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RECERTIFICATION CRITERIA FOR PO WATER DISTRIBUTION 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 Water Distribution 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 WATER DISTRIBUTION RECERTIFICATION

System Information/Components

Examples: assess system demand - flow measurement: open channel and pipe - geographic information systems - install joint restraints - install shoring - install thrust blocks - instrumentation - layout system - level sensing equipment - map system - mapping, locating, tracer wire - metering - perform pressure readings - plant and distribution storage - preparedness contingency plan - programmable logic controllers - read blueprints - select materials - select pipes - size mains - write plans - water audits

Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust Disinfection

Monitor Disinfection

Examples: calcium hypochlorite disinfection - chlorine gas disinfection - sodium hypochlorite

Evaluate Disinfection

Examples: calcium hypochlorite disinfection - chlorination optimization - chlorine gas disinfection - sodium hypochlorite

Adjust Disinfection

Examples: calcium hypochlorite disinfection - chlorine gas disinfection - dechlorination - sodium hypochlorite

Inspect Source Water

Examples: Identify and evaluate potential sources of source water contamination - wells

Laboratory Analysis

Collect and Preserve Samples

Examples: bacteriological sampling procedures - chlorine demand - chlorine residual - coliforms - lead/copper - nitrate - nitrite - pH - radionuclides - synthetic organic chemicals - temperature - volatile organic chemicals 

Perform Laboratory Analysis

Examples: chlorine demand - chlorine residual - pH - temperature

Interpret Laboratory Analysis

Examples: chlorine demand - chlorine residual - coliforms - hardness - iron - lead/copper - nitrate - nitrite - pH - radionuclides - synthetic organic chemicals - temperature - turbidity - volatile organic chemicals

Install Equipment

Examples: backflow prevention devices - hydrants - meters - piping - service connections - taps - valves - water mains

Operate Equipment

Examples: blowers/compressors -  booster pumping stations - chemical feeders - chemical storage - chlorinators - computers - cross connection/backflow prevention equipment - drives - electrical motors - electronic testing equipment - engines - generators - hand tools - heavy equipment - hydrants - hydraulic equipment - instrumentation - leak correlators/detectors - motor control centers - motors - pipe locators - pneumatic equipment - power tools - pumps - samplers - SCADA - switchgear - stand-by/auxiliary/support equipment - tapping equipment - telemetry system - valve locators - valves - variable frequency drives - well operation (yield, drawdown)

Perform Maintenance

Examples: blowers/compressors - cathodic protection - chemical feeders - chlorinators  - corrosion control  - cross connection control - disinfecting water storage facilities - drives - electric grounding - electrical motors -  engines - evaluate operation of equipment - exercising programs - facility inspection - flushing, pigging, and swabbing - generators - hydrants - hydraulic equipment - hypochlorinators - instrumentation - lockout/tagout - leak detection - meters - new main and repair disinfection - pressure sensors - pumps - service connection - service line and curb box maintenance - service pipes - thawing - valves - water mains - water storage facility - well maintenance and rehabilitation

Perform Security, Safety, and Administrative Procedures

Manage System

Examples: administer safety program - administration/management - capacity, management, operation, and maintenance - compliance - conduct cross-connection surveys - construction inspection/documentation/design build - construction standards - develop operation and maintenance plan - develop/maintain site plan - distribution system optimization - emergency response planning and security training - energy efficiency/energy conservation at water/wastewater utilities - federal and state financing programs - finance, budget, rate setting - legal issues for water/wastewater utilities - participate in sanitary surveys - planning/organization/project management - regulatory reporting - risk management -  supervision and personnel management/communication skills - training/teaching skills

Promote Public Relations

Examples: community/public relations - private property issues/service laterals - promote customer service program - respond to complaints

Safety Program

Examples: backhoe operator - chemical safety - chlorine safety - confined space entry - electrical hazards - excavation, shoring, and trenching - general safety - hazard communication/right-to-know - health and safety program implementation - lockout/tagout - personal protective equipment - public protection - safe handling of materials - spill response - traffic control/work zone safety - water/blood-borne pathogens

Recordkeeping
Examples: compliance - corrective actions to system deficiencies - equipment repair/replacement - laboratory - maintenance - records and reports: monitoring/reporting/records management - system operation

Water Distribution General

Examples: aquifer storage/recovery - basic computers - basic electricity for operators - basic hydraulics - basic knowledge of groundwater treatment - basic knowledge of water treatment - chemical treatment - corrosion control - distribution systems - drinking water   standards/rules - fire flow testing - groundwater basics/aquifers - math for operators - pipe, valves, fittings - problem solving/troubleshooting/decision making - surface water treatment - system control/monitoring - taste/odor control - trenchless construction/technologies - water chemistry - water microbiology - water source characteristics - water source treatment/characteristics - well characteristics - wellhead/source water protection

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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