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Massachusetts Wastewater Operator Certification Exams

NEIWPCC is responsible for the Massachusetts wastewater operator certification examinations. Beginning in July 2009, NEIWPCC, working with ABC and the Massachusetts Board of Certification, began offering computer-based versions of the certification exams through AMP (now PSI).

Certification examinations for Massachusetts Operators are now ONLY offered at PSI/AMP testing locations. As of January 2018, there are now eight locations in Massachusetts as well as testing centers in RI, NH, and NY.  (Note that the in-person appeal process and exam review is no longer available.)

Please Note:  As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread, in order to continue to help protect the health and safety of candidates, clients, and employees, PSI/AMP has made the difficult decision to temporarily close their test centers starting March 19th. 

If you previously scheduled an exam with them, please reschedule your exam online (at no cost through April 30th).  If you need to contact them with questions, please call 833-256-1420, you may experience longer than usual wait times under the current circumstances.

Preparing for a Wastewater Exam

To assist in your preparation for a Massachusetts Municipal or Industrial Wastewater Certification Exam, you may view and/or download the Massachusetts Wastewater Operator Training Exam Reference.

For recommended (but not required) preparation (training) for taking a wastewater Operator license exam, you may view and/or download this 2-page Exam Prep document.

To view and try out some sample exam questions or to learn about the exam software, go to:
http://www.abccert.org/testing_services/sample_exam_questions.asp

For logistics and more info to help prepare for a computer-based wastewater exam, go to:  http://www.abccert.org/testing_services/info_examinees.asp

For what to expect when you go and take a computer-based wastewater operator exam, here is a PSI Test Center Experience video.

To Schedule an Exam

View/Download information HERE to schedule a computer-based exam directly with PSI/AMP. You no longer need to contact NEIWPCC in order to take an exam. Exams will only be administered at PSI/AMP testing centers and are by appointment only. The following PSI/AMP testing centers are available in Massachusetts: Holyoke, Saugus, and Framingham.

Note from ABC and PSI/AMP:

UPDATE: PSI TEST CENTER CLOSURES

We know COVID-19 is effecting everyone, including our business partners, member, and clients. ABC is committed to keeping you informed about important industry updates.

Current Plan for PSI Test Centers
The Center for Disease Control extended the federal social distancing requirements through April 30, 2020. These recent events have impacted PSI’s ability to serve candidates in test centers.

  • PSI owned and operated test centers in the United States will remain closed through April 30, 2020
  • Sites will re-open meeting social distancing requirement on Friday, May 1, 2020
  •  A complete list of site closures can be found here

While many third-party test partners practice closures as required by state and local mandates, there are locations open in the United States and globally as closures are dependant on regional mandates.

Protective Equipment Policy
PSI has adjusted policy on the use of facemasks and gloves based on recommendations of the CDC.

  • Candidates will be required to provide their own facemasks and gloves
  • Facemasks will be removed during check-in process to verify identity and take photo
  • Candidates are responsible for disposing of used facemasks and gloves securely outside of the test center

Proud to Partner with You
As we navigate this changing environment, please know we are here to support you! Both PSI and ABC will be working closely with our members and clients to ensure affected candidates are addressed appropriately.

Please reach out to Tom Healy at thealy@abccert.org if you have any questions or if you’d like to discuss impact to your program in more depth.

To Obtain a Wastewater License

Once you have obtained a PASSING grade on the computer-based exam, you must download the computer-based exam license application form and submit it to NEIWPCC with (a copy of) your PASSING exam results and license fee. NEIWPCC will then issue your new Wastewater Operator license.

There is no need to contact NEIWPCC for non-passing exam results. You may schedule and re-take another computer-based exam at any time.

References

For questions and information related to Massachusetts certification please view our short webinar, Becoming a Certified Wastewater Operator in Massachusetts. The slides in this webinar may be viewed separately here.

Other Certifications

Upgrade to Combined Grade 7 – Massachusetts Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

Note: The Grade 7 Upgrade Application must be mailed to the Commonwealth of Mass, as shown on the form.

Past Exam Results

View wastewater exam summary statistics of quarterly current and annual past exam results HERE.

Training Contact Information

For general questions on Training, please contact us at 978-323-7929 or training@neiwpcc.org.

For any last minute changes or cancellations due to weather, location, or instructor illness, please call our

24-Hour Training and Event Hotline at 978-349-2345.