Upcoming Changes to Licensing Regulations

    **Not Effective Until April 1, 2017** 

    In 2015, the Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals (WWWOOSSP) began an extensive review of its regulations and offered proposed changes. Those amendments have now proceeded through all stages of the regulatory process, including executive branch and legal review, as well as public comment periods. 

    After the Governor approved the final regulations on December 12, 2016, they were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations for the final 30-day public comment period. Amendments to the regulations become effective on April 1, 2017. Below are highlights of some of the major changes: 

    • Separate the chapter for Waterworks & Wastewater Works Operators from the chapter for Onsite Sewage System Professionals by repealing the current regulations (18 VAC 160-20 of the Virginia Administrative Code) and replacing with: 
      • 18 VAC 160-30: Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators Licensing Regulations; and 
      • 18 VAC 160-40: Onsite Sewage System Professionals Licensing Regulations 
    • Create two-tier system of journeyman and master licenses for all onsite sewage system license types 
    • Add more options to obtain licensure: 
      • Requirements specific to individuals with a soil scientist or wastewater works operator license 
      • Revision of experience requirements
      • Expanded substitutions for experience options, as well as clarification of eligible education degree provisions 
    • Restructure CPE requirements to include evolving information and technology, as well as management/supervision course credit for certain licenses 
    • Strengthen regulations regarding prohibited acts and licensee responsibility 


    Onsite sewage system professionals who hold a current license when the new regulations take effect on April 1, 2017, will automatically be issued a Master license in the same class and category of license, and with the same expiration date

    For those interested in applying for a journeyman’s license, please stay tuned to the Board’s webpage, as the application forms will be available at the end of March. 

    If you have questions regarding the regulation changes, application process, or regulatory process, please contact the Board office by e-mail or call (804) 367-8595.