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Private Sewage Systems Installer

Private sewage systems installers install on-site private sewage systems that handle less than 25 cubic metres (5,500 Imperial gallons) of sewage a day.


Technical and Corporate Services
Government of Alberta
16th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 4L4

Call: 780-644-1010
Call toll-free (within Canada): 1-866-421-6929
Fax: 780-427-8686


Under Alberta’s Safety Codes Act [pdf] and Permit Regulation [pdf], you must be certified by the Government of Alberta to obtain a permit to install a private sewage disposal system.

What You Need

Certification by the Government of Alberta requires successful completion of a 6-day training course offered by the Alberta Onsite Wastewater Management Association (AOWMA). Certification must be renewed yearly.

Applicants may apply for the:

  • Private Sewage Certificate to obtain permits for the installation of all types of private sewage disposal systems
  • Restricted Private Sewage Certificate to obtain permits only for the installation of holding tank type systems

For official, detailed information about certification requirements, see the Government of Alberta website.

Working in Alberta

Private sewage system installers who are certified and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be certified in Alberta if private sewage system installers in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the Government of Alberta website.

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