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A Guide to Composting Toilet Construction

COURSE NO: M01-020
A Guide to Composting Toilet Construction
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents the advantages of composting toilets over other systems such as latrines, water-sealed toilets and septic systems. In addition, this course discusses the construction process and the type of materials for composting toilets used in Tonga, Kiribati and Fiji.


In places lacking modern toilets and sanitation, latrines are used as temporary storage for human waste. The latrines are often emptied into the nearest body of water, which may also serve as a water supply. Composting toilets can provide a sanitary method of waste treatment in areas without running water or electricity. One of their greatest advantages is that they can be built anywhere, and usually for low up-front costs, making them excellent choices in rural or remote areas and undeveloped areas.


This 1 PDH online course is applicable to civil and mechanical engineers, aid workers and others involved in the planning or construction of projects in areas with limited sanitation infrastructure.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with the steps in constructing foundation slabs, chambers, ET beds, toilet house floor slab, false door, and access door
  • Understanding the operation and maintenance of Composting Toilet
  • Familiarizing with technical drawings of Composting Toilet Construction
  • Learning about the technical specifications of Composting Toilet Construction
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Composting Toilet Construction Manual" by Eric Tawney.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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