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Operator Certification

Public drinking water systems are required to have an Operator certified by the Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division. The class of Operator Certification is based on the source water type, treatment, and population of a water system. A listing of class types can be found in Table 1. Certifications are for three years.

 

Table 1: Operator Class Types
Class Source Water Type

Treatment Technology

1A Groundwater

TNC systems with ion exchange for water softening, cartridge filters, and/or limestone contactors.

1B Groundwater

TNC systems with Disinfection from Chlorine or UV, (including standby capability)

2 Groundwater

Disinfection with Chlorine or UV (including standby capability), ion exchange for softening, and/or limestone contactors

3 Groundwater

Disinfection by means other than Chlorine or UV, sequestering or filtration of manganese or iron, fluoridation, corrosion control, pH control, air stripping, granular activated adsorption, ion exchange, and/or aeration

4A1 Surface Water or GWUDI

Systems with bag filtration, cartridge filtration, membrane filtration, slow sand filtration, and/or other similar technologies, as approved by the Secretary, which do not use coagulants

4A, 4B, and 4C Surface Water or GWUDI

Systems using rapid sand filtration.  Class depends on the population served by the system:

  • Class 4A  serving from 25 to 500 people
  • Class 4B  serving from 501 to 3,300 people
  • Class 4C  serving more than 3,300 people
D Any Systems Purchasing all of their water or operators who only work on the Distribution System

Operator Certification Applications:
In addition to completing an Application and attached Child Support and VT Taxes Statement,please refer to Tables 2 and 3 for initial and renewal certification requirements for Certified Operators:

Class 2,3,4,D:      

Class 1A/1B :      

Table 2: Initial Certification Requirements
Class  Initial Certificate Fee Minimum Education Initial Experience Letter from Supervisor* Take and Pass Certification Exam Child Support and
VT Taxes Statement
1A $45 HS or GED None No No Yes
1B $45 HS or GED None No No Yes
2 $80 HS or GED 1.5 years Yes Yes Yes
3 $80 HS or GED 1.5 years Yes Yes Yes
4A1 $80 HS or GED 2 years Yes Yes Yes
4A $80 HS or GED 2 years Yes Yes Yes
4B $80 HS or GED 2.5 years Yes Yes Yes
4C $80 HS or GED 3 years Yes Yes Yes
D $80 HS or GED 1.5 years Yes Yes Yes


*Letter from Supervisor: a brief, written statement verifying technical knowledge of water system and years of experience - attach to application. 

 

Table 3: Renewal Certification Requirements
                  ** Operator certifications must be renewed every 3 years. **
Class  Renewal Certificate Fee Minimum Education Renewal Continuing Education Requirements (TCH) Renewal Date Deadline Child Support and
VT Taxes Statement
1A $45 HS or GED None N/A Yes
1B $45 HS or GED 3 hours N/A Yes
2 $80 HS or GED 10 hours June 30, 2014 Yes
3 $80 HS or GED 20 hours June 30, 2013 Yes
4A1 $80 HS or GED 20 hours June 30, 2014 Yes
4A $80 HS or GED 20 hours June 30, 2014 Yes
4B $80 HS or GED 20 hours June 30, 2014 Yes
4C $80 HS or GED 20 hours June 30, 2014 Yes
D $80 HS or GED 20 hours June 30, 2013 Yes


Provisional Certification:  Under some conditions a Provisional Certification may be issued. The operator is only allowed to work for one water system and must meet the requirements for a full certification except for the experience. For more information, please contact us.

Recertification: If your Certification has lapsed, please contact the certification manager  for more information about Recertification.

 

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