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These courses have limited seating. You cannot automatically enroll in them.

If you would like be added to the wait list for these courses please contact Brit with your purpose for attending.

WHO WOULD TAKE THESE COURSES?

ACT Classes are a grouping of Master I, II and III.

There are a variety of reasons for taking these courses. Click on the links to the right to explore your options.

Those who are seeking certification as a CEHP to do their job

Individuals not affiliated with the DOH seeking a CEHP license

To become certified to do private provider inspections.

Successful completion of Master II will allow a person to do soil evaluations under a PE’s license & passing all 3 classes will allow a person to do private provider inspections under a PE’s license.

If you are working toward a Master Septic Tank Contractor license then you must successfully complete Master I, II, and III classes. (Master IV is also required, but it is not part of the ACTs)

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a quick run down.

The ACT classes are a mix of pre-recorded sessions that are available online and then two days of field exercises at the FOWA Training Center. The online portions would have to be completed one week prior to the field exercise dates.

Upon completion of the online material and the field exercises, you would then be scheduled for your exams.  The testing portion is handled by the DEP and more information regarding testing will be sent to you by their organization at the appropriate time. Testing is scheduled the week following field exercises and held at different locations.

Did you know?

The ACT classes are a joint effort between FOWA, the Florida Department of Health, and the Florida DEP.

Explore the role that each organization plays in your certification process. Find out who to contact for what information!

Working toward a CEHP license?
You are required to get approval from the DOH to attend the ACT courses.

The DOH handles licensing for all Certified Environmental Health Professionals (CEHPs). If you are working for the state or becoming a private CEHP then you must be approved before you can register for the ACT classes.

Ready to register for an ACT Session?
Contact FOWA and we will let you know if there’s space available.

FOWA hosts the online class sessions on the MyFOWA website and hosts the in-person field exercises at the FOWA Training Center. Any questions about registration and payment for classes should be directed to FOWA.

Have questions…about testing?
…about the course material? …about required equipment?

The DEP provides the instructors for Master I, II, and III. Specific questions about course material and required equipment should be directed to them. The DEP also schedules and proctors the examinations.

UPCOMING 2024 COURSE DATES:

FEBRUARY

Online sessions to be completed by:
January 26th

In-person field exercises:
Feb 5 & 6 or Feb 7 & 8

April

Online sessions to be completed by:
March 22nd

In-person field exercises:
April 1 & 2 or April 3 & 4

June

Online sessions to be completed by:
May 24th

In-person field exercises:
June 3 & 4 or June 5 & 6

August

Online sessions to be completed by:
August 16th

In-person field exercises:
Aug 26 & 27 or Aug 28 & 29

October

Online sessions to be completed by:
October 4th

In-person field exercises:
Oct 14 & 15 or Oct 16 & 17

COST TO ATTEND:

NON-MEMBER PRICE

Master I – $360
Master II – $680
Master III – $370


Total Non Member ACTs = $1,410

MEMBERSHIP

$300

1st member in a company

$160

2nd + member in a company

Membership runs from October 1 – September 30
(just like the licensing periods)

MEMBER PRICE

Master 1 – $200
Master II – $380
Master III – $205

Total Member ACTs = $ 785
Total + Membership = $1,085

IMPORTANT CANCELLATION POLICY

These classes are limited and many people are often waitlisted, therefore a strict cancellation policy exists to ensure as many committed students as possible can attend.

You must notify us if you cannot attend. Notification must be given by end of business on the Tuesday before the online sessions are required to be completed. If you do not give notice and do not (1) finish the online sessions by the expected date and/or (2) not attend your scheduled field exercises and/or (3) not complete the exams, then all fees that you have paid toward the course will be forfeited.

FAQs

If you are working toward a Certified Environmental Health Professional (CEHP) license you must be approved by the DOH to attend. All others (engineers and their staff, registered contractors working toward a Master license) can start by contacting FOWA.

An engineer who successfully completes the ACT classes will be considered certified as a private provider inspector. If you would also like to obtain a CEHP license, then you will need to be approved by Michael Lawhorn of the DOH before registering for the course.

Yes. In addition to your registration you will need to send us a letter from the engineer you are working for. It needs to be on company letterhead, needs to state that the engineer accepts full responsibility for your work, and it needs to have the engineer’s signature and seal. 

Access is given once your course fees have been paid in full and you have created a MyFOWA account. You will find the courses on your MyAccount page (when logged in) listed as Master I, II and III. If you have paid and made an account and don’t see the courses on your page, email Brit to let her know!

Only the Master II (Soils) requires specific equipment.

 THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT IS REQURIED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SOILS COURSE (Master II):

  1. Six-foot soil auger, with appropriate soil auger bucket (capable of reaching 72 inch soil depth),

  2. Munsell Soil Color Book (pages clean, complete set of hue pages present, not reproduced, all color chips intact and not cracked or discolored, front not laminated, includes all gley charts, most current version).

  3. Sharpshooter shovel, (12” or longer blade recommended)

  4. Tape measure that’s a minimum of 6 foot long by 1 inch wide steel, rigid, self – locking, and

    reaches 72 inches long or similar measuring device

  5. Water bottle with a spray nozzle

The auger needs to reach a minimum depth of 6 feet and have a recommend 3 1/4-inch auger bucket. To reach 6 feet you will need extension pieces. Make sure that the extension pieces match the rest of your auger (ie quick-connect or thread-on). You can order soils augers from Forestry Suppliers or other online retailers.

If you ordered your soil book and are thinking about laminating it to protect it from the dirty, dirty outside world – DON’T!!!
It’s okay, you’re not the first person that thought about it. You will learn in the class that laminating your soils book will render it useless.

At the FOWA Training Center located at:
5115 State Road 557
Lake Alfred, FL 33850

The agenda for field exercises are sent to you one week prior to the field exercises. However, you can use these agendas if you need it earlier: Group 1 and Group 2

Yes! All the materials can be found on the DEP website (scroll to the bottom).

Please note that this will not count as your completion of the online sessions. Once you are officially registered with FOWA you will then have to review the class sessions through the online portal to receive credit.

The DEP has written rule language regarding the capabilities of a private provider inspector which can be viewed here.