Association of Boards of Certification (ABC)

Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class IV


Credential: Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class IV
Credentialing Agency: Association of Boards of Certification (ABC)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class IV is an advanced career-level wastewater treatment operator certification. Wastewater treatment Operators - Class IV have skills and knowledge of evaluating physical characteristics of wastestreams, performing security, safety, and administrative procedures, evaluating and maintaining equipment, operating equipment, monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting treatment processes, and laboratory analysis. Candidates must pass an exam. Candidates who are currently certified by another equivalent certification program and have taken and passed the certification exam may qualify for certification through reciprocity.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class IV

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education: Semester/Course Hours
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Association of Boards of Certification (ABC)

2805 SW Snyder Blvd, Suite 535
Ankeny, IA  50023

Phone: (515) 232-3623

Fax: (515) 965-6827
Email: abc@abccert.org

Candidate must have four years of acceptable work experience in a Class III or higher utility, including two years of direct responsible charge experience. Candidate may substitute a maximum of 90.0 CEUs of post-high school education for two years of experience; however, the candidate must still have one year of direct responsible charge experience.

Candidate must hold a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent and must have completed 1,800 contact hours of post high school education in the environmental control field, engineering, or related science.

Candidate may substitute a maximum of two years of direct responsible charge experience in a Class III or higher position for  90.0  continuing education units of post-high school education or one year of experience for one year of high school education.

The Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class IV credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must submit a letter from a supervisor or Human Resources department which provides the candidate's job title, description of job duties, and dates of employment in the position. The number of years of direct responsible charge experience should be specified.

    If the candidate's position is part-time or if direct responsible charge experience is part-time, an estimate of the number of hours spent doing various job duties should also be provided. The letter should also contain contact information for the candidate's supervisor (e.g.: telephone, e-mail, mailing address.

Written Exam

  • Laboratory Analysis (20%)
    • Follow laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
    • Collect samples
    • Conduct analysis and laboratory testing
    • Interpret data from analysis
  • Equipment Evaluation and Maintenance (15%)
    • Calibrate meters (e.g., flow, pressure sensors)
    • Follow safety rules and guidelines when working with chemical equipment
    • Follow safety rules and guidelines when working with mechanical equipment
    • Monitor flowmeters
    • Monitor telemetry systems
    • Inspect related equipment
    • Maintain related equipment
  • Equipment Operation (20%)
    • Analyze data to evaluate and adjust equipment
    • Check filters for proper operation
    • Follow safety rules and guidelines when working with chemical equipment
    • Follow safety rules and guidelines when working with mechanical equipment
    • Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
    • Monitor lift stations to ensure equipment is operating properly
    • Monitor motor control center
    • Operate Related Equipment
  • Treatment Process Monitoring, Evaluation, and Adjustment (35%)
    • Add chemicals to disinfect and deodorize water and other liquids (e.g., ammonia, chlorine, lime)
    • Analyze laboratory data to evaluate and adjust processes
    • Follow industry safety rules and guidelines applicable to treatment processes
    • Implement changes as indicated by laboratory results
    • Operate chemical feed systems (e.g., polymer, ferric)
    • Operate odor control systems (e.g., biofilters, scrubbers)
    • Operate SCADA systems
    • Operate the preliminary treatment processes (e.g., screening, grit, flow equalization)
    • Operate the primary clarification / sedimentation processes
    • Operate secondary treatment processes
    • Operate tertiary treatment processes
    • Operate the disinfection processes (e.g., UV, ozone)
    • Operate solids treatment processes
  • Security, Safety, and Administrative Procedures (10%)
    • Adhere to established safety procedures (e.g., lock-out / tag-out, confined space, hazard communication, fall protection)
    • Assist in the selection of equipment for use in wastewater processing
    • Assist with budget preparation
    • Assist with the industrial pretreatment program in regard to effluent quality standards
    • Complete operation reports
    • Complete required regulatory reports
    • Ensure compliance with all applicable regulations
    • Generate maintenance reports (e.g., daily, monthly, annual)
    • Identify personnel training needs
    • Implement spill notification policy
    • Manage plant staff
    • Participate in studies related to increasing capacity, changes in treatment requirements or facility upgrades
    • Receive chemical deliveries and store
    • Respond to customer service requests and complaints
    • Schedule routine activities (e.g., maintenance, operations)
    • Update spill notification policy
    • Update Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class IV examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class IV credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class IV

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class IV credential has the following recertification information:

  • To renew ABC certified operator credentials, certified individuals must complete at least 24 contact hours of continuing education approved by ABC during the two-year term of the certification.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

Additional considerations for the Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class IV include:

  • Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) provides reciprocity information for its certifications among the state certifying agencies of 40 states and a number of foreign countries. For details, go to the ABC Certification Contacts page where the agency maintains contact information on certifications offered by individual states, provinces, or governing authorities.

    If referred to ABC for reciprocity by the state that a candidate intends to work in, he/she can contact ABC for application information. Candidate may still have to meet additional requirements in order to receive a license valid for employment in a state.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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