Board of Certification

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR CERTIFICATION RENEWAL APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15, 2021.  IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT OPERATORS THAT HOLD CURRENT CERTIFICATES SHOULD RENEW THEIR CERTIFICATES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  DO NOT WAIT UNTIL APRIL 2021 TO DO SO. THE REVISED APPLICATION IS PROVIDED HERE.

THE COMPUTER BASED CERTIFICATION EXAM LOCATIONS HAVE BEEN CLOSED BY PSI DUE TO COVID-19.  PLEASE REFER TO THEIR WEBSITE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ON THE REOPENING OF THESE SITES:  https://www.psionline.com/important-notice-update-concerning-covid-19-coronavirus/

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: PERMANENTLY CLOSED.  PSI ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR ANOTHER KAUAI SITE.

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.

PAPER BASED CERTIFICATION EXAMS BEING OFFERED ON KAUAI ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

The Board of Certification (BOC) will be administering paper based certification exams on Kauai on Thursday, February 18, 2021 since there are no CBT sites that are available on the island.   The notice of the examination, Forms 1 and 2 are provided below for this paper based exam.  Deadline to submit your application is Friday, December 4, 2020.  Should you have any questions, please contact Maria Yamashita at (808) 586-4294.

  • Notice of Certification Examination – February 18, 2021 | .pdf | (Application Deadline December 4, 2020)
  • Certification Examination Application w/instructions – Form 1 | .pdf |
  • Certification Re-Examination Application w/instructions – Form 2 | .pdf |

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, 2021
Vacant State of Hawaii, Department of Health
Robert Souza, CHAIR,
Grade IV
City & County of Honolulu June 30, 2023
Vacant County of Hawaii
Jon Nakashima Grade IV County of Kauai June 30, 2023
Emily Dong, PE Professional Engineer in Private Practice June 30, 2022
Vacant Private Sector
Roger Babcock Engineering Faculty, UH Manoa, WRRC June 30, 2024
Gary Hutchinson Hawaii Water Environment Association June 30, 2023

Schedule of Board of Certification Meetings and Events 2018

Meeting/Event Date Location
Board of Certification Meetings February 2-4, 2021 Pacific Water Conference (Virtual)
March 4-5, 2021 Hilo, Hawaii
May 7, 2021  Pearl City, Oahu Wastewater Branch
June 24-25, 2021 Lihue, Kauai
September 17, 2021 Pearl City, Oahu           Wastewater Branch
October 28-29, 2021 Kahului, Maui
December 9-10, 2020 Kona, Hawaii
ABC Exam Application Deadline December 4, 2020 For February 2021 Exam
TBD For August 2021 Exam
ABC Certification Operator Exam February 18, 2021 Kauai
August 19, 2021 All Islands
Certification Renewal Application Deadline April 15, 20201
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE!

Minutes of Meeting for the Board of Certification

 

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
02-02-15 03-10-16 – 03-11-16 03-09-17 – 03-10-17 03-08-18- 03-09-18 03-07-19- 03-08-19 03-05-20- 03-06-20
03-19-15 – 03-20-15 05-05-16 05-04-17 05-04-18 05-17-19 05-08-20
05-14-15 06-30-16 – 07-01-16  09-05-17 06-21-18- 6-22-18 06-27-19- 6-28-19 06-26-20
07-23-15 – 07-24-15 09-22-16 – 09-23-16  10-05-17 09-06-18 – 09-07-18 09-19-19 09-18-20
09-03-15 12-15-16 – 12-16-16 12-14-17 – 12-15-17 11-01-18 – 11-02-18 11-17-19 – 11-18-19 10-30-20
10-15-15 – 10-16-15 amended  12-06-18 – 12-07-18 12-05-19 – 12-06-19 12-11-20
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

Note:  Paper Examinations only being offered in August.  

  • Notice of Certification Examination – August 19, 2021 | .pdf | (Application Deadline June 21, 2021)
  • 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 |
  • Continuing Education Unit(s) Request Checklist Form | .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

Statewide Wastewater Operator Training Center

  • Courses offered and training schedules for all islands

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