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Wastewater Operator Certification Exam Book List

Class
BookI-SPIIIIIIIVA-SOABCD
1 X1 X X X X   X    
2 X2 X X X X   X X3 X3 X3
3     X X      
4         X X X
5         X X X
10 X X X X X X X X X X
11 X          
12       X     
14    X X X    X X X

1 Study only Chapters 1 and 8 (Introduction to Wastewater Treatment, 1.1 through 1.9 and 8.3 through 8.5) of Book #1

2 Study only Chapter 15 (Maintenance) and Chapter 16 (Laboratory Procedures and Chemistry) of Book #

3 Study only Chapter 16 (Laboratory Procedures and Chemistry) of Book #2

Reference Books

  1. Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants, Volume I, current edition
  2. Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants, Volume II, current edition
  3. Advanced Waste Treatment, current edition
  4. Industrial Waste Treatment, Volume I, current edition
  5. Industrial Waste Treatment, Volume II, current edition
  1. Wastewater Operator Certification Manual, May 2021, available on-line from IDEM
  2. Stabilization Ponds, U.S. EPA Operation Manual, August 1977, available on-line from IDEM
  3. Study Guide for A-SO Operators, April 2021, available on-line from IDEM
  1. Introduction to the National Pretreatment Program, June 2011, available on-line from U.S. EPA (Note: updated version)

How to Obtain Exam Reference Books

Books 1 - 5

California State University, Sacramento: Wastewater Courses

Book 10

Wastewater Operator Certification Manual – May 2021
IDEM Office of Water Quality, Compliance Section Certification Staff
Documentation [PDF]

Note:  The operator exam practice worksheet and corresponding DMR, MRO and permit page are located in Book 10, beginning with Appendix A

Book 11

Stabilization Ponds, U.S. EPA Operation Manual
IDEM Office of Water Quality, Compliance Section Certification Staff
Documentation [PDF]

Book 12

Study Guide for A-SO Operators, April 2021
IDEM Office of Water Quality, Compliance Section Certification Staff
Documentation [PDF]

Book 14 (Updated Reference)

Introduction to the National Pretreatment Program
U.S. EPA - Office of Water Resource Center
(202) 566-1729
Document available on the U.S. EPA site
Publication: EPA-833-B-11-001, June 2011

For more information, contact the Office of Water Quality.

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