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Utility Operator Certification Program

Welcome to the Utility Operator Certification Program


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 UOCP Special Announcements

2017 Basic WW Training Workshop  October 18-19, 2017 Clovis, NM

October 18-19, 2017 Clovis, NM

NMWQCC UOCP Board Meeting – July 11, 2017

UOC Board Meeting Draft Agenda_July 11, 2017

Region 6 Pretreatment Association Workshop

Albuquerque, July 25-28, 2017 NMAC Code of Professional Conduct Effective Jan 17, 2017

(See the Full Regulations under “UOCP Essentials” section below.)


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Eric Hall Program Manager  (505) 827-2804
 Anne Keller
Environmental Scientist
 (505) 222-9575
 April Salazar
Management Analyst
 (505) 827-2802










Who Is An Operator?

An “operator” is any person who operates a public water supply system or a public wastewater facility.  Read More….

Who Must Be Certified?

According to the Utility Operator Certification Regulation ( NMAC), it is unlawful to operator or allow the operation of a public water supply system or public wastewater facility unless the system or facility is operated by or under the supervision of a certified operator who meets or exceeds the appropriate level of certification required to operate the system or facility.  Read More….

How do I Become A Certified Operator?

Individuals wanting to become certified water or wastewater utility operators in the State of New Mexico must meet the minimum certification and exam application requirements below:  Read More….


The Utility Operator Certification Program (UOCP) administers Water and Wastewater Operators at all public water and wastewater utilities in New Mexico.
This includes development, scheduling and administration of certification examinations, processing applications for certification and renewal, tracking all certified operators continuing education courses, evaluating training courses for relevance to program, tracking compliance with operator certification requirements and working with the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission and the Utility Operator Certification Advisory Board


Exam Schedules

2017 UOCP Exam Schedule  – UPDATED 8/7/17



The application deadline is Wednesday, July 19, 2017 for the Utility Operator Certification Exam to be held at the Roswell ENMU Occupational Center 20 West Mathis, Roswell, NM on Friday, August 18, 2017.


The application deadline is Wednesday, August 23, 2017 for the Utility Operator Certification Exam to be held at the Marriot Pyramid N Hotel 5151 San Francisco NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 on Friday, September 22, 2017.

NOTE: Test Dates, Locations and Fees are subject to change.



UOCP Essentials…

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 Bulleted item... UOCP Exam Application
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 Bulleted item... Operator Database Access – Login
 Bulleted item... Current Utility Operator Certification Regulations  Effective Jan 17, 2017


Related Resources…

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 Bulleted item... Certified Operators/Samplers/Approved RTCR Assessors Available for Contract


Training Resources…

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