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Division of Compliance Assistance
Operator Training

The Certification and Licensing Branch offers multiple continuing education courses across the Commonwealth that can be used for renewal purposes. In addition to the continuing education courses, the branch also provides certification preparatory training during its certification schools. Department data shows that operators who attend the certification preparatory training have a greater success rate passing the examination than those operators who do not attend the certification preparatory training.

The Certification and Licensing Branch publishes a training schedule each year that will contain a list of certification schools and exam-only events offered throughout the calendar year. Continuing education courses will be scheduled in four-month increments. This gives the program flexibility to offer courses that are important to operators and address new topics or issues as they arise.

Current Training Schedule​​​

Solid waste training is held annually in Frankfort for landfill, landfarm and compost operators. See the solid waste Web page for more information.  

*Wastewater Collection Certification School Change*

Beginning in January 2013, wastewater collection certification school will be three days in length for all certification levels, and the exam will be given on day four of the event. The cost for the collection certification school and exam will be $190 ($100 certification application fee; $90 training fee). 

Is training available through external providers?

Certified operators may also obtain their continuing education from an external training provider. The training must be approved by the cabinet and the appropriate certification board before the operator will be given credit for the training hours. The following link is a list of alternate providers of board-approved continuing education courses. Operators will need to contact the providers for course information.

Alternative Training Providers

How do I register for training provided by the Certification and Licensing Branch?

Individuals may register for any training event provided by the Certification and Licensing Branch by submitting the Registration Form for Exams and Training or by registering electronically through the cabinet Web site using the E-Search link. The electronic process eliminates the hassle of completing the registration form and mailing checks.

Where can I locate a copy of the Registration Form for Exams and Training?

All forms necessary for the application, registration and renewal of drinking water and wastewater operator certification are available on the department's forms library.

Lodging Discounts for Operators

The Certification and Licensing Program and the Kentucky Department of Parks have teamed up to offer lodging discounts to operators who attend the program's certification training. For calendar year 2012, the special rate of $64.95 per room/night will be available to operators who reference Code EEC12 when making their reservations at the state parks. Reservations should be made as soon as possible since the block of rooms will be released 30 days out from the date of training. 

The Certification and Licensing Program also teamed up with specific hotels to offer lodging discounts to operators who attend the certification training that is not held at a state park. Those hotels and associated rates are listed below. To obtain more information about each hotel, click the hotel name for an active link to its website. When making reservations, make sure to reference the course title of the event you are attending.

Quality Inn & Suites, 7915 US Hwy. 42, Florence, KY 41042, 859-371-4700, $45.99 per room/night. Driving Directions

Best Western Plus Madisonville Inn, 1891 Lantaff Blvd., Madisonville, KY 42431, 270-821-2121, $78.10 per room/night. Driving Directions

Hampton Inn, 2075 US Hwy. 192, London, KY 40741, 606-877-1000, $69 per room/night. Driving Directions

Holiday Inn, 2910 Ft. Campbell Blvd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240, $77 per room/night. Driving Directions

Are there materials available to help me prepare for the exam?

Yes, check out the test preparation page to find materials to aid you in preparing for drinking water and wastewater exams. 

Are there continuing education requirements for each certification level?

Certified treatment, distribution, collection and bottled water operators must complete a minimum number of continuing education hours in order to renew their licenses.

 

 Continuing Education Requirements for Certification

 
Certification Level
Continuing Education Hours Required
Limited (only available for operators working for a school water treatment plant or for a semipublic water supply; or for operators working for a school wastewater treatment plant and collection system.
12 hours
Class I and Class II
12 hours
Class III and Class IV
24 hours
Class I-OIT and Class II-OIT
12 hours
Class III-OIT and Class IV-OIT
24 hours

Hotline

800-926-8111