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How do I become a Certified Water Operator in the State of Illinois?




Use the links below to access:

Water Operator Application
Water Operator Exam Request
Water Operator-In-Training Exam Request
Water Operator Exam Schedule
Water Operator Reciprocity Form
Water Operator Notification of Responsible Personnel Change
Water Operator Training Submission Form

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What are the best classes for studying to take my IEPA exam?

Class C & D - No Experience at All?

2019 In Person training:
01/09/19-03/13/19-Water Distribution Sys O&M for C/D 10-wk Night Class (Westmont) IEPA#13365
09/11/19-11/13/19-Water Distribution Sys O&M for C/D 10-wk Night Class (Westmont) IEPA#13397

Online Learning:

#3003 - Water Distribution Systems  - also qualifies for 64 hours of the hours needed to obtain your license (along with these other online classes)


Class C & D - Have some "hands on" experience?

2019 In Person training:

 09/26/19 - Water Operator Exam Refresher-Class C/D (St Charles) IEPA#13519


Operator In Training Programs in Illinois 

Evanston, IL
Westmont, IL.

Oak Park, IL 

YouthBuild - Lake County

Class A & B 
2019 In Person Training:
08/01/19 - Water Operator Exam Refresher-Class A/B (St Charles) IEPA#13517
11/19/19 - Water Operator Exam Refresher-Class A/B (Moline) IEPA#13518

Is there a good book for helping to study to take the exam?
Yes!  The AWWA Water Operator Certification Exam Prep textbook has over 1400 questions to help you study - you can order it using this link.
How do I access my Renewal Training Credit (RTC) hours on the ISAWWA site - and submit them in to the IEPA?

For a training tutorial on how to access a history of your training hours on the ISAWWA web site or submit your training hours to the IEPA, CLICK HERE 

Water Operator Training Submission Form (mail-in form)
Use this link to access & add your hours on the IEPA website (you must register on this site to see the hours)
OpCert Website Instructions (printable PDF)

Can I take online classes on my own and still receive RTC hours?
Yes!  ISAWWA offers a full range of online classes, all approved by the IEPA with RTC hours.  To see these classes - CLICK HERE.
IEPA Frequently Asked Questions -
2018 Water Operator Exam Schedule
Still have questions not answered here??
Contact Andrea Rhodes or Tatum DeMay
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