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RMW - May 2017

Enabling the Workforce of the Future to Safeguard the Utility of the Future Professional Operator Certification and Designation By Gavin Moore 38 | ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER MAY 2017 OF SPECIAL NOTE BUILT BY OPERATORS, FOR OPER-ators, the Professional Operator (PO) certification program offers the industry’s first internationally rec-ognized professional designation, a signal to certificants’ peers, customers, and the public that they have mastered the most rigorous standards of their industry. The PO program is administered by the Certification Commission for Environ-mental Professionals (C2EP), an orga-nization of volunteer water environ-ment operations subject matter experts created by the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC). PO certification is offered in four levels of increasing exam difficulty and eligibility require-ments (from Class I through Class IV) for water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection, and wastewater treatment operators. Operators earning any of these certifications are granted the right to refer to themselves as “Pro-fessional Operators.” C2EP’s standardized certification and the PO designation give operators the freedom to transfer their skills between jurisdictions and allow for uniform recognition of professional credentials. In addition to meeting the appropriate set of eligibility criteria and passing their exam, applicants for PO certification must agree to adhere to the Professional Operator Code of Conduct. By following the code, certificants become better operators and encourage their peers to do the same. Operator recognition POWER Events The accomplishments of POs are being celebrated in Colorado and


RMW - May 2017
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