Operator Certification Prep

Submitted by Elinor Buchen, SFPUC


Colter Andersen of Zone 7 Water Agency helps operators prepare for their certification exams


BAYWORK held its first Operator Certification Exam Prep training at East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) on February 28, 2019. The event drew our largest attendance yet with 143 attendees from 21 different utilities, as well as a number of prospective employees interested in getting their certification and becoming operators. The event offered three tracks: Wastewater, Water Treatment, and Water Distribution. The classes were geared toward passing Grades 1-3 exams.

By partnering with BACWWE (Bay Area Consortium for Water and Wastewater Education), BAYWORK was able to bring in experienced industry supervisors and trainers to provide a range of classes that will prepare candidates for their certification exams. Classes included: Disinfection Processes, Anaerobic Digestion, Coagulation/Flocculation, Operator Math Review, and others. There was also a Q&A session with Annette Caraway, manager of the Office of Operator Certification at the State Water Resources Control Board. One participant who is preparing to take the D2 exam said he especially appreciated the math portion and the session on the regulations that are covered on the exam. We wish him luck on his exam! BAYWORK plans to hold additional operator certification prep classes (including for Grades 4 – 5) next year.