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Preparing for the Exams

Although the exams can be taken at any time, DEP highly recommends preparing through coursework or reviewing course material.The knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to pass each exam are identified in Appendix A of the Operator Certification Program Handbook (PDF). Regardless of the exam, DEP recommends to brush up on basic math, biology and some chemistry. Certification prepcourses range from one-day refreshers to 180-hour certificate programs specific to drinking water or wastewater.Courses and study materials are also available for each of the individual subclasses.

DEP Training Modules

Many operators find the DEP Training Modules helpful in preparing for the exams.The descriptions and module files can be found here.

Training Advice Documents

For further training advice for the exams, please click on the links below:

Certificate and Associates Degree Programs

These intensive programs prepare an individual for the field and reduce the operating experience necessary to qualify for certification. Click here for the most recent program information. (PDF)