What is the difference between the SIT and RS registrations?
The Sanitarian Registration Program offers two levels of registration: Sanitarian-in-Training (SIT) and Registered Sanitarian (RS). Both of these registrations require a Bachelor’s degree with 30 hours of applicable science courses. In addition, all applicants must pass the state licensure exam. Applicants should note that staff will make determinations regarding education and experience and will notify an applicant if any aspect does not meet the requirements.
The difference between the two registrations involves the experience requirement. If an applicant has two years of inspection or related experience within the environmental health fields they may apply directly as an RS candidate. The only remaining qualification towards licensure would be examination.
If an applicant does not have the two years of experience, their application option becomes the SIT process. The SIT applicant would have to show proof of current employment within the environmental health field and have either a co-worker or supervisor agree to verify their experience through the Supervisor’s Agreement Form (Sanitarian-in-Training Supervision Form). The SIT applicant will first be required to pass the examination and will then be issued an SIT registration. The SIT registration will be maintained as necessary to acquire the two years of experience. Once completed the applicant is then afforded the opportunity to upgrade to full RS via the upgrade form and fee.
The SIT program is only applicable to individuals currently employed with appropriate access to an approved supervisor within the environmental field. The SIT status would not be a feasible option to job seekers as they cannot obtain the appropriate supervision the process requires.