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2020 PA DEP Operator Certification Exams
1/1/2020 - 11/21/2020

The Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA) is offering PA DEP Operator Certification Exams on different dates and locations in 2020.  You may register for more than one exam date, but you should allow at least 30 days between exam dates so DEP has time to grade exams and send pass/fail notifications.

Register for your exam(s) through PWEA's online registration system.  Payment for exams is by credit/debit card only. 

NOTE: REGISTRATION IS A TWO-PART PROCESS.  You must first complete the online registration pages and pay the registration fee in order to reserve your seat; and then you MUST complete and return the DEP Test Selection Form within 10 work days. The Test Selection Form advises the DEP of what tests to set up or package for your exam. PWEA will use the Test Selection Form to prepare a confirmation letter, which will include information you will need to know prior to showing up at the exam site.  

Exam Dates and Locations:

August 26, 2020, 9:00am-1:00pm - Penn Stater Conference Center in State College (written exam) - SOLD OUT
September 1, 2020, 9:00am-1:00pm - DEP Northcentral Regional Office in Williamsport (computer-based exam)
September 8, 2020, 9:00am-1:00pm - DEP Southwest Regional Office in Pittsburgh (computer-based exam) - SOLD OUT
October 20, 2020, 9:00am-1:00pm - DEP Northcentral Regional Office in Williamsport (computer-based exam)
November 17, 2020, 9:00am-1:00pm - Lehigh Valley Conference Center in Bethlehem (written exam)

Exam registration fees are:  for written exams, $70 for PWEA Members or $120 for Non-Members; for computer-based exams held at DEP Regional Offices, $50 for PWEA Members or $100 for Non-Members. 

Before registering, please download and review the DEP informational document titled "Important Information for Operators Taking 2020 Certification Exams" PDF.

In addition to registering online, you MUST also complete and submit the PA DEP Test Selection Form. This form is to indicate to the DEP your requested Class as well as specific Water or Wastewater tests you with to take.
Completed DEP Test Selection Forms must be returned by email to exams@pwea.org OR faxed to 717-303-5219 within 10 days of your online payment.  Your registration confirmation email will contain a link to download the DEP Test Selection Form.

You will receive a system-generated confirmation which reserves your seat at the exam, after completing the registration fee payment.  A formal, detailed confirmation letter will be emailed to the email address you’ve provided, which will include the exam date, location and tests you selected on the PA DEP Registration Form.   Please ensure you mark exams@pwea.org as a safe sender in your address book to prevent the confirmation letter from going to the Spam or Junk folder.  

Cancellation Policy: There will be no refunds after the detailed confirmation letter has been processed and emailed to you.  
Location: Various dates and locations

Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals I - Course #2
8/5/2020 - 10/7/2020

Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals I - is a series of correspondence (self-study) courses combined with online webinars. The format of these courses is a hybrid one and different from what many of you may have experienced.  The courses in this series were developed using the Water Environment Federation’s new “Wastewater Fundamentals I, Liquid Treatment” textbook.  The textbook will be shipped to you and an email will be sent to you containing the first reading assignment to be completed prior to the first webinar.  You will be given a weekly reading and homework assignment, which will then be followed by an online (webinar) presentation with a live instructor.  There will also be an end-of-chapter test.  Homework and tests will closely follow material found in the textbook. The courses in this series are limited to 15 students.

Questions about this series of courses should be directed to Susan Boynton at sboynton@pwea.org or at 717-642-9500.

Course #2 is approved for 25 contact hours - PA DEP Course ID 8461.
Estimated time to complete Course #2 is 25 hours over 8 weeks.

This course is the second of eight that uses the “Wastewater Fundamentals I, Liquid Treatment” textbook, as training in preparation to take the Pennsylvania wastewater operator certification exam. This textbook was prepared by the Water Environment Federation and the Association of Boards of Certifications. Content of Course #2 includes: Preliminary Treatment of Wastewater (Screening, Grit Removal, Regulatory Considerations) and Primary Treatment of Wastewater (Purpose & Function, Design Parameters, Equipment, Process Variables & Controls, Data Collection/Sampling/Analysis, Troubleshooting, Safety Considerations). The target audience includes: Individuals preparing to take the wastewater operator exam or individuals interested in a basic review of Preliminary and Primary wastewater treatment.

PWEA uses AnyMeeting webinar software.  After the registration fee is paid, you will receive a webinar invitation email from the webinar software. You'll need to download the AnyMeeting App in order to participate in the webinars (
https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/DownloadInstaller.aspx) OR you will be able to link to the webinars using the Chrome web browser (no other browser will work). The webinar link is specific for your use only, so do not share the link with anyone else - each registrant receives a unique link.  If the registrant's computer does not contain a microphone, a phone number and an access code will also be provided in order to hear and communicate with the webinar instructor by phone while viewing PowerPoint slides on their computer monitor.  The weekly webinar portion is scheduled to take two hours.  You will have an opportunity to ask the instructor questions and have group discussions. 

In order to receive an attendance transcript and/or PA DEP contact hours, participation in all webinars is required.  Review the Course #2 Schedule below to ensure that you can participate in all the webinars.  Participation in the webinars will be tracked by the webinar software.  Webinars for Course #2 are scheduled for 1:00-3:00pm on the dates shown below.

Course #2 includes:
Chapter 3 - Preliminary Treatment of Wastewater
Chapter 4 - Primary Treatment of Wastewater
    View Chapter Content

Schedule for Course #2
By July 29:     Shipment of Textbook to Students
Aug 5:      Initial Email to Students with Reading Assignments
Aug 12:    Webinar #1
Aug 19:    Webinar #2
Aug 26:    Webinar #3
Sept 2:     Webinar #4
Sept 9:     Webinar #5
Sept 16:   Webinar #6
Sept 23:   Webinar #7
Sept 30:   Webinar #8
Oct 7:       Test Submittal Date

The registration fee for this course is $75 for PWEA members, or $100 for non-members, and includes the textbook. The course is limited to 15 registrants.

Cancellation Policy for Course #2: There will be no refunds after the textbooks are shipped.

Questions? If you have any questions about this course, please contact Susan Boynton at sboynton@pwea.org or at 717-642-9500.

The attendee limit has been reached for this event.


Questions? Contact Cindy Rock, PWEA Conference Manager, at cindyrock@pwea.org or at 570-549-2204.