Drinking Water Operator Certification and Capacity Development
The Operator Certification and Capacity Development Section administers two programs which are designed to help ensure public water systems operate effectively and efficiently. The drinking water operator certification program carries out the testing and certification for drinking water system operators. This program also maintains the continuing education approval for drinking water certified operators.
The capacity development program has two components designed to help ensure the provision of safe and adequate supplies of drinking water. The first provides assistance to drinking water systems to help them with acquiring and maintaining sufficient technical, managerial, and financial capacity [PDF] to effectively operate their system. The second component ensures that new community and nontransient noncommunity public water systems understand the requirements [PDF] of the Safe Drinking Water Act and have the capability to meet those requirements prior to beginning operation.
Examination and Continuing Education
Examination and Continuing Education Information
- The following forms are available on the IDEM Forms page:
- Certification Examination Application
- Application for Approval of Training for Continuing Education
- Continuing Education Credit Report
- IDEM Formula and Conversion Tables [PDF]
- Drinking Water Operator Certification Exam Dates
- Drinking Water Certification Application Instructions
- Continuing Education Contact Hours for Drinking Water Operators [PDF]
Continuing Education Information
All new community and nontransient noncommunity systems must demonstrate capacity prior to beginning operation. Capacity means that the public water supply system has the ability to acquire and manage sufficient financial, managerial, and physical and operational ability to meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SWDA) and IDEM rules. A new public water supply system shall submit to the commissioner a water system management plan that demonstrates the capacity of the proposed public water supply system. The plan must assess the technical, managerial and financial capacity of the new system to meet the requirements of the SWDA and Indiana Rules (found at 327 IAC 8) for public water supply systems. New systems must submit and get approval of a water system management plan before making the submission for a permit to construct the water system.
- Information Handbook for preparing a Water System Management Plan [PDF]
- Indiana Rules Governing Capacity Development (327 IAC 8-3.6)
Starting April 1, 2016, the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) will go into effect for all Public Water Supplies in the state.
Contact the Operator Certification and Capacity Development Section
Contact the Indiana Department of Environmental Management Office of Water Quality at (800) 451-6027 or (317) 234-7430.
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Office of Water Quality, Drinking Water Branch, Certification & Capacity
100 North Senate Avenue Room 1255
Indianapolis, IN 46204