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Frequently Asked Questions


Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) administers the Board examinations.  Applications can be obtained from the Board website or by calling AMP at (800) 345-6559 to have an application mailed.

AMP will automatically send applications for re-examination with failing examination scores.  The examinations are given several times a year.


Each category of certification has specific education, training, experience, and licensure requirements. These are described in Board Rule Chapter 750-3-.04 Requirements 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.

AMP 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.  Application may be submitted online from 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 (Application for Endorsement); the application is available for downloading 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.

Beginning on July 1, 2013 and effective for the renewal period of June 30, 2015 and all renewal periods thereafter, the following chart lists the required number of points for each renewal certification:

CERTIFICATION HELD CONTINUING EDUCATION POINTS

Class I Operator Water & Wastewater   24

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Class II Operator Water & Wastewater   18

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Industrial Wastewater Operator   18

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Laboratory Analyst Water & Wastewater   18

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Class III Operator Water & Wastewater   12

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Water Distribution System Operator   12

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Wastewater Collection System Operator   12

At least 50% of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

Class IV Operator Water & Wastewater   6

All of the points must be in coursework approved for Water, Wastewater, or for both.

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.

Beginning on July 1, 2013 and effective for renewal period June 30, 2015 and all renewal periods thereafter, 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.

An individual who passes an examination required by the Board for certification is exempt from all continuing education 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.

If more than one continuing education course is needed to equal the required continuing education  points to be eligible for a renewal, then the same course cannot be attended more than once to equal the required continuing education points in the same renewal period. However, the same continuing education course can be attended during a different renewal period.

No, you only need to submit proof of meeting CE requirements if you are randomly chosen for a renewal audit.  Please see Board Rule 750-6-.05(1)(2)(3), Documentation of Continuing Education.

The list of Board approved course providers for CE points and/or basic/advance training hours can be found at the Board website, www.sos.ga.gov/plb/water, by choosing the tab entitled, “Board and Exam Information.”  Also, a list of training course hours or CE points the Board approved for each Sacramento manual is available on the Board website at the Continuing Education link, by clicking on the link entitled, “Sacramento California State University.”

Complete an Application for Approval of Program for Continuing Education, Re-certification, Basic Training or Advance Training, located on our website, www.sos.ga.gov/plb/water, under the Online Services tab by choosing the link entitled, “Download Forms.”  The application will provide you with all the information you will need to submit an application.  Upon receipt it will be reviewed at the next scheduled Board Meeting and you will receive a written response within 2 weeks of the meeting date.  All course approvals shall expire on or before January 31 of even-numbered years.

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 Application for Reinstatement of Certification 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 Reinstatement Application, 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 insure 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, found on the Download Forms page, 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.

Contact Lexis-Nexis at (800) 833-9844 for a printed copy of the law.  The board law is also available for review on our website.

Contact Darby Printing Company at (404) 344-2665 or (800) 241-5292 Ext. 228 or 266 for a printed copy of the rules.  The Board rules are also on our website for review.

An 8½” x 11” Wall Certificate Application (Application for 8 1/2" x 11" Wall Certificate) can be found at this website under Download Forms.  Submit a completed application along with a $25.00 application fee to the Board Office.  You should 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, www.sos.ga.gov/plb/water, under the Board and Exam  Information tab.

The members of the Board are listed on our website, www.sos.ga.gov/plb/water, under the Board and Exam Information tab. 


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