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Getting a Water and Wastewater Operator Certificate

Do I need a certificate to operate a water or wastewater facility?

Yes, to ensure that they have the required knowledge and experience, any individual who operates a water or wastewater facility must hold a valid certificate.

In what categories can I be certified?

A full list of facility operator categories is available here.

How can I get a certificate?

A detailed list of facility operator certification requirements is available here.  In addition to having the necessary education and experience, you must complete an examination and obtain a mark of not less than 70% to get a facility operator certificate.

When can I write the exam?

A current exam schedule is available. Small wastewater system (SWS) exams are offered 'as needed'. Please contact the Department if you wish to complete a SWS exam.

What does the exam and the certificate cost?

$50 is the cost to write a water or wastewater facility operator certification exam.  A facility operator certificate is valid for a period of four (4) years.

$20 is the cost to renew a facility operator certificate. 

$50 is the cost to write a SWS operator exam. SWS operators do not need to renew their certification.  Training for SWS operators is provided outside of the department. Course fees are determined by the training provider.

There is no HST on exam fees.

Please make cheques payable to the Minister of Finance.

How long will it take to get my certificate?

Certification exams for Level I to Level IV operators are offered every six (6) months.
Please allow up to four (4) weeks to renew a certificate.

Additional Information

Drinking Water and Wastewater Facility Operating Regulations

Service Location

Jones Building

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