Certification Information

Water and Wastewater Operator Certification is administered by Alberta Environment.

For the most up to date information you can visit their website or contact them directly by email at: waterandwastewateroperatorcert@gov.ab.ca.

You can also find the most requested information below:

General Information

Beginning January 2, 2019, Water and Wastewater Operators will be required to set up an account in the Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Portal to apply for reciprocity, certification exams, renewals and training/course Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

If you are not a certified operator in Alberta and want to apply for reciprocity or to write an exam, please email waterandwastewateroperatorcert@gov.ab.ca to set up an account.

Certification Exam Information

Level Water Treatment Water Distribution Wastewater Treatment Wastewater Collection
  Number of Questions on the Exam
Small Systems 50   50  
I 110 110 100 110
II 110 110 110 110
III 110 110 100 110
IV 110 110 100 110

Online Testing & Approvals:
Computer based testing (CBT) will be approved by Alberta Environment every two months for all exams listed above on a regular basis. Once approved to write a certification exam, applicants will receive an email notification indicating the next available exam session. 

The fee for all online exams is $99.00 USD/each exam paid directly to the online exam provider. All exams have a two-hour time limit.

Certification renewal fees are now $130 CAD. Renewal fees must be paid every 3 years beginning July 1, 2021 within your Compliance365 account.

CEU Information

The certification program requires that operators have post-secondary education, or equivalent, to meet the requirements for Levels III and IV certification. Substitutions of applicable approved experience or CEUs can be used to gain the equivalent of post-secondary education.

All AWWOA courses including workshops, webinars and annual seminar/conference events are CEU approved. Click here to access course listing.

It is the responsibility of certified operators to keep track of their training. Operators are responsible for maintaining proof of completion of their continuous education requirements and submitting the required documentation when applying for certification or renewal. A current list of CEU approved courses is available through the operator certification portal (Compliance365) on the Alberta Environment website.

VIDEO - Certification Overview

VIDEO: Water & Wastewater Operator Certification in Alberta, Canada Overview

VIDEO - AEP Operator Database Presentation

VIDEO: AEP Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Portal Presentation
(as presented at AWWOA Water Week 2018 - Nov 16, 2018 - Edmonton, AB)