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Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator


A wastewater treatment plant operator operates and controls equipment that processes sewage or wastewater at any sewage/wastewater treatment plant.

Education and Training:

Further information can be found at:

Certification Requirements:

New York requires the operation of municipal wastewater treatment plants to be supervised by a certified operator, 6NYCRR Part 650.

There are four levels of activated sludge certification (Grades 1A - 4A) and four levels of non-activated sludge certification (Grades 1 - 4). The amount of training and experience required increases with the size and complexity of the wastewater treatment process.

Certification Authority:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Water
Bureau of Water Compliance Programs
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-3506
Phone: 518-402-8177

Standard Occupational Classification:

51-8031 - Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/08/14.

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