SSTS business licensing, individual certification and enforcement

Questions? E-mail SSTS certification and licensing staff at ssts-info.pca@state.mn.us.

If applying for a business license use the following forms

For more information on business licensing

Do you need to make a change to your license information? 

If you need to make any of the following changes, complete and submit the required application that is identified below.

Type of change

Required form

Where form can be found

Change contact person;
Change address, phone, fax or email

Business license renewal application

Contact Brenda Tischler, 651-757-2111, Brenda.Tischler@state.mn.us

Add DCI to existing license in DCI’s specialty area

Certificate of employment

Download at SSTS Licensing  or
contact Brenda Tischler, 651-757-2111, Brenda.Tischler@state.mn.us

Add new specialty area to an existing license;
Change responsible licensee (within family)

(New) Business License Application

Download at SSTS Licensing or contact Brenda Tischler, 651-757-2111, Brenda.Tischler@state.mn.us

Change surety bond

SSTS license holders and pipe layers:

Original MPCA SSTS Business License Surety Bond form

SSTS and plumbing license holders:

Duplicate original Plumbing Contractor Surety Bond form

Through your agent

Change insurance policy

ACORD Certificate

Through your agent

Change business name

MPCA SSTS bond rider
or
Department of Labor & Industry plumbing contractor bond rider

Through your agent

SSTS Individual Certification

The state of Minnesota requires a certified individual to design, install, repair, maintain, operate, or inspect septic systems. Individual certification consists of training, examination, experience and continuing education. The table below highlights the nine specialty areas for certification:

Training and specialty area certification requirements

To do this type of work

You need this type of training and exam
(Pre-certification workshop)

And certification in this specialty area

Install SSTS

Introduction, installing

Installer

Sewage tank evaluation, cleaning, and repairs, portable toilets & septage management

Introduction, maintaining   

Maintainer

SSTS operational assessment, adjustment, sampling and interpretation of operational performance,  repair, groundwater monitoring, or collection system maintenance

Introduction, service provider   

Service Provider

Design of Type I – Type III systems ≤ 2,500 gpd for residential strength waste

Introduction, installing, basic design, soils   

Basic Designer

Design of Type I – Type V* systems ≤ 2,500 gpd for residential strength waste

Introduction, installing, basic design, soils, intermediate design and inspection

Intermediate Designer

Design of Type I – Type V* systems ≤ 10,000 gpd

Introduction, installing, basic design, soils, intermediate design and inspection, and advanced design and inspection

Advanced Designer

Inspection of Type I – Type III systems ≤ 2,500 gpd for residential strength waste

Introduction, installing, basic design, inspecting, soils   

Basic Inspector

Inspection of Type I – Type V* systems ≤ 2,500 gpd for residential strength waste

Introduction, installing, basic design, inspecting, soils, service provider, intermediate design and inspection

Intermediate Inspector

Inspection of Type I – Type V* systems ≤ 10,000 gpd

Introduction, installing, basic design, inspecting, soils, service provider, intermediate design and inspection, and advanced design and inspection

Advanced Inspector

* Type V SSTS require the expertise of an appropriately licensed AELSLAGID professional

Detailed information about Individual Certification can be found in the following fact sheet:

The MPCA developed two new specialty areas in 2013. Read about the design and inspection tiers in the following fact sheet:

 

If seeking a record of your SSTS Individual Certification, including expiration date and continuing education credits, use the following search:

Questions? Contact SSTS Certification and Licensing staff by e-mail at: ssts-info.pca@state.mn.us.

If applying for individual certification, use the following forms:

If your certification eligibility has expired and you would like to re-enter the SSTS Certification Program, complete this form:

To enroll in SSTS training, visit:

If applying for SSTS training course accreditation, refer to this fact sheet and use the form:

Need-To-Know

The Need-To-Know (N2K) process is a stakeholder-driven job analysis procedure used to define what SSTS practitioners ‘need to know’ to effectively and efficiently practice their profession. The job analysis process is an important way to define and continuously improve SSTS curriculum and exams. The Task Analyses below are working documents that outline tasks in which SSTS practitioners are expected to be competent. If you would like to comment on existing N2K criteria or are interested in participating in N2K committees, contact Charlie Thompson at charlie.thompson@state.mn.us or Nick Haig at nick.haig@state.mn.us.

SSTS task analysis

SSTS exam descriptions

Enforcement

Due to their permit and ordinance authorities, local units of government are often the first line of action for licensing enforcement activities. The MPCA provides enforcement when local actions are ineffective or local governments or SSTS professionals need assistance. The MPCA investigates written complaints with sufficient evidence and retains the authority to suspend, restrict or revoke a license.

The MPCA has a process that allows local units of government to request that the MPCA be the lead on a local SSTS enforcement issue. To facilitate this process, the MPCA has an enforcement review process which includes the following referral document:

The state office of the Attorney General accepts complaints from citizens with contractor disputes at:

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