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CIDWT Practitioner Curriculum

Lead Institution: NC State University

Funding source: EPA through Washington University in St. Louis

Project Completed June, 2005

The Practitioner Curriculum is an effort to formalize and coordinate training opportunities for field practitioners. The goal of the curriculum is to

  • Improve field practitioners’ abilities to effectively utilize onsite and decentralized technologies and improve the State of Practice (SOP)
  • Enhance opportunities for the general population to make the best use of the decentralized approach to their community’s wastewater treatment requirements.

This project provides a consistent technical educational base from which to launch nationwide training programs, but the materials produced are readily electronically modifiable to address specific local needs. The materials currently developed include a Model Practitioner Curriculum that can be used to organize training programs as well as four detailed modules. The Practitioner Curriculum is available on CD-ROM with a navigational and organizational macro HERE.

 

Introduction to the Practitioner Curriculum March_05

A. Model National Curriculum Development
B. Soil and Site Evaluation Module
C. Water Movement and Treatment in Soils Module
D. Technology Overview
E. Septic Tank Module

 


A. Model National Curriculum Development


North Carolina State University

 

 
DESCRIPTION

Model National Decentralized Wastewater Practitioner Curriculum

The model training curriculum for decentralized wastewater is designed as a series of coordinated short courses that build one upon another similar to that of a college curriculum.  However, they are framed within the context of the field practitioner's educational needs. The curriculum is presented in a planning framework that addresses appropriate adult education principles and training program administration/management strategies.

MATERIALS

Practitioner Curriculum Structure
      The Practitioner Curriculum Word Document (60 Kb) Mar, 2005
          
Practitioner Course Catalog
     Septic System Basics Course Catalog Word Document (30 Kb)Mar, 2005.
     On-Site Technology Course Catalog Word Document (40 Kb)Mar, 2005. 
     Soil & Site Evaluation Course Catalog Word Document (49 Kb) Mar, 2005.
     Design Course Catalog Word Document (31 Kb) Mar, 2005.
     Installation Course Catalog Word Document (30 Kb)Mar 2005. 
     Monitoring, O&M Course Catalog Word Document (34 Kb) Mar 2005.  
     Troubleshooting and Repair Course Catalog Word Document (26 Kb) Mar, 2005 
     Rules Course Catalog Word Document (26 Kb) Mar, 2005

Recommended Course Requirements for Certificate Program Majors 
     Course Requirements Majors  Adobe Acrobat (87 Kb) Mar, 2005.

COMMENTS

If you have comments on these materials, please send them to Nancy Deal.


  Writing Team:   Review Team:
  Mike Hoover (Lead)
James Anderson
Nancy Deal
David Gustafson
Dave Lenning
David Lindbo
Ted Loudon 
Jordan Mooers
  Randy Miles
Tom Konsler
Anthony Smithson
David V. Linahan
Robert B. Mayer

 


B. Soil and Site Evaluation Module


North Carolina State University - Lead

 

DESCRIPTION

The Soil and Site Evaluation Module addresses the basics of soil morphology, landscape description and interpretation of data, and non-soil data for on-site wastewater applications. The target audience is onsite practitioners: soil scientists, system designers, installers, pumpers, regulators, maintenance personnel, etc. The module is a comprehensive guide that includes the basics of soil science (definitions, formation, morphology) as well as details regarding specific problem areas (water table monitoring, restrictive horizons, mineralogy). Each chapter consists of written reference materials, a scripted slide set and a suggested agenda for a short course. The reference materials include details on soil morphology (soil horizons, color, texture - field and lab methods of determination, structure, consistence, redoximorphic features [mottles], landscape evaluation/slope type, drainage concerns and landscape position).  Also included is information on soil and landscape relationships and non-soil issues that must be considered for a complete site evaluation. Additionally, details on the use of county soil survey (NRCS) publications are discussed. The accompanying PowerPoint presentations illustrate morphological features and demonstrate a quick method of making soil monoliths for teaching purposes.

MATERIALS

A. Instructors Guide

  1. Module Perspective (Adobe Acrobat,120 Kb) (Mar, 2005)
  2. Overview of Module (Adobe Acrobat,55 Kb) (Mar, 2005)
  3. Course Needs To Know (Adobe Acrobat,160 Kb) (Mar, 2005)
  4. Suggested Course Materials
B. Text
  1. Soil and Site Evaluation Text (Adobe Acrobat- 3.2 MB), Mar, 2005
C. Powerpoint Files

COMMENTS

If you have comments on these materials, please send them to Nancy Deal.

  Writing Team:   Review Team:
  David Lindbo, NCSU (Lead)
Randy Miles
Del Mokma
Mark Stolt
Scott Green.
Mike Hoover
Paul D. Trotta
  Aziz Amoozegar
Maynard Beery
Jay Bell
Russ Chateneuf
Peter Fletcher
Bruce Gruner
Tom Konsler
Brad Lee
George Loomis
Carl Peacock
Jim Turenne  
Jerry Tyler
Joe Valentine
John Williams


 


C. Water Movement and Treatment in Soils Module


University of Minnesota

 

DESCRIPTION

This module is designed to present the key points of soil/water movement in reference to onsite/decentralized wastewater treatment and dispersal systems, thus promoting increased understanding of the relationship between biomat formation and system performance. Included in the module is a discussion of the difference between saturated and unsaturated flow and how these regimes affect wastewater treatment in the soil system.  Understanding the behavior of water in soil formations is critical for the proper design and operation of onsite/decentralized wastewater treatment systems. The target audience is onsite practitioners: soil scientists, system designers, installers, pumpers, regulators, maintenance personnel, etc.

MATERIALS

  A. Instructors Guide
 
  1. Module Perspective (Adobe Acrobat, 78 Kb)(Mar, 2004)
  2. Suggested Course Materials (Adobe Acrobat, 240 Kb)(Mar, 2005)
  B. Text
 
  1. Soil Water Video Script - (Adobe Acrobat, 98 Kb)(Mar, 2005)
  2. Water Movement and Soil Treatment Video Outline - (Adobe Acrobat, 81 Kb)(Mar, 2005)
  3. Water Movement and Soil Treatment Text (Adobe Acrobat, 300 Kb)(Mar, 2005)
  4. Water Movement Additional Text (Adobe Acrobat, 3.8 MB)(Mar, 2005)
  C. Powerpoint Files
 
  1. Wastewater Treatment in Soils - PowerPoint (Adobe Acrobat, 5.9MB)(Mar, 2005)
  2. Wastewater Movement in Soils - PowerPoint  (Adobe Acrobat 3.9 MB)(Mar, 2005)
  3. Trench Cross Section 1- PowerPoint (Adobe Acrobat 310 Kb)(Mar, 2005)
  4. Trench Cross Section 2 - PowerPoint (Adobe Acrobat 395 MB)(Mar, 2005)

COMMENTS

 

If you have comments on these materials, please send them to Nancy Deal .


  Writing Team:   Review Team:
  Jim Anderson
Dave Gustafson
Aziz Amoozegar
  Barbara Dallemand
Nancy Deal
Tom Konsler
David Lindbo
George Loomis 

 


D. Technology Overview


Washington Onsite Sewage Association

 

DESCRIPTION

This module provides general information on the complete range of onsite wastewater technologies, from the basic to the most complex.  The target audience is onsite practitioners: soil scientists, system designers, installers, pumpers, regulators, maintenance personnel, etc. The materials discuss onsite/decentralized wastewater treatment system components categorized according to their function in the treatment train.  The module includes information needed to select the appropriate set of components to design the onsite wastewater treatment system for a given site.  Varying levels of detail are then presented on technologies used for individual and cluster systems. The technologies are frequently useable for systems receiving larger flows, but such systems are outside the purview of this project.

Used on its own or in conjunction with materials developed for other practitioner and university modules, the scope of this section can vary considerably.  The instructional format can range from a multi-day practitioner training workshop to a quarter/semester-long course for college/university students.

 

MATERIALS

  A. Instructors Guide
 
  1. Module Perspective (Adobe Acrobat, 92 Kb) (Mar, 2004)
  2. Suggested Course Materials (Adobe Acrobat, 245 Kb) (Mar, 2005)
  3. Graphics Database 
  B. Text
 
  1. Technology Overview Text (Adobe Acrobat, 2 MB) (Mar, 2005)
  C. Powerpoint Files
 
  1. Technology Overview PowerPoint (Adobe Acrobat, 21 MB) (Mar, 2005)

COMMENTS

 

If you have comments on these materials, please send them to Nancy Deal .


  Writing Team:   Review Team:
  Dave Lenning (Lead Writer)
Tibor Banathy 
David Gustafson
Bruce Lesikar
Steve Wecker
Denise Wright
  Terry Bounds 
Jennifer Brogdon 
John R. Buchanan
James C. Converse 
Mike Davis
Nancy Deal
Stan Fincham
Adrian Hanson
John Higgins
Mike Hoover
Tom Konsler
Jim Kreissl
Ted Loudon
Kevin Sherman
Bill Stuth, Sr.

 


E. Septic Tank Module


 

Michigan State University



DESCRIPTION

This module provides the materials needed to teach practitioners basic information on septic tanks.  It is intended for use in courses offered with or without training centers.  The target audience is onsite practitioners: soil scientists, system designers, installers, pumpers, regulators, maintenance personnel, etc.  The information is presented in a stand-alone text document and illustrated with a PowerPoint presentation complete with instructor notes.

Typically, presentation of this module is preceded by a complete onsite system overview that defines and discusses all components of onsite systems.  This provides the practitioner with perspective on the importance of septic tanks and how they fit into the treatment train.  

MATERIALS

  A. Instructors Guide
 
  1. Module Perspective (Adobe Acrobat, 65 Kb) Mar, 2004
  2. Suggested Course Materials (Adobe Acrobat, 180 Kb) Mar, 2005
  B. Text
 
  1. Septic Tank Text - (Adobe Acrobat, 4 MB) Mar, 2005
  C. Powerpoint Files
 
  1. Septic Tank Module - PowerPoint (Adobe Acrobat, 9 MB) Mar, 2005

COMMENTS

If you have comments on these materials, please send them to Nancy Deal

  Writing Team:   Review Team:
  Ted Loudon (Lead Writer) 
Terry Bounds 
James C. Converse
Tom Konsler
Chet Rock
  Colin Bishop 
J. Edward Pennypacker
Charles Pickney 
Kevin Sherman 
Michael Stidham
Howard Wingert
Brian Bishop
Bill Cagle
Jim Janecek
John Tester
Don Waller
Richard Rankka
Joe Zimmerman

 

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