Board of Certification

NOTICE TO WWTP OPERATORS and OTHER AFFECTED PARTIES

All Board of Certification of Operating Personnel in Wastewater Treatment Plants records have been relocated to the Wastewater Branch of the Department of the Health. Please send all Board correspondence and applications to the following address for processing.

Board of Certification of Operating Personnel in Wastewater Treatment Plants
c/o Wastewater Branch
919 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 309
Honolulu, HI 96814

In addition, all operator training course applications for the Statewide Wastewater Operator Training Center need to be sent in care of the Wastewater Branch of the Department of Health to be processed. Oahu operator training courses will still be conducted at the Statewide Wastewater Operator Training Center. For further information or questions, please call the Wastewater Branch at telephone 586-4294 or fax 586-4300 and state which program your call is in reference to. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this transition period as records are being relocated and reorganized.

Wastewater Branch is currently working with the University of Hawaii to continue operations of the Statewide Wastewater Operator Training Center.

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, Grade IV county of Maui (per HRS 340B-4) June 30, 2013
Kevin Nakamura, Grade IV Hawaii Water Environment Association June 30, 2015
Wesley Lim, CHAIR, Grade IV City & County of Honolulu June 30, 2012
Vacant County of Hawaii
Loren Tanigawa, Grade IV County of Kauai June 30, 2015
Lee Mansfield, PE Professional Engineer in Private Practice June 30, 2014
Ronald Hay, Grade IV Private Sector June 30, 2012
Roger Babcock Jr, PhD, PE Engineering Faculty, UH Manoa, WRRC June 30, 2015
Vacant State DOH/WWB

Schedule of Board of Certification Meetings and Events FY 2013-2014.

Meeting/Event Date Location
Board of Certification Meetings May 9, 2013
June 27-28, 2013
July 18, 2013
September 12-13, 2013
November 14, 2013
December 12-13, 2013
919 Ala Moana, Honolulu, HI 96814
Kauai
919 Ala Moana, Honolulu, HI 96814
Kahului, Maui
919 Ala Moana, Honolulu, HI 96814
919 Ala Moana, Honolulu, HI 96814
ABC Exam Application Deadline June 6, 2014
ABC Certification Operator Exam August 14, 2014 All Islands
Certification Renewal Application Deadline September 12, 2014
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE!

Minutes of Meeting for the Board of Certification.

Archived minutes

Association of Boards of Certification Publication – The Certifier

2009 ABC Conference Trip Report
2010 ABC Conference Trip Report
2012 ABC Conference Trip Report
Hawaii State Ethics Commission Publication – The High Road
State of Hawaii Office of Information Practices Publication – OpenLine

Operator Certification

The Board of Certification administers two examinations per calendar year in February and August. Applications for Wastewater Operator Certification Examinations are mailed to all county, private, and federal agencies approximately 4 to 5 months prior to the examination date.

The next State of Hawaii Wastewater Operator Certification Examination is scheduled for August 14, 2014. Exam applications must be postmarked or received by June 6, 2014.

The basic education and experience requirements for each grade are listed below. 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.

Please call the Board of Certification at (808) 586-4294 for other permissible variables/requirements for eligibility.

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
Oahu 2nd session 4:00 pm Kailua Regional WWTP
95 Kaneohe Bay Drive
Kailua, Hawaii 96734
  • Notice of Certification Examination – August 14, 2014 | .pdf |
  • Certification Examination Application w/instructions | .pdf |
  • Certification Re-Examination Application w/instructions | .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

  • Licensed Operator Listing as of 10/15/10 | .pdf |

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
TargetSafety.com Selective courses 0.1
United Rentals Confined Space CSE
Trench Safety CPT
0.4
0.5

Plant Classification

Plant Classifications as of 4-01-2008