Laboratory Certification


 OWEA Voluntary Laboratory Certification Program

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 Pretreatment 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.

Below you can find information about these programs:




OWEA Voluntary Wastewater Analyst Certification Renewal

2020 - 2021 Lab Certification Renewal can be done on line starting in early November 2019. Those that have passed to a higher level in this Renewal Cycle do not have to renew. Renewal notices will be going out VIA EMAIL in early November and online renewal will begin at that time.

Payment may be made by credit card, check, or money order (made payable to OWEA). 
Renewals will not be processed without payment.

Renewals are $25.00. 
If you do not renew by January 31, 2020, you will be required to submit $95.00 to reinstate your certification. Exceptions will only be made in extreme circumstances. If you do not renew by the end of this renewal cycle your certificate is no longer valid and may only be reissued after sitting for and passing the exams again.

OWEA Voluntary Wastewater Analyst Certification will expire on December 31, 2019. 
Renewal Deadline is January 31, 2020.

Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Certification Exam

The dates for the 2019 exams have been set: 

Spring Exam date:              Friday, April 19, 2019
Application deadline:    Friday, March 22, 2019

Fall Exam date:              Friday, October 18, 2019
Application deadline:    Friday, September 20, 2019


City of Akron Water Reclamation Facility
(training facility)
2460 Akron Peninsula Road
Akron, Ohio 44313

City of Columbus Sewer Maintenance Operations Center
Surveillance Lab
1250 Fairwood Ave.
Columbus, OH 43206

Applications postmarked after application deadlines will not be accepted. A fee of $95.00 must accompany the application. Download the Application for Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Certification
Please make sure you fill out the application carefully, especially on page 2 where you are asked for Total hours hands on in laboratory work.  Not completing the application properly could delay your receiving a certificate when you pass the exam.

For the need-to-know criteria, practice test, and exam reference please go to the ABC webpage at

Voluntary Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Certification Program Brochure

For any questions, contact Kathy Richards, Program Director,