(a) To be eligible to be certified as a sanitarian, the applicant must:
(1) Be of good moral character;
(2) Have a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university;
(3) Successfully complete a sanitarian's training course of a minimum of three hundred hours, as approved by the board; and
(4) Have at least two years of experience in the field of public health sanitation and environmental health science.
(b) An applicant may substitute a successfully completed master's or higher degree in public health, environmental science, sanitary science, community hygiene or other science field as approved by the board for one of the required years of experience.
(c) A person who is registered as a sanitarian-in-training by the board and on or before July 1, 2010, has two or more years of experience in the field of public health sanitation and environmental health science, as approved by the board, shall for all purposes be considered certified under this article: Provided, That such a person must renew pursuant to the provisions of this article.