PO CERTIFICATION

Here's how it works

Operators can join a community of mentors and peers, grow as professionals, show commitment to public health, and increase mobility, all in a process that can take as little as a few weeks. 

PO certification is offered to operators in four levels (from Class I through Class IV) for water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection, and wastewater treatment. The PO program grows with the operator as they gain experience and grow professionally. Many POs hold multiple class level or segment titles as they move forward in their careers. 

OPERATOR ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Each PO certification level has professional and education criteria that must be met. It is very important to understand all eligibility criteria prior to submitting your applications and fees.

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APPLICATION AND EXAM FEES

Becoming a PO requires an application fee which pays for processing and a certification exam administration fee. State or local taxes may apply and all fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable, and subject to change without notice. 

APPLICATION FEE

$145

Application fees are payable to ABC at the time of application submission and we ask for applications to be paid through the PO Portal. Additional fees may apply for payment outside the PO Portal, payment by check, or payment by money order. 

EXAM ADMINISTRATION FEE

$67

Certification exam administration fee is payable to PSI at the time of exam scheduling. Fees may vary for exams outside of US. 

Application process

The simple application process requires only a few steps, but the PO designation creates lasting impact. Applications are processed on a first-in, first-reviewed basis with the goal of processing each application within 30 days of receipt. 

 

GATHER DOCUMENTATION

All education and experience claims must be accompanied by official supporting documentation. Gather documentation for general education, continuing education, operating experience, and related experience prior to creating your profile.

CREATE YOUR
PO PROFILE

Log into the PO Certification Portal and outline your work and education history to ensure basic qualifications are met. The portal is a free service to everyone and is often used as a place to store important documents and transcripts as well. 

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

Once a profile is complete, including all information and documentation required, an application for the PO certification program can be submitted and payment can be made through the
PO certification portal.

PASS YOUR EXAM

Once approved to complete the examination, our testing partner PSI will reach out with information about how to schedule an exam. An exam must be completed and passed within a 180 day eligibility period. Exams may be attempt as often as every 30 days during this time. 

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Navigating the PO Certification Portal

The Professional Operator Certification Portal is the gateway to creating your profile, submitting your application, and making payment for certification fees. Start your journey with ease using this quick PO Portal tutorial.


 

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CODE OF CONDUCT

All applicants of the Professional Operator program must agree to upholding a code of conduct throughout the application process and lifetime of the certification once earned. 

AWARDS AND DOCUMENTATION

Professional Operator certification is no minor feat. To showcase and celebrate the achievement, PO's are provided with several awards and documents.

PO CERTIFICATION PIN

Pin your lapel and show your pride as a Professional Operator. Water drop PO pins reference the PO designation and indicate the class level of the PO's certification with one to four blue gems running along the right side.

PO CERTIFICATES AND WALLET CARDS

Hang your certificate in your office and carry your it with you in the form of a wallet card. Both the certificate and wallet card include name, a unique certification number, the type/class of certification, and certification effective/expiration dates.

BUSINESS CARDS FOR PURCHASE

Professional Operator certificants have the ability to purchase personalized business cards by contacting C2EP.

PO TITLE

Certificants gain the ability to tell everyone they are certified Professional Operators by adding a PO after their name. 

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Certification contacts

The Professional Operator certification program is a voluntary offering for water and wastewater operators. To find information on mandatory licensure or for information on governmental licensing requirements, please contact your local licensing body.

 

Contact

9400 Plum Drive, Ste 160

Urbandale, IA 50322

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Tel: 515-232-3623

info@professionaloperator.org

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