Wastewater treatment systems protect public health and the environment only
if they are being properly operated and maintained. The Wastewater
Operator Certification Program is intended to protect public health,
environmental quality, and the financial investment of wastewater
facilities. Illinois EPA certifies the technical competency of operators
of domestic and industrial wastewater treatment/pretreatment facilities
and also administers a voluntary certification program for operators
of collection systems.
An operator certified as competent by the Illinois EPA must be
able to perform duties without endangering public health or the
environment. 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.
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.