Environmental Health Training EHTP

Co-sponsored by the Southern Connecticut State University Department of Public Health and the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Endorsed by:

  • The Connecticut Association of Directors of Health

  • The Connecticut Environmental Health Association

  • The Connecticut Public Health Association

Connecticut Department of Public Health logo

General Information

The course meets every Wednesday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for the below dates. In case of snow days, classes will be held on Friday of the same week from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Course Dates Cost
Full Course (Food, Sewage, & General topics) January 8 - May 6, 2020 $500.00
Food and Sewage Segments Only January 8 - March 25, 2020 $350.00
Food Protection Segment Only January 8 - February 12, 2020 $175.00
Sewage Disposal Segment Only February 12 - March 25, 2020 $175.00
General Environmental Health Topics Only March 25 - May 6, 2020 $150.00

Registration

How to Register: You must register via CTTrain

How to pay

Visit the SCSU MarketPlace store and click on "Public Health Workshops". Please note that course fees are non-refundable.

Confirmation of payment will be posted on CT Train following receipt of payment.

Program Q&A

The EHTP course is designed to help prepare and train sanitarians, including those presently and aspiring to be employed in local health departments, in a variety of areas important to the field of environmental health. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, food sanitation, sub-surface sewage disposal, and general environmental health topics such as lead, water, and asbestos.

In addition to greatly increasing one's knowledge in the area of environmental health, successful completion of the course results in a six-month reduction in the amount of time an individual must be employed in a health department before sitting for the Registered Sanitarian (R.S.) exam. Successful completion of the entire course also makes those aspiring to work in the field more marketable for entering the workforce. 

Also, successful completion of the entire course now qualifies Certified Health Education Specialists for a total of 9 CHES credits. Successful completion of each section qualifies Certified Health Education Specialists for 3 CHES credits. 

The EHTP course is designed to meet the needs of its students. Therefore, the entire course or any combination of the three sections offered can be taken. Again, the three sections are Food Sanitation, Sewage Disposal, and General Environmental Health Topics.

An Important Change in the Food Protection Training Unit in 2020

Because the regulations to finalize adoption of the FDA Food Code have not yet been approved, the Department of Public Health will revert back to teaching the Food Protection portion based on the current regulations to better prepare candidates for the food inspector certification process. This course is the first step in attaining food inspector certification and will help will help prepare candidates for the food inspector training process.

Answers to the following questions will help prospective participants decide if the Food Protection Unit of the EHTP is right for them.

In addition to completing the first step towards certification, the course will provide those interested in food protection as a career path with an introduction to other aspects of the subject. Public health professionals —regulators, microbiologists, and epidemiologists—will present critical topics, such as foodborne pathogens, outbreak investigations, how to conduct an inspection, enforcement, ethics, and the new food inspector certification process. Successful completion of this course is required for those interested in becoming certified and provides the foundation of knowledge necessary to continue the certification process.

The steps to become a Certified Food Inspector in Connecticut have changed to align with the FDA Retail Food Program Standards, consistent with the FDA Food Code, adopted in 2018. The new Food Inspector certification process will be:

  1. become employed by a local health department in Connecticut;
  2. complete the requisite online FDA training courses;
  3. receive training from a Food Inspection Training Officer in a local health department and conduct the required number of training inspections;
  4. complete field standardization with the Connecticut Department of Public Health Food Protection Program Field Standardization Officer; and
  5. receive certification from the Commissioner of Health.

Please note:  While anyone can take the Food Protection course, candidates for food inspector certification must possess a bachelor's degree and be employed by a local health department. In lieu of the education requirement, three years of experience in a regulatory food protection program, acceptable to the Connecticut Department of Public Health Food Protection Program, may be approved. Candidates for field certification shall not be involved in the ownership or management of a food establishment located within their jurisdiction. Please call the Connecticut Department of Public Health Food Protection Program at (860) 509-7396 if you have any questions regarding the Food Protection module of the EHTP or the food inspector certification process.

Successful completion of the Sewage Disposal portion of this course shall meet the requirements for Phase 1 Certification by the Connecticut Department of Public Health for those employed in local health departments. 

Those not employed by a local health department may complete the whole course or selected parts and sit for respective exams. Sewage certification and credit for the food sanitation classroom requirement become active for you when you are hired by a local health department and the health director makes a request to the Connecticut Department of Public Health. 

The Connecticut Department of Public Health specifically picked Southern as the site to offer the EHTP course. Such a comprehensive offering is not found anywhere else in Connecticut. 

Register as soon as possible. Space is limited. 

Upon receiving your registration, we will post your confirmation on CT Train and will also include the exact location of the sessions, directions, and practical information on other topics including parking. 

Contact Information

Questions regarding the Environmental Health Training Program should be referred to:

Dr. William G. Faraclas, Director, EHTP
c/o Esi Ambaiowei
Department of Public Health
Southern Connecticut State University
Tel: (203) 392-6966
Email: ehtp@southernct.edu

Questions regarding the Food Sanitation portion of the course should be referred to:

Connecticut Department of Public Health
Cynthia Costa
(860) 509-7396
cynthia.costa@ct.gov

Questions regarding the Sewage Disposal portion of the course should be referred to:

Connecticut Department of Public Health
Amanda Clark
(860) 509-7368
Email: amanda.clark@ct.gov

All other questions should be referred to:

Esi Ambaiowei
Department of Public Health
Southern Connecticut State University
Email: ehtp@southernct.edu