How to Become a Certified Operator

Wondering what you need to get started?

Along with your desire to be part of a sustainable and rewarding career that delivers essential services through the provision of safe drinking water and stewardship for the environment, you must possess the following:

  1.  High School Diploma or GED
  2.  Mandatory Entry Level Training – AWWOA provides two options:
  3. One year of work experience in a Level I or higher Provincially recognized facility

Once you have the three items above, you can apply to write your Provincial certification exam with Alberta Environment and Parks.

If you are not yet able to meet the requirements for Level I certification, but would like to challenge the Level I exam and you are a resident of Alberta, you will need to contact the exam provider, AMP/PSI, for this provision at: AMP/PSI Candidate Information. Successfully challenging the exam does not constitute certification. Once ALL eligibility requirements have been met, the operator can then apply for certification online through the AEP Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Portal.

NOTE: You can still apply for positions requiring certification as employers may hire an operator in the process of acquiring the three items above.

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