Board of Certification

NOTICE:  STARTING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017, PLEASE VISIT THE WASTEWATER BRANCH AT OUR NEW LOCATION AT:  2827 WAIMANO HOME ROAD, HALE OLA BUILDING, ROOM 207, PEARL CITY, HAWAII, 96782

Directions to our office, coming from the East: Take Exit 10 off the H-1 Freeway. Merge onto Moanalua Road. Use the right two (2) lanes to turn onto Waimano Home Road and keep following the road. You’ll be stopped at the guard shack, please tell the guard that you are visiting the Wastewater Branch office in the Hale Ola Building. Once you pass the guard shack, just follow the road all the way up and the building will be at the top.

Directions to our office, coming from the West: Proceed on Moanalua Road. Use the right two (2) lanes to turn onto Waimano Home Road and keep following the road.  You’ll be stopped at the guard shack, please tell the guard that you are visiting the Wastewater Branch office in the Hale Ola Building.  Once you pass the guard shack, just follow the road all the way up and the building will be at the top.

Parking at our new office: Parking will be free!  You can park on the road or there is a guest parking lot.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (808) 586-4294.

THE COMPUTER BASED CERTIFICATION EXAMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON OAHU, BIG ISLAND, KAUAI AND MAUI.  

OAHU LOCATIONS:  1415 KAPIOLANI BOULEVARD, HONOLULU, HAWAII, 96814 AND HONOLULU COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 874 DILLINGHAM BLVD., BUILDING 7, ROOM 304, HONOLULU, HAWAII  96817

BIG ISLAND LOCATION:  NORTH HAWAII EDUCATION RESEARCH CENTER, 45-539 PLUMERIA STREET, HONOKAA, HAWAII  96727

KAUAI LOCATION: KAPAA – THE COMPUTER HOSPITAL, 1347 ULU STREET, KAPAA, HAWAII  96746

MAUI LOCATION:  UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII MAUI COLLEGE, 310 W. KA’AHUMANU AVENUE, LAULIMA BUILDING RM. 212, KAHULUI, HAWAII  96732

GET INFORMATION ON DIRECTIONS TO THE VARIOUS LOCATIONS HERE.

Purpose

The purpose of the certification program is stated in Title 11, Chapter 61. The efficient management of wastewater treatment works is an important economic asset to the public, to county and state officials and to operators. Also, effective operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment works is essential to prevent pollution of the waters of the state. Furthermore, certification of wastewater treatment works operators assures the employment of personnel competent to provide efficient and proper operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities.

Board of Certification

Below is a list of members currently on the Board of Certification.

Name County/Agency End of Term
Virgilio Viernes County of Maui June 30, 2020
Kevin Nakamura,
Grade IV
State of Hawaii, Department of Health June 30, 2019
Robert Souza, CHAIR,
Grade IV
City & County of Honolulu June 30, 2019
Vacant County of Hawaii
Loren Tanigawa,
Grade IV
County of Kauai June 30, 2019
Emily Dong, PE Professional Engineer in Private Practice June 30, 2020
Ronald Hay, Grade IV Private Sector June 30, 2019
Roger Babcock Jr, VICE-CHAIR, PhD, PE Engineering Faculty, UH Manoa, WRRC June 30, 2019
Gary Hutchinson Hawaii Water Environment Association June 30, 2020

Schedule of Board of Certification Meetings and Events 2018

Meeting/Event Date Location
Board of Certification Meetings February 7-8, 2018 HWEA Conference
March 8-9, 2018 Hilo, Hawaii
May 4, 2018  Pearl City, Oahu Wastewater Branch
June 21-22, 2018 Lihue, Kauai
September 7, 2018 Pearl City, Oahu           Wastewater Branch
October 18-19, 2018 Kahului, Maui
December 6-7, 2018 Kona, Hawaii
ABC Exam Application Deadline December 2, 2018 For February 2018 Exam
June 14, 2018 For August 2018 Exam
ABC Certification Operator Exam February 15, 2018 All Islands
August 16, 2018 All Islands
Certification Renewal Application Deadline September 15, 2018 For Oct 16, 2018 to Oct 15, 2020
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE!

Minutes of Meeting for the Board of Certification

 

2015 2016 2017 2018
02-02-15 03-10-16 – 03-11-16 03-09-17 – 03-10-17 03-08-18- 03-09-18
03-19-15 – 03-20-15 05-05-16 05-04-17 05-04-18
05-14-15 06-30-16 – 07-01-16  09-05-17 06-21-18- 6-22-18
07-23-15 – 07-24-15 09-22-16 – 09-23-16  10-05-17
09-03-15 12-15-16 – 12-16-16 12-14-17 – 12-15-17
10-15-15 – 10-16-15 amended 
12-10-15 – 12-11-15

Archived minutes

Hawaii State Ethics Commission Publication – The High Road

Operator Certification

The Board of Certification administers two paper examinations per calendar year in February and August. The examinations can also be taken as Computer Based Test (CBT). Operators may take the test up to 3 times in a calendar year. Any combination of paper and CBT is allowed up to three attempts. Applications for Wastewater Operator Certification Examinations are mailed to all county, private, and federal agencies approximately 90 days prior to the paper examination dates. These are the only two time periods during which applications are accepted for any exams.

The basic education and experience requirements for each grade are listed below (complete list here: pdf). Note: a high school diploma is required for all grades. The application form can be downloaded from the Operator Certification section below. Additional information and qualifications are stated in Title 11, Chapter 61, Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR).

Send applications to: Board of Certification of Operating Personnel in Wastewater Treatment Plants, c/o Wastewater Branch, 919 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 309, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

Please call (808) 586-4294 should you have any further questions about operator certification, qualification requirements, exams, renewal, application forms and fees.

Grade Work Experience Education Points (CEUs)
1 One year None
2 Two years 6
3 Three years 16
4 Five years 32

Note: High school diploma is required for all grades.

Certification Examination Locations:

Island Time Location
Hawaii 1st Session 7:30 am Waimea Community Center (NOT Civic Center)
65-1260 Kawaihae Road
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Hawaii 2nd Session 12:00 pm Waimea Community Center (NOT Civic Center)
65-1260 Kawaihae Road
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Kauai 8:00 am Civil Defense Bldg.
3990 Kaana Street, Suite 100
Lihue, HI 96766
Maui 1st Session 7:30 am Kihei WWTP
480 Welekahao Road
Kihei, Maui
Maui 2nd Session 12:00 pm Kihei WWTP
480 Welekahao Road
Kihei, Maui
Oahu 1st session
Oahu 2nd session
8:00 am
4:00 pm
Sand Island WWTP
1350 Sand Island Pkwy, Bldg. 3A
Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Notice of Certification Examination – August 16, 2018 | .pdf | (Application Deadline June 14, 2018)
  • Certification Examination Application w/instructions – Form 1 | .pdf |
  • Certification Re-Examination Application w/instructions – Form 2 | .pdf |
  • Reference Material for ABC WW Treatment Exams | .pdf |
  • Application for Temporary Certification | .pdf |
  • Application for Reciprocity Certification | .pdf |
  • Schedule of Fees | .pdf |
  • List of Courses Granted CEU Credits | .pdf |

Current Licensed Operators

  • To verify the license of an operator, call the Board of Certification at 586-4294.

Renewal Application

Renewed certificates are valid for a period of twenty-four months and expire on October 15 of even numbered years.

  • Operator Certification Renewal Application |.pdf|

Listing of Approved Repeat Training Courses for Certificate Renewal Purposes Only

  •  Listing of Approved Training Courses for Repeats | .pdf |

Request for Public Records

  • Request for Public Records for Training Center and Board of Certification | .pdf |

DRC Notification

  • Form for Notification of New DRC | .pdf |

Continuing Education

California State University Sacramento

Course CEUs
Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants, Volume I – 6
Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants, Volume II – 5
Advanced Waste Treatment – 5
Industrial Waste Treatment, Volume I – 3
Industrial Waste Treatment, Volume II – 3
Operation and Maintenance of Wastewater Collection Systems, Volume I – 4
Operation and Maintenance of Wastewater Collection Systems, Volume II – 4
Water Treatment Plant Operation, Volume II – 2
Water Distribution System Operation and Maintenance – 2
Small Wastewater Operation and Maintenance – 0
Small Water System Operation and Maintenance – 2
Utility Management – 1
Collection Systems: Methods for Evaluating and Improving Performance – 2
Collection Systems, Volume I – 4
Collection Systems, Volume II – 4
Manage for Success – 4.5
Treatment of Metal Waste Streams – 0
Pretreatment Facility Inspection – 0
Membrane Bio-reactor – 1

Hawaii Rural Water Association

Michigan State University

Supervisory Management in the Water/Wastewater Field – 6
Maintenance Management in the Water/Wastewater Field – 6
Effective Communication in the Municipal Environment – 4

Indiana State University

Supervision and Management for Working Professionals I – 5
Supervision and Management for Working Professionals II – 5

Brown and Caldwell

Trickling Filter / Solids Contactor (two 1/2-day classes) – 1

CEUs are also awarded for specific college courses and other wastewater related training. Please contact the Board of Certification for more information.

Online Courses – Approved

Sponsor Approved Course CEUs
CEU Plan (ceuplan.com) All 0.1 each
360water, Inc. (360water.com) Wastewater Courses 0.1 each
Montana Water Center Opr. Basics Training Services 2005: WW Lagoons 1.1
TargetSolutions.com Selective courses 0.1
United Rentals Confined Space CSE
Trench Safety CPT
0.4
0.5
Bismarck State College WATR 120 Wastewater Treatment 8