VOLUNTARY PROGRAM FEES (Collection System Operators, Industrial Waste Inspectors, Industrial Waste Operators, Wastewater Quality Analysts & Plant Maintenance Technologists): Make the checks payable to NWEA. Mail checks, correspondence, applications and renewals to the Certification Board, PO Box 98235, Las Vegas, NV 89193.
MANDATORY FEES (Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators): Make the checks payable to NDEP. Mail checks, correspondence, applications, and renewals to the Wastewater Operator Certification Program, Bureau of Water Pollution Control, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, 901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 4001, Carson City, NV 89701.
Renewals: Renewal notices are mailed at least 30 days before the expiration date; please e-mail us if you don't receive one; fee extends certification for two-year period. Wastewater fee: $110.00 Voluntary fee: $80.00
Examinations: Proctored in Las Vegas, Reno, Elko, and Ely in March, June, September, and December; application deadline is 30 days prior to exam date. Wastewater fee: $140.00
Restricted Wastewater fee: $90.00
Voluntary fee: $150.00
AMP Computerized exam fee: $67.00 (to be paid when registering for exam)
Reciprocity: Be sure to include copies of your certificate/s, documentation of 6 CEUS, and high school diploma or equivalent and education experience. Your certification must be current in the state that you are applying from. Wastewater fee: $150.00 Voluntary fee: $200.00
Operator-in-Training: Valid for two years and renewable after that. Includes cost of the Grade I exam. Converts to Grade I with proof of one year's experience and other required documentation. Voluntary fee: $150.00
Restricted Conversion Wastewater fee: $70.00
Replacement Certificate Wastewater fee: $20.00
Only applies to renewals that are postmarked after the expiration date Wastewater fee: $80.00 Voluntary fee: $20.00
If an examinee takes and passes a grade I exam but does not meet all of the experience and education requirements they will receive an operator-in-training certification. To be eligible to receive a grade I certification the applicant must:
Take and pass the grade I certification exam
Have 1 year of full time experience
Submit documentation of 60 hours of related training
Submit a copy of their high school diploma/equivalent
Once the operator-in-training meets the requirements an upgrade form must be completed and signed by their supervisor. In addition to the upgrade form, the required education documentation must be submitted.
Below you will find a link to the most recent Nevada Board of Certification for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators Policy & Procedures Manual. In it you will read about some of these important policies:
Job Definitions and Duties
Multiple Certification Experience
Voluntary Continuing Education
Continuing Education Review
Code of Conduct
Credit Card Processing
Exam Administration - ADA Compliance
Examination Proctoring Agreement
Instructions for Administering ABC Exams
Nevada Administrative Code 445A.287-292
If you are applying for certification or reciprocity in Nevada, you must meet all of Nevada’s eligibility requirements for the level of certification you are seeking.
Except as otherwise noted, the policies & procedures contained herein apply to all certification disciplines administered by the Nevada Water Environment Association.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is now offering online exam quizzes on wastewater and laboratory topics. This is a great resource if you are preparing to take a certification exam or simply want to test your knowledge. Quizzes are available in fundamental, intermediate and advanced categories. New quizzes are posted every month.
This book is a revision to the 2002 edition of WEF/ABC Collection Systems Operators’ Guide to Preparing for the Certification Examination, which formerly was titled WEF/ABC Certification Study Guide for Collection Systems Personnel (1993). The book was developed by 13 authors based on sectorwide job analyses and six different need-to-know criteria.