WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATOR

CERTIFICATION PROGRAM


The Environmental Quality Act, see 35-11-302(a)(iv)

   Chapter 5, effective 8/1/12

Starting January 2013, please take a minimum of eight (8) hours of training from core topic areas for each license. These 8 hours will be required for license renewals beginning with the 2015 renewal year.

Operator Certification Program Policies

20.1 Definitions
        20.1.1 Operators of Septic Systems
        20.1.2 Clarification of Consecutive System Operator Requirements
20.2 Classification of Plants and Systems
        20.2.1 System Classification Review Using the ABC Criteria
        20.2.2 Booster Station Definition
20.3 Compliance
20.4 Training
        20.4.1 One Credit Hour Granted Per Hour of Training
20.5 Examinations
20.6 Certification
        20.6.1 Clarification of Restricted Certification Requirements
20.7 Renewals
        20.7.1 "Make-up" Hours--A Policy to Address the Avoidance of the Continuing Education Licensing Requirement
20.8 Contract Operators
20.9 Certification
       20.9.1 Clarification of Reciprocal License Requirements
       20.9.2 Operator Certification Requirements for Systems Using Bottled Water

Chapter 5 Definitions

“Administrator” means, for the purposes of this rule, the administrator of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division (WQD) or their authorized agents.

“Available” means a certified operator shall be on site or shall be able to initiate the appropriate operational and technical actions in a timely manner.

“Certificate” means the document showing the level and area of competency of an operator, the operator’s identification number, issue date, certificate number, and expiration date.

“Certification” means the level and area of competency of an operator.

“Certified Operator” means an individual who has met the requirements of this rule and has been certified by DEQ to hold at least one certificate as defined by this rule and who is directly involved in the on-site operational and technical actions of a publically owned wastewater treatment or collection system and/or public water supply. “Certified operator” shall not include an individual whose duties are limited to laboratory testing, general facility maintenance, or who exercises general or indirect supervision only.

“Contract operator” means a certified water, distribution, collection, or wastewater operator who is offering to provide services to a facility on a contractual basis.

“DEQ” means the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

“Distribution system” means all parts of a public water supply system except collection, treatment, or wells.

“Equivalent” means experience and education determined in written policy, by the Administrator, to be comparable to a high school diploma.

“Facility” means the components of any public water supply, publically owned sewerage, or publically owned wastewater treatment works, including all infrastructure associated with the water/wastewater system.

“Facility classification” means the level of operational complexity of a water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection, or wastewater treatment system based on a nationally recognized point rating system.

“Letter of good standing” means a letter from the regulatory agency that issued a certificate to an applicant applying for reciprocity, stating the certification is current and has no violations against it.

“Operating shift” means the period of time during which certified operator decisions that affect public health are necessary for proper operation of the facility.

“Operator Certification Program” means the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division, Operator Certification Program.

“Owner” means the entity who owns the real estate, easement, or facility.

“Pertinent continuing education” means training which pertains to, or is consistent with, what an operator needs to understand in order to successfully perform a water or wastewater job.

“Pertinent experience” means employment as an operator or employment in other Administrator-recognized professions closely related to the operation of a public water supply, sewerage, or treatment works.

“Publically Owned Wastewater Treatment or Collection System” means any federal, state, or local government system collecting or treating greater than 2,000 gallons a day average flow of wastewaters containing human waste. This definition includes improvement and service districts and homeowner associations. Underground Injection Control (UIC) facilities permitted in accordance with DEQ WQD Chapter 16 rules and utilizing septic tanks as primary treatment are excluded.

“Public Water Supply” means as defined in W.S. 35-11-103(c)(viii).

“Responsible charge operator” means the person(s) designated by the facility owner to be the certified operator who makes decisions regarding the daily operational and technical actions of a water treatment facility, distribution system, wastewater treatment facility, or collection system that will directly impact the quality or quantity of drinking water or wastewater treatment.

“Treatment Works” means as defined in W.S. 35-11-103(c)(iv).

“Wastewater treatment” means treatment works as defined by W.S. 35-11- 103(c)(iv).

“Water treatment” means all parts of a water supply that collect or treat water. All disinfection equipment and wells are considered part of water treatment.

“WQD” means the Water Quality Division of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

Last Updated 30 September 2014

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