Bay State Wastewater Operators Sprint for Renewal Deadline

Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 | Posted in iWR

iWR October 2017 Front Page

Between now and the end of the year, Massachusetts wastewater operators are taking steps to renew their licenses, which expire every two years.

Weston and Sampson’s David Wright instructs wastewater operators in protocols for working in confined spaces such as sewers, at a training workshop at NEIWPCC’s headquarters on October 11 of this year.

NEIWPCC has administered the wastewater operator certification and renewal program for Massachusetts since 2005.

Renewal includes a continuing education requirement of 20 training contact hours. Operators must take wastewater classes in every 2-year period, to refresh skills and keep abreast of developments in the field.

A least half of these hours must cover non-safety training (wastewater or wastewater-related training). There are currently 5,547 licensed operators in the state of Massachusetts.

NEIWPCC classes to satisfy this requirement are filling fast, and operators are encouraged to visit our website to register for classes taking place before the end of the year. Operators may also download renewal forms and other supporting documents and a list of training opportunities (p. 2).

NEIWPCC is one of several organizations in the area that offer wastewater training classes.

Renewals are due by December 31. Completing training and submitting paperwork early ensures a smooth process.

Wastewater operators who are retiring or changing fields should consider renewing as “inactive.” That status makes it easier to return to the field in the future.

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