Drinking Water and Wastewater Certification Boards

Recently, we posted an article about the appointment of two new board members. This article will discuss the importance of the certification boards and how their role relates to the certification program.

The Kentucky Board of Certification of Water Treatment and Distribution System Operators (drinking water board) and the Kentucky Board of Certification of Wastewater System Operators (wastewater board) serve in an advisory capacity to the agency on implementation of the operator certification program. The boards are primarily comprised of certified operators who are there to serve in the best interest of certified operators.

The wastewater board consists of 8 members in which 6 are certified wastewater treatment and/or collection operators; one is a university representative and one is a cabinet representative. All 8 members are appointed by the governor and usually for 4-year terms.

The drinking water board consists of 5 members in which 3 are certified drinking water treatment and/or distribution system operators; one is a university representative and one is a cabinet representative. All members of this board are appointed by the secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet and usually for 4-year terms.

Duties of the boards include:

  1. Evaluating the qualifications of applicants and recommending qualified applicants to the cabinet for certification examination. The boards review all applications for individuals seeking Class IV certifications.
  2. Reviewing and providing comments to the cabinet on proposed administrative regulations regarding operator certification.
  3. Reviewing and making recommendations to the cabinet on core content for certification examinations and continuing education training for certification renewal.
  4. Reviewing and making recommendations to the cabinet on training proposed to provide continuing education to certified operators.
  5. Assisting the cabinet in drafting and validating examinations for the certification of operators.
  6. Reviewing and providing comments to the cabinet on proposed fees for the training and certification of operators.
  7. Reviewing applications for reciprocity and recommending to the cabinet the acceptance or denial of the application.
  8. Reviewing evidence and advising the cabinet regarding disciplinary actions for certified operators who fail to comply with KRS Chapters 223 and 224 or 401 KAR Chapter 5, 8 or 11. This includes speaking with the certified operator, Division of Water staff and others that may have information pertinent to the situation.

The boards meet on a monthly basis and guests are welcome to attend. Board meeting dates and previously approved board minutes are located on the certification boards’ webpage. This webpage also includes a list of the current board members, links to the regulations and statutes governing the boards and contact information.

The boards are a valuable resource to the operator certification program and to the certified operators. We encourage you to become familiar with the certification boards’ webpage and feel free to contact our office should you have any questions regarding board duties or meetings.

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