Wastewater Operator Certification Program

DEP Announces Computer Based Testing (CBT)

Letter from Commissioner Aho

CBT Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction
Contact
Statutory sections
Rules
Forms
Supplemental materials
Useful links

Introduction

The Division of Water Quality Management oversees the Wastewater Operation Certification Program. Day-to-day administration of the program is handled by the Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee (JETCC) staff. Operators of publicly owned and industrial wastewater treatment plants must be certified by the Department. Treatment plants are classified Grades I-V according to population equivalents and type of treatment. Certification for each operator Grade I-V is based on education and experience. There are provisions for substituting education for experience as well as certain work experience for actual treatment plant experience for certification in Grades I through III. Certification as a Grade IV or Grade V operator requires actual experience working as an operator at a wastewater treatment plant. Operators are certified through examinations which are given in May and November each year. Operators must renew their certification every other year by showing evidence that they have completed eighteen (18) hours of approved training and paying a renewal fee. Certificates which are not renewed become inactive for a period of two years. Unless then operator reinstates the certificate during that period, their license is revoked and they must pass the appropriate examination to regain their certificate.

Contacts

Statutory sections

Rules

  • Chapter 531. Regulations for Waste Water Operator's Certification Program.

Forms

Supplemental materials

Useful links  (off-site)