Tribal Drinking Water – Operator Certification

 

Tribal water operators are essential in providing safe drinking water and protecting
the public health of the Tribal communities they serve. The goal of the EPA Region 6
Tribal Operator Certification Program is to increase operator competency and to assist
Tribal operators in achieving certification. The Program offers an opportunity for
Tribal drinking water operators to attend training specifically developed for Tribes
and to work towards certification.

As members of the Association of Boards Certification (ABC) for over 15 years, we are pleased to offer:

  • Both paper based testing and computer based testing
  • Quarterly and as requested EPA Region 6 operator certification exams
  • Tribal Utility Advisory Committee (TUAC) meetings
  • Reciprocity for Tribal water operators certified by other entities
  • Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for SW EFC trainings
  • Trainings in test-taking and basic math skills
  • Countrywide testing at AMP testing centers
EPA Region 6 Tribal Operator Certification Program Requirements for Certification for Water Distribution
and Treatment testing

Level Work Experience Education Continuing Education Hours
1 1 year of operating experience. (Education cannot be substituted for experience.) High school diploma or GED 10 hours
2 2 years of operating experience. (Post high school education or approved training may be substituted for up to 6 months of experience) High school diploma or GED 30 hours
3 5 years of operating experience. (Post high school education or approved training may be substituted for up to 1½ years of experience) High school diploma or GED & 1 year of post high school education or the equivalent in approved training 50 hours
4 6 years of operating experience, of which at least 1½ years must have occurred after obtaining a Level 3 Certificate. (Post high school education or approved training may be substituted for up to 4 years of experience.) High school diploma or GED & 2 years of post high school education or the equivalent in approved training 80 hours

For more information, email Rose Afandi: Rose Afandi

Download and complete the below application forms and return the required documentation to the below address 2 weeks before the expected testing date:

Operator Certification Program
SWEFC/Civil Engineering Department
MSC01 1070, 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

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