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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, 2016 through May 31, 2018.

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Required CEC's

OPERATORS CERTIFIED BEFORE JANUARY 2017 ARE REQUIRED TO EARN THE FOLLOWING CECs:

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

OPERATORS-IN-TRAINING (OITs) ARE REQUIRED TO EARN THE FOLLOWING CECs:

  • Class 1 WATER OITs (either or both water distribution or treatment) must earn 1.0 CECs (10 hours).
  • Class 2, 3, or 4 WATER OITs (either or both water distribution or treatment) must earn 0.5 CECs (5 hours). There is no longer a Class 5AB operator (class 4 & 5 are now combined)
  • Class 1 WASTEWATER OITs (combined class 1 & 2 municipal) must earn 1.0 CECs (10 hours).
  • Class 3 WASTEWATER OITs (combined class 3 & 4 municipal) must earn 0.5 CECs (5 hours).
  • Class 1 INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER OITs must earn 1.0 CECs (10 hours).
  • Class 2, 3 or 4 INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER OITs must earn 0.5 CECs (5 hours).
  • Class 2, 3 or 4 ON-SITE WASTEWATER OITs must earn 0.5 CECs (5 hours).

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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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CEC Status Reports

Operators may check their required CECs, earned CECs and remaining CECs on the Montana DEQ Water/Wastewater Operator Continuing Education Credits website at http://svc.mt.gov/deq/operatorcectotal/

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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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