Your certification will be valid from the day you pass your exam and it will be due for renewal every 3 years on December 31st. Your certification’s 3-year period for CEU’s begins the following year on January 1st after you have passed the exam.
Renewal Steps for Maintaining Your Certification
- Complete Continuing Education Requirements
- Accrue the required Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) during your certification’s three-year period and/or grace period.
- Complete Renewal Requirements
- Complete the renewal process by submitting a Renewal Application & paying a fee for each certification before it expires or within the grace the period.
Keep track of when your certification expires, see how many continuing education units (CEU’s) you have, and what courses are on file for your current renewal period.
Operator Certification Rules state you must acquire Continuing Education Units (CEUs) during your certification’s three-year period by attending drinking water-related training.
A continuing education unit (CEU) is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in, and successful completion of, an organized and approved training education experience under qualified instruction. Certified Operators are required to obtain enough CEU’s (amount based on grade level) before renewing every 3 years.
Grade Level/CEUs Required
- SS, 1, 2: 2 CEUs (20 hours)
- 3, 4: 3 CEUs (30 hours)
CEU Credit Process
All CEUs for certificate renewal shall be subject to review for approval to ensure that the training is applicable to waterworks operation and meets CEU criteria.
You are required to complete these steps before your certification expires or within the grace period in order to maintain your certification. Your three-year renewal period begins the following year after you pass your exam, on January 1st, and is due for renewal every three years on December 31st.
You have a grace period to renew or reinstate your certification after it has expired. If you fail to renew on time, your next renewal period will begin as if you renewed on time. Any CEU’s acquired after your certification has expired and applied cannot count toward any future renewals.
Renewal Grace Period
- You can pay the $150 renewal fee if your certification is less than 6 months past expiration, the deadline is June 30th.
Reinstatement Grace Period
- The fee increases to $300 and you have to apply for reinstatement if your certification is more than 6 months past expiration, starting on July 1st, but less than 18 months past expiration, the deadline is on June 30th.
A dual certified operator may request to move one of their certification’s expiration date back one year to unify both certifications’ renewal cycles for Continuing Education (CEU’s).
- Both certifications must be current and/or within their grace period for renewal or reinstatement.
- Renewal Grace Period: less than 6 months past certification’s expiration date (deadline is June 30th)
- Reinstatement Grace Period: more than 6 months but less than 18 months past certification’s expiration date (from July 1st after expiration & the deadline is June 30th).
- Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) from the new 3-year renewal cycle will be utilized for both certifications if applicable (training was completed, submitted, and approved).
- The standard renewal and/or reinstatement fees will apply to the adjusted certification.
- Operators will not be credited for renewing early. Requesting to move a certification back one year is optional.
- Operators’ only option to change their certifications’ renewal cycle forward is through examination.
Renewal Adjustment Steps
- Check to see if you meet the qualifications.
- Complete and submit the Renewal Cycle Adjustment Application
- Wait for the results. You will be notified if your request is approved.
Keep your information up-to-date
Update your contact information and employment information by emailing DDWOpCert@utah.gov.