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Voluntary Certification Program

Starting January 28, 2020

 

First-Time Certification Candidates:

 

VCC Application must submit an Initial Application Form  to WEASC/VCC.   Once determined to be eligible to sit for the D level exam, you will receive an email from PSI that outlines the information necessary to take the exam, such as your identification number and testing locations. There is no time limit to schedule the exam. Take time to study. 

 

You will be notified immediately of test result upon completion of the exam at the testing center.

 

Repeat same level exams:

 

Repeat same level exams must wait 10-14 days for PSI to reset the exam scheduling  on the PSI website portals. No Exam Request forms need to be submitted to WEASC/VCC. Reschedule directly with PSI.

 

Next level exams:

 

Next level exams maybe scheduled with PSI. No Exam Request forms need to be submitted to WEASC/VCC. Reschedule directly with PSI.

Certificates will be issued when the NEW Experience Verification Form is submitted.

 

EXPERIENCE VERIFICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Procedure for Verification of Actual Operating Experience

Form Instructions

1.In order to document the one (1) year of actual operating experience required for each level of promotion a supervisor must submit an Experience Verification form (EVF) for each level of certification requested. You only must wait a period of 7-14 business days to apply for the next exam directly with PSI. In order to receive a license upgrade, an EVF must be submitted. Taking and passing the exam alone will not initiate the upgrade process. The Association will not process an EVF or provide a certificate until a passing score has been received from PSI.

 

2.The required EVF MUST contain complete information. Incomplete forms will be returned unprocessed.

 

 

  

What is Certification?

The WEASC Voluntary Certification Program for Wastewater Collection System Operators is a tiered professional certification program much like the mandatory certification program for environmental system operators.
 
A Wastewater Collection System Operator prepares for and takes the appropriate level exam, beginning with the "D" level and is awarded that Certification upon successful completion (a score of 70 or above) of the exam. The individual may continue with the process, gaining practical experience and taking exams until the desired certification level is achieved, "A" being the highest possible.
 
Once an individual is certified in Wastewater Collection Systems, they must obtain six (6) hours of continuing education training annually to maintain their license status along with annually renewing their certification through the WEASC Voluntary Certification Program.

 

VCC Rules and Regulations (PDF)

 

Experience Requirements

Class “D” Wastewater Collection System Operator

For Class “D” certification, the minimum requirement is 6 months  of experience working in a collection  system, a tenth grade education, and pass the level “D” Certification Exam with a score of 70 percent or better.  

 

Class “C” Wastewater Collection System Operator

For Class “C” certification, the minimum requirement is that the applicant must hold a “D” Level Certification,  have two (2) years documented actual experience as a collection system operator a tenth grade education and pass the level “C” Certification Exam with a score of 70 percent or better.

 

Class “B” Wastewater Collection System Operator

For Class “B” Certification, the minimum requirement is that the applicant must hold a “C” Level Certification, have three (3) years documented actual experience as a collection system operator, a high school diploma  or GED and pass the level “B” Certification Exam with a score of 70 percent or better.  

 

Class “A” Wastewater Collection System Operator

For Class “A” Certification, the minimum requirement is that the applicant must hold a “B” Level Certification, have four (4) years actual documented experience as collection system operator, a high school diploma or GED, one (1) year experience in a lead or supervisory position and pass the level “A” Certification Exam with a score of 70 percent or better.

 

WASTEWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM CERTIFIED OPERATOR REQUIREMENTS

7.1 Applicants in all classifications shall meet the following general requirements:

a)      Ability to comprehend the English language.

b)      Age must exceed eighteen (18).

c)      Evidence satisfactory to the Committee of current employment as a wastewater collection system operator, a contractor/contractor employee working on wastewater collection systems, a consultant or technician performing work within the wastewater collection field.

d)      The required time and experience in the wastewater collection industry or a combination of education and experience required for the classification being sought.

e)      Subordinate certification levels to the classification level that application is being made.

f)       An applicant may have experience that does not correspond to the certification class being applied for, other experience will be considered, but it may be given a reduced amount of credit.  Such experience must be submitted to the Committee in the application and confirmed by authority acceptable to the Committee for consideration.

g)      An applicant with experience in a vocation applicable in wastewater operations will be given credit determined as appropriate by the Committee.

h)      Subject to the approval of the Committee, two (2) years of college, an Associate Degree or higher college degree shall be considered equivalent to one (1) year industry experience towards the “D” and “C” Certification experience levels, and/or equivalent to the supervisory or lead worker experience requirement of the “A” Certification level. 

 

 

Voluntary Collection System Operator Certification Exam Info


The nationally standardized exams used for this certification are developed by the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC). ABC’s Need-to-Know Criteria will assist candidates in their exam preparation efforts and is available on ABC’s website or at the links provided below.

 

ABC's Need-to-Know Criteria (2017 Edition):

 

Study References

 ABC Link:  http://www.abccert.org/testing_services/Collection.asp

 

SCAWWA/WEASC Workshops and Conferences. Click Here

 

2020 SCEC Information

 

2020 Winter Collection School has been cancelled. New dates TBA.

 

 

Testing Sites

Exams are administered at PSI testing centers located throughout the United States. While PSI testing sites are subject to change, a list of anticipated testing centers can be found here.

 

 

ABC Hand Book

 

Exam Fees

Effective July 1, 2018

 

Initial Application Fee

Required for all 1st time Level D applicants, paid to WEASC 

$50

Examination Fee

Paid to PSI

$110

Annual Renewal Fee (Before June 30th)

Paid to WEASC

$25

Late Renewal Fee ( After June 30th)

Paid to WEASC

$75

Certificate Replacement Fee

Paid to WEASC

$25

 

Certification Renewal

Once earned, certification must be renewed annually by completing the required 6 hrs continuing education hours per year and submitting the VCC Renewal Form and annual renewal fee. 2020 Annual VCC Renewal Fee is due June 30, 2020. Late Renewal fee between 7/01/2020 and 6/29/2021 is $75.  2020 VCC Renewal Invoices will be mailed early April. Unpaid Renewals after 6/29/2021 will become expired.

 

Operator Certification Pins

Certification Pin Info

Certification Pin Order Form

 

Change of Address Form

Please use the VCC Change of Address Form or email changes to Phyllis@WEASC.org.

 

 

 

 

 
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