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 Treatment Recertification Process.
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.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CONTACT HOUR REQUIREMENTS
16 contact hours
16 contact hours
20 contact hours
24 contact hours
Fifty 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 =
CEH - Continuing Education Hour
CPE - Continuing Professional Education
PDH - Professional Development Hour
RTC - Renewal Training Credit
TCH - Training Contact Hour
TC - Training Credit
TH - Training Hour
10 Contact Hours =
TU - Training Unit
CEU - Continuing Education Unit (IACET)
CEC - Continuing Education Credit
Quarter Credit from an accredited college or university
15 Contact Hours =
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 TREATMENT RECERTIFICATION
Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust Treatment Processes
Chemical Addition and Disinfection
Examples: arsenic removal - chemical pretreatment - chemical treatment - chlorine dioxide disinfection - chlorine gas disinfection - corrosion control - disinfecting water storage vessels - fluoridation - oxidation - ozone disinfection - pH adjustment - sodium hypochlorite disinfection - ultraviolet disinfection
Coagulation and Flocculation
Examples: chemical coagulants - flocculation tanks - rapid mix units
Clarification and Sedimentation
Examples: dissolved air flotation - inclined-plate sedimentation - sedimentation basins - tube sedimentation - up-flow solids-contact clarification
Examples: adsorption processes - cartridge filters - diatomaceous earth filters - direct filtration - gravity filtration - membranes (ultra, nano, RO) - microscreens - pesticide/herbicide reduction - pressure filtration - slow sand filters
Examples: belt filter presses - centrifuges - discharge to lagoons - discharge to lagoons and then raw water source - discharge to raw water - disposal to sanitary sewer - land application - mechanical dewatering - on-side disposal - solids composting
Additional Treatment Tasks
Examples: aeration - backwash aids - cation exchange softening - chemical precipitation softening - coagulation aids - copper sulfate treatment - dechlorination - electrodialysis - filter aids - ion-exchange/softening - iron/manganese removal - iron manganese/softening - lime-soda ash softening - nitrate removal - packed tower aeration - powdered activated carbon - taste/odor control - zebra mussel control
Examples: algae identification - asbestos - bacteriological sampling procedures - biological - chemical - chlorine - coliform bacteria - complete chain-of-custody - corrosivity - disinfectant by-products - dissolved oxygen - hexavalent chromium - inorganic minerals - jar test - jar testing - Langelier index - metals - organics - pH - physical parameters - radiological parameters - saturation index - solids - streaming current analysis - water microbiology
Comply with Drinking Water Regulations
Examples: drinking water standards/rules - regulations - sanitary surveys/plant/system inspections - 40 CFR 141 A-I, K, L, P, Q, T, U, V - 40 CFR 141 W - 40 CFR 143
Operate and Maintain Equipment
Evaluate Operation of Equipment
Examples: basic electricity for operators - cathodic protection - check speed - inspect for abnormal conditions - measure temp - read charts - read meters - read pressure gauges
Examples: blowers/compressors - booster pumping stations - chemical feeders - computers - cross connection/backflow prevention equipment - drives - electronic testing equipment - engines - fittings - flow monitoring/level sensing equipment - gates - generators - hand tools - hydrants - hydraulic equipment - instrumentation - intake structures - lift stations - mechanical process equipment - metering - mixers - motors - pneumatic equipment - power tools - programmable logic controllers - pumps - stand-by/aux/support equip - switchgear - valves
Examples: blowers/compressors - bulk chemical storage systems - calibration of chemical feeders - chemical feeders - drives - electrical grounding - engines - gates - generators - hydrants - hydraulic equipment - instrumentation - lockout/tagout - motors - pipes - pneumatic equipment - pumps - treatment units - valves
Perform Security, Safety, and Administrative Procedures
Examples: administer safety program - capacity, management, operation and maintenance - community/public relations - develop budget - energy efficiency/ energy conservation at water/wastewater facilities - federal/state financing programs - finance, budget, rate setting - hazard communication/right-to-know - legal issues for water/wastewater utilities - planning/organization/project management - plant optimization - respond to complaints - supervision and personnel management / communication skills - training/teaching skills
Respond to Emergencies
Examples: emergency response planning/security training - facility upset - natural disasters - spill response - system contamination
Examples: calibration of atmospheric testing devices - chemical hazards and chemical spill response -chemical storage/handling - chlorine safety - confined space entry - electrical hazards - excavations - general safety and health - health and safety program implementation - lab safety - lockout/tagout - pathogens - personal protective equipment - risk management - safe handling of materials - water/blood-borne pathogens
Examples: compliance - corrective actions - customer complaints - facility operation - laboratory - maintenance - monitoring/reporting/records management
Evaluate Characteristics of Source Water
Examples: algae control - bacteriological - biological - chemical - chemical treatment - identify and evaluate potential sources of source water contamination - monitor, evaluate, and adjust source water - physical - stratification control - surface water/groundwater/watershed protection - aquifer storage/recovery - groundwater basics/aquifers - water source treatment/characteristics - well maintenance/rehab - well operation (yield, drawdown)
Water Treatment General
Examples: basic computers - basic hydraulics - basic knowledge of groundwater treatment - distribution systems - electrical controls/SCADA - flow measurement: open channel/pipe - math for operators - motor control centers - plant/distribution storage - problem solving/troubleshooting/decision making - process optimization - process water - reservoirs and clearwells - variable frequency drives - water chemistry - water conservation - water efficiency - 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.