Certification Exam Registration & Info

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

View the Operator Code of Ethics - Adopted by PWEA

Study for drinking water and wastewater tests - download any of the PA DEP Training Modules

PWEA 2022 Certification Exam Dates & Locations with available seating

    PWEA Member Registration Fee - $75
    Non-Member Registration Fee - $125

Beginning in 2022, a technology fee in the amount of 3.5% will be assessed to each transaction to cover the fees charged to PWEA for credit card processing.



ATTENTIONA link to the DEP form to select the tests you need to take during an exam date is included in the email confirmation you will receive after reserving your seat at an exam. Download the form and submit to PWEA within 10 days after reserving your seat.  The information on your form will be used to create a confirmation letter, which will contain information you need to know before attending an exam; the confirmation letter will be issued to you by email and also sent to you through US Mail.

Only 2 seats available   Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - DEP Wilkes-Barre Regional Office 
Registration for this exam date will close at 5pm on Tuesday, June 7

Thursday, September 21, 2022 - Chateau Conference Center - Tannersville PA  

Almost full  Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - DEP Pittsburgh Regional Office     

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - Ramada by Wyndham - Indiana PA  

View DEP's entire 2022 Exam Schedule

REGISTRATION CLOSED  Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - Penn Stater Conference Center
FULL   Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - DEP Pittsburgh Regional Office
FULL   Thursday, August 25, 2022 - DEP Wilkes-Barre Regional Office  

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)