To become a certified operator you must pass an examination in an area that you have adequate experience and education then you must make application for the license and pay the fee for the Certification License. Once you have paid the fee you will receive you Certificate and at the point you are a certified operator.
Congratulations on passing the test. But that is only the fourth step in becoming a certified operator. You must make application and pay the certification license fee to become certified.
See What are the steps to become a certified operator.
You must have the necessary experience and education to become certified. (See FAQ or publication "How do I get points?"
You must make application to take an examination for Operator Certification. Applications are due thirty (30) days before the exam. It is preferred that applications be received before the class so that we can help you if possible to register and attend the necessary course. See the Publications Section on Website. See Publication entitled Application for Operator Exam. (You must fill out the application completely if you wish to get all the points to which you are entitled).
You must pass the examination.
You will be sent a notice of results of your examination for Operator Certification.
If you have the necessary Experience and Education, the back of the Examination Results Notification Form will have the Operator Certificate Application (also can be found in publications section of website).
Thoroughly Complete the Operator Certificate Application.
Include the Fee(s) for all Operator Certifcates Requested.
Send the Application and Fee to the following Address:
OPH/CEHS-Operator Certification Program Post Office Box 4489 Bin # 10 Box # 6 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-4489
If you believe you do not have all the points for the education and experience, you can complete the Education and Experience Update Form.
EDUCATION: Be sure to attach college transcripts, military DD214 and any trade or technical education that you wish evaluated.
EXPERIENCE: Be sure to thoroughly describe all different positions held applicable to your experience in the area of operator certifcation. Also, experience in other fields where you worked on pumps, motors or equipment commonly used in operator certification.
Examination scores are valid for two years from the date that you take the examination. You are not certified until you apply for the license for the exam that you passed, pay the fee when you application is approved and receive the certificate from the Operator Certification Office. After two years, your exam results are no longer valid.
Operators taking a closed exam will be required to be pre-approved by submitting a completed test application (Application for Operator Certification Exams) to the Operator Certification Office in advance (30 days prior) of the exam and preferably before the class in order to help verify that you are taking the appropriate course which is your responsibility though we like to be of assistance when we can be.
They are required to complete an approved 32 hour exam preparation course to be eligible to apply for the closed exam.
The completed application should be sent to the following mailing address:
DHH/OPH/Operator CertificationPost Office Box 4489 Bin #10 Box #6Baton Rouge, La 70821-4489Attention: Jill Ruffin
You must complete the information in the box on the first page indicating the location, date and Instructor or Training Agency for the 32 hour course that you attended.
You must also indicate the Exam date and Location Requested.
In order to receive all the points for education and experience that you deserve, it is necessary to complete the application in detail describing all relevant water or wastewater experience with a complete description of job duties especially including supervisory experience.
You should also submit copies of any transcripts for any classes taken at Univerisities or Technical Schools. If you were in the military, a copy of your DD214 will also allow education credit for any classes taken while in the service.
It is also important that you sign your application and have the signature of your supervisor. If self-employed, then indicate that you are the owner of the company.
DHH will check your status and send you a letter stating your eligibility to take specific closed exams on a specific date. You must bring a copy of this letter to be admitted to the closed examination.
Currently, open examinations do not require the pre-approval process, but you are required to bring a copy of your completed application in order to take any examinations.
The first water certification is $20. Each additional water certification is $10. If you hold all three water certifications (Treatment, Production and Distribution), the current initial certification cost would be $40.
$20 + $10 +$10
The first wastewater certification is $20. An additional wastewater certification is $10. If you hold both wastewater certifications (Treatment, Collection), the current initial certification cost would be $30.
$20 + $10
If you are seeking both water and wastewater certification, the fee is $20 for the first of each. Each additional would be $10.
The original sign-in sheets must be mailed no later than 30-days upon completion of the course. The mailing address is:
Attention: Training Officer DHH/OPH/Operator Certification Post Office Box 4489 Bin #10 Box #6 Baton Rouge, La 70821-4489
If any person does not attend the complete approved course, the instructor is required to submit a summary form for the course which details how many hours each individual attended.
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