Ohio EPA has canceled the May and November 2020 paper and pencil examinations at the Ohio EXPO Center due to the following factors:
- Concern regarding Ohio EPA’s ability to ensure your safety and the safety of Ohio EPA staff;
- Continuing uncertainty with the COVID-19 crisis and ability to hold large gatherings;
- Franklin County’s Level 3 Public Health emergency; and
- Concern with The Ohio Expo Center’s ability to reopen by November.
Ohio EPA exams for becoming certified as a professional water or wastewater operator are available through our approved third-party examination provider, the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC). ABC is administering water and wastewater examinations to very small groups in 9 locations throughout the state. All applications for examination go directly through ABC’s examination portal.
You can schedule an exam at this weblink http://online.goamp.com/CandidateHome/CandidateInformation.aspx
Examinations are given 5-6 days per week (depending on site) and an examination can be taken once every 30 days.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Ohio EPA’s operator certification unit at 1-866-411-OPCT (6728) or email@example.com.
Ohio EPA is receiving inquiries regarding the cancellation of in person trainings due to precautions being taken to address COVID-19. Operators are asking what options are available to receive training necessary in the event they have a certificate that is due for renewal at the end of this year.
There is a large inventory of either correspondence or online training approved for operators to use. We maintain a list of internet and correspondence training providers at the following link: https://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/28/documents/opcert/Internet_and_Correspondence_training.pdf
If you would like to obtain contact hours during the period precautionary measures are being taken, we would suggest contacting the training providers on the above referenced list. If you wish to develop your own internal or internet based courses you may submit an application for approval through the Ohio EPA ebusiness center. Directions for doing this can be found under the ebusiness tab below. Ohio Administrative Code Rule 3745-7-15 contains the criteria for approval of web based course approvals.
Certified water and wastewater operators are essential for the protection of public health and the environment. Ohio EPA's Operator Certification program has certified more than 12,000 operators, ensuring public water and wastewater systems are operated by properly trained and qualified individuals. Learn how to become a certified water or wastewater operator.
To submit an Ohio EPA Paper and Pencil exam, renewal, third party certification or reciprocity application(s) please visit the Ohio EPA eBusiness Center webpage. For instructions to utilize the eBusiness Center please view the instructions below under the Operator tab.
NEW REQUIRED TRAINING: Starting August 15, 2018, all applicants will need to review the training document below prior to submitting the Ohio EPA exam, third-party exam certification, reciprocity and renewal applications and Operator-in-Training forms. This document will be updated periodically to reflect the current rules, regulations and policies.
NEW RENEWAL GRACE PERIOD: The operator renewal application grace period has been reduced to 6 months. All 2019 renewals must be received by June 30, 2020. If a complete renewal application is not received by June 30, 2020, you must re-take the examination to be certified.
Operator Certification Required Training - Updated Aug. 17, 2018