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RECERTIFICATION CRITERIA FOR PO WASTEWATER TREATMENT 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 Treatment 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 TREATMENT RECERTIFICATION

Evaluate Physical Characteristics of Wastestream

Examples: color - flow - foam - influent/sidestream characterization - mixing - odor - sampling/analysis - solids concentration - SSO/CSO reduction - temperature - volume/loading 

Perform Security, Safety, and Administrative Procedures

Apply Safety Procedures
Examples: blood borne pathogens - waterborne pathogens - chlorine safety - confined space - electrical hazards - hazard communication/right-to-know - lab safety - lockout/tagout - personal protective equipment/respiratory protection - safe handling of materials - spill response
Chemical Hazards
Examples: chemical hazard communication - chemical spill response
Personal Protective Equipment
Examples: other personal protective equipment - respiratory protection - self-contained breathing apparatus 
General Safety and Health
Examples: confined space entry
- emergency eyewash/shower - fire suppression - first aid - health and safety program implementation - lifting - personal hygiene - slips, trips, and falls 
Establish and Follow Emergency Preparedness Plan
Examples: emergency response planning/security training - facility upset - major spill response - natural disasters
Record Information
Examples: compliance - corrective actions - facility operation - financial - laboratory - maintenance - records and reports: monitoring/reporting/records management - respond to complaints - write reports

Evaluate and Maintain Equipment

Evaluate Equipment

Examples: calibrate chemical feeders - check and evaluate capacity of equipment - check speed of equipment - electrical grounding - inspect equipment for abnormal conditions - measure and evaluate head loss - measure temperature of equipment - pipe, valves, fittings - read and evaluate charts - read and evaluate gauges - read and evaluate meter results
Perform Preventative and Corrective Maintenance
Examples: aerators - backflow prevention devices - bar screens - bioreactors - blowers and compressors - boilers - cathodic protection systems - chemical feeders - chlorinators - clarifiers - comminuters - corrosion control - dewatering equipment - digesters (aerobic/anaerobic) - drives - engines - fittings/piping - flow measuring devices - gates - generators - grit collectors - heat exchangers - hydraulic equipment - hypochlorinators - instrumentation - lockout/tagout - motors - off-gas equipment - ozonators - pneumatic equipment - pumps - safety equipment - screw conveyors - valves

Operate Equipment

Examples: aeration equipment - backflow prevention devices - backhoe - belt filter presses - blowers and compressors - blowers and compressors - boilers - cathodic prevention systems - centrifuges - chemical feeders - chemical storage - computers - cross connection/backflow prevention equipment - digesters and gas collection - drives - electrical controls/SCADA - electronic testing equipment - engines - flow measuring devices - flow monitoring/level sensing equipment - gates - generators - hand and power tools - heat exchangers - heavy vehicles - hydraulic equipment - instrumentation - mechanical process equipment - mixers - motor control centers - motors - odor control - off-gas  equipment - pneumatic equipment - programmable logic controllers - pumping/lift stations - pumps - pure oxygen generators - stand-by/aux/support equip - switchgear - valves - variable frequency drives

Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust Treatment Processes

Preliminary Treatment
Examples: comminution
- flow equalization - grinders - grit removal - plant pumping of main flow - screening - septage receiving and treatment - wet weather control procedures
Primary Treatment
Examples: clarifiers - fats, oil, and grease removal - sedimentation
Secondary Treatment
Examples: complete mix activated sludge - contact stabilization activated sludge - conventional activated sludge - coupled systems: TF/AS, TF/SC - extended aeration activated sludge - fixed-film bioreactor - natural systems - lagoons, constructed wetlands, etc. - oxidation ditches - pure oxygen activated sludge - rotating biological contactors - secondary clarifiers - sequencing batch reactors - stabilization ponds (with or without aeration) - step-feed activated sludge - trickling filter
Tertiary Treatment
Examples: advanced biological/chemical treatment - adv
anced chemical/physical waste treatment - advanced waste treatment - chemical recover, carbon regeneration -  advanced waste treatment - nutrient removal - ion exchange for advanced waste treatment - media filtration - membrane processes: membrane bioreactors and effluent filtration - reverse osmosis, electrodialysis and other membrane filtration - sand/media filters
Disinfection
Examples: chlorination - dechlorination - hypochlorination - ozonation - ultraviolet irradiation
Chemical Addition
Examples: chemical storage/handling - dry chemical addition - gaseous chemical addition - liquid chemical addition
Effluent Discharge
Examples:
effluent discharge for reuse - effluent discharge to receiving stream - TMDLs
Solids Handling
Examples: aerobic digestion - anaerobic digestion - belt press - centrifuge - compost - condition - drying bed - incinerate - land apply - landfill - pressure filter - stabilize - storage - thicken

Laboratory Analysis

Examples: alkalinity - ammonia nitrogen - biological analyses - biochemical oxygen demand - chemical analyses - chemical oxygen demand - chlorine residual - complete chain-of-custody - conductivity - dissolved metals - dissolved oxygen - e. coli - fecal coliform bacteria - general sampling practices - heavy metals - hexavalent chromium - ortho-phosphate - oxidation-reduction potential - oxygen uptake/respiration - pH - physical analyses - protozoan analysis - settleable solids - total dissolved solids - total phosphorus - total solids - total suspended solids - turbidity - temperature - volatile acids - volatile organic chemicals - whole effluent toxicity - volatile suspended solids

Wastewater Treatment General

Examples: basic computers - basic electricity for operators - basic hydraulics - capacity, management, operation and maintenance - community/public relations/complaint response - energy efficiency/ energy conservation at water/wastewater facilities - finance, budget, rate setting - flow measurement: open channel/pipe - FOG management programs - industrial pretreatment programs/ source control - legal issues for water/wastewater utilities - math for operators - overflows and bypass control - planning/organization/project management - problem-solving/ troubleshooting/decision making - process control techniques - process optimization - regulations - risk management - sanitary surveys/plant/system inspections - sewer use ordinances and moratoriums - supervision and personnel management/communication skills - 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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