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 Schedules

              2020 Exam Schedule – Updated 12/19/2019

Exam Application

UOCP Exam Application Form  – Updated 4/22/2019

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 – webpage link


Due to an increase in the number of applications received for operator certification exams, all exam sessions are limited to a MAXIMUM of 200 EXAMINEES.

Once an exam session is full and closed, the following notifications will take place:

  • Full sessions will be noted and highlighted on this posted schedule.
  • A full session notice will be posted on the UOCP website under the “Announcements” tab.
  • Anyone with an application approved after a session has been closed will be notified of approval to test at the next available session without submitting another application.

Exam sessions will be filled on a first come first served basis, we encouraged you to submit exam applications early. Any additions or changes to this schedule will be published on the UOCP webpage.

Please address any questions, comments, or requests for information regarding the certification process, to the NM Utility Operator Certification Program (UOCP) at (505) 827-2802. All applications for examination received must be accompanied by check or money order for payment mailed to:

NM Utility Operator Certification Program
NMED Drinking Water Bureau
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM  87502-5469

Completed exam applications should be submitted to the Utility Operator Certification Program as soon as possible, but must be postmarked on or before the examination deadline dates noted below in the Exam Schedule.

⇒ See top of page for Application Form



ALL exams are limited to a MAXIMUM of 200 Examinees.

Application Deadline

Exam Date

Exam Location (City)

Certification Exam Locations
(Updated 1/23/20)

12/31/19 01/31/20

Las Cruces

Exam Location: Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
705 S. Telshore Blvd, Las Cruces NM
03/18/20 04/17/20


Exam Location: Isleta Resort & Casino (Update)
11000 Broadway Blvd. SE, Albuquerque NM
05/13/20 06/12/20


Exam Location: Ohkay Casino & Resort
68 NM 291-Taos Hwy, Espanola NM
08/19/20 9/18/20


Exam Location: Marriot Pyramid Hotel
5151 San Francisco Rd, Albuquerque NM
10/14/20 11/13/20


Exam Location: UNM Cont. Education Center
1634 University Blvd, Albuquerque NM
10/21/20 11/20/20

Las Cruces

Exam Location: Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
705 S. Telshore Blvd., Las Cruces NM

Test Dates, Locations and Fees are subject to change.

NOTE: For information regarding training workshops and/or registration, please contact the New Mexico Water & Wastewater Association (NMWWA) at 505‐753‐8840 OR the New Mexico Rural Water Association (NMRWA) at 505‐884‐1031.