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Responsibilities for Certification Renewal

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

  1. Complete Continuing Education Requirements
    1. Accrue the required Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) during your certification’s three-year period and/or grace period.
  2. Complete Renewal Requirements
    1. 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.

Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)

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.

Renewal and Reinstatement Steps

Step 1: The operator must meet the CEU requirements

Check certifications on record including CEUs, expiration dates, and water systems.

The grace period for renewal and reinstatement ends on June 30th

Step 2: Pay a Fee For Each Certificate

Pay the renewal fee if the certificate is less than 6 months past expiration (deadline is June 30th).

Pay the reinstatement fee if the certificate is more than 6 months (July 1st) & less than 18 months past expiration (deadline is June 30th).

Step 3: Submit the Renewal Application to the Division

A copy will be emailed to the Division and to the main email address on the application once the form is submitted through our website.

Renewal Cycle Adjustment

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

  1. Check to see if you meet the qualifications.
  2. Complete and submit the Renewal Cycle Adjustment Application
  3. 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.

Screenshot: Drinking Water Operator Certification Program Brochure PDF


Dawnie Jacobo (DDWOpCert@utah.gov): (385) 272-5038

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