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RECERTIFICATION CRITERIA FOR PO WASTEWATER COLLECTION CERTIFICANTS

RECERTIFICATION OVERVIEW

Recertification is a mandatory process that provides C2EP with assurance that a certificant is actively maintaining his or her knowledge and skills. This process must be completed before the end of every 2-year certification cycle. The first recertification cycle begins on the date of initial certification, and expires two years after that initial date of certification. The initial certification date and expiration date are printed on the PO certificate.

To be eligible for recertification, a PO certificant must

  • Reaffirm adherence to the Professional Operator Code of Conduct,
  • Complete and document the required number of approved continuing education contact hours over the course of their two-year certification cycle, and
  • Pay all applicable fees.

Eligibility criteria for recertification are detailed below; for more information regarding the recertification process and fees, visit PO Wastewater Collection Recertification Process.


CODE OF CONDUCT

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


CONTINUING EDUCATION

Over the course of the two-year certification cycle, a certificant must complete and submit documentation of the number of contact hours of continuing education required for the class level of his or her certification.

RECERTIFICATION CRITERIA:

CONTINUING EDUCATION CONTACT HOUR REQUIREMENTS

Class I

16 contact hours

Class II

16 contact hours

Class III

20 contact hours

Class IV

24 contact hours

 alertIconFifty percent of the continuing education hours submitted for recertification credit may not be applied to any other C2EP recertification.

CONTINUING EDUCATION 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

APPROVED TOPICS FOR RECERTIFICATION

All continuing education submitted for recertification credit must be on approved topics as summarized by the chart below.

Recertification 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 continuing education credit if a certificate of attendance with contact hours/CEUs is provided.

DEFINITION:

APPROVED TOPICS FOR WASTEWATER COLLECTION RECERTIFICATION

Operate Equipment

Examples: backhoe operator - blowers/compressors - boring equipment - cathodic protection devices - chemical feeders - cleaning equipment - computers - electrical controls - engines - excavating equipment - flow monitoring equipment - generators - hand tools - heavy vehicles - high velocity cleaners - inspection equipment - motors - overflows and bypass control - power tools - pumps - rodding equipment - safety equipment - stand-by/auxiliary/support equipment - tapping equipment - valves - variable speed drives

Evaluate and Maintain Equipment

Perform Maintenance on Equipment

Examples: blowers/compressors - calibration of chemical feeders - cleaning equipment - electrical controls - engines - excavating equipment - flow monitoring equipment - generators - hand tools - heavy vehicles - high velocity cleaners - inspection equipment - motors - power tools - pumps - rodding equipment - safety equipment - tapping equipment - valves - variable speed drives

Evaluate Operation of Equipment

Examples: energy efficiency/energy conservation at water/wastewater facilities - generators/switchgear - hydraulic and pneumatic equipment - inspect equipment for abnormal conditions - measure temperature of equipment - read charts - read gauges - read meters - troubleshoot electrical equipment

Maintain and Restore Wastewater Collection System

Clean System

Examples: dye testing - hydraulic cleaning - inspect system - inspection/condition assessment - inspection equipment - issues/service laterals - jet rodding - physical inspection - private property - remove stoppage - rodding - root control - sanitary surveys/plant/system inspections - televising

Rehabilitate and Repair System

Examples: capacity, management, operation and maintenance - cathodic protection - cleaning/flushing/pigging - manhole  - leak detection - lift station fitting and piping - manholes - pipe, valves, fittings - rehabilitation - right-of-way management/maintenance - sewer lines - taps - trenchless technologies for pipe rehabilitation

Maintain Lift Stations

Electrical

Examples: engines/drives - fuses - motor control centers - motors - relays - starters - variable frequency drives

Electronic

Examples: alarms - controllers - gas detection - level detection - remote transmitting units

Mechanical

Examples: piping - pressure relief valves - pre-treatment - pumps - screens/grinders/comminutors - valves - wet wells

Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust Wastewater Collection System

Examples: aeration for hydrogen sulfide control - biological filters for odor control - chemical addition for hydrogen sulfide control - chemical storage/feed systems - cross connections - cross connection/backflow prevention equipment - electrical controls/SCADA   - fats, oil and grease removal - flow measurement: open channel/pipe - flow monitoring - force mains - gravity sewers - grit removal - infiltration, inflow, exfiltration - instrumentation - level sensing equipment - lift stations - manholes - measuring and control systems - odor control - programmable logic controllers - pressure sewers - sampling/analysis - septage receiving and treatment - service lines/connections - SSO/CSO reduction - stormwater separation - wastewater sources/characteristics - vacuum sewers

Perform Security, Safety, and Administrative Procedures

Administer System

Examples: administer safety compliance program - community/public relations/complaint response - compliance - construction inspection/ documentation/ design build - develop budget - develop capital improvement plan - develop operation and maintenance plan - evaluate employee performance - federal/state financing programs - finance, rate setting - FOG management programs - hire employees - industrial pretreatment programs/source control - legal issues for water/wastewater utilities - maintain records - monitoring/reporting/records management - nine minimum controls for combined systems for combined systems - perform workplace safety evaluations - plan and organize work activities - project management - record and evaluate data - regulations - respond to public complaints - risk management - sewer use ordinances and moratoriums - supervise employee work activities - supervision and personnel management/ communication skills - surface water/groundwater/watershed protection - wet weather control procedures - write reports

Safety Procedures

Examples: calibration of atmospheric testing devices - chemical spill - chlorine safety - confined space entry - electrical hazards - fires - first aid - hazard communication/right-to-know - hazardous material - infectious disease - lifting - lockout/tagout - personal protection equipment - respiratory protection - safe handling of materials - shoring - traffic control - trenching/excavation - water/blood-borne pathogens

Emergency Plans

Examples: combined sewer overflows - disasters - emergency response planning/security training - manhole hazards - sanitary sewer overflow - system failure - spill response

Wastewater Collection General

Examples: basic computers - basic electricity for operators - basic hydraulics - geographic info systems (GIS) - math for operators - problem solving/troubleshooting/decision making - training/teaching skills - water chemistry - water microbiology

DOCUMENTATION OF CONTINUING EDUCATION

Documentation of continuing education should contain course title, instructor or sponsoring agency, date of completion, and number of contact hours.

GRANTING CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT

All continuing education submitted for credit is subject to review and approval by C2EP. Credit is granted only after the continuing education activity has been completed and documented. Contact hours earned by taking a single course more than one time during a two-year cycle will be given credit only once. All hours must be earned within the two-year lifetime of the certification.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT DENIAL

C2EP reserves the right to deny credits for any continuing education that fails to meet C2EP requirements. While the number of hours indicated on the submitted continuing education documentation will be considered, C2EP reserves the right to make all final determinations on the number of hours given credit for each continuing education activity. C2EP will notify the certificant when credits are reduced or denied.

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