As a certified operator in the state of Indiana you must attain continuing education units in order to maintain and renew your license. If you are the certified operator for your facility it is a necessity to keep your license up to date. If you are a Class I,II, A or B Certified Operator you must attain 10 contact hours in your two (2) year renewal period. If you hold a Class III, IV, C or D license you must attain 20 contact hours in your two (2) year renewal period. All certifications through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) expire on June 30 of any given year. The Certification Review Courses are a good way to quickly achieve 14 Technical contact hours or review operational details at an affordable price.
If you are not certified but are planning on becoming certified or are planning on moving to the next level the IDEM will be holding the operator exam on April 10, 2014 (application deadline February 24, 2014). The test for Municipal Class I-IV and Industrial A-D will consist of 100 multiple choice questions and you will have 3 hours to complete it.
The tests for municipal will cover activated sludge, clarifiers, disinfection, fixed film, RBC, laboratory, maintenance, preliminary treatment, primary treatment, safety, solids handling and math.
The tests for industrial will cover activated sludge, advanced waste treatment, preliminary treatment, clarifiers, industrial waste, laboratory, maintenance, safety, solids handling and math.
Both exams will have questions from the Introduction to the National Pretreatment Program and the Wastewater Certification Manual. Each test will require you to finish the Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) utilizing the Monthly Report of Operations (MRO) and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit (NPDES).
IDEM offers study guides, formula sheets, practice sheets for the DMR, MRO and NPDES permit on their web-site as well as a book list. Check out their site under RESOURCES for links to this information.
Many people have contacted Wastewater 101 regarding the Certification Review Course. Over the past few weeks Wastewater 101 has teamed up with organizations/facilities in Indiana to host classes. So if you are studying or need contact hours there are courses in northern Indiana (Warsaw), central Indiana (Zionsville and Muncie), and southern Indiana (Shelbyville). See the 2014 Training Locations on this web-site for detailed information. Please keep in mind all locations have limited seating and deadlines to sign up. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Wastewater 101 or the numbers listed for each location.