Please arrive 15-30 minutes ahead of seminar to sign in and get comfortable.

Septic Systems
Onsite treatment to eliminate discharge
• Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio perspectives
Basic septic system components and how it works

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems
System design

Alternative Treatment Technologies
Mound systems
Sand bioreactor systems (aka sand filter systems)

System Management
System inspections
Regular maintenance


Webinar Instructions
All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

Web Browser:
The two most recent version of the following browsers:
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled

Internet connection: Minimum of 1Mbps       Hardware: 2GB RAM or more

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 CPD Hours

6.0 HSW CE Hours

Sewage Treatment System Contractor:
6.0 CE Hours 


Continuing Education Credit information
This seminar is open to the public and is designed to offer 6.0 CPD hours to professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects in Ohio. 

 Ohio’s State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors does not pre-approve continuing education providers or activities. However, this course is designed to comply with Ohio’s continuing professional development laws. 

 Professionals seeking continuing education credits in other states will be able to claim the hours earned from this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses. 

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this seminar for 6.0 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

 The Ohio Department of Health has approved this course for 6.0 CE hours for sewage treatment system contractors, including installers, septage haulers, and service providers. 

 Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 


Dr. Karen Mancl

Professor of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Water Quality Specialist at The Ohio State University
Dr. Mancl has published over 50 journal articles and 80 Extension publications on rural infrastructure and outreach initiatives. She is a nationally known expert in onsite wastewater treatment, having conducted research, written and taught the subject over 30 years.

Dr. Mancl is the past-president and now vice-president of the Ohio Onsite Wastewater Association. In 2013, Dr. Mancl constructed a teaching facility at a slaughterhouse in southwestern Ohio to teach low-cost, low-energy treatment of food processing wastewater. At this outdoor teaching and research facility, Dr. Mancl teaches designers, installers and regulators the science and technology of sand bioreactor wastewater treatment systems.

She is originally from Wisconsin where she received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Mancl has a master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Texas, and received her PhD degree in Water Resources from Iowa State University.
In 2010, she received a second MA Degree in East Asian Studies and conducts research and teaches wastewater treatment in rural China. In 2019, she received her third MA Degree in Public Policy and conducts research at the Woodrow Wilson Center – China Environment Forum on environmental policy in rural China.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Ohio Septic System Short Course

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour live lecture presentation explores the functionality of septic systems and EPA and Ohio regulation of them, how they are designed, alternative treatment technology, and septic system inspections and maintenance.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify and describe the components of a septic system and explain how they work.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss how and why septic systems are regulated and viewed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Ohio regulatory agencies.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and describe alternative wastewater treatment technologies, including mound systems, sand bioreactor systems (sand filter systems), and peat and textile filters.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to explain why septic systems require periodic inspections and regular maintenance, they they will be able to cite troubleshooting techniques.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with septic systems

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 02/13/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.