Obtaining a Water and Wastewater Operator Certificate

Do I need a certificate to operate a water or wastewater facility?

Yes. Any individual who operates a water or wastewater facility must hold a valid certificate. An owner of a water or wastewater facility can also contract the services of a certified operator. A list of available contract operators is available. 

What are the certification categories?

An operator can become certified in five categories. These include:

  • Water Treatment
  • Water Distribution
  • Wastewater Collection
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Small Water Systems

Each of these categories, with the exception of Small Water Systems, has four classification levels, as listed below.  As the classification levels increase, the knowledge and experience requirements also increase.

  • Class I
  • Class II
  • Class III
  • Class IV

How can I get a certificate?

To become certified, an operator must meet the education and experience requirements defined by the Drinking Water and Wastewater Facility Operating Regulations and successfully complete an examination administered by the Department.  A minimum passing mark of 70% is required. 

When can I write the exam?

A current exam schedule is available. Small Water System (SWS) exams are offered 'as needed'. Please contact the department if you wish to complete a SWS exam.

What does the exam and the certificate cost?

The fee to write a water or wastewater facility operator certification exam is $50.  The fee to renew an Operator Certificate is $20. Renewal is required every four years, with the exception of Small Water System Operators, and continuing education units (CEUs) are mandatory.

There are no required training courses for writing exam levels I-IV, however SWS operators are required to take a short training course prior to being eligible for writing the exam.  Training for SWS operators is provided outside of the department and course fees are determined by the training provider.

There is no HST on exam fees.  Please make cheques payable to the Minister of Finance.

How long will it take to get my certificate?

Certification exams for Level I to Level IV operators are offered every four months. Allow up to four weeks to renew a certificate.

Who can I contact for more information?

Ben Lanigan (Drinking Water and Wastewater Supervisor)
4th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-5043
Fax: (902) 368-5830

Published date: 
February 28, 2020