Next Advisory Board Meeting:
September 10, 2014 at 11:30 A.M.
Governor Yates Room
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel
701 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701
To protect public health, drinking water treatment
systems must be properly operated and maintained. For this reason,
and to protect the financial investment of drinking water supplies,
the Illinois EPA operates a Drinking Water Operator Certification
Program that certifies the technical competency of operators of
community water supplies.
An operator certified as competent by the Illinois EPA must be
able to perform duties without endangering public health. In order
to determine competency, the Illinois EPA must evaluate whether
applicants for certification possess the necessary skills, knowledge,
ability, and judgment to properly operate and maintain the facilities
entrusted to their care. Therefore, applicants for certification
must meet specific experience, education and examination requirements
in order to qualify for certification. To help ensure that certified
drinking water operators' knowledge stays current, certified operators
are also required to meet continuing education requirements in
order to renew their certificates.
Certification examinations and questions have been validated
through a process of expert panel review with every question being
examined for content, readability, accuracy, and relation to a
job analysis. Certification examinations are offered each month
at various locations around the state.
Information regarding non-community water supplies is available
from the Illinois Department of Public Health