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ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR PO WATER TREATMENT CERTIFICATION

OVERVIEW

Eligibility criteria to complete the certification examination and earn C2EP’s Professional Operator Water Treatment certification are summarized below.

  Please note:

·         An individual may only advance through PO certification sequentially; in order to advance beyond class I, an individual must hold an active certification in addition to meeting the eligibility criteria for the next class level.

·         Specific information about each eligibility criteria, including allowable substitutions for some post-secondary education and operating experience, is detailed below the summary.

·         Applicants must document any claims of qualification or eligibility to be considered during the application review.

It is very important that applicants read and fully understand all eligibility criteria prior to submitting their applications and non-refundable fees. To learn about the application process and fees, visit PO Water Treatment Application Process.

SUMMARY OF PO WATER TREATMENT OPERATOR ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

 

Core Requirements

Flexible Requirements
(Substitutions Available)


General Education

 

Code of Conduct


Current Water Treatment Operator Certification

MINIMUM
Post-secondary/ Continuing Education Contact Hours

MINIMUM
Operating Experience

ADDITIONAL
Post-secondary/ Continuing Education Contact Hours

ADDITIONAL
Operating Experience

Class I

ü

ü

NA

90

6 months

NA

6 months

Class II

ü

ü

ü

180

18 months

NA

18 months

Class III

ü

ü

ü

450

24 months DRC

450

24 months

Class IV

ü

ü

ü

900

24 months DRC

900

24 months

CODE OF CONDUCT

Applicants must agree to the Professional Operator Code of Conduct. The applicant is responsible for upholding the Code throughout the application process and lifetime of the certification, once earned.

CURRENT WATER TREATMENT OPERATOR CERTIFICATION

Class II-IV applicants must hold a valid, current water treatment operator certification. An individual may typically only advance through PO certification sequentially, from the lowest class to the highest class. However, an applicant with a valid jurisdictional water treatment operator certification can be evaluated at the highest water treatment operator class for which the applicant can satisfy the eligibility requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION

An applicant for any Class I-IV certification must have completed ONE form of general education as outlined in the chart below.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: GENERAL EDUCATION

ONE of the following is required:

·         High school diploma;

·         General Equivalency Diploma (GED);

·         Foreign education credential evaluated as equivalent to a US high school diploma;

·         Diploma or degree from an accredited post-secondary institution;

·         Technical certification from an accredited institution; or

·         Certificate of completion, or similar, from a registered apprenticeship program.

DOCUMENTATION OF GENERAL EDUCATION

Acceptable documentation of general education includes

·         Copy of original high school diploma;

·         Copy of college transcripts including a record of pertinent high school diploma information including name, institution, and date of graduation;

·         Copy of GED document;

·         Copy of evaluation document from an Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE) or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member credential evaluation service;

·         Copy of diploma or degree from an accredited institution;

·         Copy of certificate from an accredited technical education institution; and

·         Copy of certificate of completion, or similar, from a registered apprenticeship program.

DOCUMENTATION OF GENERAL EDUCATION EARNED OUTSIDE OF THE USA OR CANADA

Applicants submitting a general education credential earned outside the United States or Canada must include a credential evaluation from an AICE or NACES member with their application. To be considered for eligibility, the evaluation must indicate equivalency to a US High School Diploma or higher credential. Any fees or materials required for a credential evaluation are the responsibility of the applicant.

POST-SECONDARY/CONTINUING EDUCATION

An applicant must document completion of the required number of contact hours of post-secondary education in a subject related to water treatment operations.

Class III and IV applicants may substitute up to one-half of the total post-secondary education requirement (see Allowable Substitution of DRC Experience for Post-secondary Education). No substitution for post-secondary education is allowed at Class I or II.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: POST-SECONDARY/

CONTINUING EDUCATION CONTACT HOURS

 

Minimum

(No Substitutions)

Flexible

(Substitutions Available)

Total

Class I

90

NA

90

Class II

180

NA

180

Class III

450

450

900

Class IV

900

900

1,800

DIRECTLY RELATED EDUCATION

All post-secondary/continuing education must be related as summarized by the chart below.

Post-secondary/continuing education credit will not be given for presentations, writing/publishing articles, or teaching courses.

Annual meetings/conferences/workshops that meet approved topic guidelines may be accepted for post-secondary education credit if a certificate of attendance with contact hours/CEUs is provided. 

DEFINITION: RELATED POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION SUBJECTS FOR WATER TREATMENT

Applied Electronics

Biology

Chemistry

Computer Science

Electrical Studies

Engineering

Environmental Science

Industrial Technology

Maintenance

Management

Math

Microbiology

Oral Communication

Physics

Public Administration

Public Health

Public Relations

Safety

Technical Communication

Wastewater

Water

CONTACT HOUR EQUIVALENCIES

Post-secondary/continuing education can be converted to contact hours using the equivalencies detailed in the chart below.

DEFINITION: POST-SECONDARY/CONTINUING EDUCATION

CONTACT HOUR EQUIVALENCIES

1 Contact Hour =

1

CEH - Continuing Education Hour

1

CPE - Continuing Professional Education

1

PDH - Professional Development Hour

1

RTC - Renewal Training Credit

1

TCH - Training Contact Hour

1

TC - Training Credit

1

TH - Training Hour

10 Contact Hours =

1

TU - Training Unit

1

CEU - Continuing Education Unit (IACET)

1

CEC - Continuing Education Credit

1

Quarter Credit from an accredited college or university

15 Contact Hours =

1

Semester Course Credit from an accredited college or university

GRANTING OR DENYING CREDIT

All post-secondary education submitted for credit is subject to review and approval by C2EP. Credit is granted only after the post-secondary education activity has been completed and documented.

C2EP reserves the right to deny credits for any post-secondary education that fails to meet C2EP requirements. While the number of hours indicated on the submitted post-secondary education documentation will be considered, C2EP reserves the right to make all final determinations on the number of hours given credit for each post-secondary education activity.

DOCUMENTATION OF POST-SECONDARY/CONTINUING EDUCATION

Documentation of post-secondary education can typically be accomplished with:

·         Transcripts;

·         Diplomas;

·         Certificates; or

·         Other such formal documents issued by an educational institution.

ALLOWABLE SUBSTITUTION OF DRC EXPERIENCE FOR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION (CLASSES III AND IV)

Class III and Class IV applicants may substitute DRC experience above and beyond that required to meet the operating experience eligibility criteria to satisfy the post-secondary education eligibility criteria as summarized in the chart below.

This substitution may be applied at a rate of 1 month DRC experience = 37.5 contact hours.

ALLOWABLE SUBSTITUTION: DRC EXPERIENCE

FOR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

Class III

 

A maximum of 1 year of DRC experience may be substituted for 450 contact hours of post-secondary education.

Class IV

A maximum of 2 years of DRC experience may be substituted for 900 contact hours of post-secondary education.

 DRC experience applied to the post-secondary education requirement may not also be applied to the operating or direct responsible charge experience eligibility criteria.

OPERATING EXPERIENCE

An applicant must document the minimum number of years of operating experience and, for Classes III and IV, the minimum number of years of DRC experience directly related to the type of certification being sought.

Applicants may substitute up to one-half of the total operating experience requirement with related experience or additional post-secondary education above and beyond that required to satisfy the operating experience eligibility criteria. No substitutions may be made for the DRC portion of the total operating experience requirement for Class III or IV applicants. For details on allowable substitutions, see Allowable Substitutions of Related Experience for Operating Experience and Allowable Substitutions of Post-secondary Education for Operating Experience.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: OPERATING EXPERIENCE

 

Minimum

(No Substitutions)

Flexible

(Substitutions Available)

Total

Class I

6 months

6 months

12 months

Class II

18 months

18 months

36 months

Class III

24 months DRC

24 months

48 months

Class IV

24 months DRC

24 months

48 months

APPROVED DUTIES FOR WATER TREATMENT OPERATING EXPERIENCE

Acceptable water treatment operating experience must correlate to the approved duties summarized in the chart below.

DEFINITION: APPROVED DUTIES FOR

WATER TREATMENT OPERATING EXPERIENCE

Comply with Drinking Water Regulations

Evaluate Characteristics of Source Water

Laboratory Analysis

Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust Treatment Processes

Operate and Maintain Equipment

Perform Security, Safety, and Administrative Procedures

Staff Training

Standard Operating Procedure Authoring

DOCUMENTATION OF OPERATING EXPERIENCE

Applicants can best document their experience by submitting a letter from a current or past supervisor who can attest to time spent in operations and the specific duties performed. Formal employment records are also sufficient.

ALLOWABLE SUBSTITUTIONS OF RELATED EXPERIENCE FOR OPERATING EXPERIENCE (CLASSES I AND II)

Class I and Class II applicants may substitute related experience for operating experience to satisfy the flexible portion of the operating experience eligibility criteria as outlined in the chart below.

This substitution may be applied at a rate of 2 months related experience = 1 month operating experience.

ALLOWABLE SUBSTITUTION:

RELATED EXPERIENCE FOR OPERATING EXPERIENCE

Class I

Up to 12 months of related experience may be substituted for up to 6 months of operating experience.

Class II

Up to 36 months of related experience may be substituted for up to 18 months of operating experience.

Acceptable related experience for water treatment operator certification applicants is summarized in the chart below.

DEFINITION: ACCEPTABLE RELATED EXPERIENCE FOR WATER TREATMENT

Engineer*

Plant maintenance technologist**

Wastewater collection operator

Wastewater treatment operator

Water distribution operator

Water/wastewater lab technician*

* Must be experience obtained in a water/wastewater facility/system or in a facility/system similar to a water/wastewater facility/system.

** Duties of plant maintenance technologists accepted as “related” consist of maintenance of instrumentation, machines, mechanical systems, or electrical systems, plumbing and pipe-fitting.

If using related experience to substitute for operating experience, applicants should document related work history as they would document operating experience.

ALLOWABLE SUBSTITUTIONS OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR OPERATING EXPERIENCE (CLASSES II-IV)

Class II-IV applicants may substitute post-secondary education above and beyond that specified in Post-secondary/Continuing Education to satisfy the operating experience eligibility criteria as outlined in the chart below.

This substitution may be applied at a rate of 37.5 contact hours of post-secondary education = 1 month of operating experience.

ALLOWABLE SUBSTITUTION:

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR OPERATING EXPERIENCE

Class II

A maximum of 675 contact hours of post-secondary education in a subject directly related to the type of certification being sought may be substituted for 18 months of operating experience.

Class III

A maximum of 900 contact hours of post-secondary education in a subject directly related to the type of certification being sought may be substituted for 24 months of operating experience.

Class IV

A maximum of 900 contact hours of post-secondary education in a subject directly related to the type of certification being sought may be substituted for 24 months of operating experience.

 Post-secondary education applied to the operating experience requirement may not also be applied to the post-secondary/continuing education eligibility criteria.


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