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Utility Operator Basics – FAQ’S

Who is an operator?

An “operator” is any person who operates a public water supply system or a public wastewater facility. (Read More)… According to the Utility Operator Certification Regulation (20.7.4 NMAC), “operate” means performing any activity or function or making any process control or system integrity decision regarding water quality or water quantity that has the potential to affect the proper functioning of a public water supply system or a public wastewater facility or to affect human health, public welfare or the environment. The term “operate” does not include the operation of monitoring equipment from a distantly remote location.

Who must be certified?

According to the Utility Operator Certification Regulation (20.7.4.20.A 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. Therefore, anyone who operates a public water supply system or a public wastewater facility must hold an active New Mexico utility operator certification of the correct type and level for the system or facility, or must be supervised by an individual who holds an active New Mexico utility operator certification of the correct type and level for the system or facility.

How do I become certified?

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:

 

Minimum Certification Requirements:

  • All water and wastewater certification levels require graduation from high school or successful completion of a general equivalency diploma (GED).
  • All individuals must successfully pass the written examination for the level of certification being sought.
  • All individuals must successfully meet the minimum required years of experience and training credits as outlined in the following table.

 

Certification Type & Level

 

Years Required Experience

Required Training Credits
Water Sample Tech 1 0 5
Water Sample Tech 2 0 10

Small Water (SW)

Small Water Advanced (SWA)

Water Supply Level 1 (WS1)

Distribution System 1 (DS1)

Wastewater Level 1 (WW1)

Wastewater Lab Tech 1 (WWLT1)

Collection System 1 (CS1)

Small Wastewater (SWW)

Small Wastewater Advanced (SWWA)

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

10

Water Supply Level 2 (WS2)

Distribution System 2 (DS2)

Wastewater Level 2 (WW2)

Wastewater Lab Tech 2 (WWLT2)

Collection System 2 (CS2)

 

 

2

 

 

30

Water Supply Level 3 (WS3)

Distribution System 3 (DS3)

Wastewater Level 3 (WW3)

Wastewater Lab Tech 3 (WWLT3)

 

4

 

50

Water Supply Level 4 (WS4)

Wastewater Level 4 (WW4)

1 year as WS3 or WW3, as appropriate 80

 

Requirements for Certification Exam Application:

  • Submit completed exam application to the Utility Operator Certification Program (UOCP).
  • Exam applications must be hand delivered or post marked not later than thirty days prior to the date of the examination. Exam applications can be found on the UOCP webpage.
  • Submit copy of high school diploma or GED and copies of training completion certificates with each completed exam application to the UOCP.
  • Submit a non-refundable, non-transferrable examination application fee (check or money order only) with each completed exam application. Application fees are outlined in the table below:
Certification Exam Type & Level

Non-refundable, Non-transferrable Application Fee

(check or money order only)

Water Sample Tech 1

Water Sample Tech 2

Small Water (SW)

Small Water Advanced (SWA)

Small Wastewater (SWW)

Small Wastewater Advanced (SWWA)

Wastewater Lab Tech 1 (WWLT1)

 

 

 

$25.00

Water Supply Level 1 (WS1)

Water Supply Level 2 (WS2)

Water Supply Level 3 (WS3)

Water Supply Level 4 (WS4)

Distribution System 1 (DS1)

Distribution System 2 (DS2)

Distribution System 3 (DS3)

Wastewater Level 1 (WW1)

Wastewater Level 2 (WW2)

Wastewater Level 3 (WW3)

Wastewater Level 4 (WW4)

Wastewater Lab Tech 2 (WWLT2)

Wastewater Lab Tech 3 (WWLT3)

Collection System 1 (CS1)

Collection System 2 (CS2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

$30.00

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