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 Wastewater Treatment Operator Certification Requirements

 
Certification Level
Education
Experience
Limited
Minimal level of education is not required.
Minimal level of experience is not required.
Class I-OIT
High school diploma or GED is required. 
Experience is not required. 
Class I
High school diploma or GED is required. 
One year of acceptable operation of a wastewater treatment plan shall be required. 
Class II
High school diploma or GED is required. 
Two years of acceptable operation of a wastewater treatment plant shall be required. 
Class III
High school diploma or GED is required.
Three years of acceptable operation of a wastewater treatment plant with one year of that experience in a wastewater treatment plant with a design capacity greater than 50,000 gallons per day shall be required. 
Class IV
Baccalaureate in engineering, science or equivalent is required.
At least five years of acceptable operation of a wastewater treatment plant shall be required. Three years of the required experience shall be at a wastewater treatment plant with a design capacity greater than 2 million gallons per day.  At least two years of primary responsibility in a wastewater treatment plant with a design capacity greater than two 2 million gallons per day shall be required. 
 

 Wastewater Collection System Operator Certification Requirements

 
Certification Level
Education
Experience
Class I-OIT
High school diploma or GED is required
Experience is not required. 
Class I
High school diploma or GED is required.
One year of acceptable operation of a wastewater collection systems shall be required. 
Class II
High School diploma or GED is required.
Two years of acceptable operation of a wastewater collection system shall be required. 
Class III
High School diploma or GED is required.
Three years of acceptable operation of a wastewater collection system with one year of that experience in a wastewater collection system that transports wastewater to a treatment plant with a design capacity of greater than 50,000 gallons per day shall be required. 
Class IV
Baccalaureate degree in engineering, environmental technology; biological, physical or chemical sciences or equivalent is required. 
At least five years of acceptable operation of a wastewater collection system shall be required.  Three years of the required experience shall be in a wastewater collection system that transports wastewater to a treatment plant that has a design capacity of greater that 2 million gallons per day.  At least two years of primary responsibility in a wastewater collection system that transports wastewater to a treatment plant with a design capacity of greater than 2 million gallons per day shall be required. 
 

 Water Treatment Operator Certification Requirements

 
Certification Level
Education
Experience
Limited (only available for operators working for a school water treatment plant or for a semipublic water supply)
Minimal level of education is not required.
Minimal level of experience is not required.
Class IA-D
High school diploma or GED is required.
One year of experience operating a Class IA-D or higher public water system.
Class IB-D
High school diploma or GED is required.
One year of experience operating a Class IB-D or higher public water system.
Class IIA
High school diploma or GED is required.
Two years of experience operating a public water treatment plant, with six months of that experience in a Class IIA, IIIA or IVA treatment plant.
Class IIB-D
High school diploma or GED is required.
Two years of experience operating a public water system with six months of that experience in a Class IA-D, IIB-D or higher treatment plant.
Class IIIA
High school diploma or GED is required.
Three years of experience operating a public water treatment plant, with one year of that experience in a Class IIA, IIIA or IVA water treatment plant.
Class IIIB
High school diploma or GED is required.
Three years of experience operating a public water treatment plant, with one year of that experience in a Class IIA, IIB-D, IIIA, IIIB, IVA or IVB water treatment plant.
Class IVA
Baccalaureate degree in engineering, science or equivalent from an accredited college or university.
One year of experience operating a Class IIIA or Class IVA water treatment plant.
Class IVB
Baccalaureate degree in engineering, science or equivalent from an accredited college or university.
One year of experience operating a Class IIIA, IIIB, IVA or IVB water treatment plant.
 

 Water Distribution System Operator Certification Requirements

 
  
Education
Experience
Class ID
High school diploma or GED is required.
One year of experience operating a distribution system.
Class IID
High school diploma or GED is required.
Two years of experience operating a distribution system, with six months of that experience in a Class IID, IIID or IVD distribution system.
Class IIID
High school diploma or GED is required.
Three years of experience operating a distribution system, with one year of that experience in a Class IID, IIID or IVD distribution system.
Class IVD
Baccalaureate degree in engineering, science or equivalent from an accredited college or university.
One year of experience operating a Class IIID or IVD distribution system.
 

 Bottled Water System Operator Certification Requirements

 
  
  
Experience
BWHigh school diploma or GED is required.
One year of experience operating a bottled water system.