Wastewater Operator Certification Program
The Division of Water Quality Management (DWQM) oversees the Wastewater Operation Certification Program. In partnership with DWQM, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) handles day-to-day administration of the program through their South Portland Maine office which houses the Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee (JETCC) program.
Operators of wastewater treatment plants that discharge to surface water or discharge by spray irrigation must be certified by the Department. Treatment plants are classified Grades I-V based on size and type of treatment. Types of operator licenses include Biological, Physical/Chemical (P/C), and Spray Irrigation Treatment System (SITS). Operators are certified through examination. The grade level and license type are based on the operator’s education and work experience.
Traditionally, exams were only offered by Paper Based Testing (PBT). Starting March 16, 2015, Maine’s Wastewater Operator Certification exams will be available via Computer Based Testing (CBT). The last statewide paper based exam will take place May 13, 2015 in Portland, Bangor, and Presque Isle. After May 2015, paper exams will only be offered in Presque Isle twice a year (May and November) while operators who prefer the convenience of CBT may schedule the exam throughout the year at designated CBT testing center locations.
Operators must renew their certification every other year by showing evidence that they have completed eighteen (18) hours of approved training and paying a renewal fee. Certificates which are not renewed become inactive for a period of two years. Unless the operator reinstates the certificate during that period, their license is revoked and they must pass the appropriate examination to regain their certificate.
Judy Bruenjes 207-287-7806
Operator Certification Program
17 State House Station
Augusta , ME 04333-0017
- Title 32, Chapter 62, §§ 4171 - 4182.
- Chapter 531. Regulations for Waste Water Operator's Certification Program.
- For exam applications and other important certification documents, visit NEIWPCC/JETCC.
- Commissioner Aho's letter announcing computer based testing
- CBT Frequently Asked Questions
- O&M Newsletter
- Study Guides