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Operator Certification

The purpose of water and wastewater treatment operator certification is to protect the public health and welfare and prevent pollution by classifying all water and wastewater treatment plants, water distribution systems, and public wastewater collection systems, and by establishing a program for the certification of the competency of operators to operate such plants and systems.

The operator certification regulations are in Division 335-10-1.

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Becoming a Certified Public Water System or Public Wastewater System Operator in Alabama

To become a certified Water or Wastewater System Operator, a person must complete a State of Alabama Water & Wastewater Operator Exam Application (Form 505). This form is available on the ADEM web page. An applicant submits the form via regular mail to the address shown on the form. Electronic submittals of Form 505 are not presently accepted by the ADEM. The appropriate exam fee must accompany the exam application that is mailed to ADEM.

AMP will notify the applicant by e-mail and private mailbox that he or she is approved to sit for the exam. The applicant will take an electronic exam at one of the 6 test centers located around the state (for example, in Montgomery, a local H&R Block office is established as a private proctored test center). The applicant selects a convenient site for the exam and registers in advance for the exam at the following Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) web site: www.goamp.com and click on "Register For This Exam".

An applicant will be notified at the test center if he or she passes or fails the exam. If the exam is failed, the applicant may repeat the application and registration process and retake the exam at their own pace. However, the applicant must re-apply by submitting both a new Form 505 and a new exam fee with each application submitted to re-take an exam.

When an applicant passes the exam with a grade of 70 or better, the applicant will have earned the title of an "Operator Intern". The test center will provide the applicant with an Operator Intern number. At that point, the intern must complete his or her minimum Operator Intern experience, as outlined in the ADEM regulations. The intern must continue to work in a publicly-owned, permitted facility for the length of time listed in ADEM's Chapter 335 Division 10 regulations (335-10-1). When the minimum duration of experience is obtained by the intern, he or she must complete a State of Alabama Water and Wastewater Operator Experience Verification (Form 506). The Form 506 is submitted to ADEM by mail (no electronic submittal accepted), along with the applicable Form 506 fee.

ADEM will evaluate the intern's experience and make a determination. The intern will be notified by mail and, upon approval, ADEM will mail the intern a valid Operator Certificate. An intern has 5 years to obtain the minimum experience required to become certified or the intern must retake the exam for that grade level.

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Contact Information

Attn: Operator Certification
Post Office Box 301463
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1463
(334) 271-7796
(334) 271-7950 fax