Minimum Operating Experience
The following table shows the needed experience (by class) in order to become a certified operator.
|Minimum Operating Experience to Become Certified|
|CLASS||HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED**||DEP APPROVED CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN WATER OR WASTEWATER||DEP APPROVED ASSOCIATES DEGREE PROGRAM IN WATER OR WASTEWATER||ASSOCIATES DEGREE IN ENVIRONMENTAL OR PHYSICAL SCIENCES OR ENGINEERING||BS/BA DEGREE IN BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, ENVIRONMENTAL OR PHYSICAL SCIENCES, OR SANITARY OR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING|
|A||4 years||2 years||1 year||3.5 years||2 years|
|B||3 years||1 year||6 months||2.5 years||
|C||2 years||6 months||6 months||1.5 years||6 months|
|D||1 year||6 months||6 months||6 months||6 months|
|E||1 year||6 months||6 months||6 months||6 months|
|Dc*||6 months||none||none||6 months||none|
* Class Dc applies ONLY to drinking water
**NOTE: Applicants with only a high school diploma or GED may use DEP-approved training certificates or experience in the opposite field (water or wastewater) to substitute up to 50% of the total experience required. Successful completion of 10 hours of DEP-approved water or wastewater training is equivalent to one (1) month of operating experience. The remaining 50% of the total experience must be fulfilled with work experience.