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Chapter 750-3 CLASSIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

Rule 750-3-.01 Mandatory Certification

(1) Public Water Supply System Operators and Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operators. All operators must be certified; provided, however, that each industrial wastewater treatment or pretreatment facility, shall be required to have only one operator in responsible charge obtain such a certification; and
(2) Water Distribution System and Wastewater Collection System Operators. All operators must be certified; provided however, that each industrial wastewater collection system or distribution system shall be required to have only one operator in responsible charge obtain such a certification; and
(3) Water and Wastewater Laboratory Analyst. All laboratory analysts must be certified; provided, however, that any industrial wastewater or pretreatment plant shall be required to have only one responsible analyst obtain such certification, and any other analyst in that facility shall be supervised by that person.

Rule 750-3-.02 Operator in Responsible Charge

The operator who is in responsible charge of a public water supply system or wastewater treatment system shall hold a certificate of a class equal to or higher than the class of the plant or system being operated.

Rule 750-3-.03 Classifications

Operator and Laboratory Analysts shall be certified as follows:

(a) Public Water Supply System Operator: Class I, II, III, or IV;
(b) Water Distribution System Operator;
(c) Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator. Class I, II, III or IV;
(d) Industrial Wastewater Treatment System Operator;
(e) Wastewater Collection System Operator;
(f) Water Laboratory Analyst;
(g) Wastewater Laboratory Analyst.

Rule 750-3-.04 Requirements

In order to be certified in a particular class or category, an applicant must meet requirements as set forth below.

(a) Current Certification. Applicants must hold the following certificates before taking an examination for the next level of certification:

CERTIFICATE APPLIED FOR

CURRENT CERTIFICATE

Public Water Supply System Operator

 

Class IV

None

Class III

None

Class II

Class III

Class I

Class II

Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator

 

Class IV

None

Class III

None

Class II

Class III

Class I

Class II

Industrial Wastewater Treatment System Operator

None

Water or Wastewater Laboratory Analyst

None

Water Distribution System Operator

None

Wastewater Collection System Operator

None

(b) Experience.
1. The amount of experience that is required is dependent upon the applicant's education, as follows:

CERTIFICATE APPLIED FOR

EXPERIENCE

With H.S.School

Diploma or GED

Certificate

EXPERIENCE

With Accredited

A.S. Degree in

Biology, Chemistry,

Engineering, or an equivalent Degree

EXPERIENCE

With Accredited B.S.

Degree in Biology,

Chemistry, Engineering,

or an equivalent Degree,

or a current Class I

certificate in another category

Public Water Supply System Operator

     

Class IV

1 month

1 month

1 month

Class III

3 months

3 months

3 months

Class II

24 months

18 months

12 months

Class I

36 months

30 months

24 months

Biological Wastewater

Treatment System

Operator

     

Class IV

1 month

1 month

1 month

Class III

3 months

3 months

3 months

Class II

24 months

18 months

12 months

Class I

36 months

30 months

24 months

Industrial Wastewater

Treatment System

Operator

3 months

3 months

3 months

Water or Wastewater Laboratory Analyst

3 months

3 months

3 months

Water Distribution System Operator

3 months

3 months

3 months

Wastewater Collection System Operator

3 months

3 months

3 months

2. Applicants for the following licenses may take the exam before the experience requirement is met, but they shall not apply for the license until they have completed the requisite experience in the actual system operation:

* Public Water Supply System Operator Class IV

* Public Water Supply System Operator Class III

* Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator Class IV

* Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator Class III

* Industrial Wastewater Treatment System Operator

* Water Laboratory Analyst

* Wastewater Laboratory Analyst

* Water Distribution System Operator

* Wastewater Collection System Operator

3. Applicants for the following licenses must have completed experience in the actual system operation prior to taking an examination:

* Public Water Supply System Operator Class II

* Public Water Supply System Operator Class I

* Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator Class II

* Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator Class I

4. For those applicants who have a high school diploma or GED certificate, the Board may consider other factors, including post-secondary education and other training and experience, to determine satisfaction of the experience requirements.
5. Applicants must apply for a certification within 12 months of passing an examination.
(c) Education. Every applicant must have earned a minimum of a high school diploma or GED certificate prior to taking the examination and must provide proof of education when he/she submits his/her application for certificate to the Board.
(d) Course Work. Applicants must have completed the required course work prior to taking the examination and provide proof of completion of course work when they submit their application for certificate to the Board. The Board may evaluate, on a case by case basis, post-secondary education to determine satisfaction of the course work requirements.

CERTIFICATE APPLIED FOR

COURSE WORK

Public Water Supply System Operator

 

Class IV

6 hours basic water operator course work

Class III

40 hours basic water operator course work

Class II

48 hours advanced water operator course work

Class I

No additional

Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator

 

Class IV

6 hours basic waste stabilization pond operator course work

Class III

40 hours basic wastewater operator course work

Class II

48 hours advanced wastewater operator course work

Class I

No additional

Industrial Wastewater Treatment System Operator

27 hours industrial wastewater operator course work

Water Laboratory Analyst

27 hours basic water laboratory course work or Associate Degree or higher in Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, or an equivalent degree

Wastewater Laboratory Analyst

27 hours basic wastewater laboratory course work or Associate Degree or higher in Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, or an equivalent degree

Water Distribution System Operator

27 hours water distribution course work

Wastewater Collection System Operator

27 hours wastewater collection course work

(e) Examination. An applicant must pass a written examination in order to receive a certificate.

Rule 750-3-.05 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.06 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.07 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.08 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.09 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.10 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.11 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.12 Repealed