Congratulations to all of our newly certified drinking water, wastewater and solid waste operators! During the 2017 calendar year, the Division of Compliance Assistance’s Certification and Licensing Branch staff issued 325 drinking water licenses, 301 wastewater licenses, and 106 solid waste licenses. These licenses were issued to operators who upgraded their licenses to a higher level and for recertification, as well as to operators who are new to their respective fields.
For a complete list of these operators, please click here.
The Division of Compliance Assistance’s Operator Certification Program has published its 2018 Drinking Water and Wastewater Operator Training Schedule. The schedule contains a list of the certification schools offered throughout 2018 and the continuing education courses offered January through June. The schedule may be viewed on our Operator Training web page.
Reminder: The renewal cycle for certified drinking water treatment and distribution system operators begins on January 1 and ends on June 30, 2018. Earn your continuing education hours and renew online beginning January 1.
The Division of Compliance Assistance’s Operator Certification Program has published its 2018 Solid Waste Operator Training Schedule. The schedule contains a list of the landfill, compost and landfarm operator certification schools offered for 2018. The schedule may be viewed on our Solid Waste Certification Program web page.
With the arrival of record cold temperatures throughout Kentucky, most of the State’s water plants are experiencing a greater number of water main breaks and calls from consumers about frozen water lines. Since the onset of plummeting temperatures, the City of Louisville alone had 40 water main breaks and received over 700 calls from customers who experienced frozen water lines and burst piping in their homes.
You can protect your home’s pipes by following the suggestions found in the attached article sent out by our friends at The Kentucky Rural Water Association. The article can be found at http://www.krwa.org/news/how-to-prevent-your-pipes-from-freezing/ .
Vacancy Announcement #54878BR
Kentucky Operator Certification Program
Environmental Scientist II
Post Date: Jun. 16, 2017
Post Ending Date: Jun. 25, 2017
The Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance is seeking candidates to deliver structured training and examinations to potential and current drinking water system and wastewater treatment operators. This vacancy is one of four positions responsible for these duties. Frequent overnight travel within the state is required.
Kentucky law requires that only individuals certified by the Department for Environmental Protection may operate a drinking water and/or wastewater system. This certification is required to verify that an operator has sufficient knowledge and experience to properly manage these facilities and ensure that water supplied to the public is safe for consumption and that wastewater is properly treated. The division provides training to operators to help them prepare for their certification examination and to help operators that are already certified obtain the continuing education credits required for the maintenance of their certification license.
This position will be responsible for the following activities:
- Develop and Deliver Certification Training – Enhance existing certification training materials and develop additional training materials that will maximize a water treatment operator’s knowledge and abilities. Deliver this information in structured training events at locations throughout the Commonwealth.
- Administer Certification Exams – Proctor certification exam events.
- Review Certification Applications – Review certification exam applications to ensure that only qualified individuals are permitted to take a certification exam.
- Assist Operators – Help individuals interested in becoming a certified operator understand the certification training and testing process.
- Serve as a Technical Resource – Provide technical information to the department’s Compliance Assistance Program to ensure that meaningful assistance is provided to Kentucky’s drinking water and wastewater systems.
All applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications.
- Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a natural or physical science. Professional experience in natural resources, environmental control or a related area will substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.
- Must have one year of professional experience in natural resources, environmental control or a related area. Graduate study in the natural or physical sciences will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
Individuals with any of the following skills and experiences are encouraged to apply.
- Experience with drinking water system operations, wastewater treatment, training or adult education
- Demonstrated capability to prepare informational handouts, publications and training materials
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Capable with word processing and presentation software
This vacancy is a merit position within Kentucky State Government. All merit positions are hired via competitive registers maintained by the Personnel Cabinet. Information on the process for applying for jobs with the Commonwealth of Kentucky can be found at https://careers.ky.gov. Interested parties are also encouraged to notify the contact listed below via email.
Application Deadline: Jun. 25, 2017
Position Location: Frankfort, Kentucky
Salary: Grade 13, (Min-Mid) $32,042.40 – $42,656.40 yearly at 37.5 hours/week
Contact: Jessica Wilhoite, Branch Manager within the Division of Compliance Assistance, can be reached at 502-564-0323 or via email at Jessica.Wilhoite@ky.gov.
The Division of Compliance Assistance is hosting a unique wastewater continuing education class in Lexington at BCTC-Newtown Campus, located at 1001 Manchester Street. The class will cover aspects of the required biology needed to properly treat wastewater in an activated sludge plant and hands-on training in the use of a microscope.
The wastewater renewal deadline is fast approaching. All wastewater treatment and collection certificates must be renewed before June 30, 2017.