Event Registration - Pennsylvania Water Environment Association
2024 PA DEP Operator Certification Exams
2/1/2024 - 11/6/2024
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST

Location: Various Locations in Pennsylvania

Questions? Contact Melanie Greene, PWEA Executive Director, at melaniegreene@pwea.org
Event Description
The Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA) is offering PA DEP Operator Certification Exams on different dates and locations in 2024.  You may register for more than one exam date, but you should allow at least 30 days between paper-based exam dates so DEP has time to grade exams and send pass/fail notifications by email ONLY.

Please Follow The Instructions Below: 

Questions about certification exams should be directed to: pwea@pwea.org

Reserving your exam seat(s) can only be done online through PWEA's online registration system.  Payment for exams is by credit/debit card only. 

Before registering, please download and review the DEP informational document titled "Important Information for Operators Taking 2023 Certification Exams" (PDF).


1.  Complete your online registration and pay the registration fee (credit/debit cards only) in order to reserve your seat.  After completing the registration and payment process, you will receive a system-generated email confirming your reserved seat at the exam location you selected.

2.  You then need to complete and return to PWEA the PA DEP Test Selection Form within 10 work days - a link to this form will be included in your exam seat confirmation email. (IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT THIS FORM IN 10 DAYS YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM THAT TESTING DATE)

The Test Selection Form advises the DEP of your facility class and which drinking water or wastewater tests you want to take, so they can be loaded onto a computer for you or packaged for your written exam. Please do not delete any content from the DEP Test Selection Form prior to submitting to PWEA. Your completed DEP Test Selection Form must include your hand-written signature.   DO NOT TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR TEST SELECTION FORM WITH YOUR SMART PHONE; the images arrive blurry, are too dark, are crooked, or are too small when printed and the DEP will reject your form.  

Completed DEP Test Selection Forms must be returned by email to breyanafulton@pwea.org OR faxed to 717-303-5219 within 10 days of your online registration and payment.  

PWEA will use your completed PA DEP Test Selection Form to prepare a detailed certification exam confirmation letter; it will be emailed to you at the email address you provide - be sure to check your Spam and Junk folders and to save the email with attachment for future reference.  Please ensure you mark pwea@pwea.org as a safe sender in your address book to prevent the confirmation letter from going to the Spam or Junk folder.  Your confirmation letter will include information you need to know prior to showing up at the exam site.

- Examinees taking computer-based exams at the DEP Regional Offices, receive immediate test results at end of exam.

- Examinees taking paper-based tests will receive results via email only; allow 30 days to receive your test results before contacting the PA DEP. 

 2024 Exam Date:
  • Computer-Based Exam April 8th ~ Closed
    • Registration cutoff is March 7th.
  • Computer-Based Exam April 16th ~ Closed
    • Registration cutoff March 15th.
  • Written Exam May 9th ~closed
    • Registration cutoff April 8th.
  • Computer-Based June 4th ~ Closed
    • Registration cutoff May 3rd. 
  • Written Exam June 19th (28 seats available)
    • Registration cutoff May 18th.
  • Computer-Based June 20th ~closed
    • Registration cutoff May 19th.
  • Computer-Based August 7th ~closed
    • Registration cutoff July 6th. 
  • Computer-Based August 20th (3 seats available)
    • Registration cutoff July 19th. 
  • Computer-Based October 8th (7 seats available)
    • Registration cutoff September 7th.
  • Written Exam November 6th (40 seats available)
    • Registration cutoff October 5th. 

Exam registration fees are: 
        $75 for PWEA Members
        $125 for Non-Members

All credit/debit card transactions will include a 3.5% technology fee.

The name and address information for the credit/debit card you use to make an online payment must EXACTLY match what is on record with the financial institution issuing the card or else the transaction will be declined.  This is a security measure to prevent fraudulent activity.  Credit card numbers are NOT stored by PWEA or the payment gateway vendor.

Cancellation Policy:  No refund will be offered after the detailed confirmation letter has been processed and sent to you, unless there is someone on a wait list for the same exam date.  

Questions about certification exams should be directed to:  pwea@pwea.org.