Requirements To Get an Arkansas Water System Treatment Operator License

The Arkansas Department of Health has a licensing program for water system treatment operators that is administered through the Engineering Section. There are 4 levels of licenses for treatment operators. They are referred to as Grades I, II, III, and IV. Refer to my other article if you are looking for the standards and requirements for water distribution operators, which have similar but different requirements.

The requirements for each grade include a mandatory training course, an exam, and experience in some cases. A Grade I treatment license requires 6 months of experience. Grade II is 1 year, Grade III is 2 years, and Grade IV is 3 years.

The grade of license you need depends on several factors. It is rather complicated. But I will summarize the situations below.

Grade I applies with chemical addition but not advanced treatment. And this applies when the population is up to 9999, and you are not a supervisor.

Grade II applies when the following conditions exist:

1. There is chemical addition, the population is up to 9999, and you are a supervisor;
2. There is advanced treatment, the population is up to 9999, and you are not a supervisor.

Grade III applies if the following conditions exist:

1. There is chemical addition, the population is 10,000 to 49,999, and you are a supervisor;
2. There is chemical addition, the population is at least 50,000, and you are not a supervisor;
3. There is advanced treatment, the population is 3300 to 9999, and you are a supervisor;
4. There is advanced treatment, the population is 10,000 or greater, and yo are not a supervisor.

Grade IV is for supervisors only. And one of the following must apply to the licensee’s work:

1. There is chemical addition, and the population is at least 50,000;
2. There is advanced treatment, and the population is at least 10,000.

Examples of advanced treatment include aerators, clarifiers, filters, and sedimentation basins.

Application forms and training and exam schedules can be obtained online. Check out the following page for those resources. Look in the Water Operator Certification section.

http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/environmentalHealth/Engineering/Pages/ReportsandForms.aspx#5

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