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Voluntary Collection Certification Program

Announcements

All VCC forms are now available online!

Use these links to access the new online VCC forms:

The PDF versions of these forms are available here: Initial Application Form, Renewal Form.

 

2020 VCC Annual Renewals

Renewal information has been mailed. If you did not receive a form, you can register online using the link above. The deadline for renewals has been extended to August 31, 2020.

 

 

Save the Date!

Wastewater Collection School will be held August 4-6,2020

Details will be posted soon under “Events/Workshops” on the main menu.

 

 

Important COVID-19 Letter from PSI 6/30/2020  

Dear PSI Testing Service Clients,

 

We hope this message finds each of you healthy and well in these unprecedented times.  As the COVID-19 situation labors on, we are reaching out to you with updates about how PSI test centers are currently operating and to provide some additional resources for your program. 

 

PSI is continuing to monitor the latest developments associated with the global spread of COVID-19. At their testing centers, they are following strict safety procedures in line with federal, state, and local guidelines as well as guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  At all times, PSI’s top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of your candidates, their team, and the entire community that relies on PSI’s solutions and services. Below are some key points highlighting some of the steps that have been implemented at the test centers to ensure safety:

 

Test Center Safety

Candidates

  • PSI is now mandating that ALL candidates wear face masks at all times while in the test center.
  • If a candidate fails to bring and wear a face mask during the examination, they will be requested to leave the test site.
  • The health questionnaire will continue to be provided to the candidates prior to the examination.  A copy of the questionnaire is available here.
  • Candidates should complete the questionnaire and bring it with them on their testing day. If a candidate fails to bring the required questionnaire, one will be provided on-site.
  • If a candidate answers, “yes” to any of the first four questions, they will need to reschedule their exam.
  • Candidates will be requested to remove the face mask briefly during check-in to verify identity as well as capture the photograph of the candidate.
  • Candidates may wear gloves during the examination. Gloves will need to be examined by the test site administrator during check-in and check-out.
  • Candidates must dispose of PPE outside of the testing center; they will not be allowed to discard used PPE at the test site. 
  • PSI is focused on safe distancing in the lobby area for the candidates as well as their employees. As a result, candidates may be requested to wait outside of the building or in the hallway until such a time when PSI staff can safely check the candidate in.

PSI Employees

  • Test site administrators are being provided face masks, hand sanitizers, and antibacterial wipes.
  • In addition, all testing equipment will be thoroughly wiped down following each test administration.
  • Test centers will continue to have signage reminding candidates of the social distancing protocols.

More information regarding the safety and sanitation procedures at test sites, as well as frequently asked questions, can be found at the following link: https://www.psionline.com/wp-content/uploads/psi-services-covid-19-faqs.pdf

As always, when your candidates are scheduling (or rescheduling) their exams, PSI encourages the use of the online scheduling system as it will show the most up-to-date test center availability.  If a candidate wishes to call PSI and speak to a customer service representative (CSR), please have them utilize the following number: 833-256-1420. This number is a line for ABC clients and candidates only; as such, hold times for a CSR will likely be decreased.

 

 

New VCC Procedures (effective January 2020)
  • First-time certification candidates
    New applicants must complete an Initial Application Form. Once you're 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. Scheduled online with PSI or call 833-256-1420. There is no time limit to schedule the exam. Take time to study.You will be notified immediately of your test result upon completion of the exam at the testing center.

  • Repeat same level exams
    You must wait 10-14 days for PSI to reset the exam scheduling on the PSI website portals. Exam request forms are no longer needed. Reschedule directly with PSI.

  • Next level exams
    An exam request form is no longer need in order to take an exam for the next level of certification. Schedule the exam directly with PSI. You must complete the new Experience Verification Form before your new certificate will be issued.

  • Experience verification instructions
    In order to document the one 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 must wait 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. 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 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

 

 

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.

 

For more information about testing, view the testing information sheet (PDF)

 

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 August 31, 2020)

Paid to WEASC

$25

Late Renewal Fee (After August 31, 2020)

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. The 2020 Annual VCC Renewal Fee is due August 31, 2020. The late fee for renewals is $75. 2020 VCC Renewal invoices are mailed in 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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