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2018 PA DEP Operator Certification Exams
01/01/18 - 12/31/18

The Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA) is offering PA DEP Operator Certification Exams on different dates and locations in 2018.  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 is required by credit card for online registrations. 

NOTE: Registration is a two-part process.  You must first complete the online registration pages and pay the registration fee; and then follow up by completing and returning the DEP form in order to select the exams you wish to take.  

Exam Dates and Locations:
April 17, 2018 - NE DEP Regional Office in Wilkes-Barre
June 6, 2018 - Hershey Lodge in Hershey
June 21, 2018 - NC DEP Regional Office in Williamsport
August 7, 2018 - SW DEP Regional Office in Pittsburgh
August 30, 2018 - NE DEP Regional Office in Wilkes-Barre
September 20, 2018 - Holiday Inn in Wilkes-Barre
November 15, 2018 - NC DEP Regional Office in Williamsport

Exam registration fees are:  $45 for PWEA Members or $95 for Non-Members. 

Before registering, please download and review the Important Information for Operators Taking 2018 Certification Exams PDF.

In addition to registering online, you MUST also complete and submit the PA DEP Certification Exam Registration Form,
on which you will indicate your requested Class as well as specific Water or Wastewater tests you wish to takeCompleted DEP Registration Forms should be returned by email to pwea@pwea.org OR faxed to 717-303-5219.  Your registration confirmation email will contain links to download the DEP Registration form.

You will receive a system-generated confirmation which reserves your seat at the exam, after completing the registration fee payment.  A 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 pwea@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

Registration has Closed for this event.

PWEA Utility Management Conference

“The Sustainable Utility - Making Every Dollar Count
A One-Day Utility Management Conference

This conference is presented by the PWEA Utility Management Committee.  It has been approved for 2.0 PA DEP conference credits for both drinking water and wastewater operator licenses. A total of 7 Professional Development Hours may be earned by attendees.

Conference Overview

This conference will provide attendees with the tools and methods to reduce costs, increase revenues, and improve decision making on maintaining assets and making investments in wastewater infrastructure.  It will include sessions on cost savings, regionalization and contracting out, public-private partnerships, energy savings and resource recovery, full cost pricing and affordability, alternative sources of revenue, and the guaranteed energy savings program.  The speakers will bring real life examples of wastewater utilities that have actually reduced costs and generated alternative revenue, and recommendations on how you can do the same, as well as lessons learned and how strategic planning can help to avoid financial pitfalls.


Target Audience
The target audience is wastewater managers, aspiring managers, or consultants working for a wastewater utility.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this conference, you will gain a better understanding of:
  • How to improve your decisions on maintenance, repair and replacement of your assets;
  • How regionalization or outsourcing can save you money;
  • How public-private partnerships can actually work in Pennsylvania;
  • How to reduce energy costs and recover nutrients;
  • How to generate more revenue without increasing sewer rates; and 
  • The tools to improve your bottom line.
Mike Kyle, Lancaster Area Sewer Authority; PWEA Utility Management Committee Chair
Jean Malafronte, Greeley and Hansen

Steven Pugsley, Philadelphia Water Department
Adrienne Vicari, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.
Sandy Bartosiewicz, Wyoming Valley Sewer Authority
Lee Stinnett, Salzmann Hughes, P.C.
William G Rehkop, Derry Township Municipal Authority
Stan Chilson, GHD
Autumn Heckathorn, Western Butler County Authority
Kiana Tralongo, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.
Mike DiSantis, DELCORA
Mike Lehman, Lancaster Area Sewer Authority
Keith Welkes, PA Department of Treasury
Brian Book, cb3 Solutions, LLC
8:00am      Registration - Coffee & Pastries
8:30am      Introductions and Opening Remarks - M. Kyle
8:45am      Cost Savings Tool Box - Methods to Improve Decision Making for Investment in Maintenance, Repair & Replacement of Assets - J. Malafronte & S. Pugsley
9:45am      Regionalization and Contracting Out for Cost Savings, Efficiencies, & Financial Stability - A. Vicari & S. Bartosiewicz
10:15am    Break
10:30am    Public-Private Partnerships – They Actually Can Work in Pennsylvania to Reduce Costs & Improve Efficiencies - L. Stinnett
11:15am    Energy Savings and Energy & Materials Recovery - Options, Alternatives, Nutrient Recovery - Financial Aspects - W. Rehkop & S. Chilson
12:00pm    Lunch
12:30pm    Full Cost Pricing/Affordability & Stakeholder Education - Case Studies of WBCA & BCRA - A. Heckathorn & K. Tralongo
1:45pm      Alternative Sources of Revenue – Tapping Fees, Capacity Reserve, Contract Services, Trucked Waste - M. DiSantis & M. Lehman
2:30pm      Break
2:45pm      Guaranteed Energy Savings - Guaranteed Energy Savings Act - PennSEF/FREE - K. Welkes & B. Book
3:15pm      Speaker Panel – Q/A & Wrap Up
3:30pm      Adjourn

The concepts, ideas, procedures, and opinions offered at PWEA educational opportunities are those expressed by the various presenters. The PWEA assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the presentations.
Conference Fees
PWEA Member* - $90 (includes lunch)
Non-Member - $140 (includes lunch)
*To qualify for the Member Rate, you must be a PWEA member or a WEF member with PWEA selected as your State Association. 
Register online by clicking the link below.  Or download the PWEA Utility Management Conference Registration Flyer to register by mail, fax or email. The registration deadline is October 29th.

Cancellation & Substitution Policy
Cancellations received in writing 4 weeks prior to the date of the conference will receive a full refund less a $30 administrative fee.  No refunds will be made after that date.  Substitutions may be made until the registration deadline and must be made in writing, accompanied by a registration form for the substitute.
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
Keystone Ballroom
148 Sheraton Dr
New Cumberland, PA  17070

Overnight Accommodations
Overnight accommodations are the responsibility of each individual.  PWEA does not have a room block in the hotel.  

Directions to the Conference Location
The location can be found by entering the street address in your GPS device, or by going to an online mapping website.


Location: Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
148 Sheraton Dr
New Cumberland, PA 17070



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