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CPOW Soils Class 2019 – Alamosa

May 23 @ 8:00 am - May 24 @ 5:00 pm

Colorado Soil and Site Evaluation Course


This course is designed to meet the requirements of the Section 43.5.I.2.b of Regulation #43 for a Competent Technician.  Passing the course examination will demonstrate competency in the visual and tactile evaluation of soil.  Certificates of Competency will be provided to participants that pass this exam.

Day one of the course is primarily classroom instruction on the items noted below, along with a “hands-on” exercise where participants hand texture pre-determined samples of all soil types.  Day 2 includes a field component, where participants will learn to apply the site evaluation principles learned from day one.

Day one includes:

  1. Basic Principles of On-Site Wastewater Treatment (OWTS) siting and design
  2. Regulation specific requirements for conducting preliminary and field site investigations with “real world” examples
  3. Basic geology and soil formation processes
  4. Percolation test methods
  5. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) soils classification system
  6. Relationship between soil types and movement & treatment of effluent
  7. Basics of how to identify limiting layers and high rock content (Type R soils)
  8. Hands-on soil texturing

Day two includes:

  1. Preview of field site
  2. Site visit and test pit evaluation
  3. Re-cap of site visit
  4. Review and Q&A
  5. Exam

Upon successful completion of the course, you will gain competency in the following activities:

  • Principles of OWTS siting and design
  • Identification of:
    • soil types by hand texturing and observation
    • Soil structure
    • Limiting layers
  • Determining the most promising location for the soil treatment area infiltrative surface

Certificates of Competency will be provided to participants that pass this exam.

The instructors for this course will be:
Warren Brown, P.E.
Public Health Engineer
Tri County Health Department

Roy Laws, P.E.
Jefferson County Public Health
Environmental Health Services Division

Class will be held Thursday, May 23 from 8am-5pm, and Friday May 25 from 8am-5pm
Bagels, doughnuts, coffee & tea in the morning, and lunch will be provided.

THIS COURSE IS AT CAPACITY AND REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. If you would like to be added to the Wait List for the course, please email Lisa Nicoll at cpow@nullcpow.net with your Name, Company Name, Mailing Address and Telephone Numberand she will contact you if a space becomes available.

You must have a current 2019 CPOW membership to receive member pricing.



May 23 @ 8:00 am
May 24 @ 5:00 pm




Alamosa County Administration/Commissioners
8900 Independence Way Building A&B, Room 108
Alamosa, CO 81101 United States
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