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PSI administers the Board examinations. Contact the board office for information about approval for testing. The examinations are given several times a year.

Requirements - Each category of certification has specific education, training, experience, and licensure requirements. These are described in Board Rule Chapter 750-3-.04. Requirements are on the Board website.  These must be met by the day of the examination. All classes of certification require passage of an examination.  Examination Need-To-Know information is available on our website under the Quick Links section.


You must apply for certificate within 6 months of passing an exam. If you do not apply within 6 months of passing an exam, you will be required to retake the exam.

PSI will send candidates their passing examination score. Completed applications for certificate including all required documentation, must be submitted within 6 months after passing the examination.  The application may be submitted online through our website .

Do not take the examination unless you have met the eligibility requirements. This means you must have completed the qualifying experience, education, training, and applicable certification requirements for the class and category of examination you are taking prior to the day of the examination. 

To be eligible to take the Class 1 Water examination, you must hold a Class 2 Water certificate;

to take the Class 2 Water examination you must hold a Class 3 Water certificate; 

to take the Class 1 Wastewater examination, you must a hold Class 2 Wastewater certificate; 

to take the Class 2 Wastewater examination, you must hold a Class 3 Wastewater certificate. 

Each prerequisite class of certificate must have been issued to you by the Board prior to the day you take the examination for the next class of certificate.  At the examination, you will be required to sign a statement affirming that you have met the eligibility requirements for the class and category of examination you are taking. When you apply for certification after the examination, you will be required to submit to the Board your application, an application fee of $25.00 (non-refundable), and documentation showing that you have met all of the prerequisite requirements for the examination prior to the day you took the examination. Failure to have met these requirements by the examination day will result in your having to retake and pass the examination again after meeting the prerequisite requirements.


The Board may, upon application, issue a certificate without examination to any person who holds a certificate in good standing issued by another country or by state, territory, or possession of the United States when the following criteria are fulfilled:

·  The country, state territory, or possession of the United states has, in the opinion of the Board, requirements substantially similar to those of the Board.

·  The applicant must submit a complete application for certificate by endorsement (Certification by Endorsement) ; the application is available for download on the Board website .

·  An endorsement affidavit form must be completed by the state of certification specifying that the applicant has a current certification and is in good standing. 

·  The applicant must submit an application fee of $100.00 (non-refundable).

·  The applicant must have earned a minimum of a high school diploma or GED certificate.

·  Please Note:  The affidavit should be mailed back to the applicant so the applicant can submit a complete application to the Board office along with all required documentation and application fee.  If the Board office does not receive a complete application, the application cannot be processed.

You must apply for renewal prior to the expiration date. All licenses expire on June 30 of odd numbered years. All current licensees are emailed notification of open renewal at the email address of record approximately 8 to 10 weeks prior to the expiration date with instructions of how to renew your certificate(s) online. You should keep the Board office informed of your current email address.  Current licensees who have not provided an email address to the Board will receive a postcard notifying them of the open renewal period.  The renewal fee for a two-year period is $65.00.  You may renew online during the open renewal period from our website.

You are encouraged to renew your certificate(s) online from our website .  Click the License Renewals button to begin the process. To request a paper renewal application to be mailed to you, call (404) 463-1100 and follow the prompts.  Please Note:  The on-line renewal process takes minutes to be completed.  You will be notified as soon as the renewal is completed that your license is renewed, along with instructions for printing your license from our website.  A paper renewal application takes a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks to be processed and mailed.

Yes, regardless of when it was issued or if no additional CE points are needed to be eligible for renewal, all certificates must be renewed bi-annually and pay a renewal fee.  You should review your certificate(s) for the expiration date, or check your licensure status on our website to determine the expiration date.  You must renew your certificate(s) by the stated expiration date, or your certificate(s) will expire.

Class I Operator Water  24 - At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water or for both.

Class I Operator Wastewater  24 - At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Wastewater or for both.

Class II Operator Water  18 - At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water or for both.

Class II Operator Wastewater  18 - At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for  Wastewater, or for both.

Industrial Wastewater Operator  18 - At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Wastewater, or for both.

Laboratory Analyst Water  18 - At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water or for both.

Laboratory Analyst Wastewater  18 - At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Wastewater or for both.

Class III Operator Water  12 - At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water or for both.

Class III Operator Wastewater  12 - At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Wastewater or for both.

Water Distribution System Operator  12 - At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water or for both.

Wastewater Collection System Operator  12 - At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Wastewater, or for both.

Class IV Operator Water  6 - All of the points must be in coursework approved for Water or for both.

Class IV Operator Wastewater  6 - All of the points must be in coursework approved for Wastewater or for both.


FOR RENEWAL:

You must have earned the highest number of continuing education points required for the highest class of license held.

Training course work required to be eligible for an examination, which has also been approved by the Board for a specified number of recertification points, may be used for renewal of currently held certificates.  If the currently held certifications require a higher number of continuing education points for renewal than the course work was approved for, then additional continuing education points must be acquired to fulfill the full amount of continuing education points required for renewal of currently held certifications.

An operator who holds dual certificates (i.e., a water certificate and a wastewater certificate) is required to obtain continuing education points in each discipline. Such operator must obtain a minimum of 25% of the required continuing education points in each discipline to satisfy renewal requirements.

Can I attend the same CE class more than once?

No, and Yes. You cannot get credit for the same class during the same renewal cycle. However, you can attend the same class for credit in a different renewal cycle. 


Am I required to submit proof of CE when I renew my license?

No... unless you are randomly chosen for a renewal audit.  Please see Board Rule 750-6-.05(1)(2)(3), Documentation of Continuing Education.


Where can I find a list of CE Providers / Courses?

The list of Board approved course providers for CE points and/or basic/advance training hours can be found at the Board website, by choosing the tab entitled, “Education & Exams.”  Also, a list of Board approved training course hours/CE points for each Sacramento manual is available on the Board website under the Continuing Education link.


Can I substitute passing an exam for the CE requirement?

An individual who passes the Board-required certification exam is exempt from CE requirements for only that certificate for the first renewal period after initial issuance of the certificate.  You will need to obtain continuing education points for renewal of any other certificates you hold.

Submit the applicable application:

Education Provider Initial Request Application 

Education Course Renewal (with content changes) 

Education Course Renewal (unchanged content) 

Follow the application instructions and submit the completed application to the Board for review. 

If your certificate expired less than 2 years since the expiration date, obtain the CE which would have been required if the certificate had been maintained in a current status and complete an Certificate Reinstatement along with the $165.00 fee. 

If your certificate expired more than 2 years since the expiration date, retake/pass the examination and complete an Application for Reinstatement of Certification along with the $165.00 fee.

No, only by submitting a Application for Reinstatement of Certification, proof of required documentation or re-exam (if over 2 years expired), and fee can a previously held expired certificate be changed to an active status.

You can conduct a search for a particular licensee by simply clicking on the License Verification link on the Board main menu. You may search the License Verification database by last name or certification number. Licensees are encouraged to check the information on their own certificates to ensure it is correct. 

Please ensure that it is necessary to request this service because most other state Boards and businesses will accept a print out of the on-line License Verification with the Secretary of State logo.  However, if you do need a Board certified license verification, put your request in writing alongwith a payment of $25.00 payable to the GA State Board of W/WW.  The process time for this service is a minimum of 2 to 4 weeks. 

If you are a licensee, you can change your address from the Board website main menu by clicking on the link to Submit a Change of Address. 

If you have a name change, submit a Change of Address Form and include a copy of the legal document that changed your name.

If you are an examination applicant and have not yet received your examination results, you will need to contact AMP at (800) 345-6559 and provide them with your address change.

Download the Wall Certificate Form, and submit the completed form along with a $25.00 application fee to the Board Office.  Do not submit the fee for the wall certificate until you have been issued a certificate by the Board.

Board meetings are listed on our website under the Board and Exam Information tab.

Board members are:

  • Margaret Doss, Chair
  • Stanley Tate, Vice-Chair
  • Eric Osborne
  • Tony Rojas
  • Kenny Green
  • Kim Hembree

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) has spent the last two years completely revamping its standardized certification exams for Water, Wastewater, Collection, and Distribution. The last step in the process is pilot testing these new exams. 

Georgia, along with many other states and provinces, will be participating in the pilot test for the May 2017 administration of exams. During the pilot test, examinees for the following categories of exams will not receive their scores upon leaving the test site: Water Treatment Class III, Water Treatment Class I, Wastewater Treatment Class III, Wastewater Treatment Class I, Collection, and Distribution. The scores will be mailed to the examinees after the exams and exam questions have been psychometrically evaluated, which should take 4 – 6 weeks. New Need-to-Know (NTK) criteria have been developed, and the exams are based on these new NTK documents. The new NTK documents are posted on the Board’s website.

 ABC names their exam levels differently from Georgia. The ABC Water and Wastewater Class II exams are used for the GA Water and Wastewater Class III tests; the ABC Water and Wastewater Class IV exams are used for the GA Water and Wastewater Class I tests; and the ABC Collection and Distribution Class I exams are used for the GA Collection and Distribution tests. 


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