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Facility Operator Certification

The facility operator certification program is made up of three groups with different, but, interrelated responsibilities for activities within the program; the Water and Wastewater Facility Operator Certification Board (Board), the Water Quality Control Division (Division), and the Board’s contractors.

 

The Water and Wastewater Facility Operator Certification Board is a governor-appointed board that represents a variety of water and wastewater professionals. The Board has the authority to adopt the regulations which govern the program.

 

The Board contracts the operator certification and examination aspects of the program to non-profit organizations comprised of subject matter experts who volunteer their time and expertise. They also review and approve training courses to meet the professional development requirements for certification renewal. The contractors subcontract daily operations of operator certification and together the three contractors comprise the Operator Certification Program Office (OCPO).

 

The Division is responsible for ensuring that each water and wastewater facility in Colorado is under the supervision of an appropriately certified operator, for classifying all water and wastewater facilities, for the investigation of complaints of misconduct by certified operators in the performance of their duties, and serve as staff to the board.

 

Requirements are detailed in Colorado statute at §25-9-101, et seq., C.R.S. and in the Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Requirements, Regulation 100, 5 CCR 1003.2

 
 
Board

 

The Water and Wastewater Facility Operator Certification Board is a governor-appointed body of professionals and maintains a program for the certification of operators of water treatment plants, domestic and industrial wastewater treatment plants, water distribution systems and wastewater collection systems in order to assure protection of public health and the environment.

 

Please refer to the Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board web for information regarding:

 

  • The statutory authority for Operator Certification and the Board

  • Regulation 100

  • Board policies

  • Meetings and hearings

  • Process and requirements for bringing an appeal to the Board

  • Disciplinary actions regarding operator misconduct

 

 


Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
 
Phone: 303-692-3463
Email:  cdphe.wwfocb@state.co.us
OCPO

Please contact the Operator Certification Program Office (OCPO) or

Refer to the Operator Certification Program (OCPO) web for additional information regarding:

 

  • Certification Examinations

    • Dates, times, and locations of upcoming exams

    • Instructions and application forms

    • Experience and education requirements

    • Study materials

    • Online/Computer based testing

  • Certification Renewals

    • Certification renewal application and required documentation

  • Certification by Reciprocity

  • Duplicate Certificates or certificate replacement for lost/stolen certificates

  • Expired or Revoked Certificates

  • Fees

  • Training Units

    • Training units summary form (for certificate renewal)

    • Training units approval (Course providers)

    • Searchable database of Board approved courses for training units

    • Trainings available in Colorado

 

 

Operator Certification Program Office
2170 South Parker Road #290
Denver, CO 80231
 
Phone: 303.394.8994
Fax: 303.394.3450
Website: www.ocpoweb.com
ORC

The ORC is the person designated by the owner of the water or wastewater facility and has supervisory responsibility for the operation of the facility and for the operational activities and functions of other facility operators.  The ORC of a water or wastewater facility must hold a valid certificate equal to or greater than the classification of the water or wastewater facility he or she operates.

 

The ORC is charged with protecting the public health and the environment in the conduct of his or her duties. These duties include the following:

  1. The management or administration of the operation of the water or wastewater facility;

  2. The accountability for the proper operation and maintenance of the water or wastewater facility for compliance with applicable regulations and/or permit requirements, including monitoring and reporting requirements;

  3. The control of, supervision over, or active participation in the daily planning, operation or maintenance of a water or wastewater facility;

  4. Authority to make day-to-day process control and system integrity decisions on the operation and maintenance of the water or wastewater facility;

  5. The availability to make decisions and initiate actions regarding the operation of the water or wastewater facility in a timely manner; and

  6. The performance of other functions of direct responsibility.

 

ORC Report Forms: 

The system or permitted facility owner is responsible for reporting the person designated as the ORC for their facility to the Division.

 

Contract Operators Providing Services in Colorado
  • List of Contract Operators pdf file  (Disclaimer: This is a Voluntary listing of organizations and individuals. Participation does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement by the Department.
  List of Current ORC's

 


 Facility Operator Certification staff can be reached via email at  cdphe.facilityoperator@state.co.us
 
Owners

“No owner of a water or wastewater facility shall allow the facility to be operated without the direct supervision of an operator in responsible charge certified in a classification equivalent to or higher than the classification of the facility as specified in sections 100.4 through 100.8.” (Section 100.18, Regulation 100) An owner is subject to a civil penalty of $300 per day per violation of this provision.

The Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) is the person designated by the owner of the water or wastewater facility and has supervisory responsibility for the operation of the facility and for the operational activities and functions of other facility operators.   The ORC of a water or wastewater facility must hold a valid certificate equal to or greater than the classification of the water or wastewater facility he or she operates.

 
ORC Report Forms

Facility Classification
 

 All drinking water treatment facilities, domestic and industrial wastewater treatment facilities, drinking water distribution systems, and wastewater collection systems are classified by the Division. Classification criteria are outlined in sections 100.4, 100.5, 100.6, 100.7, and 100.8, Regulation 100.

  • Treatment facilities: Water and wastewater treatment facilities are classified as Class D, Class C, Class B, or Class A. Class A is the highest level of classification and Class D is the lowest level of classification.

  • Distribution and collections systems are classified as Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 or Class 4. Class 4 is the highest level of classification and Class 1 is the lowest level of classification.

  • Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facilities

    • Industrial wastewater treatment facilities are classified as either a Class 1 or Class 2.

      • Class 1 industrial facilities are further classified as Class D, Class C, Class B, or Class A. Class A is the highest level of classification and Class D is the lowest level of classification.

      • Requests for reclassification to Class 2 industrial facility-contact the Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board

      • Class 2 industrial facilities are facilities that are designated by the Board and meet the requirements of section 100.6.1(b)(i).

        • Class 2 facilities are exempt from operating under the supervision of a certified operator. NOTE: This exemption does not apply to the permittee’s responsibilities to comply with all other applicable rules, regulations, or permits.

        • On April 24, 2012, Regulation 100 was amended. Effective June 30, 2012, facilities classified as industrial class 2 facilities are no longer required to apply for ORC exemption or submit annual certifications of eligibility.

        • If at any time the facility does not meet the conditions of section 100.6.1(b)(i), the facility must notify the Division, in writing, and begin operating under the supervision of an appropriately certified operator within 30 days of the change in operations.

 


The Facility Operator Certification staff can be reached via email at cdphe.facilityoperator@state.co.us 
Complaints
 

Certified Operator Complaint Form pdf file  should be used to file complaints about operator misconduct. The identity of a complainant will remain confidential and will not be disclosed without the complainant's permission.

 

Please submit the form to the Water Quality Control Division's Facility Operator Certification program by email to cdphe.FacilityOperator@state.co.us or by mail to:

Facility Operator Certification 
Water Quality Control Division
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246

After an investigation of allegations of misconduct, the Division may recommend that the Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board take discipinary action against an operator.  Disciplinary actions taken by the Board are posted on the Board's website.

 
 

The Facility Operator Certification staff can be reached via email at cdphe.facilityoperator@state.co.us
 
Enforcement
 
A notice of violation (NOV) is a formal action taken against the owner of a water or wastewater facility for violation of section 100.18, Regulation 100, "No owner of a water or wastewater facility shall allow the facility to be operated without the direct supervision of an operator in responsible charge certified in a classification equivalent to or higher than the classification of the facility as specified in sections 100.4 through 100.8."
 
  • Beginning in 2012, Facility Operator Certification NOVs for ORC violations are issued in a category separate from other Division enforcement actions
  • List of NOVs issued is available on the Division Enforcement Page within the year that the action occurred
  • Penalties: a penalty may or may not be assessed with the NOV for up to $300 per day per violation

 


 The Facility Operator Certification staff can be reached via email at cdphe.facilityoperator@state.co.us
Training
Professional Development

These lists do not imply a recommendation or endorsement by the division.  They are not all inclusive and are provided as assistance only. For board approved courses for recertification training units (TUs), please contact the Operator Certification Program Office (OCPO) at www.ocpoweb.com.

 
Training Opportunities
 Study Topics
Employment

 


The Facility Operator Certification staff can be reached via email at cdphe.facilityoperator@state.co.us

 

Stakeholders
Over the past year, the board has requested the division make recommendations for possible revisions to Regulation 100 (Regulations) covering several topics or issues. The division will divide the rulemaking.
 
  1. The first to address topics that are primarily clarifications and administrative in nature, such as, defining and clarifying the requirements for delegation of duties by the operator in responsible charge, clarifying the operator in responsible charge requirements for pretreatment permitted facilities, and clarifying the exam requirements for a certified operator that allowed a certification to expire for more than two years.
  2. The second would address updating the facility classification matrixes.
 
Your participation is both welcome and important to the process. The division will be asking for your participation in the regulation revision process soon. Please check back for updates.
 
 

The Facility Operator Certification staff can be reached via email at cdphe.FacilityOperator@state.co.us
Revisions to Water and Watewater Facility Operators Certification Requirements, Regulation 100
 
The Department is conducting a rulemaking to revise the current water and wastewater facility operators certification requirements, Regulation 100.  The rulemaking hearing before the Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board is scheduled April 29, 2014.
 
The scope of the proposed revisions are:
  • Incorporate language from board policies into the regulation
    • Delegation of tasks and activities to staff operators
    • De Minimus distribution system
    • Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act
  • Consistent use of terms throughout the regulation
  • Moving some definitions with limited reference to the body of the regulation
  • Clarifications
  • Remove typos
  • Correct errors in references
  • Minor reorganization of some sections
 
These revisions to regulation 100 are not substantive in nature and will codify current implementation practices or requirements currently in WWFOCB policies. A timeline for the regulation 100 revision rulemaking is depicted below.
 
Timeline Event
Dec 20, 2013 through January 17, 2014 Comment period
January 7, 2014 Stakeholder meeting on proposed language
February 2014 Final draft
April 29, 2014 Board hearing
 
Stakeholder meeting
 
The stakeholder meeting for revisions to regulation 100 will be held on Jan. 7, 2014. The Safe Drinking Water and the Clean Water Programs encourage all interested parties to participate and provide comment on the proposed revisions to the water and wastewater facility operators certification requirements, regulation 100.
 
 
 
 
WEB ONLY MEETING:  January 10, 2014
10:00 a.m. to noon
 
 
Conference call:
Dial: 1-218-862-1300
Conference code: 543213
 
Participants please RSVP to Jackie Whelan if you will attend the meeting in Denver as seating is limited. If you are unable to attend in person, you may participate via webinar access and a conference call number. Registration is not required to participate via webinar/conference calling.
 
What to expect: The proposal for review is posted on this website. Please review the draft language and provide comments through an online comment form. The comment form is available so that you may provide written comments before the meeting and will remain available until Jan. 17 for additional comments you may have after the meeting.
 
To provide comments please use our online comment form
 
The Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board rulemaking hearing is scheduled for April 29, 2014.
 
Questions?  Contact:  Jackie Whelan
Phone:  303-692-3617
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Additional Information 


 The Facility Operator Certification staff can be reached via email at cdphe.facilityoperator@state.co.us
 
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Facility Operator Certification
Water Quality Control Division
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, Colorado 80246-1530