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Continuing Education Approval Application

Continuing Education Approval Application

complete Application, send sample certificate and course approval application list calculated to show total hours that you are requesting approval for. 

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Award Applications

NDEP Regulations

Exam Results

Congratulations to the following wastewater professionals for passing their Wastewater Treatment exams June 2018
Grade I
Korby, Casey C.
Grade 2
Chavez, Gustavo
Grade 3
Sandoval, Gerardo
Grade 1
VanSyckle, John R.
Grade 2
Goedeke, Peter
Grade 1
Castruita, Gina M.
Grade 3
Lewis, Arthur J.
Grade 1
Flores, Miguel
Grade 2
Johnson, Brandon
Grade 3
Bell, Ryan
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Certification 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.
(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
Return check
Wastewater fee: $25.00
Voluntary fee: $25.00
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Drinking Water Operator Certification


Click here for Nevada Drinking Water Certification Program Website

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Exam Schedule

MARCH 15, 2018
Location: Las Vegas - Elko - Ely
February 15, 2018 - Application deadline for exam
March 1, 2018 - Test approval/denial notification
April 1, 2018 - Notification of pass or fail

APRIL 5, 2018
Location: Reno *Nugget Casino*
March 5, 2018 - Application deadline for exam
March 22, 2018 - Test approval/denial notification
April 20, 2018 - Notification of pass or fail

JUNE 21, 2018
Location: Las Vegas - Elko - Ely, Reno
May 21, 2018 - Application deadline for exam
June 7, 2018 - Test approval/denial notification
July 12, 2018 - Notification of pass or fail

SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
Location: Las Vegas *Tri-State* - Elko - Ely, Reno
August 27, 2018 - Application deadline for exam
September 10, 2018 - Test approval/denial notification
October 11, 2018 - Notification of pass or fail

DECEMBER 13, 2018
Location: Las Vegas - Elko - Ely, Reno
November 13, 2018 - Application deadline for exam
December 1, 2018 - Test approval/denial notification
January 3, 2019 - Notification of pass or fail

MARCH 14, 2019
Location: Las Vegas - Elko - Ely, Reno
February 14, 2019 - Application deadline for exam
March 1, 2019 - Test approval/denial notification
April 1, 2019 - Notification of pass or fail

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Are you looking for training opportunities?  Visit the Events Calendar and the Education sections of the website.

What is Restricted Certification?

What is an Operator-In-Training Certificate?

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.

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Policy & Procedures


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
  • Testing Eligibility
  • Computerized Testing
  • Experience
  • Military Experience
  • Multiple Certification Experience
  • Reciprocity
  • Renewal
  • Renewal Notification
  • Voluntary Continuing Education
  • Continuing Education Review
  • Code of Conduct
  • Disciplinary
  • Invoice Approval
  • Information Request
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Exam Administration - ADA Compliance
  • Examination Proctoring
  • 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.

Policy and Procedures is currently not available as we are updating to meet the new regulations until then please see: Interim Certification Policy for NAC Revision Implementation

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