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Continuing Education Credits - Basic Rules

 

Renewal Fees

Every year operator certification is renewable for the following fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) upon appropriate fee payment by June 30. Every even-numbered year certification is renewable by fee payment PLUS the completion of the appropriate CEC requirements. The two-year CEC period covered currently runs from June 1, 2008 through May 31, 2010.

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Required CEC's

  • Class 1 WATER operators (either or both water distribution or treatment):
    must earn 2.0 CECs (20 hours).
  • Class 1 WASTEWATER operators (either or both municipal or industrial wastewater):
    must earn 2.0 CECs (20 hours).
  • Class 2, 3, or 4 WATER operators (either or both water distribution or treatment):
    must earn 1.0 CECs (10 hours).
  • Class 2, 3, or 4 WASTEWATER operators (either or both municipal or industrial wastewater):
    must earn 1.0 CECs (10 hours).
  • Class 5 WATER operators:
    must earn 0.4 CECs (4 hours).

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Operators-In-Training

CECs required for fully certified operators.

CECs are not required for renewal of certification for Operators-in-Training. Direct CEC status or information requests to Certification Program Office, (406) 444-3434.

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Correspondence Courses

Correspondence Courses and Alternative Training Courses (CD-ROM, Internet, videos) must be fully completed and proof of completion from the course provider must be sent to the Certification Office for CECs. (See the list of approved correspondence courses and alternative training courses)

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Dual CECs

Courses Approved for Dual CECs

Operators who hold certification in both water and wastewater can earn CECs for both certifications when attending a course DEQ has approved as a dual CEC course.

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Half CECs

Courses Only Approved for One-Half CECs

Training not directly applicable to water or wastewater plant operation can be approved for training but may only earn one-half the amount of CECs. Remember a CPR class is only good for credit the first time you take it.

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Other Training

Training Not Listed in Training Calendar

  • There may be courses that apply towards your CEC requirements which are not listed in the Training Calendar.

  • If you are looking for courses in your area, call the Certification Program Office for information on approved courses.

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CEC Biennium

Certification earned during middle of CEC Biennium

An operator who earns full certification from January of odd-numbered years through June 30 of even-numbered years will not be required to earn the applicable CECs until the following two-year period.

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Status Reports

An informational status report will be sent to each certified operator in December of each year. Please contact the Certification Program Office (444-3434) if you find any errors on this report.

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Questions

Direct exam or certification renewal questions to Reta Therriault email at rtherriault@mt.gov,  Certification Technician, DEQ P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901, (406) 444-3434.

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