New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Drinking Water Bureau

Utility Operator Exam Essentials

EXAM Schedule

NEW Computer-based Testing Coming Soon!     (Updated 7/27/2020)
Due to COVID-19 Health Crisis, effective May 8, 2020, the 2020 Exam Sessions have ALL been cancelled
and will be replace with the
Computer-based Testing.

EXAM Application

NEWLY Revised UOCP Exam Application Form    (Available August 15th – Updated 7/27/20)
Effective May 8, 2020, the Utility Operator Certification Program has suspended the acceptance of Exam Applications.

NEW 2020 Computer-based Testing!

The Utility Operator Certification Program (UOCP) will be offering computer-based testing for all operator certification exams. UOCP is partnering with the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) and New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions to administer exams in place of previously scheduled 2020 exam sessions. We hope to make this new testing opportunity available as soon as late August.

Starting August 15, 2020, our office will reconvene in accepting Exam applications for review by the UOCP staff.

The 2020 Exam Sessions previously scheduled for the 2020 in-person paper exams have ALL been canceled. We will no longer be offering paper exams as they are being replaced with computer-based exams.

Please address any questions, comments, or requests for information regarding the certification process, to the NM Utility Operator Certification Program (UOCP) via email to

All Exam applications and payments will continue to be accepted by mailed to and made payable to:

NMED – Utility Operator Certification Program
PO Box 5469

Santa Fe, NM  87502-5469


Pay ONLINE at NMED Online Payments
1) Click on the PAY NOW’ Tab

2) Enter your Certman email address and zip code  (contact our office to confirm email in Certman)

*IMPORTANT Note – BEFORE you can proceed with your online payment, a UOCP staff member will send to you an email notification confirming the Exam details and the Fees Due. As soon as you receive this email notification, your Fees must be paid within 3-days OR your application will be rejected.

See top of page for Application Form

Exam Formula Sheets & Study Information

Need to Know Criteria for Water & Wastewater Operators

Water Certification Need to Know Criteria

Wastewater Certification Need to Know Criteria

Certification Exam Formula Sheets (Updated 2/20/2019)

Wastewater Formula Sheet (Level 1 & 2)

Wastewater Formula Sheet (Level 3 & 4)

Water Formula Sheet (Level 1 & 2)

Water Formula Sheet (Level 3 & 4)

Water & Wastewater Study Manuals

Water & Wastewater Study Manuals – Click here for link to page

Training & Workshops

For information regarding training workshops and/or registration, please contact:

  • New Mexico Water & Wastewater Association (NMWWA) at 505‐753‐8840 
  • New Mexico Rural Water Association (NMRWA) at 505‐884‐1031.



Please note, all results for exam scores will be mailed out to the operator address on file and will be made available online on the Operator Look-up. No results will be given over the phone or by email. Exam packets are expected to be completed by UOCP within 2-3 weeks from the exam date. Exam packets with printable copies of new certificates and ID cards will be electronically sent via email to the address on file in Certman. To confirm or update email address please sent a written request to