Board Information

Welcome to the Montana Board of Sanitarians

The board consists of five members appointed by the governor. Three of the members must be registered sanitarians. Two members must be from the public but not sanitarians and shall represent the interests of the public at large. Each sanitarian member must have a minimum of 3 years of experience practicing as a sanitarian in the state of Montana. 

     Members shall serve staggered 3-year terms that expire on July 1 of a given year.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdsan@mt.gov. In your message, please specify which board member you would like to contact.

For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at boards.mt.gov.



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Contact Information

Board Management:
Steve Gallus, Executive Officer
Board Management Bureau
Phone: (406) 841-2370
Email:

Filing a complaint against a Licensee: Eleanor Webster, Compliance Specialist
Phone: (406) 841-2386
Email:

Continuing Education:
Phone: (406) 444-5696
Email:

Renewals, License Verifications, and Name Changes:
Phone: (406) 444-6880
Email:

Applications and Licensing:
Phone: (406) 444-5711
Email:

Board Events

Board meetings are usually held 4 times a year.
Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public.
There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

Board Members

The board consists of five members appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate. Each member must be a resident of this state, and three of the members must be registered sanitarians. Two members must be from the public but not sanitarians and shall represent the interests of the public at large. Each sanitarian member must have a minimum of 3 years of experience practicing as a sanitarian in the state of Montana. Members serve staggered 3-year terms that expire on July 1, of a given year.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdsan@mt.gov. In your message, please specify which board member you would like to contact.

For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Office of the Governor’s link for Board Members and Councils at boards.mt.gov.

Susan Brueggeman, Presiding Officer
Gene Pizzini, Public Representative
Megan Bullock, RS
Gene Townsend, Public Representative
Stephanie Jean Ler, RS

Department Organizational Chart

Renewal Process

  1. The renewal deadline date for all Board of Sanitarians licensees is June 30th of each year.
  2. Renewal opens 60 days prior to your expiration date.  We encourage you to renew your license early in the renewal cycle.
  3. Please note that our online system is available 24/7 during the renewal cycle; however, there is no staff available to assist you after 5:00 p.m.  Waiting until the last hours to renew could mean that there is no one available to assist you, and this may cause your renewal to accrue late fees.

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Sanitarian

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

 

A. Application Fee: All Fees are Non-Refundable

B. Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in environmental health or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Evaluation for equivalency is a case by case process but begins with 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours in the physical and biological health sciences with specific courses in biology, chemistry and microbiology.

C. Examination Information:
Approved applicants take the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Registered Sanitarian examination which is administered by Pearson Vue.

Educational Transcript Checklist

Sanitarian-in-Training

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

 

A. Application Fee: All Fees are Non-Refundable

B. Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in environmental health or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Evaluation for equivalency is a case by case process but begins with 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours in the physical and biological health sciences with specific courses in biology, chemistry and microbiology.

C. Examination Information:
Approved applicants take the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Registered Sanitarian examination which is administered by Pearson Vue.

D. Other Special Licensing Requirements: Must be supervised by a Montana fully licensed sanitarian. Can only be registered for 1 year, then must become licensed sanitarian.

Sanitarian-in-Training Information

SIT - Educational Transcript Checklist

 

Regulations

All of the Statutes and Rules listed here are applicable to this board.

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to sanitarian licensing are written and adopted by the Board of Sanitarians. The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process. The Board of Sanitarians continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by calling (406) 444-2055. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana.

Administrative Rules

Rules Notices

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-307

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and 24.101.403 administrative fees, and the repeal of 24.101.401 purpose, 24.101.407 licensing, and 24.101.414 renewal notification

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-216-22

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.216.402 fee schedule

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-216-21

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.216.502 minimum standards for sanitarians and sanitarians in training, 24.216.503 examination and the adoption of NEW RULE I military training or experience

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-259

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted November 7, 2011

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted January 27, 2012

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-216-20

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.216.402 fee schedule, 24.216.501 applications, 24.216.502 minimum licensure standards, 24.216.503 examination, 24.216.2102 continuing education, amendment and transfer of 24.216.2103 sanitarian-in-training, and the adoption of NEW RULE I inactive status licensure

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-203

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I pertaining to licensee lookup database

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted January 23, 2009

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted July 10, 2009

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-216-19

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.216.402 fees, and 24.216.2103 sanitarian in training

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted January 22, 2009

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted April 23, 2009

Statutes

Complaints

Complaint Information

 

It is the policy, intent, and purpose of the Board of Sanitarians to provide quality regulatory functions and services to the profession it regulates and the public in order to promote, maintain, and preserve an ever-improving high degree of competence in the profession, satisfaction in the public, and an everlasting environment in which the profession operates.

In order to meet its mission, the Board is charged with taking appropriate action for Unprofessional Conduct and Misconduct. You can learn more about the complaint process or file a complaint with the Board here.

Complaint Contact

 

Complaints Contact

Eleanor Webster, Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2386
E-mail: eleanor.webster@mt.gov

Complaint Process

Complaint Form

Complaint Process FAQ


How to File a Complaint

The Department is charged with regulating professions and occupations for the protection of the public as a whole. Although the Department does not represent individuals filing complaints, the Department will review complaints in a timely manner to ensure a complaint is processed and that the Board will take appropriate action.

The length of time for resolution of a complaint is impossible to estimate due to the various complexities presented in individual complaints.

The following types of complaints may be filed:

  • Unprofessional conduct by a licensee;
  • Unprofessional conduct by a license applicant;
  • Unlicensed practice of the profession or occupation.

If an individual is unsure of what constitutes unprofessional conduct and needs a description of the various types, reference to Montana statutes and rules will provide an answer. These are found at your local public library or at the appropriate board site on this web page.

Drop Off or Mail to:
"Name of the Board or Program the complaint pertains to"
Business Standards Division
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200514
Helena, MT 59620-0514

The Complaint Process

This process is used for the Boards that are administered in the Business Standards Division. The various Programs administered in the Division use a similar process.

Important: When filing or responding to a complaint, be as thorough as possible. You may attach additional documents to the complaint form to ensure that all pertinent information has been included. The Screening Panel meeting is NOT a hearing, but is a time for the panel to consider the complaint and response. Attendance is your choice. If you attend the panel may ask additional questions. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend.

After a complaint has been filed against a licensed individual the Compliance Office will send a letter of acknowledgment to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant), and a letter requesting a response (with a copy of the complaint) to the licensee against whom the complaint was filed.

The Licensee may submit a written response addressing the complaint to the Compliance Office. The process continues whether or not a response is submitted. The Complainant is not entitled to a copy of the response.

The Compliance Office will notify the Licensee and Complainant regarding the date and time of any meeting during which the case will be discussed.

Complaints remain confidential unless a Notice of Proposed Board Action is issued, which is a public document along with all subsequent legal filings.

Meetings

  • Closed Meeting - During a Closed Meeting only the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or attorneys for either can be in attendance. Minutes of Closed Meetings are not public documents.
  • Open Meeting - A public meeting which anyone can attend. The minutes of Open meetings are public documents and made available online via the specific Board’s webpage. (Adjudication Panel meetings are usually open.)

Individuals may attend a meeting in person or by telephone. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend the meeting.

Screening Panel

  • Screening Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board. The Screening Panel’s function is to determine the preliminary action(s) to take on a complaint. Possible preliminary actions include dismissal, investigation, or a finding of Reasonable Cause.

The complaint and response (if any) are submitted to the Screening Panel members. The Screening Panel meeting is not a hearing, but rather a committee meeting to review and discuss the complaint and response to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

Dismissal

If the Screening Panel dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice (see definitions below).

  • Dismissal With Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered by the Screening Panel in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the Screening Panel in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

Investigation

Only a member of the Screening Panel can request an investigation of a complaint. If an investigation is requested by the Screening Panel, the case is assigned to an investigator who may request an interview with the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or other individuals. Upon completion of the investigation, a written report is submitted to the Screening Panel, which will then determine if there is Reasonable Cause to proceed with disciplinary action.

Reasonable Cause

  • Reasonable Cause - A finding by the Screening Panel that evidence exists that a violation of statutes and rules has occurred which warrants proceeding with disciplinary action.

If Reasonable Cause is found, the Department Counsel issues a Notice of Proposed Board Action (Notice) to the Licensee. Once a Notice is issued, it is public information. A proposed Stipulation may be included with the Notice.

  • Notice - A legal document from the Department’s Legal Counsel which sets forth the Department’s factual assertions, the statutes or rules relied upon, and advising the licensee of the right to a hearing.
  • Stipulation - A tentative agreement for settlement of the case. A Stipulation is not finalized until approved by the Adjudication Panel.

The Licensee may either sign the Stipulation or contest the proposed action by requesting an administrative Hearing (a legal process before a Hearing Examiner). If the Licensee wishes to request a hearing, written request must be received within twenty (20) days from receipt of the Notice. Failure to either sign a Stipulation or request a hearing within twenty (20) days may result in the issuing of a Final Order of Default against the licensee.

  • Default - the licensee’s acceptance of the disciplinary action demonstrated by failing to participate in the process

Adjudication Panel

  • Adjudication Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board who are NOT on the Screening Panel. The Adjudication Panel determines the final outcome of a case.

The Adjudication Panel reviews the record to determine appropriate sanctions. A Final Order is issued by the Adjudication Panel, completing the complaint process.

Complaint Process Flow

Current license status and information regarding disciplinary action(s) against a licensee can be accessed online at: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

Unlicensed Practice Complaint Process

Department of Labor & Industry - Business Standards Division

PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

When a complaint or other information is received alleging possible unlicensed practice...

  • (If the allegation is not made in the form of a formal written complaint, a complaint form is completed by the Department and a complaint number is assigned.)
  • A copy of the complaint and a request for a written response are mailed to the person against whom the complaint was filed (Respondent).
  • A written acknowledgment that the complaint has been received is mailed to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant)
  • The respondent may submit a letter of response to the complaint. If a written response is not submitted, the complaint process continues without a response.
  • The complainant and the respondent are sent written notify cation of the date, time, and location of any meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

The Board Meeting

  • Unlicensed Practice complaints are addressed by the Full Board in executive session (meaning closed to the public). Board meetings are open to the public unless the chairperson determines an individual’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to know. If so, that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public (only the respondent, complainant, and legal counsel for each (if any) may be present).
  • The complaint and response (if any) are provided to the board members prior to an upcoming board meeting for their review. The board meeting is not a hearing, but rather a meeting at which the information provided is considered and discussed by the board.

DISMISSAL

  • If the board dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice.
  • Dismissal With Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the board in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

  • The board can request an investigator be assigned to gather additional information surrounding the allegations made in the complaint. This may involve interviews with the respondent, the complainant, and possible witnesses.
  • After the investigation has been completed, an investigative report is prepared and presented to the board for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
  • Following the board’s review of the investigative report, a determination is made to either dismiss the complaint or take action in the form of a Cease and Desist or an Injunction.

CEASE & DESIST / INJUNCTION

  • The board may issue a Cease & Desist or seek an Injunction.
  • Cease & Desist–A letter from the administrative agency prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.
  • Injunction-A writ granted by a court prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.

For more information, contact DLI Business Standards Division at 406-841-2300

Education Information

Professional Ethics of Registered Sanitarian

List of Approved Courses

 

Continuing Education:

(1) Continuing education is that education obtained after registration of a sanitarian which is in addition to the educational requirements set by statute for licensure. Continuing education must be related to the practice of the profession of a sanitarian.
(2) A licensee must affirm on licensee's license renewal form that the licensee has obtained a minimum of 15 clock hours (50 to 60 minutes per hour) or 1.5 continuing education units with licensee's renewal form each odd-numbered year.
(3) It is the responsibility of the licensee to maintain records of all affirmed continuing education hours or credits and to provide documentation of compliance if so requested during a random audit. A random audit will be conducted on a biennial basis.
(4) Credit for continuing education shall not be carried over to a subsequent reporting period.
(5) Credit for any continuing education courses, workshops, seminars, educational conferences and other programs is subject to approval by the board.
(6) The following continuing education programs are approved by the board for continuing education credit:
(a) Workshops, seminars and educational conferences sponsored by the National Environmental Health Association, the Montana Environmental Health Association and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services; and
(b) Accreditation and refresher courses in specialized programs (i.e., UST licensure, asbestos accreditation, FDA standardization, etc.) sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency or state agencies.
(7) Continuing education may be obtained by correspondence course work through the National Environmental Health Association, Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration and other organizations, subject to approval by the board.
(8) Any continuing education which has been obtained in another state that meets the continuing education requirements of that state may be approved for credit by the board.
(9) The board may approve a waiver of the continuing education requirement of a registered sanitarian who has retired from active practice of the profession and submits a written request to the board before the renewal date. (History: 37-40-203, MCA; IMP, 37-40-203, MCA; NEW, 1992 MAR p. 1613, Eff. 7/31/92; AMD, 1998 MAR p. 1718, Eff. 6/12/98; TRANS, from Commerce, 2002 MAR p. 1499.)

 

Instructions for Requesting Continuing Education Approval

If the workshop, seminar, or educational conference has not already been approved (see Approved Continuing Education), please complete the Request for Continuing Education Course Approval form and send to the Board Office along with the outline or agenda.

The Continuing Education must be related to the practice of the profession of a sanitarian. The information must be received by the Board Office at least 10 days prior to the Board meeting to be added to the agenda.

Mail:
Board of Sanitarians
301 S Park Ave, 4th Floor
PO Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513

Email:
dlibsdsan@mt.gov

Fax:
406-841-2309 (Attention: Board of Sanitarians)



FAQ

Licensure requirements can be found under the License Information tab of this website. Applications can also be found under this tab as well.

Click here to view FAQ regarding the Department of Labor and Industry administrative suspension process adopted by the board.