator
  2. Fill out the experience verification form and attach it to the trade license application
  3. Send these documents to the DPOR Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals:
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, Virginia 23233-1485
    (804) 367-8595
  4. After being approved by the board, apply for the PSI© exam
    • If applying online:
      1. Sign in or create an account in PSI©
      2. Fill out the requested information
      3. Schedule and pay for the test
    • If applying by phone:
  5. After passing the test successfully, expect the license via mail to the registered address

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Virginia Master Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator License Exam

Below is all the information related to the trade exam, including the official reference lists.

Virginia Master Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator Trade Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing
  • Testing Company: PSI©
  • Number of Questions: 60
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Time Allowed: 150 Minutes
  • Minimum Passing Score: 45 Questions
  • Subjects Involved (No. of Questions):
    • Site and Soil Evaluation (11)
      • Describing land characteristics
      • Describing soil characteristics
      • Documentation of characteristics
      • Limiting features
      • Sanitary surveys
    • Perform Security and Safety Procedures (3)
      • Pathogens
      • Personal protective equipment
      • Source contamination
      • Trench and excavation Safety
    • Design (11)
      • Controls for pumps, systems, etc.
      • Conveyance
      • Dispersal
        • Conventional dispersal
        • Alternative dispersal
      • Distribution
      • Documentation of the design
      • Loading rates
        • Conventional loading rates
        • Alternative loading rates
      • Wastewater characteristics
      • Treatments
        • Conventional treatments
        • Alternative treatments
      • Wastewater treatment processes
      • Setbacks
    • Inspections (4)
      • Evaluate equipment
        • Blowers and compressors
        • Check and evaluate the capacity of the equipment
        • Pipes and fittings
        • Tanks and infrastructure
    • General Science and Mathematical Principles (9)
      • Mathematics
        • Basic arithmetic
        • Unit conversions
        • Usage of formulas
      • Mechanical principles
      • General science
    • Administrative Knowledge and Procedures (7)
      • Monitoring/reporting requirements
      • Recordkeeping
      • Record and evaluate data
    • Laws and Regulations (15)
      • Standard practices for quality
      • State laws relating to licensure
      • Wastewater regulations
        • Conventional
        • Alternative
      • Well water regulations
  • PSI© Master Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator Official Content Outline

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