Wastewater Treatment Plant

Wastewater Operator Certification Program

Introduction

When wastewater treatment plants are properly operated, public health and the state's waters are protected. This certification program is working to help ensure that operators meet the established requirements and are competent to operate and maintain wastewater treatment plants.

More and more water is becoming polluted and must be treated before it can be used safely. If you're interested in protecting Washington's water and want to become certified, you've come to the right website.

Email, fax, or mail all correspondence and professional growth documents to:
Email: 
poca461@ecy.wa.gov
Fax:  360-407-6426
Mail:  Department of Ecology
Wastewater Operator Certification
PO Box 47696
Olympia, WA 98504-7696

Mail all payments to:
Department of Ecology
Cashiering Section
PO Box 47611
Olympia, WA 98504-7611


Exam Deadlines: None - Computer-based exams are administered Monday through Friday, twice a day.  There are no scheduled exam dates or application deadlines. Applicants can apply for the exam when they meet the qualifications.

Qualification Requirements for Operator Certification
There are five levels of wastewater certification in Washington - Operator in Training (OIT) - Group IV.  Each level of certification has minimum education and experience requirements and requires the applicant to take and pass an exam.  All require a high school diploma or GED, in addition:

OIT – requires 3 months of domestic wastewater treatment plant operating experience, 3 college credits or continuing education units (CEU) in something relevant to wastewater can be substituted for the operating experience.

Group I – requires 1 year of domestic wastewater treatment plant operating experience, there is no substitution for the operating experience.

Group II – requires 3 years of domestic wastewater treatment plant operating experience, up to half (one year six months) can be substituted with relevant experience or education.

Group III – requires 90 credits or CEUs relevant to wastewater and 4 years of domestic wastewater treatment plant operating experience with at least 2 years at a Class II or higher plant. Excess operating experience can be used to substitute for the education at a rate of 1 year of excess experience for the first year of education and 3 years of excess experience for the second year of education. Up to half (two years) of the operating experience can be substituted with relevant experience or excess education relevant to wastewater.

Group IV – requires 180 credits or CEUs in education that’s relevant to wastewater and 4 years of domestic wastewater treatment plant operating experience with at least 2 years at a Class III or higher plant. Excess operating experience can be used to substitute for the education at a rate of 1 year each of excess experience for the first two years of education and 3 years each of excess experience for the second two years of education. Up to half (two years) of the operating experience can be substituted with relevant experience or excess education relevant to wastewater as long as 2 years of operating experience is at a Class III or higher plant.

Who to Contact for Assistance
For more information please contact Ecology's Wastewater Operator Certification Program:

Poppy Carre
360-407-6449
or 1-800-633-6193 (toll free within the state)
360-407-6426 fax
Email: poca461@ecy.wa.gov

RaChelle Rodriguez
360-407-6889
360-407-6426 fax
Email: rcla461@ecy.wa.gov

IMPORTANT: We are preparing Final Revocation Notices for March 10th. If you are not renewing your certification, or if you mailed in payment but haven't received your validation card, please email: poca461@ecy.wa.gov & rcla461@ecy.wa.gov. If you plan to renew your certification, mail in your renewal fee immediately. Note: Should your certification not be renewed, you will be required to reapply and retake the exam to be certified.

Exam Fee Increase 2014  Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) exam administration fee increased January 1, 2014. The fee increased from $61 to $64. The total exam fees went up from $90 to $93.

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Professional Growth (PG): We are currently in the 1/1/13-12/31/15 Professional growth period. We are entering training documents into our database as we receive them. You can view your current PG transcripts through Secure Access Washington (SAW). If you haven’t created a SAW account, the registration instructions are on the Training & CEUs page on the OpCert website. 

View your current PG data online after registering with a SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account.

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