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Step 1: Study
You should be studying 20-30 hours for lower level exams, and 40-50 hours for upper levels. Failing means you will have to wait 30 days and do it all over again.Get Study Materials
Step 2: Choose your exam
- Online - $130 |PDF
Flexible schedule, state-wide. Results, review, and a temporary certificate immediately.
- Conference - $100 |PDF
Register and pay for the training with Rural Water - www.RWAU.net
Register and pay for the exam with Drinking Water.
Conference Exam Dates
- Written - $100
Choosing a Grade Level to Test For
Depending on where you might be working, these are the certification levels needed for water system’s serving these populations:
Small System: 25-500 population
Dist. Grade 1: 501-1,500
Dist. Grade 2: 1,501-5,000
Dist. Grade 3: 5,001-15,000
Dist. Grade 4: > 15,001
Treatment Grade 1: 25-1,500
Treatment Grade 2: 1,501-5,000
Treatment Grade 3: 5,001-15,000
Treatment Grade 4: > 15,001
Step 3: Pass the Exam
Bring to the exam:
- Calculator (4 function calculator preferred)
- Driver’s license or government ID
- #2 pencil and eraser
Items not allowed during the exam:
- No cellphones, laptops, or devices that can hold text allowed (like programmable calculators)
- No phones as calculators
- Your own scratch paper or notes
Provided at the exam:
- Sheet of math formulas and conversions
- Scratch paper
Arrive 15 minutes early to check in and get instructions.
Step 4: Wait for your results
The state takes about four weeks to process your exam. Results are confidential and cannot be shared via email or phone, only by mail.
Step 5: Maintain your certification
- Visit the Resources page to learn about your new responsibilities.
Step 6: Keep your information up-to-date
The Rural Water Association of Utah posts job openings on their Facebook page periodically.
To improve the exam process for future operators, please tell us about your experience. Did you need more training on a specific topic? Have a recommendation? Let us know!
- Dawnie Jacobo (801) 536-4217)