Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.

Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before the start time.

Friday, July 12, 2024
8:30 am – 4:30 pm EDT


Presented by: Robert Rubin

Overview of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Technologies

  • Technology and operation of conventional wastewater treatment systems
  • Problems with conventional onsite systems
  • Recent scientific and technical advances
  • Performance-based management of systems

Regulation, Permitting and Sustainability of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems

  • Federal, South Carolina and local regulation of systems
  • Working with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and local municipalities
  • Coordinating system regulation with surface and groundwater regulations
  • Treatment of systems under LEED certification systems
  • Permit requirements and procedures
  • Permitting procedures

Evaluating Sites and Setting Treatment Goals

  • 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 and Sustainable Treatment 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
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Enhanced nutrient removal
  • Stabilization ponds and constructed wetlands

Management Program for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems

  • Monitoring of systems
  • Developing maintenance plans
  • Inspection procedures
  • Repair options


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

For more information, visit the Support section at


6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

AIA - American Institute of Architects

ICC - International Code Council
.65 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors does not pre-approve specific continuing education programs or providers.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW LUs (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 Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

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).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format is not pre-approved by any licensing boards and may not qualify for the same credits; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

6.5 HSW LUs (AIA)


A. 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: South Carolina Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.5-hour course provides an in-depth analysis of onsite wastewater treatment systems, technologies and designs, as well as the regulations, operation and sustainability of both conventional and alternative/sustainable systems. The course closely analyzes different innovative systems and technologies, one by one, including drip dispersal wastewater systems, aerobic treatment systems, recirculating sand filters, evapotranspiration systems, constructed wetland system, peat biofilter systems, enhanced nutrient removal systems, and more. The course concludes by assessing management, inspection and repair techniques for onsite wastewater treatment systems.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to examine the technology, operation and problems of conventional wastewater treatment systems and explore recent scientific and technical advances.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss the setting of treatment goals and site evaluation processes, including environmental analysis, soil investigations, and treatment/removal of nitrogen and pathogens.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to analyze sustainable treatment technologies, including aerobic systems, recirculating sand filter systems, peat biofilter systems, vegetated submerged beds, and many more.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe proper management and monitoring of onsite wastewater treatment systems, the development of maintenance plans, and inspection procedures.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with wastewater treatment or management

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/16/2027

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.