Operator Certification

The State Water Board, Office of Operator Certification announced on 2/24 computer based testing has begun. First, they’re going to clear the backlog of approved applicants from 2020 in phases:

  1. Candidates who were scheduled for the Spring 2020 examination, will be provided scheduling opportunities first
  2. Followed by candidates who applied for and were scheduled for the Fall 2020 exams
  3. Followed by approved applicants that submitted applications after the fall examination deadlines, up though the present

You’ll go to a local Prometric testing center and take your exam on a computer, similar to the exam process used for CWEA certification exams. (photo by Prometric, used with permission)


You may also like: State Water Board Wastewater Operator webpage   |    Prometric Website

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