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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Wastewater Engineering Bureau
Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Certification

To assure that operators are qualified to operate and maintain wastewater treatment facilities and provide optimum treatment of all wastewaters at these facilities prior to discharge to surface or ground waters.

Wastewater treatment plants must be operated only by operators certified by NHDES according to RSA 485-A:5-a.

Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 485-A:5-a Water Pollution and Waste Disposal/Operator Certification Required
RSA 485-A:7-a Water Pollution and Waste Disposal/Wastewater Operator Certification/ Application; Special Fund
Env-Wq 304 Regulations Relating to the Certification of Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators

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Application for Renewal of Certification Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Microsoft Word Symbol

$50 required for application, two-year certificate renewal, or reciprocity requests.

Processing Time
Exams for Certification are offered June and December.
Requests for reciprocity are reviewed and processed as they are received.

Must be renewed every two years after the certification process has been successfully completed and a certificate issued. Two continuing education units (CEUs) are required per renewal period for operator Grades 2 and above. Ten hours of education is equal to 1.0 CEU and one college credit is equal to 1.5 CEUs.


Not transferable.

Any person aggrieved by a final decision can appeal the decision to the Water Council in accordance with Env-WC 200.

Status of Current Applications
Contact Richard "Dick" Emberley at or (603) 271-2940

More Information
Wastewater Operations Certification, Training, and Technical Assistance
Operator Certification
Wastewater Treatment Certification (Fact Sheet WD-WEB-2)

Contact Us
Richard "Dick" Emberley at or (603) 271-2940



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