Water Licensing & Information
|Classification of Operators, Facilities, and Systems||Qualifications to Achieve Each Grade or Level||Training and experience requirements needed to maintain/renew certification||Are there established Need-To-Know Criteria (NTKC)? What is the source?|
|Distribution Systems (W) Classified based on population served: |
W-1:> 100 service connections and < 1,501 people
W-2: 1,501 -15,000 people
W-3: 15,001 -50,000 people
W-4: > 50,000 people
Water Treatment (T)
Classified based on a point system.
T-1--30 points or less
T-2--31 to 55 points
T-3--56 to 75 points
T-4--76 points and greater
VSWS (very small water systems) serve 100 or fewer dwellings or properties and having no treatment; or NTNCWSs having no treatment, disinfection only, or some limited types of passive treatment, or both.
|All operators must have at least a HSD or GED, pass an exam, take a course approved by the DEP, and have: |
VSWS: 6 months experience
Class 1: 1 year experience
Class 2: 3 years’ experience, or Associate’s and 2 years’ experience, or Bachelor’s and 1.5 years’ experience
Class 3: 6 years’ experience (with 3 years in DRC), or Associate’s and 4 years’ experience (with 2 years in DRC), or Bachelor’s and 3 years’ experience (with 1.5 years in DRC)
Class 4: 10 years’ experience (with 4 years in DRC), or Associate’s and 7 years’ experience (with 3 years in DRC), or Bachelor’s and 5 years' experience (with 2 years in DRC).
|Certification is valid from the date it is received until the next September 30th and must be renewed every year thereafter by September 30. The number of Training Contact Hours (TCHs) required every three years for each license is as follows:|
VSWS: 12 TCHs
Class W-1, W-2, T-1, and T-2: 18 TCHs
Class W-3, W-4, T-3, and T-4: 36 TCHs
|State administers exams (three times per year) and are not linked to national standardized options. |
No NTKC is provided, however, operators are must take required courses before taking the examinations.
Required use of approved training manuals from California State University, Sacramento.
Licensing and Registration Website: Department of Environmental Protection
Source: American Water Works Association