Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) serve an essential function to protect public health and the environment, including Washington's rivers, lakes, streams, and Puget Sound. The certification of wastewater treatment plant operators helps make sure they are knowledgeable, and that WWTPs are properly operated and maintained.
Wastewater Operator Certification Program Draft Fee Schedule
We propose to maintain wastewater operator certification (OpCert) program fees at their current level.
The public comment period is now open for the OpCert program draft fee schedule. We will accept public comments from March 31, 2021 through 11:59 pm on May 15, 2021, as required by WAC 173-230-240.
Draft Fee Schedule for Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023
||Fiscal Year 2022
July 1, 2021- June 30, 2022
|Fiscal Year 2023
July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
|Group I and Group I OIT Applications
Groups II - IV and
Groups II - IV OIT
How to comment?
We prefer to receive comments on the Draft Fee Schedule through our online comment form.
However, we will accept emailed comments to firstname.lastname@example.org and written comments sent to:
PO Box 47696
Olympia WA 98504-7696
Please contact email@example.com or Poppy Carre at 360-407-6889 with any questions.
Frequently asked questions: coronavirus impacts to the OpCert Program (updated April 6, 2021)
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification Program Guidance
We adopted changes to chapter 173-230 WAC Certification of Operators of Wastewater Treatment Plants in 2019. This:
- Established a fee schedule in rule as directed by the Legislature in 2018.
- Included multiple changes, such as:
- Providing for an Operator in Training and respective education and experience qualifications for Groups II-IV.
- Acknowledging new technologies in wastewater treatment.
- Creating stand-alone sections where more information and clarity were needed.
- Clarifying rule language to codify existing program practice.
Find out more about the new fees and Operator in Training Group levels II-IV from our focus sheet.
To learn even more, visit the rulemaking webpage.