Wastewater Operator Certification Program
The Division of Water Quality Management oversees the Wastewater Operation Certification Program. Day-to-day administration of the program is handled by the Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee (JETCC) staff. Operators of publicly owned and industrial wastewater treatment plants must be certified by the Department. Treatment plants are classified Grades I-V according to population equivalents and type of treatment. Certification for each operator Grade I-V is based on education and experience. There are provisions for substituting education for experience as well as certain work experience for actual treatment plant experience for certification in Grades I through III. Certification as a Grade IV or Grade V operator requires actual experience working as an operator at a wastewater treatment plant. Operators are certified through examinations which are given in May and November each year. Operators must renew their certification every other year by showing evidence that they have completed eighteen (18) hours of approved training and paying a renewal fee. Certificates which are not renewed become inactive for a period of two years. Unless then operator reinstates the certificate during that period, their license is revoked and they must pass the appropriate examination to regain their certificate.
- Leeann Hanson or Spring Connolly 207-253-8020 JETCC
PO Box 487
Scarborough , ME 04070-0487
- Sterling Pierce 207-287-4868 or Jim Crowley 207-287-8898 DEP
Operator Certification Program
17 State House Station
Augusta , ME 04333-0017
- Title 32, Chapter 62, §§ 4171 - 4182.
- Chapter 531. Regulations for Waste Water Operator's Certification Program.
- Application for wastewater treatment plant operator certification.
Note: the fee for applying for certification as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in Maine is $125.00.