Certification

History

In the 1980's, OWEA recognized that quality people made quality effluent and other professions in the field of clean water, in addition to the operator, needed recognition and professional standards to be measured by. The first was the Voluntary Laboratory Certification Program, which is now recognized throughout the State of Ohio and has become the standard in job descriptions.

In recent years, several members took it upon themselves to develop programs for the Voluntary Certification of Industrial Wastewater Preatreatment Operators and Industrial Pretreatment Inspectors. These certifications are offered to improve water quality within Ohio and to further the knowledge of individuals engaged in wastewater treatment and in the inspection of those facilities.

Program Director: Kathy Beckett


Testing Fees

Beginning September 1, 2021, candidates will be able to schedule an electronic exam at a location and time of their choosing. You will still need to apply and per approved to take the examination through OWEA. Once approved you will receive electronic communication containing details concerning this scheduling.

The costs for this program are as follows:

Application Fee*

$30  - OWEA members

$45  - Nonmembers

Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Testing Fee**

$102 - this is paid directly to the testing center when scheduling the exam

Industrial Waste Inspector Testing Fee**

$121 - this is paid directly to the testing center when scheduling the exam



*This fee is only paid once per testing level. I.e. if you do not pass the Wastewater Analyst I exam on your first attempt, you will not need to reapply with OWEA or repay the fee for additional attempts. You will need to apply and pay the application fee once you move onto the Wastewater Analyst II exam.

**This fee must be paid (directly to the testing center) with each attempt. I.e. if you do not pass the Wastewater Analyst I exam on your first attempt, you will need to repay the testing fee to the testing center for each additional attempt.


Testing Criteria & Eligibility

Please review testing criteria to confirm eligibility before submitting an application.

Wastewater Analyst Testing Criteria


Industrial Waste Inspector Testing Criteria

Qualifications for the industrial waste inspector are as follows:
 

  • Certificate verifying Completion of Pretreatment Facility Inspection Certification Course offered by California State University, Sacramento Office of Water Programs.
  • Any of the following combinations of education and experience:
EducationRelated Experience
High School/GED3 years
Associates degree or equivalent in related field2 years
Bachelors degree or equivalent in related field1 year


Application

Membership status will be verified. Please email info@ohiowea.org or call 614.488.5800 if you are unsure of your membership status.

OWEA Voluntary Wastewater Analyst Certification Renewal

2022-2023 Renewal Cycle

Renewals for the 2022-2023 cycle are now open.

The renewal cost for the Lab Analyst Certification has not changed since it‘s inception in the 1980‘s. Due to raising costs associated with the program, the renewal fees for renewal for the 2022-2023 cycle are as follows:

Renewal

by 1/31/2022

Late Renewal

2/1/2022-12/31/2023

Member

$40

$95

Nonmember

$50

$105

Click HERE to renew.

OWEA members must log into their account to receive the discounted member rate. Please contact the OWEA office if you are having trouble getting into your account.

Please note some important details about this renewal:

  • You must be current in your certification meaning you renewed in 2020 for the 2020-2021 cycle, unless this is your first cycle.
  • You will receive an email containing your proof of renewal and card by the below schedule after we receive payment.
    • If you renew and pay by December 17, 2021, you will receive your card by December 30, 2021.
    • If you renew and pay by December 31, 2021, you will receive your card by January 15, 2022.
    • If you renew and pay by January 31, 2022, you will receive your card by February 15, 2022.
    • If you renew and pay after January 31, 2022, you will receive your card within 5 business days
  • No renewals will be processed without payment. The fastest way to receive your card is to pay via credit card.
  • Please note OWEA members must log into their OWEA account to receive the member rate.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chelsea Cameron.


Do you need to update your contact information associated with your certification?

This form is NOT a renewal. Please complete this form if your email address has changed since your last renewal. This is necessary to receive information on your lab analyst certification, including renewals.

Lab Analyst Contact Information Update Form


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Testing FAQs

No. Please carefully review the criteria to set for your respective exam to assure you have met them PRIOR to applying. If you have a specific question about requirements, please contact Kathy Beckett.

Please allow 10 business days for your exam application to be accepted. After acceptance, you can expect to be receive an email from our testing partner, PSI within 5 business days.

You have 18 months to complete your first attempt at the exam after your application is accepted.

The tests are given at PSI testing centers located throughout the state. You can schedule your exam when and where is most convenient for you.

Yes, a new application will need to be completed for each level of testing.

You receive results upon the completion of your exam! This flexibility and quick turn around is why we have moved to electronic testing.

Your certificate will be mailed to the address listed on your initial application within one month of pasting the exam. Please contact the OWEA office if you have not received your certificate after this time.

You must wait 30 days to test again.

No. You only need to pay the application fee once for each level. You will have to pay our testing partner, PSI each time you sit for the exam.

No. Once you have applied you don’t have to apply again to test or retest.

No, the requirement is a minimum of one year experience in a wastewater lab to be eligible to test. There are no substitutes for this one year. Substitutions may be made in the experience requirements for the higher level exams. Please contact Kathy Beckett to discuss.

No. All LA exams are now administered electronically through PSI. The exam itself is just like the previous exam, just the delivery method has changed to allow for more flexibility.

That is up to the individual employer. Many employers do require and pay for the certification, but that is not guaranteed.

Yes. PSI testing centers will accommodate special needs with proof of disability and the request for reasonable accommodations. Please contact PSI directly concerning this.


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Renewal FAQs

Yes. You have until 12/31/2021 to renew at an increased cost of $95 for members. You will then have to renew again for the 22/23 cycle.

Renewal notices are sent electronically. Please contact OWEA to ensure we have your most current email.

Yes. Please contact OWEA regarding this.

The tests are given at PSI testing centers located throughout the state. You can schedule your exam when and where is most convenient for you.

Please go to the contact information update form to update your contact information.

You receive results upon the completion of your exam! This flexibility and quick turn around is why we have moved to electronic testing.


Additional Resources


Questions?

Please contact the Ohio Water Environment Association with any questions.

Program Director - Kathy Beckett

Please contact Kathy with any questions related to testing criteria & eligibility.

OWEA Staff Contact - Chelsea Cameron

Please contact Chelsea with any other questions, including renewals.