Professional growth and training

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) status update

April 3, 2020 – during the coronoavirus outbreak, some of the information on this page will not reflect the current situation. We are committed to helping you maintain a safe and healthy workplace, provide vital services to your communities, and protect water quality. Visit our main Wastewater Operating Certification (OpCert) Program webpage for more information.

If you have questions about your NPDES or State Waste Discharge Permit requirements please reach out to your assigned Ecology permit contact (permit manager or permit administrator).

Operators commonly meet their professional growth by earning 3.0 continuing education units (CEU) each professional growth cycle. Operators earn these CEUs by attending approved training courses. Operators must document their CEUs and submit it to the OpCert Program as they receive it. This ensures that they stay current on their requirements.

The OpCert Program Coordinator reviews training courses to ensure that all training meets the ABC CEU Relevancy Criteria for wastewater operators. Trainers must seek authorization to give CEUs to operators for their courses. 

The current professional growth cycle is Jan. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2021.  

Frequently Asked Questions


Documenting professional growth

Approved courses and trainers

Resources for trainers