Association of Boards of Certification (ABC)

Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class I


Credential: Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class I
Credentialing Agency: Association of Boards of Certification (ABC)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class I is an entry-level biological wastewater treatment operator certification. Biological Industrial Waste Operators - Class I have skills and knowledge in treatment processes, laboratory analysis, operating support equipment, evaluating and maintaining support equipment, administrative duties, and safety and emergency preparedness. Candidates must pass a written examination. 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.

Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class I

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1 year
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • 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 hold a High School Diploma, GED, or its equivalent. Candidate may substitute one year of experience for one year of high school education without limit.

Candidate must have one year of acceptable experience. No substitution of education for experience is allowed for Class I Operators.

The Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class I 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.

Written Exam

  • Biological Treatment Processes (47%)
    • Monitor Treatment Processes (check process, record data)
    • Evaluate Treatment Processes (review data, make decision)
    • Adjust Treatment Process (make correction)
    • Chemical Addition
  • Laboratory Analysis (5%)
    • Collect Samples
    • Perform Laboratory Analysis
    • Interpret Analysis
  • Operate Support Equipment (15%)
    • Operate blowers and compressors, chemical feeders, computers, drives, flow measurement devices, hand tools, instrumentation, measuring and control systems, motors, pneumatic equipment, power tools, pumps, and valves
  • Evaluate and Maintain Support Equipment (15%)
    • Check speed of equipment, inspect equipment for abnormal conditions, measure head loss, measure temperature of equipment, read charts, read meters, and read pressure gauges
    • Perform diagnostic and preventive maintenance on blowers and compressors, chemical feeders, drives, instrumentation, motors, pumps and valves
    • Perform corrective maintenance on: chemical feeders, drives, instrumentation, motors, pumps, and valves
  • Administrative Duties (8%)
    • Perform Administrative Duties
    • Establish recordkeeping system and record information
  • Safety and Emergency Preparedness (10%)
    • Establish safety programs and perform safety procedures for blood borne pathogens, chemical hazard communication, confined space entry, electrical grounding, fire, first aid, infectious diseases, lifting, lock-out/tag-out, personal hygiene, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, slips, trips, and falls
    • Establish emergency plans and respond to emergencies for civil disorder, facility upset, hazardous waste, natural disasters, power disruption, spill response

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class I 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 Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class I 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

Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class I

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class I credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Biological Industrial Waste Operator – Class I certification is valid for two years. Certification holders must complete 24 hours of continuing education approved by ABC.

    For more information, see the ABC Renewal page.

Additional considerations for the Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class I include:

  • The 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, visit the ABC Certification Contacts page to find the agency that lists organizations within the individual states, provinces, or governing authorities. If referred to ABC for reciprocity by the state that the applicant intends to work in, he or she can contact ABC for application information.

    Candidates may still have to meet additional requirements in order to receive a license valid for employment in the 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

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

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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.

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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.

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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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