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Chapter 750-6 RENEWAL AND CONTINUING EDUCATION

Rule 750-6-.01 Expiration Date

All certificates expire June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Rule 750-6-.02 Renewal of a Certificate

(1) An Application for renewal of a certificate must be accompanied by a renewal fee (See Fee Schedule) and attestation of continuing education points accumulated since the last renewal period. The following chart lists the required number of points for each renewal certification.

CERTIFICATION HELD CONTINUING EDUCATION POINTS

Class I Operator Water & Wastewater

24

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Class II Operator Water & Wastewater

18

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Industrial Wastewater Operator

18

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Laboratory Analyst Water & Wastewater

18

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Class III Operator Water & Wastewater

12

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Water Distribution System Operator

12

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Wastewater Collection System Operator

12

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Class IV Operator Water & Wastewater

6

All of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

(2) The biennial renewal fee is due and payable by June 30 of odd numbered years. A surcharge will be added for payments, which are received within a three-month penalty period, between July 1 and September 30 of odd-numbered years. (See Fee Schedule) Any continuing education points acquired to renew that certificate during the penalty period may not be used again during the next renewal cycle.
(3) An individual who passes an examination required by the Board for certification is exempt from all continuing education requirements for that certificate for the first renewal period after initial issuance of the certificate.
(4) If more than one continuing education course is needed to equal the required continuing education points to be eligible for a renewal, then the same course cannot be attended more than once to equal the required continuing education points in the same renewal period. However, the same continuing education course can be attended during a different renewal period.

Rule 750-6-.03 Renewal of More Than One Certificate

(1) An operator may maintain current certification in only one class of a category. When a person receives a higher class certificate, their lower class certificate shall be rendered void.
(2) An operator or analyst who holds more than one certificate must submit the following:
(a) Renewal application for each certificate;
(b) Renewal fee for each certificate; and
(c) Attestation of the highest number of continuing education points which are required to renew any of the Operator's or Laboratory Analyst's certificates (i.e., 18, 12, or 6). A maximum of 18 points total could be required. Beginning on July 1, 2013 and effective for renewal period June 30, 2015 and all renewal periods thereafter, a maximum of 24 points total could be required to renew a certificate. Refer to Rule 750-6-.02 for the number of points required to renew a certificate effective July 1, 2013.
(i) Training course work required to be eligible for an exam, which has also been approved by the Board for a specified number of recertification points, may be used for renewal of currently held certificates. If the currently held certifications require a higher number of continuing education points for renewal than the course work was approved for, then additional continuing education points must be acquired to fulfill the full amount of continuing education points required for renewal of currently held certifications.
(ii) Beginning on July 1, 2013 and effective for renewal period June 30, 2015 and all renewal periods thereafter, an operator who holds dual certificates (i.e., a water certificate and a wastewater certificate) is required to obtain continuing education points in each discipline. Such operator must obtain a minimum of 25% of the required continuing education points in each discipline to satisfy renewal requirements.

Rule 750-6-.04 Basic, Advanced, and Continuing Education Courses

(1) The Board shall maintain a list of currently approved course providers in accordance with eligibility criteria published by the Board. Course providers must be approved by the Board or its designee in order for applicants to receive credit. The Board may also elect to approve individual courses. A request by a course provider for approval must be submitted on a form that may be obtained from the Board and must be accompanied by the appropriate fee and supporting documents as required by the Board (See Fee Schedule). Effective July 1, 2013, course providers shall agree to provide rosters in electronic format of all attendees for all courses approved by the Board. The Professional Licensing Boards Division shall provide the electronic format for use in submitting rosters. All course approvals shall expire on or before January 31 of even-numbered years.
(2) Determination of Continuing Education Points. (Beginning on July 1, 2013 and effective for renewal period June 30, 2015 and all renewal periods thereafter)
(a) "Operational/analytical topics" refer to topics of instruction that directly relate to the performance of the duties of a water operator, wastewater operator, distribution operator, collection system operator, or laboratory analyst. Safety and management topics are not considered operational/analytical topics.
(b) Points shall be awarded in whole numbers. No partial points shall be awarded for courses that total less than whole hours.
(c) Traditional classroom courses on operational, analytical, safety and management topics are granted one point per contact hour up to a maximum of 6 points per day and 12 points per event.
(d) Online courses on operational, analytical, safety, and management topics are granted one-half point per contact hour up to a maximum of 6 points unless the course provider demonstrates greater credit is justified through beta testing results.
(3) Basic and Advanced Courses.
(a) Basic and Advanced courses are those courses necessary for applicants to be eligible for an examination for certification.
(b) Basic and Advanced coursework shall be taught in a traditional classroom setting.
(4) Criteria for Approval of Continuing Education Courses.
(a) Courses shall be approved for Water, for Wastewater, or for both Water and Wastewater.
(b) Continuing education courses may be taught through an online format.
(c) Operator association conferences will be considered as operational/analytical coursework, and will also be approved for both Water and Wastewater.
(d) Criteria for Approval of Webinars and Webcasts.
1. Webinars and webcasts must be pre-approved by submission of the appropriate application with complete documentation of the topic(s) to be taught, the credentials of the educators/presenters involved, and the name of the local moderator who will ensure on-site attendance.
2. Only operational or regulatory topics will be approved for webinars or webcasts.
3. Certificates of completion must be presented to attendees who complete the webinar or webcast.

Rule 750-6-.05 Documentation of Continuing Education

(1) Each operator or laboratory analyst shall maintain for three years their own record of the continuing education activities which they have completed. The Board will not maintain continuing education files.
(2) Applicants shall attest on their biennial renewal application that they have satisfied the continuing education requirements set out in these Rules. Documentation of these activities should be retained by the applicant and not sent to the Board (unless required to do so under section 750-6-.05(3) below). False attestation of satisfaction of the continuing education requirements on a renewal application shall subject the applicant to disciplinary action, including revocation.
(3) The Board may conduct an audit of the renewal applications to insure compliance with requirements. Applicants who are audited will be required to document their continuing education activities. Documentation must be in the form of a certificate of attendance, a statement signed by the provider verifying participation in the activity, or official transcript. Failure to provide the Board with documentation of the hours attested to on the renewal application shall be grounds for disapproving the application for renewal or, if the certificate has been renewed, revoking the certificate.