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Advanced Training Workshop for Soil Evaluators



#T514-0002 -- SE-- 4 TCH, Title 5 SI --2 TCH

Presented by:
Peter C. Fletcher, Certified Professional Soil Scientist and Soil Evaluator

Workshop Description
This is a 4 hour lecture plus hands-on exercise workshop. The workshop is designed for professionals who are seasoned Soil Evaluators with field experience. It is being presented in different regions throughout Massachusetts. Participants completing this workshop will receive 4 Soil Evaluator Training Credit Hours and 2 Title 5 System Inspector Training Credit Hours.

The focus of the workshop is a review and update of soil science and geology as it relates to describing, documenting, and interpreting soil conditions within deep observation holes and completing a Form 11 – Soil Suitability Assessment for On-site Sewage Disposal. This workshop is presented as a series of lectures and PowerPoint presentations. There will be hands-on-exercises using reference materials and soil samples.

Lecture and Hands-on Exercises

Review and Update of Geology and Soil Science:

  • Researching reference materials on the Internet and completing a Form 11
  • Glacial geology of Southern New England
  • Common landscapes and landforms found within Massachusetts
  • Effects of soil formation within Southern New England
  • Logging a deep hole
  • Identifying and interpreting soil horizons and layers
  • Field methodology for determining soil texture
  • Documenting soil colors
  • Understanding the different groundwater systems common to New England
  • Estimating the depth to seasonal high water table using soil features (redoximorphic features)
  • Field methodology for determining soil consistence (firm, very firm, extremely firm) and soil structure

Hands-on exercises will include
Identifying different geologic sediments (parent material) using field samples, determining the soil texture using field techniques, interpreting contours on USGS topographic maps to identify different landforms, etc.

Course Materials
Each participant will receive handouts and a field guide.

Snacks and drinks will be provided. Bring your lunch.

All participants are required to be present during the entire workshop. Attendance will be taken at the start and close of the workshop.

Limited Enrollment
To allow for small group instruction/discussion, enrollment for this workshop is limited to 30 participants.

Certificate of Completion
A Certificate will be awarded to each participant who successfully completes the workshop specifying the completion of 4 Soil Evaluator Training Credit Hours and 2 Title 5 System Inspector Training Credit Hours. Participants should keep the Certificate in a safe place as it may be needed by NEIWPCC to verify attendance at the workshop.

All LSP participants
A Standard Course Continuing Education Attendance Certification Form that will be given to each LSP participant who successfully completes the two-day workshop. Complete the LSP form and send to the LSP Board.

Lost Certificate Policy
There will be a $50 fee for researching records and the reissue of a Certificate of Completion. The request and the fee must be received by mail addressed to: Peter Fletcher, PO Box 87103, South Dartmouth, MA 02748.

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2017 Workshop Schedule

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 Lecture
(12:30 to 4:30 pm):
Review/Update Soil Science and Geology, Northeastern Massachusetts (Rowley/Topsfield Area).

Friday, April 28, 2017 Lecture
(12:30 to 4:30 pm):
Review/Update Soil Science and Geology, Southeastern Massachusetts (Wareham/Cape Area).

Thursday, June 15, 2017: Lecture
(12:30 to 4:30 pm):
Review/Update Soil Science and Geology, Central Massachusetts (Sturbridge/Spencer Area).