A scoring system is used to determine the required

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A “Scoring System” is used to determine the required Grade of Chief and Assistant/Shift Operators. Education requirements vary depending upon Grade. The minimum education required is High School Diploma or High School Equivalency. Classroom training also varies as a function of Grade. For a Grade 2A applicant, the following training is required: Basic Operations Course (10 days) Activated Sludge Course (5 days) Laboratory Proficiency (5 days) Grade 3/3A operators would also need the Supervision and Technical Operations Course (5 days). Grade 4/4A operators would go on to take the Management Course (4 days). All applicants must have hands-on operating experience and must have his/her actual operating experience verified. Applications with the necessary documentation are sent to the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) and also filed with the NYSDEC Regional Offices and for water operators sent to County Health Department where appropriate. All certified wastewater operators are required to renew their certificates every five (5) years. Treatment technologies are changing and operators need to keep abreast with the latest operational approaches. Operators are required to attend seminars and obtain between 20 and 80 training contact hours. Failure to renew means that the certificate has expired and that the operator is not certified. If the Chief Operator’s certificate has expired, he/she is not certified and the plant may not be under responsible supervision. In a well-run facility, good training will result in a substantial payback. Local officials need to vigorously support continuing education to comply with the regulations. Certified operators generally do a better job. Annual budgets should include line items for certification training (when appropriate) and for renewal training. Work plans and schedules should allow for time to attend training. Regulations provide for the suspension and/or revocation of operator certificates if the operator was negligent, or practiced fraud or deceit in the performance of his/her duties. The operators are expected to keep up on maintenance and routine sludge removal. Local officials have to financially support these activities. Falsification of data and discharge monitoring reports is very serious and criminal. All the certification requirements are described in 6NYCRR Part 650 – Qualifications of Operators of Wastewater Treatment Plants and in the Wastewater
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1-11 Introduction to Wastewater Management Treatment Plant Operator (WWTPO) Manual. For electronic copies of Part 650 and the WWTPO Manual, visit the following website: . ny.us/website/dow/bwcp/opcert.html For paper copies, contact NYSDEC’s Facility Operations Assistance Section, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3506 or call 518-402-8089.
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  • Spring '14
  • Management, Sewage treatment, wastewater management

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