Waterworks operators are expected to develop professionally within their career field. A part of this is advancement through the classes of licensure. Another part is continuing professional education. Professional education includes at-home study courses, online learning, or attending resident courses. Many training providers publish calendars of events. To ensure minimum levels of continuing education are achieved, the Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators require continuing professional education (CPE) for waterworks operators. The amount of hours required vary by complexity of the classification as shown below. The period in which the continuing education is to be obtained runs from March 1st every odd-numbered year through February 28th of the next odd-numbered year.
Operators in Classes I through III need 20 CPE contact hours per two-year cycle
Operators in Class IV need 16 CPE contact hours per two-year cycle
Operators in Class V need 8 CPE contact hours per two-year cycle
Operators in Class VI need 4 CPE contact hours per two-year cycle
Training that has been approved by the board is on any subject matter that is part of the content area for the waterworks operator licensure exams. Click here for content areas. One CPE hour is equal to 50 minutes. For example, a disinfection seminar runs from 8:00 to 3:00 p.m. with and hour off for lunch. It is worth six CPE hours. Click here for a sample completion form for CPE training that instructors can modify.