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Exam schedule and licensing information, including forms via the Mass. Board of Certification.

Revised policy on training requirements to sit for exams in Massachusetts - effective January 1, 2012.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR DRINKING WATER OPERATORS (DISTRIBUTION & TREATMENT)

Distribution Operators Please Note:
Effective 1/1/12, applicants must move “sequentially” through distribution operator certification examination levels. Applicants must take and pass a Grade 1D Examination in order to register for Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Distribution to then become eligible to apply for the Grade 2D Operator Certification Examination.

If you currently hold a Grade 2D, you must register for and successfully complete Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Distribution in order to become eligible to apply for the Grade 3D Operator Certification Examination.

If you currently hold a Grade 3D, you must register for and successfully complete Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Distribution in order to become eligible to apply for the Grade 4D Operator Certification Examination.

Once you have completed Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Distribution, it is not required that you repeat the course a second time to become eligible to “move up sequentially” and apply to take the next (higher) level distribution grade certification examination (such as moving from Grade 2D to 3D) when you have already completed Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Distribution to qualify to apply take the 2D Certification Examination.

In summary, you are required to take Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Distribution only ONCE when applying to move “sequentially” through distribution grade level examinations (Grade 1D to 2D, Grade 2D to 3D, or Grade 3D to 4D). You are not required to take Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Distribution to become eligible to apply for the Grade 1D Operator Certification Examination, but you are welcome to do so. NEWWA also offers Technical Training and Certification Examination Preparation: Grade 1D (6 weeks, 18 hours, 1.8 CEUs) specifically designed to assist aspiring distribution operator to prepare for the Grade 1D Operator Certification Examination.

Treatment Operators Please Note:
Effective 1/1/12, applicants must move “sequentially” through treatment operator certification examination levels. Applicants must take and pass a Grade 1T Examination in order to register for Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Treatment: Grade 2T to then become eligible to apply for the Grade 2T Operator Certification Examination. 

If you currently hold a Grade 2T, you must register for and successfully complete Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Treatment: Grades 3T-4T in order to become eligible to apply for the Grade 3T Operator Certification Examination. NEWWA will offer this class beginning in March of 2012.

If you currently hold a Grade 3T, you must register for and successfully complete Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Treatment: Grades 3T-4T in order to become eligible to apply for the Grade 4T Operator Certification Examination. NEWWA will offer this class beginning in March of 2012.

Once you have completed Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Treatment Grade 2T, it is required that you successfully complete Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Treatment: Grades 3T-4T in order to become eligible to “move up sequentially” and apply to take the next (higher) level treatment grade certification examination (such as moving from Grade 2T to 3T or Grade 3T to Grade 4T).

In summary, you are required to take Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Treatment: Grade 2T when applying to move “sequentially” from the Grade 1T to Grade 2T certification examination and a separate, additional course, Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Treatment: Grades 3T-4T to “move up sequentially” from Grade 2T to 3T or Grade 3T to Grade 4T certification examination. You are required to take Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Treatment Grades 3T-4T only ONCE to become eligible to apply to “move up sequentially” from Grade 2T to 4T.

You are not required to complete Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Treatment: Grade 2T to become eligible to apply for the Grade 1T Operator Certification Examination, but you are welcome to do so. NEWWA also offers Technical Training and Certification Examination Preparation: Grade 1T (6 weeks, 18 hours, 1.8 CEUs) specifically designed to assist aspiring distribution operator to prepare for the Grade 1T Operator Certification Examination. 
 

Annual "Concepts and Practices of Drinking Water Distribution/Treatment" Course Offering Schedule: Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters

A=Fall     B=Spring     C=Summer

Fall (A) Spring(B) Summer (C)
1D (6 week - exam review) 1D (6 week - exam review) 1D (6 week - exam review)
1T (6 week - exam review) 1T (6 week - exam review) 1T (6 week - exam review)
D2-D4 (12 week required for exam) D2-D4 (12 week required for exam) Not offered
T2 (12 week required for exam) Not offered Not offered
Not offered T3-T4 (12 week required for exam) Not offered

 

Exam Application Procedures For Drinking Water Operators in Massachusetts (effective 2009) 

By Paul S. Niman, Board Chairman

The Board of Certification of Operators of Drinking Water Supply Facilities (Board), through the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL), is now working with the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) and Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) to provide testing services for individuals wishing to become licensed as drinking water operators in Massachusetts. The new procedures will now use computerized exams offered throughout the year at selected locations accessible to all regions. These procedures were developed to make the exams more convenient for potential operators and to reduce the cost for taking the exams. Pencil and paper exams are no longer offered.

AMP will schedule applicants for the exams. The exams will be offered throughout the year, at a date and time chosen by the applicant. The exams will be administered at an AMP location selected by the applicant. Currently, AMP has testing sites in Saugus, Framingham, and Holyoke, MA; Nashua, NH; and Providence, RI. Applicants will receive their exam score and diagnostic report following completion of the exam.

To apply to take an exam, please go to www.goamp.com and follow the three steps. These procedures and additional information are outlined in the candidate handbook, which is available at the AMP Web site. You may also schedule an exam by phone by calling AMP at 1-800-345-6559.

The examination fee is $144.00. An application for licensure will be given to applicants passing the exam. The fees for licensure include an application fee of $23.00 and a licensure fee of $35.00. Applicants may request a wall certificate for a $5.00 fee. Applicants will pay the $144.00 fee each time they take an exam, even if they do not pass the exam and choose to retake the exam.

Additional exam application information may be obtained at:

The Board website.
The AMP website.

Questions regarding the new exam application procedures can be directed to Paul Niman at (617) 556-1166 or by email to Paul.Niman@state.ma.us.

To view and download license applications and other forms, visit the Massachusetts Board of Certification of Operators of Drinking Water Facilities.

 

 

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