Title: Section 5-4.3 - Qualifications required

Effective Date

02/14/2001

5-4.3 Qualifications required.

(a) Preliminary qualifications.

(1) An applicant for certification as a water treatment operator, water treatment assistant operator or distribution system operator must satisfactorily complete training courses or demonstrate equivalent training, education, experience, and take and pass a validated examination, under the requirements of section 5-4.4 and section 5-4.5 of this Subpart.

(2) An applicant for certification as a water treatment operator or water treatment assistant operator must be able to demonstrate the ability to make all operational and water quality tests necessary for the operation of a water treatment plant, such as, but not limited to, chlorine residual, color, pH, turbidity, bacteriological sampling techniques and fluoride when fluoridation is provided.

(b) Required experience and education/training. Table 5-4.3 provides the requisite experience, education, training, and examination for each grade of water treatment operator, water treatment assistant operator and distribution system operator.

Table 5-4.3 - Required Experience, Education, Training and Examination

 

Grade Experience Education Training and Examination
IA Ten years of operating experience; with at least one year operating experience at a grade IA water treatment plant and one year at a minimum of a grade IIA water treatment plant. Minimum of a High school diploma or New York State Equivalency Diploma. · Grade I Course - Minimum 60 Hours
· Grade A Course - Minimum 60 Hours
· Validated examination for grade IA as outlined in section 5-4.5
· And/or the requirements of section 5-4.4 of this Subpart.
IIA One year of operating experience at a water treatment plant with facilities for filtration. Minimum of a High school diploma or New York State Equivalency Diploma. · Grade A Course - Minimum 60 Hours
· Validated examination for grade IIA as outlined in section 5-4.5
· And/or the requirements of section 5-4.4 of this Subpart.
IB Ten years of operating experience at a water treatment plant, with two years operating experience at a minimum of a grade B water treatment plant. Minimum of a High school diploma or New York State Equivalency Diploma. · Grade 1 Course - Minimum 60 Hours
· Grade B Course - Minimum 30 Hours
· Validated examination for grade IB as outlined in section 5-4.3(d)
· And/or the requirements of section 5-4.4 of this Subpart.
IIB One year of operating experience at a water treatment plant. Minimum of a High school diploma or New York State Equivalency Diploma. · Grade B Course - Minimum 30 Hours
· Validated examination for grade IIB as outlined in section 5-4.5
· And/or the requirements of section 5-4.4 of this Subpart.
C Six months of operating experience at a minimum of a grade C water treatment plant. Minimum of a High school diploma or New York State Equivalency Diploma. · Grade C Course - Minimum 18 Hours
· Validated examination for grade C as outlined in section 5-4.5
· And/or the requirements of section 5-4.4 of this Subpart.
D One year of operating and maintenance experience in a distribution system serving 1,000 people or more. Minimum of a High school diploma or New York State Equivalency Diploma. · Grade D Course - Minimum 15 Hours
· Validated examination for grade D as outlined in section 5-4.5
· And/or the requirements of section 5-4.4 of this Subpart.

 

(1) The Department will require proof of education to be submitted with the initial application. This proof will include;

(i) A copy of the high school diploma, or general equivalency diploma, and/or

(ii) A copy of a college diploma and transcripts duly signed, notarized or sealed by the individual that has the authority to issue such transcripts must be submitted for all education, experience, and/or training substitutions as outlined in Section 5-4.4 of this Subpart.

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