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The Certification and Licensing Branch is home to the solid waste, drinking water and wastewater certification programs. Through education and certification exams, these three programs help ensure that the people charged with dealing with community solid waste, drinking water and wastewater are knowledgeable and capable of handling the responsibilities required of those positions.

COVID-19 RELATED ANNOUNCEMENTS

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the Department for Environmental Protection has implemented telecommuting to enable better social distancing and slow the spread of the virus. During this time there will be periods when the staff of the Division of Compliance Assistance will be working remotely. This contact list will help you identify the staff member that can best help you.

We highly encourage you to reach out via e-mail in addition to leaving email contact information in any phone messages or communications with us at this time.

 

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Drinking Water Operator Renewal Deadline

Because many continuing education courses that operators use for renewal are being cancelled and/or postponed, the Division of Compliance Assistance will be waiving the late fee on Drinking Water renewals through Aug. 31, 2020 in order for operators to obtain their hours.  While your license will technically expire, the Department will take the grace period into account when doing inspections or alternate staffing plans. 

Class Cancellations and Reschedules

Because of current events the Certification and Licensing Branch has had to cancel and/or reschedule several training/testing events.

  • Landfill Operator/Manager, March 18-20, has been cancelled. The next available date is September 2-4.
  • Exam Only Event, March 20, has been cancelled.
  • DW & WW CEU class, March 26-27, has been rescheduled to June 24-25.
  • DW Treatment Certification School and Exam, April 6-9, has been cancelled.
  • WW Treatment Certification School and Exam, April 6-9, has been cancelled.
  • DW & WW CEU class, April 23-24, has been cancelled.

We will continue to monitor the situation to determine if additional changes/additions need to occur. An updated training/exam schedule can be accessed here.

Operator Shortages/Sampling Requirements
Please contact the Division of Water (DOW) immediately if you find you are running into with complying with staffing, sampling and reporting requirements or any other issues.  Sarah Gaddis is DOW's point of contact in the event of an emergency.  Sarah.Gaddis@ky.gov  In the event there is an issue at your system here is a list of certified operators. DOW can also help you locate resources to help in these situations. 

Information from the EPA

On March 27, 2020, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler sent a letter to Governors in all 50 states, territories, and Washington, DC, requesting that water and wastewater workers, as well as the manufacturers and suppliers who provide vital services and materials to the water sector, are considered essential workers and businesses by state authorities when enacting restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Agency has provided a template that state, localities and water utilities can use to provide documentation to workers that are considered essential: Water Utility Template: COVID-19 Pandemic (DOCX).


New Regulations in Effect

As of Nov. 1, 2019, new regulations governing drinking water and wastewater operator certification took effect and are being implemented by the cabinet. This fact sheet covers highlights of changes made to Title 401 KAR Chapters 5, 8 and 11.  We are currently processing all applications in accordance with the new regulations.  However, not all of our online processes will be immediately available. Watch the DCA webpage for more information as new materials and processes become available. 


What does the Certification and Licensing Branch do to ensure that operators are properly trained?

The Kentucky Operator Certification Program provides training and issues certifications to ensure that individuals engaged in performing many of Kentucky's critical environmental activities are qualified and capable to perform their duties. Program activities include:

  • Issuing certification licenses to Kentucky's bottled water, collection, distribution, treatment and solid waste operators.
  • Presenting classes for bottled water, collection, distribution, treatment, landfarm, landfill and composting operators.
  • Assisting the Kentucky Board of Certification of Water Treatment and Distribution System Operators and the Kentucky Board of Certification of Wastewater System Operators.
  • Developing and implementing an operator recruitment strategy that encourages individuals to consider a career in wastewater, drinking water and solid waste facilities.
  • Attending career fairs and speaking to groups about water treatment and solid waste careers.
  • Providing relevant information to certified operators and interested parties through e-mail newsletters and the program blog. You can be added to the program's distribution list by calling the Division of Compliance Assistance at (502) 564-0323, or by emailing envhelp@ky.gov.

Operator Certification is responsible for the testing and training records of certified operators. The Certification Program does not administer facility requirements. If you have a question on what classification of operator your drinking water, wastewater or solid waste facility is required to have or any other staffing requirements, contact the Kentucky Division of Water at (502) 564-3410 or the Kentucky Division of Waste Management at (502) 564-6716.​​​