Certificate in On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal

Arising from liaison during the past 12 months between the Technical and Education Committee of the Irish Planning Institute and representatives of the Faculty of Lifelong Learning in the Institute of Technology Carlow, the IPI is delighted to promote and support, the launching of a new part-time programme offered by ITC for the 2020/21 academic year entitled ‘On-site wastewater treatment and disposal’.

This programme is scheduled to be offered through an on-line weekly lecture series over 15 weeks with some limited practical fieldwork training included.

This course has been selected for inclusion as a Springboard + Programme for 2020-21 meaning that successful applicants are required to pay only €100 of the overall €1000 programme fee. Places on this programme are limited to 20 participants.

The award on successful completion of this programme is a level 7 National Framework of Qualifications Certificate, awarded by the Institute of Technology Carlow[1]. 

IPI members may attain a total of 15 Continuous Professional Development Credits [7.5. per year in 2020 and 2021] for participating on this programme.

Details of this programme and its on-line application form are available at the following link - https://springboardcourses.ie/details/8122

In light of the integral role that domestic wastewater treatment systems form as part of the planning application assessment, follow-up compliance and enforcement in the area of single rural housing developments, the IPI would encourage its members to consider this programme as a component of their CPD schedule for 2020/21.  The significant need for effective planning for and on-going management of domestic wastewater treatment system as part of the broader sustainable environmental management regulatory framework was once again highlighted in the Environmental Protection Agency’s report of July 21st 2020 pertaining to a nationwide analysis of inspections by local authorities of domestic wastewater treatment systems under the EPA National Inspection Plan. 

The learning outcomes of this programme will be useful in providing land-use planners with a set of skills, knowledge and understanding of the environmental management issues pertaining to the planning and design of on-site wastewater treatment systems and their operation.


[1]It should be noted that this certification does not qualify one to register with a local authority as a site assessor for the preparation of site suitability assessment reports as part of planning applications that include a private wastewater treatment system.



Irish Independent Extract

On-site wastewater treatment and disposal course flyer