About Mass. Wastewater Operator Training
Due to state budget cuts in Massachusetts, the state's Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) shifted its wastewater operator certification and training program to a new consortium of training organizations, led by NEIWPCC. Since July 2005, the operator training, certification exams, and renewals have been fully coordinated by NEIWPCC. All renewal applications are submitted to NEIWPCC and will be processed and reviewed, along with the training contact hour requirements.
In addition to NEIWPCC, the consortium includes the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA), Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association (MWPCA), Massachusetts Rural Water Association (MRWA), MA DEP, US EPA - New England, Massachusetts Board of Operator Certification, and the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District. Representatives of these organizations have formed a Training Advisory Committee (TAC) that steers the direction of the wastewater operator training program.
Mass DEP and the Board of Certification will continue to be involved by continuing to approve courses for training contact hours, grading of treatment plants, developing questions for the certification examination, and issuing emergency certifications and other statutory requirements.
NEIWPCC’s new comprehensive Training Catalog includes our current regional training courses along with classes associated with the Massachusetts operator training program. Registration fees now reflect the increased need for the program to be self supporting and credit card payments are accepted.
For information on how to become a wastewater treatment plant operator in Massachusetts, please view and/or download our "How To" document.
Important Contact Information for Wastewater Operators
To assist wastewater operators, the following contact list is being provided.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Thomas Bienkiewicz 508-767-2781 www.mass.gov/dep/water/wastewat.htm