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Utility Operator Certification Program

UOCP administers Water and Wastewater Operator Certifications for all public water and wastewater utilities in New Mexico.

KEY INFO for OPERATORS…

Important UOCP Announcements

***IMPORTANT CORRECTIONS***

A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE UTILITY OPERATOR CERTIFICATION REGULATION 20.7.4 NMAC WILL BE POSTED ON THE UOCP WEBPAGE ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

UTILITY OPERATOR CERTIFICATION REGULATION AMENDMENTS – STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS

The New Mexico Environment Department’s Utility Operator Certification Program will convene public meetings to discuss proposed amendments to the Utility Operator Certification Regulation, 20.7.4 NMAC. Public meetings will be held on the following dates and locations:

September 25, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Limited space is available for ABQ Meeting only; register online to select a date: click link below
https://www.env.nm.gov/drinking_water/uocp-stake-holders-meeting-registration/        

New Mexico Environment Department- District I Office
Rio Grande Conference Room
121 Tijeras Ave. NE, ALBUQUERQUE  NM

September 26, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Limited space is available for ABQ Meeting only; register online to select a date: click link below
https://www.env.nm.gov/drinking_water/uocp-stake-holders-meeting-registration/        

New Mexico Environment Department-District I Office
Rio Grande Conference Room
121 Tijeras Ave. NE, ALBUQUERQUE NM

September 30, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

New Mexico Environment Department – Harold Runnels Bldg.

First Floor Auditorium

1190 S. St. Francis Drive, SANTA FE NM

**October 4, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.**

Doña Ana Community College-Espina Campus

DASH 75 & 77
3400 S. Espina Street, LAS CRUCES NM

Note:  Attendee parking ONLY in dirt lot on north side of Gregg Street. (Espina Campus Map)

Individuals parking in other lots without a parking pass will be ticketed.

To request a parking pass for Oct. 4, click the following link:  https://park.nmsu.edu/visitor/

October 17, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

San Juan County McGee Park
41 Road 5568, FARMINGTON NM

AVISO LEGAL

Por la presente se da aviso de que el Programa de Certificación de Operadores de Servicios Públicos (UOCP, por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México convocará reuniones públicas para discutir las enmiendas propuestas al Reglamento de Certificación de Operadores de Servicios Públicos, 20.7.4 NMAC. Las reuniones públicas se llevarán a cabo en las siguientes fechas y lugares:

  • 25 de septiembre de 2019, de 1 de la tarde a 5 de la tarde, en la Sala Río Grande de la Oficina del Distrito 1 del Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México, 121 Avenida Tijeras NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. El espacio es limitado. Haga una reserva visitando la página web del Programa de Certificación de Operadores de Servicios Públicos (https://www.env.nm.gov/drinking_water/utility-operator-certification-program/). 
  • 26 de septiembre de 2019, de 1 de la tarde a 5 de la tarde, en la Sala Río Grande de la Oficina del Distrito 1 del Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México, 121 Avenida Tijeras NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. El espacio es limitado. Haga una reserva visitando la página web del Programa de Certificación de Operadores de Servicios Públicos (https://www.env.nm.gov/drinking_water/utility-operator-certification-program/). 
  • 30 de septiembre de 2019, de 1 de la tarde a 5 de la tarde, en el Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México, Edificio Harold Runnels, en el auditorio ubicado en el primer piso, 1190 S. St. Francis Dr., Santa Fe, NM 87505.
  • 4 de octubre de 2019, de 1 de la tarde a 5 de la tarde, en Doña Ana Community College-Espina Campus, DASH 75 & 77, 3400 S. Espina St., Las Cruces, NM  88003.
  • 17 de octubre de 2019, de 1 de la tarde a 5 de la tarde, en el parque McGee del condado de San Juan, 41 Rd. 5568, Farmington, NM 87401.

Para obtener más información comuníquese con Anne Keller del Programa de Certificación de Operadores de Servicios Públicos llamando al 505-222-9575. Una copia de las enmiendas propuestas al reglamento se publicará en la página web del Programa de Certificación de Operadores de Servicios Públicos en la sección “Anuncios”, 72 horas antes de la primera reunión del 25 de septiembre de 2019. (https://www.env.nm.gov/drinking_water/dwb-utility-operator-certification-program/). Se anima a todas las personas interesadas a asistir.

NMED no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, discapacidad, edad o sexo en la administración de sus programas o actividades, según lo exigen las leyes y regulaciones aplicables. NMED es responsable de la coordinación de los esfuerzos de cumplimiento y la recepción de consultas sobre los requisitos de no discriminación implementados por 40 C.F.R. Partes 5 y 7, incluido el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmendada; Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973; la Ley de Discriminación por Edad de 1975, el Título IX de las Enmiendas de Educación de 1972 y la Sección 13 de las Enmiendas de la Ley de Control de la Contaminación del Agua de 1972. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre este aviso o alguno de los programas, políticas o procedimientos de no discriminación de NMED o si cree que ha sido discriminado con respecto a un programa o actividad de NMED, puede comunicarse con: Kristine Yurdin, coordinadora de no discriminación, NMED, 1190 St. Francis Dr., Suite N4050, P.O. Box 5469, Santa Fe, NM 87502, teléfono (505) 827-2855, correo electrónico nd.coordinator@state.nm.us. También puede visitar nuestro sitio web en https://www.env.nm.gov/non-employee-discrimination-complaint-page/ para saber cómo y dónde presentar una queja de discriminación.

 

** EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY **

Beginning with applications for the October 11, 2019 exam session, all required training credits for certification exams MUST be submitted with the exam application or already on file in the operator’s training record with the Utility Operator Certification Program (UOCP).  NO EXCEPTIONS! 

This is in accordance with the Utility Operator Certification Regulation 20.7.4.21.A.(4) NMAC REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION:, which states “successfully meet the educational, experience and training requirements stipulated in 20.7.4.22 NMAC.”  Training credit requirements specified in 20.7.4.22 NMAC are as follows:

Certification Type:

Minimum Required Training Credits to Apply for Exam:

WST1

5

WST2

10

SW, SWA

SWW, SWWA

10

WS1, DS1

WW1, CS1, WWLT1

10

WS2, DS2

WW2, CS2, WWLT2

30

WS3, DS3

WW3, WWLT3

50

WS4

WW4

80

Any exam application received by UOCP without documentation of the required training credits, will be rejected.  All exam application fees are non-refundable, in accordance with 20.7.4.21.A.(3) NMAC.  Questions? Please call Anita Tavasci at (505) 827-2802.

Upcoming EXAM DATES:
         August 30, 2019
                     
                        Deadline Date: July 31, 2019
         September 20, 2019
                        Deadline Date: August 21, 2019

Please be sure to complete exam applications correctly and include all necessary required documents for example; proof of training credits, HS Diploma/GED or educational transcripts. Any incomplete exam applications or applications missing required documents may be rejection. 

Questions, please contact New Mexico Utility Operator Certification Program at 505-827-2802.

2019 Exam Calendar: https://www.env.nm.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2019-Exam-Schedule_2.20.19.pdf

UOCP ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
        Friday, July 19, 2019
                    

The New Mexico Utility Operator Certification Advisory Board will meet on July 19, 2019 at the Albuquerque District I NMED Office, 121 Tijeras Ave. NE, Albuquerque NM 87102. Draft copy of the Meeting Agenda will be posted online 72-hours prior the meeting.     


The New Mexico Utility Operator Certification Advisory Board will meet on JULY 19, 2019 in Albuquerque.   A draft Meeting Agenda will be posted 72 hours before the meeting.     

UOC Advisory Board Meeting Draft Agenda:


 

 


Meetings & Trainings

Training Calendar


Regulation Updates

20.7.4.16 NMAC Code of Professional Conduct Effective Jan 17, 2017

(See the complete Utility Operator Certification Regulation under the “Regulations” tab)

 

Operator FAQs

Who is an operator?

An “operator” is any person who operates a public water supply system or a public wastewater facility. 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 listed on the Certification & Renewal Requirements page.

 

 

About the Program

The Utility Operator Certification Program (UOCP) administers certifications for 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 the Program and to water and wastewater continuing education requirements

tracking operator compliance in accordance with operator certification regulation

working with the:

 

 


UOCP Staff Contacts

Assistance with:

Anita Tavasci,

Management Analyst

(505) 827-2802 anita.tavasci@state.nm.us
Office Hours: M-W-F 9am-5pm

T-Th (505) 222-9532

  • Certification Renewals
  • Training Credit Inquiries (individual operators)
  • Training Credit Submission (individual operators)
  • Certification Exam Dates/Schedules & General Exam Information
  • General Program & Certification Inquiries

Anne Keller,

Environmental Scientist

(505) 222-9575 anne.keller@state.nm.us

Office Hours: M-F 8:45 am -5:15 pm

  • Operator Lookup assistance (including set-up, log-in & password issues)
  • Utility Operator Certification Regulation inquiries
  • Utility Operator Certification Advisory Board inquiries

Nile Carver,

Environmental Scientist

(505) 827-0149

nile.carver@state.nm.us

  • Certification Exam Application Assistance
  • Operator Training Class Review & Approval

Eric Hall, Program Manager eric.hall@state.nm.us

Office hours 8:00am- 3:30pm

  • Utility Operator Certification Regulation Enforcement
  • Certification Exam Accommodation Requests

Individual Operator Exam Scores & Training Credit Tracking, please log into the Operator Lookup portal.

 

 


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