Certification Exam Registration & Info

Important Information for Operators Planning to Take Certification Exams  
(Provided by PA DEP; please open and read)

DEP's 2021 schedule of exams is anticipated to be released by end of 1st quarter 2021.  Exams will be offered beginning in May and will continue being arranged according to room capacity restrictions and social distancing recommendations in effect at the time of exam date. 

View the Operator Code of Ethics - Adopted by PWEA

Certification Exam Information

Visit DEP's Operator Certification Information Center for all information related to becoming a certified operator for a drinking water or wastewater treatment facility.  For DEP's Certification Exam Study material, click here or contact the Operator Training staff at 717-787-0122Email the DEP if you have questions related to becoming certified or call the DEP at 717-787-5236.

Study Programs, Associates Degree and Community College Certificate Programs

Sacramento Home Study Program

Offers training materials and manuals.
Visit our website
Contact us by email

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Water Management Technology - Associate Degree
750 E King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

For information on Associates Degree Program, email: Katie Surra 
Thaddeous Stevens College of Technology Website 
Thaddeous Stevens College of Technology Facebook Page

Water Management Technology Brochure
Water Management Technology Model Schedule

Harrisburg Area Community College

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
HACC Harrisburg Campus
Contact Rusty Brink at 717-221-1338
Email Rusty Brink at
Manufacturing Coordinator
Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division

HACC WWTP Program Flyer
HACC WWTP Program Schedule


~ ~ ~ ~ Additional Information for Operators to Read ~ ~ ~ ~

Operator Certification Process At a Glance (PDF)
Courtesy of the PA DEP

Operator Certification - Program Handbook (PDF)
Courtesy of the PA DEP

EarthWise Operator Announcement - Required Security Course (PDF)
Courtesy of the PA DEP

Training Advice for Wastewater Certification (PDF)
Courtesy of the PA DEP

Training Advice for Water Certification (PDF)
Courtesy of the PA DEP

Operator Certification Program 5-Year Review Report 2011-2015 (PDF)