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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.

REQUIRED TRAINING: Starting Aug. 15, 2018, all applicants will need to review the training document below prior to submitting the Ohio EPA exam, third-party exam certification, reciprocity and renewal applications and Operator-in-Training forms. This document will be updated periodically to reflect the current rules, regulations and policies.

RENEWAL GRACE PERIOD: The operator renewal application grace period has been reduced to 6 months. A complete renewal application must be received by June 30 of the year following your expiration date. If a complete renewal application is not received by June 30 of the year following you expiration date, you must re-take the examination to be certified.

Ohio EPA Professional Operator Certification Training - Updated Jan. 5, 2022