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Chapter 750-3 CLASSIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

Rule 750-3-.01 Mandatory Certification

(1) Public Water Supply System Operators and Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operators must be certified; however, each industrial wastewater treatment or pretreatment facility shall be required to have only one operator in responsible charge obtain such a certification; and
(2) Water Distribution System and Wastewater Collection System Operators must be certified; however, each industrial wastewater collection system or distribution system shall be required to have only one operator in responsible charge obtain such a certification; and
(3) Water and Wastewater Laboratory Analysts must be certified; however, any industrial wastewater or pretreatment plant shall be required to have only one responsible analyst obtain such certification, and other analysts in that facility shall be supervised by that person.

Rule 750-3-.02 Operator in Responsible Charge

The operator who is in responsible charge of a public water supply system or wastewater treatment system shall hold a certificate of a class equal to or higher than the class of the plant or system that the operator is currently operating.

Rule 750-3-.03 Classifications

Operator and Laboratory Analysts shall be certified as follows:

(a) Public Water Supply System Operator: Class I, II, III, or IV;
(b) Water Distribution System Operator;
(c) Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator. Class I, II, III or IV;
(d) Industrial Wastewater Treatment System Operator;
(e) Wastewater Collection System Operator;
(f) Water Laboratory Analyst;
(g) Wastewater Laboratory Analyst.

Rule 750-3-.04 Requirements

For certification in a particular class or category, an applicant must meet the following:

(a) Education. Applicants must have earned a minimum of a high school diploma or GED certificate and must provide proof of education when submitting the application for certification to the Board.
(b) Course(s). Applicants must have completed Board-approved course(s) prior to taking the examination and must provide proof of such when submitting their application for certification to the Board, unless otherwise noted in this rule. The Board may evaluate, on a case-by-case basis, post-secondary education to determine satisfaction of the course requirements. The course requirements are as follows:
1. Public Water Supply System Operator

Class IV - 6-hour basic water operator course

Class III - 40-hour basic water operator course

Class II - 48 hours of advanced water operator courses

Class I - No additional courses

2. Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator

Class IV - 6-hour basic waste stabilization pond operator course

Class III - 40-hour basic wastewater operator course

Class II - 48 hours of advanced wastewater operator courses

Class I - No additional courses

3. Industrial Wastewater Treatment System Operator - 27-hour industrial wastewater operator course
4. Water Laboratory Analyst - 27-hour basic water laboratory course or, a minimum of an Associate Degree in Biology or Chemistry, or, at the Board's discretion, other degrees containing sufficient courses in biology or chemistry
5. Wastewater Laboratory Analyst - 27-hour basic wastewater laboratory course or, a minimum of an Associate Degree in Biology or Chemistry, or, at the Board's discretion, other degrees containing sufficient courses in biology or chemistry.
6. Water Distribution System Operator - 27-hour water distribution course
7. Wastewater Collection System Operator - 27-hour wastewater collection course
(c) Experience. Required experience for certification is dependent upon the applicant's education, as follows:
1. Public Water Supply System Operator or Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator
(i) High School Diploma, GED

Class IV - 1 month of experience; Class III - 3 months of experience;

Class II - 24 months of experience; Class I - 36 months of experience

(ii) Accredited Associate Degree in Biology, Chemistry, or, at the Board's discretion, other degrees containing sufficient courses in biology or chemistry

Class IV - 1 month of experience; Class III - 3 months of experience;

Class II - 18 months of experience; Class I - 30 months of experience

(iii) Accredited Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Chemistry, or, at the Board's discretion, other degrees containing sufficient courses in biology or chemistry

Class IV - 1 month of experience; Class III - 3 months of experience;

Class II - 12 months of experience; Class I - 24 months of experience

2. Industrial Wastewater Treatment System Operator or Water or Wastewater Laboratory Analyst or Wastewater Collection System Operator or Water Distribution System Operator
(i) High School Diploma, GED, Accredited Associate Degree in Biology, Chemistry, or, at the Board's discretion, Accredited Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Chemistry, or other degrees containing sufficient courses in biology or chemistry - 3 months experience required
(d) Examination.
1. An applicant must pass a written examination in order to receive a certification.
2. Applicants must apply for a certification within twelve (12) months of passing an examination.
3. A designated agent of the Board may administer the examinations. Examination shall be offered at least six (6) times annually.
4. The Board, through its designated agent, will provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified applicant with a disability in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The request for an accommodation by an individual with a disability must be in writing to the designated agent of the Board prior to the application deadline, along with appropriate documents, as indicated in the Request for Disability Accommodation Guidelines.
(e) Current Certification. Applicants must hold the following certificates before taking an examination for the next level of certification:
1. Public Water Supply System Operator
(i) No previous certification needed to take examination for Class IV
(ii) No previous certification needed to take examination for Class III
(iii) Must hold Class III prior to taking examination for Class II
(iv) Must hold Class II prior to taking examination for Class I
2. Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator
(i) No previous certification needed to take examination for Class IV
(ii) No previous certification needed to take examination for Class III
(iii) Must hold Class III prior to taking examination for Class II
(iv) Must hold Class II prior to taking examination for Class I
3. Industrial Wastewater Treatment System Operator or Water or Wastewater Laboratory Analyst or Wastewater Collection System Operator or Water Distribution System Operator
(i) No previous certification needed to take examination
(f) Applicants for the following certifications may take the examination before the experience requirement is met, but shall not apply for the certifications until completing the requisite experience in the actual system operation:
1. Public Water Supply System Operator Class IV;
2. Public Water Supply System Operator Class III;
3. Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator Class IV;
4. Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator Class III;
5. Industrial Wastewater Treatment System Operator;
6. Water Laboratory Analyst;
7. Wastewater Laboratory Analyst;
8. Water Distribution System Operator;
9. Wastewater Collection System Operator.
(g) Applicants for the following certifications must have completed experience in the actual system operation prior to taking an examination:
1. Public Water Supply System Operator Class II;
2. Public Water Supply System Operator Class I;
3. Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator Class II;
4. Biological Wastewater Treatment System Operator Class I.
(h) For those applicants who have a high school diploma or GED certificate, the Board may consider other factors, including post-secondary education and other training and experience, to determine satisfaction of the experience requirements.

Rule 750-3-.05 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.06 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.07 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.08 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.09 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.10 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.11 Repealed

Rule 750-3-.12 Repealed