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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?
2020 In Person training:

09/09/20-11/11/20-Water Distribution Sys O&M for C/D 10-wk Night Class (Westmont) IEPA#14406
09/14/20-11/16/20-Water Dist Sys O&M for C/D 10-wk Night Class (Crest Hill) IEPA#14703
Online Learning:

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


Class C & D - Have some "hands on" experience?
2020 In Person training:

 03/11/20 - Utility Math Refresher - 6 Hour (St. Charles) IEPA#14874
04/07/20 - Utility Math Refresher - 6 Hour (Moline) IEPA#14875
08/26/20-08/27/20 -Water Dist System O&M for Class C/D 2-Day (McHenry) IEPA#14686
10/14/20-10/15/20 -Water Distribution System O&M for Class C/D 2 Day Course (Lake Bluff) IEPA#14687

Class A & B
2020 In Person Training:
 03/11/20 - Utility Math Refresher - 6 Hour (St. Charles) IEPA#14874
04/01/20-04/02/20-Water Trtmt System O&M-Class A/B-2 Day Course (Aurora) IEPA#14696
04/07/20 - Utility Math Refresher - 6 Hour (Moline) IEPA#14875

High School Operator In Training Programs in Illinois
Evanston, IL
Westmont, IL
Oak Park, IL

YouthBuild - Lake County

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 -
2020 Water Operator Exam Schedule
Still have questions not answered here??
Contact Andrea Rhodes or Tatum DeMay

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Item Name Posted By Date Posted
2020 Water Operator Exam Schedule PDF (15.73 KB) Administration 11/8/2019
2019_Operator Exam Schedule PDF (14.2 KB) Administration 12/18/2018
Guide to Operator Certification PDF (4.88 MB) Administration 10/26/2018
Operator Certification Process PDF (209.33 KB) Administration 2/9/2018
Cert. Operator Req. - Section 681.500  Link Administration 2/8/2018
IEPA Operator Training Submission Form PDF (30.76 KB) Administration 4/25/2018
IEPA Application for Drinking Water License PDF (1.51 MB) Administration 4/24/2018
IEPA Operator Exam Request PDF (1.02 MB) Administration 4/24/2018
IEPA Notification of Responsible Personnel PDF (30.21 KB) Administration 4/24/2018
IEPA Operator Reciprocity PDF (1.02 MB) Administration 4/24/2018
Operator Practice Questions Link Administration 2/1/2018
IEPA Sample Collector's Handbook - Chap 14 OpCert PDF (13.24 MB)  more ] Administration 2/5/2015
IEPA Operator-in-Training Application PDF (32.84 KB)  more ] Administration 2/5/2015
EPA Generators Brochure PDF (746.39 KB) Administration 6/25/2012
OpCert Website Instructions PDF (157.75 KB) Administration 4/25/2018
Emerg Power Facility Assessment Tool Fact Sheet PDF (397.51 KB) Administration 6/25/2012
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