Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification
What is the Purpose of this Certification?
Wastewater operator certification is required for (1) the operator in responsible charge of a domestic wastewater treatment plant and (2) the lead operator of each shift at a domestic wastewater treatment plant.
Who issues this Certification?
Department of Ecology
What Activities Require this Certification?
Required for being the operator in responsible charge of a domestic wastewater treatment plant or the lead operator of each shift at a domestic wastewater treatment plant.
How Much Will this Certification Cost?
Where Can I Get the Application for this Certification?
The application which is called 'Application for Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification', is online and can be downloaded at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/ecy0402131.html.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
Is the Decision on my Certification Dependent on Anything Besides the Information in my Application?
The certification is not a permit. Certificates may be revoked when the Department of Ecology (Ecology) director finds:
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?The application submittal process allows Operator Certification staff up to 60 days to review and approve the application for testing.
Where do I Submit my Application?
You can complete the application online or print it out and complete it by hand. Then mail the completed application and $50 application fee to:
How Long is my Certification Valid?
Maintaining a valid certificate requires paying an annual renewal fee and meeting a professional growth requirement every three years.
What is the Appeal Process for the Certification?
Decisions of the Ecology director under this Chapter 173-230 WAC may be appealed within thirty days from the date of notice to the Pollution Control Hearings Board as required by chapter 43.21B RCW and chapter 371-08 WAC.
Notes / Comments:No revocation will be made unless the operator has been notified that revocation is proposed, been advised of the reason and been given an opportunity to appear before the Ecology director and be heard on the matter.
A certificate will be suspended immediately when the Ecology director is notified by the Department of
Social and Health Services that a person is not in compliance with a support order or a residential or visitation order. If the person has continued to meet all other requirements for reinstatement during the suspension, the certificate will be reissued when the Ecology director is notified by the Department of Social and Health Services that the person is in compliance with the order.
If a certificate is revoked, the individual must meet all conditions of certification including application, fees, and passing a written examination to become certified.
Temporary certificate request must be made in writing to the wastewater certification coordinator and must include an application and fee. Ecology may issue a temporary certificate at its discretion. A temporary certificate may not exceed a one-year period, is nonrenewable, and cannot be transferred to another individual.
Except for a temporary certificate, a certificate is valid from January 1 until December 31 of the same year or the year designated by Ecology. Except for a temporary certificate, a certificate is renewable only when the certificate holder demonstrates and provides documentation to Ecology of continued professional growth in the field. Ecology will mail renewal notices to all certificate holders eligible to renew before the certificate expires.
Water Quality Program
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
Telephone: (360) 407-6400
Fax: (360) 407-6426
* Permit information last updated 12/18/2012.
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