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Changes to Requirements for Drinking Water Operator-in-Training Certification

Changes to Requirements for Drinking Water Operator-in-Training Certification

 Changes to requirements for Drinking Water Operator-in-Training (OIT) certification took effect on July 1, 2017. While they have resulted in more streamlined processes, Ontario’s drinking water and wastewater operator certification program continues to have stringent training requirements to help ensure the safe operation of drinking water systems.

  1. All Drinking Water OIT certificates are issued for 36 months.

Before July 1, 2017, Drinking Water OIT certificates were valid for 16 months.

Completing the Entry Level Course for Drinking Water Operators (ELC) was and continues to be a requirement for Drinking Water OITs wishing to have their certificates reissued for 36 months, and for those wanting to upgrade their certificates to a Class I. Drinking Water OITs must also have one year experience in addition to completing the ELC before their certificates expire.

Issuing Drinking Water OIT certificates that are valid for 36 month gives OITs more time to meet their training and experience requirements. The issuance fee for a Drinking Water OIT certificate remains unchanged ($40.00).

  1. Temporary Drinking Water OIT certificates are no longer being issued.

Before July 1, 2017, temporary Drinking Water OIT certificates were issued for 12 months to individuals who worked as an OIT for four consecutive months or less in a seven-month period, i.e., during summer employment. Temporary OIT certificates could be renewed up to four times, resulting in multiple applications and confusion among applicants.

By no longer issuing temporary Drinking Water OIT certificates, the overall certification process for Drinking Water OITs is more streamlined and simplified. As of July 1, 2017, all Drinking Water OIT certificates are issued for 36 months.

  1. OITs are permitted to operate limited systems under the supervision of an Operator-in-Charge or Overall Responsible Operator.

Prior to July 1, 2017, Drinking Water OITs were not permitted to operate limited systems. They were required to take a separate course and pass an additional exam to obtain a limited system certificate, even though limited systems have less complex operational requirements than most other drinking water systems.

As of July 1, 2017, Drinking Water OITs can operate limited systems under the supervision of an Operator-in-Charge or Overall Responsible Operator. This change gives owners of limited systems, including those in First Nations communities, greater access to more individuals who can operate their systems.

The Ministry website, program documents and forms have been updated to reflect these changes. Visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/drinking-water-operations-training-and-certification and http://owwco.ca/ for more information about the province’s drinking water and wastewater operator certification program.

 

 

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