Certified Operators

Certified water and wastewater operators are essential for the protection of public health and the environment. Ohio EPA's Operator Certification program has certified more than 12,000 operators, ensuring public water and wastewater systems are operated by properly trained and qualified individuals. Learn how to become a certified water or wastewater operator.

To submit an Ohio EPA Paper and Pencil exam, renewal, third party certification or reciprocity application(s) please visit the Ohio EPA eBusiness Center webpage. For instructions to utilize the eBusiness Center please view the instructions below under the Operator tab.

Access to any services, lists or forms you may need as an operator, or to become an operator, can be found here. Use the eBusiness Center, to submit a variety of applications, access your profile, update contact information and pay fees online.

eBusiness Center

Most operator functions, including exam and renewal applications, are completed through the eBusiness Center. Please ensure you have a valid email as all eBusiness Center correspondence is sent by email. Please click the links below to see instructions for the available services:

Certification

Operator-in-Training (OIT)

Interested in becoming a water or wastewater operator but don’t have enough time or experience? If you pass an approved exam (Ohio EPA or third party) prior to obtaining the required operating experience, you will be considered Operator-in-Training* (OIT).

If you pass an Ohio EPA examination, when you obtain the required operating experience you will need to fill out the OIT documentation form (PDF or Word).

If you pass a third-party examination, you will need to submit an application for certification through the eBusiness Center when you have completed the required operating experience. There is a $45 fee for the third-party certification application and the required operating experience must be documented.

* This excludes class III and IV examinations.

Renewal

Ohio’s certified operators are required to complete contact hour training to renew their certificates. Online renewals will become available on August 1 of your renewal year. It is your responsibility to update your contact information to ensure you receive all correspondence.

  • Frequently Asked Questions for eBusiness Center Renewals (coming soon) 
  • Renewal Palm Card 
  • Contact Hour Requirements
  • Below is a complete list of approved courses separated for water and wastewater. All training dates must be scheduled to be considered approved. Please ensure with the provider that the date has been scheduled. Internet and correspondence courses are not scheduled. 
  • Note: As of April 21, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) courses approved through Ohio EPA DDAGW Central Office that were taken after April 21, 2017 will no longer be accepted for Operation & Maintenance (OM) hours. These courses will still be accepted for Other (X) hours. Please refer to the above lists for the new approval numbers for the associated courses.
  • Internet and Correspondence providers — To be added to the list, please contact the Operator Certification Unit at (614) 644-2752. 
  • List of Approved Contact Hour Training Providers

Operator Lists

Ohio EPA maintains lists of certified operators and contract operators across the state.

Operator of Record

Operator of Record Lists

Operator of Record (ORC) Notification Form

  • ORC forms (Word) must be submitted within three days of the change. This is the responsibility of both owner and operator.
  • For questions regarding the ORC Notification Form, please contact the following: 
    • Water Supply or Distribution: Contact DDAGW at (614) 644-2752 and ask for the Operations Unit. 
    • Wastewater and Collection: Contact the Division of Surface Water at (614) 644-2001.

All training providers must use the eBusiness Center to apply for course approval, schedule training events, upload attendance and update contact information. Information and instructions regarding all the services available to training providers are provided below. All course approval applications must have a syllabus, agenda and instructor credentials. All approvals must be submitted within 30 days of course completion, and all attendance must be uploaded within 60 days.

eBusiness Center

The eBusiness Center is required for all training provider functions. Please click the links below for instructions on how to get started.

Approved Contact Hour Training Providers (ACHTPs) have received authority from Ohio EPA to issue their own unique course approval numbers without submitting course approval applications. If you meet the minimum requirements in Ohio Administrative Code 3745-7-15, you can apply for the ACHTP program. ACHTPs must submit trainings by the first of the month for each month they are conducting training.

Forms and Guidance

Ohio EPA has two exam pathways to offer for obtaining certification. The traditional paper and pencil exam is given in Columbus twice a year. The third-party exam is offered year round at various locations in the state. The exam fact sheet provides a comparison of Ohio EPA’s traditional exam format to ABC’s Third-Party exam format.

For both exam pathways, Operator-in-Training (OIT) designation is available for Class A, I or II, should the applicant pass the exam. If designated as OIT, operating experience must be documented within four years of passing the exam. For more information, please go to the Operator tab and then click on the Operator-in-Training section.

For application instructions, please visit the Operator tab and click on the eBusiness Center section.

Paper and Pencil Exam

  • Exam Dates and Deadlines — Applications must be submitted electronically with PIN and payment by the exam deadline. The final step of the process is to mail in a hardcopy of your application with your supervisor’s signature. If you have any questions, please call our office at (866) 411-6728.
    • After you obtain approval to take an examination you will need to print your exam entrance letter. This will be emailed to you and can be found in your Operator Service. You must bring this to the exam.
  • Operator in Training (OIT) Documentation form (Word)

Need-to-know Criteria

The following documents provide need-to know criteria that test-takers will be expected to know for each type of certified operator exam.

Formulas

Those taking the certified operator exam will be expected to know the formulas provided in the appropriate document below (e.g., those taking the wastewater operator certification exam should consult the "wastewater formulas" document).

References

A number of helpful references have been compiled to assist those studying for Ohio EPA operator certification exams. These references are only intended as a resource and are not required to be purchased in order for individuals to pass their exams. 

Anyone Can Submit an Exam Question Suggestion

The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters accepts exam question suggestions. Complete and submit the Ohio EPA Operator Certification Exam Question Submittal Form provided below.  Instructions for submitting the form are included in the document.

  • Ohio EPA Operator Certification Exam Question Submittal Form [PDF] or [Word]

Third-Party Exam Providers

As an alternative to Ohio EPA’s paper and pencil examination, Ohio EPA has approved the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) as an approved examination provider. Operators may now choose to take ABC examinations and then seek Ohio certification for all levels of certification except Class IV.

Ensure you meet the requirements prior to taking the Class III exam. Operator-in-Training is not available at the Class III level. 

Third-party exams can be taken in Ohio or any other location around the country. Ohio testing locations: Cleveland; Cincinnati; Columbus; Akron; Cambridge; Troy; and Toledo. Locations are subject to change, please click here to find current and out-of-state testing locations. 

Class IV

Training and Experience Credit

Exam Results

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The Operator Certification Advisory Council is a group of eight experts in the fields of water and wastewater treatment. The council provides guidance and input to Ohio's water and wastewater operator certification program. More information about the board members and duties, please refer to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule 3745-7-10.

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Forms

Resources

Job Board

If you would like to be added to this list, please contact the Operator Certification Unit at (614) 644-2752. 

Veterans

The United States Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Veterans Affairs have joined forces to help prepare and employ veterans in civilian water and wastewater related careers. While serving in the military, many veterans obtain experience and credentials while assigned to Military Occupation Specialties (M.O.S.). There are several M.O.S. areas that are related to civilian positions within the water and wastewater sectors. The following link provides tips for hiring veterans, as well as M.O.S. that apply to drinking- and wastewater-related jobs. 

High school apprenticeship, career tech, associate degree and certification opportunities

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

The following correctional facilities have active apprenticeship programs.

  • London Correctional Institute, London, OH 
  • Pickaway Correctional Institute, Orient, OH 
  • Ross Correctional Institute, Chillicothe, OH 

Job Analyses

Wastewater

Wastewater Collection Wastewater Treatment
Class I Operator Class A Operator
Class II Operator Class I Operator
  Class II Operator
  Class III Operator
  Class IV Operator
   


Water

Water Distribution Water Supply
Class I Operator Class A Operator
Class II Operator Class I Operator
  Class II Operator
  Class III Operator
  Class IV Operator
   

 

Phone: (614) 644-2752
Fax: (614) 644-2909

Email Webmaster

Physical address (use this address for overnight deliveries):
Ohio EPA - DDAGW
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215

Mailing address:
Ohio EPA - DDAGW
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049 

Operator Certification Contacts 
Operator Certification Hotline (866) 411-6728
Courlas, Tanushree (614) 705-1142
Davis, Deidra (614) 644-2029
Ganzfried, Marissa (614) 644-3140
Jarrell, Kevin (614) 728-1226
   

 

Important Dates

Nov. 7

November Exam Date

Aug. 1

eBiz Renewal Applications Available

Aug. 9

November Exam Deadline

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