How to register

How to get started

New application or Transfer (both online at Apply Now)

If you are new to the onsite wastewater industry, you will need to acquire basic theoretical and practical knowledge. This may come through a training provider, mentor or employer.

Non-accredited training is currently available through WCOWMA and BCOSSA. ASTTBC cannot comment on the appropriateness or thoroughness of these training programs and suggest all students carefully research these courses and consider options.

If you are in need of a mentor, contact ASTTBC for assistance. Refer to the Mentoring, Field Training and Field Assessment Policy.

Certification requirements.

Refer to Onsite Wastewater Certification Policy for detailed information. An outline is provided here:

  1. Applicants for ROWP certification must demonstrate achievement of occupational competencies as listed in Appendix 1 of the Policy. Prospective applicants should review and achieve those competencies before making application.
  2. Applicants require work experience under the supervision of an Authorized Person. To achieve supervised experience, the applicant may engage an Authorized Person directly or ASTTBC may consider providing an approved mentor under provisions of the Mentoring, Field Training and Field Assessment Policy.
  3. Applicants must facilitate a minimum of three references, including one from an Authorized Person.
  4. The applicant is required to submit documented evidence of work experience, including photographs. The Onsite Wastewater Certification Board will review the evidence to confirm compliance with the Sewerage System Regulation, the Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual and ROWP Practice Guidelines.
  5. Applicants are required to upload  the Stamp application  and Contact a ROWP consensus.
  6. Applicants must successfully complete the ASTTBC Professional Practices and Ethics exam and the ROWP Jurisprudence exam.

Transfer under inter provincial trade agreements.

Under the Federal Agreement on Internal Trade, ASTTBC must accept applicants currently authorized to practice as onsite wastewater practitioners or equivalent in other Canadian provinces or territories, without evidence of work experience or references. Successful completion of the Professional Practices and Ethics exam and the ROWP Jurisprudence exam is required for all applications.

  1. Create an account online at  Apply Now.
  2. As outlined in the process you may bypass the self-assessment.
  3. Enter and upload the required information – copies of two ID’s, valid ticket of transfer-out province.
  4. Upload your Stamp application  and Contact a ROWP consensus.
  5. Your application will be acknowledged with further information how to proceed.

Please contact the Coordinator Frauke Bracht at 604-585-2788 ext 258 or if you have any questions.

Practice Assessment Review.

All applicants, including inter provincial transferees, must undergo a Practice Assessment Review within six months of certification. The review will assess practices to confirm compliance with Code of Ethics, Practice Guidelines and achievement of occupational competencies.

How to submit an application:

Apply to ASTTBC for registration at Apply Now. Prior to creating your account, review the Onsite Wastewater Certification Board Policy Feel free to contact the Registration department at (604) 585- 2788- ext 258 for additional information.

Application fees are $250. Upon registration, a $125 fee is due for the practitioner’s stamp. Annual renewal fees are currently $425. GST is added to all fees.

The Onsite Wastewater Certification Board will review the application and either grant registration or defer the application.

If the application is deferred, the applicant will be contacted and the reason(s) explained. Guidance will be provided by staff to address any ‘gaps.’ Applicants are encouraged to complete missing requirements or submit further evidence of competency.

If registration is awarded, a registration certificate and practitioner’s stamp will be issued by ASTTBC. The ROWP stamp will be used on official plans and documents filed with the Health Authorities, and other documents conveying technical information.