Why is learning about SPM3 important for me?
In September 2014, the Ministry of Health with responsibility for the sewer system regulation released the revised 3rd edition of the Standard Practice Manual (SPM3). ASTTBC is providing this learning resource page to inform all ROWPs of the changes being introduced to the new SPM3. This is an important opportunity for all ROWPs to remain current with new practices. All ROWPs must complete either a workshop conducted by ASTTBC throughout the province in the last year or this online learning resource and exam in order to retain their ASTTBC registration in 2015-2016.
Standard Practice Manual version 3
After the SPM3 manual was printed, errors were found. If you would like a PDF copy of the error list, see attached: SPM V3 Errata May 2015 final. If you would like a PDF copy of the most up to date SPM3 manual, see attached: SPM3 manual
How to use the Manual
To learn more about how to use this manual, watch this from ASTTBC Director, Practice & Compliance Ron Hein.
What are the differences between SPM2 & SPM3
Outlined in this document is a summary of the key differences in the two standards.
These exercises are intended to support your learning and prepare you for the exams. It is highly recommended that you use these exercises as a key component of your self-directed learning strategy. To complete them, start by printing a paper copy of the exercise (click the icon), answer those questions, and then check the Check your answers heres.
If you are very familiar with the new SPM3 you can expect to spend one to three hours for completion of each of these exercises. If your self-study of the SPM3 is still a work-in-progress, you can expect to spend significant time referring to the relevant sections of the SPM3. Some experienced ROWPs have commented that to achieve suitable competency requires dozens of hours of SPM3 study. New practitioners can expect an even greater time commitment. These exercises will help you determine if you have achieved the learning goals and help ensure your readiness for the exams.
All participants are welcome to download and use any of these exercises. Installers and Maintenance Providers will find good learning value by completion of the Planning exercises. It is highly recommended that Planners and Inspectors complete all the exercises, including those for Installation and Maintenance. At minimum, you should complete the exercises listed under the heading corresponding to each of your current or anticipated registration categories.
PLANNERS complete the following exercises, in order:
INSPECTORS complete all the Planning exercises listed above plus the Maintenance exercises below.
MAINTENANCE PROVIDERS complete the following:
INSTALLERS complete the following: