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Frequently Asked Questions about Certification

Do you have questions about PSAI Certification? Here are the answers! 

Q. How long does an individual's certification last?

A. PSAI Certification is valid for three (3) years after successful completion of the Basic Service Technician Training Series (if required by your state) and passing the certification exam. Renewal is required every three years.

Renewal presently involves re-committing to the Certified Portable Sanitation Professional Code of Ethics and payment of the appropriate fees. Individual states may also require proof of continuing education.

In order to raise standards in the portable sanitation industry and remain aligned with the requirements of states requiring licensure, the PSAI will introduce CE requirements for certification renewal in March 2019,

Q. My state doesn't require this. What benefits are there for becoming certified anyway?

A. Successful completion of the certification exam demonstrates exemplary knowledge of laws and best practices that apply to the portable sanitation industry. It puts you and your team at a competitive advantage with other companies. You can leverage this status when you apply for contracts, market your firm, and seek insurance coverage.

Q. How many U.S. States accept PSAI Certification as fulfillment for educational requirements in governmental regulations?

A. Many states recognize PSAI's training courses for continuing education requirements. Contact us for a list or to request that we work with your state. Presently Illinois and Georgia recognize PSAI Certification as valid for licensure in those states. If you know that your state now recognizes PSAI Certification, please contact the PSAI office at

Q. Can I host a certification exam at my company?

A.At the present time it is possible toarrange training events and a certification exam at your company.

If you need the Basic Service Technician Training Series for your employees, we can assist you with finding a qualified instructor. Our instructors are volunteers with first-hand knowledge of the portable sanitation industry. Consequently their availability is limited and your training dates must be coordinated with them.

The certification exam can also be administered on your site, provided it is done so by a qualified outside proctor. The proctor must be an individual not associated with your company (for example, a teacher or community member who works in a different field). Contact the PSAI office to get information about engaging a proctor.

If you have additional questions, please contact the PSAI office.