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Friday, November 19, 2021
8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST (incl. a 60-min break)


Presented by:
Robert Rubin, A.R.,
Scott Mitchell, PE, LSS

Wastewater Characteristics and Impacts to Public Health and Environmental Quality
Technology and operation of conventional wastewater treatment systems
Problems with conventional onsite systems
Recent scientific and technical advances
Performance-based management of systems

Common Elements of Laws and Rules Impacting Onsite Wastewater Systems
Federal, state and local regulation of systems
Coordinating system regulation with surface and groundwater regulations
Treatment of systems under LEED certification systems
Permit requirements and procedures
Permitting procedures

Site and Soil Assessments – The Foundation for Proper Design
System boundaries and loadings
Analyzing the receiving environment
Evaluating landscape and soil types
Nitrogen and pathogen removal
Treatment/removal of phosphorus and other pollutants
Mapping the site

Conventional Treatment System Selection and Design
Factors for selecting and sizing systems
Design considerations
System performance
Initial system design

Alternative Treatment and Dispersal Technologies
Aerobic treatment systems
Peat biofilter wastewater treatment systems
Drip dispersal wastewater disposal systems
Fixed-activated sludge treatment
Recirculating sand filters
Trickling filters
Sequencing batch reactors
Vegetated submerged beds
Enhanced nutrient removal
Stabilization ponds and constructed wetlands

System Management – Assurance that Onsite Infrastructure is Sustainable
Monitoring of systems
Developing maintenance plans
Inspection procedures
Repair options


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Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

AIA:  (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
6.5 LU|HSW

International Code Council:
.65 CEUs (Sitework)


Continuing Education Credit Information

Septic System Design, Construction and Maintenance
This webinar offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects licensed in all states.

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 course for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Sitework (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Scott Mitchell PE LSS

President at Mitchell Environmental, PA in Fuquay-Varina, NC

Mr. Mitchell is the founder and president of Mitchell Environmental, PA, a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in septic systems, wetlands, and stormwater, through an effective merger of soil science, engineering, and environmental sciences. With over 20 years of experience in land development, he is an expert in land use consulting and specializes in advanced onsite wastewater systems; stormwater BMPs; wetland and surface water identification, delineation, and impact permitting; and Phase I environmental site assessments. Mr. Mitchell is a licensed professional engineer and soil scientist and an active member of the Soil Science Society of North Carolina, the Virginia On Site Water Recycling Association (VOWRA), the National On Site Water Recycling Association (NOWRA), and the North Carolina Irrigation Society.

Robert Rubin

A.R. Rubin and Associates in Pittsboro, North Carolina
Dr. Rubin is an emeritus professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. He has published in scientific journals and popular press on issues related to wastewater and biosolids treatment, solid waste management, stormwater management and ISO 14000 environmental management systems addressing the animal industry. Dr. Rubin was a visiting scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington D.C. from 1999 through 2005. He was active in development of guidelines for wastewater and biosolids management at USEPA. Dr. Rubin is currently president of A.R. Rubin and Associates, a consulting firm dedicated to evaluation and assessment of sustainable resource management and recovery solutions.

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: Septic System Design, Construction and Maintenance

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines wastewater characteristics and impacts to public health and environmental quality, onsite wastewater rules and laws, site and soil assessment, conventional and alternative types and technologies, sizing and selecting systems, and wastewater management practices.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss the technology of conventional septic systems and the problems with them, and they will be able to describe recent scientific and technological advances with systems, including performance-based management.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference federal, state, and local regulation of septic systems, and they will be able to coordinate system regulation with regulations with surface and groundwater regulations design to protect water quality.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explain how site and soil assessments are the foundation for septic system design. These assessments include system boundaries and loadings, determining soil types, analyzing the receiving environment and its potential for nitrogen, pathogen, and phosphorous treatment and removal.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify and describe conventional treatment systems and alternative treatment and dispersal technologies.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with septic systems

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/29/2024

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.