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Chapter 750-6 EXPIRATION, RENEWAL, AND CONTINUING EDUCATION

Rule 750-6-.01 [Repealed]

Rule 750-6-.02 Expiration and Renewal of a Certificate

(1) Certificates expire on June 30 of odd-numbered years and must be renewed every two (2) years.
(2) Applicants approved for initial certification are exempt from continuing education requirements for their first renewal period.
(3) Renewal of a certificate must be accompanied by a renewal application,_fee (see Fee Schedule), and attestation of Board-approved continuing education ("CE") points completed since the last renewal period. The required number of points for each renewal certification is as follows:

CURRENT CERTIFICATION / REQUIRED CE POINTS / SPECIFICATIONS

Class I Operator Water & Wastewater / 24 CE Points / At least 50% of the points must be in course(s) approved for Water, Wastewater, or both.

Class II Operator Water & Wastewater / 18 CE Points / At least 50% of the points must be in course(s) approved for Water, Wastewater, or both.

Industrial Wastewater Operator / 18 CE Points / At least 50% of the points must be in course(s) approved for Water, Wastewater, or both.

Laboratory Analyst Water & Wastewater / 18 CE Points / At least 50% of the points must be in course(s) approved for Water, Wastewater, or both.

Class III Operator Water & Wastewater / 12 CE Points / At least 50% of the points must be in course(s) approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Water Distribution System Operator / 12 CE Points / At least 50% of the points must be in course(s) approved for Water, Wastewater, or both.

Wastewater Collection System Operator / 12 CE Points / At least 50% of the points must be in course(s) approved for Water, Wastewater, or both.

Class IV Operator Water & Wastewater / 6 CE Points / All of the points must be in course(s) approved for Water, Wastewater, or both.

(4) Points must be earned from a Board-approved continuing education course. The same course shall not count more than once during a renewal period in meeting the total points required for certificate renewal.
(5) Certificates may be renewed during the late renewal period between July 1 and July 31 of odd-numbered years with submission of a renewal application, renewal fee, and penalty fee as noted on the Fee Schedule. Continuing education points acquired to renew that certificate during the penalty period may not be used again during the next renewal cycle.
(6) Proof of continuing education as required by Rule 750-6-.05(1) must be retained by the certificate holder for three (3) years and shall be submitted to the Board upon request.

Rule 750-6-.03 Renewal of More Than One Certificate

(1) An operator may maintain current certification in only one class of a category. When a person receives a higher class certificate, their lower class certificate shall be rendered void.
(2) An operator or analyst who holds more than one certificate must submit the following:
(a) Renewal application for each certificate;
(b) renewal fee for each certificate; and
(c) attestation of completion of the required continuing education points for the highest level of currently held certificate (i.e., 24, 18, 12, or 6). Refer to Rule 750-6-.02 for the number of points required to renew a certificate
1. Course(s) which are approved for a specified number of recertification points and are required for eligibility to sit for an examination may be used for renewal of a currently held certificate.
2. Operators who hold dual certificates (i.e., a water certificate and a wastewater certificate) are required to obtain continuing education points in each discipline. Such operator must obtain a minimum of 25% of the required continuing education points in each discipline to satisfy renewal requirements.

Rule 750-6-.04 Education Providers, Courses, and Points

(1) The Board shall maintain a list of currently approved course providers in accordance with eligibility criteria published by the Board. Course providers must be approved by the Board or its designee in order for applicants to receive credit. The Board may also elect to approve individual courses. A request by a course provider for approval must be submitted on a form that may be obtained from the Board and must be accompanied by the appropriate fee and supporting documents as required by the Board (See Fee Schedule). Effective July 1, 2013, course providers shall agree to provide rosters in electronic format of all attendees for all courses approved by the Board. The Professional Licensing Boards Division shall provide the electronic format for use in submitting rosters. All course approvals shall expire on or before January 31 of even-numbered years.
(2) Providers of Basic and Advanced courses must teach such courses in a traditional classroom setting or by Webinar, as defined in Rule 750-2-.01. These courses are required for applicants to be eligible to sit for a certification examination.
(3) Education Providers desiring Board consideration for approval must submit to the Board a completed Registration Form and required information to the Board; and
(4) The Board may conduct an audit of Education Providers and education courses to ensure compliance.
(5) The Board may require Education Providers to submit an electronic roster of attendees for all courses approved by the Board.
(6) Continuing Education Courses.

Approved education courses expire January 31 of even numbered years. The Board may approve continuing education courses for Management Safety, Water, Wastewater, or both Water and Wastewater, which are offered in person, online, through correspondence courses, and Webinars and webcasts subject to the following:

(a) Submission of completed application and appropriate fee; and
(b) documentation of topic(s) to be taught, indicating hours of instruction for each topic; and
(c) credentials of the educators/presenters involved; and
(d) name of the moderator documenting on-site attendance/registration.
(e) Only operational or regulatory topics will be approved for Webinars or webcasts.
(f) Certificates of completion must be presented to attendees who complete the Webinars or webcast.
(7) Determination of Continuing Education Points.
(a) Points shall be awarded in whole numbers. No partial points shall be awarded for courses that total less than whole hours.
(b) Traditional classroom courses and Webinars on operational, analytical, safety and management topics shall be granted one point per contact hour up to a maximum of 6 points per day and 12 points per event.
(c) Online courses on operational, analytical, safety, and management topics shall be granted one-half point per contact hour up to a maximum of 6 points, unless the course is a Webinar, or unless the course provider demonstrates greater credit is justified through beta testing results, or unless the course provider is IACET (International Association for Continuing Education and Training) approved.

Rule 750-6-.05 [Repealed]