The Operator Certification Program (OCP) is responsible for overseeing a professional licensure program for all water and wastewater treatment plant operators along with water distribution system operators in Florida. This is done through mandatory training, developing and administering professional licensure examinations used to determine minimal competencies and through the implementation and monitoring of continuing education. Licenses are issued in three separate categories: water treatment plant operators, wastewater treatment plant operators and water distribution system operators. Each licensure category contains four classes of licensure. Treatment plant classes are A, B, C and D with class A being the highest, and distribution levels are 1, 2, 3, & 4 with level 1 being the highest.
Licensure in Florida is a linear process in that an operator must obtain a lower level license prior to becoming eligible to receive a higher level license. For each level of licensure each applicant must also demonstrate the applicable number of years of experience. Licenses are issued for a two-year period with an expiration date of April 30 of every odd numbered year. In order for individuals to renew their license they must complete a specified amount of continuing education (CEU). Without the appropriate CEUs, the license will not be renewed. Learn more about the Operator Certification Program.
Water Supply Restoration Program
The Water Supply Restoration Program (WSRP), per Section 376.30(3)(c)1., Florida Statutes, assists eligible well owners impacted by man-made contaminated groundwater by providing financial assistance for the restoration of safe drinking water.
The WSRP provides for expeditious restoration or replacement of potable water systems or private wells where health hazards exist due to contamination caused by man's activities. Created by the Legislature in the mid-1980s after the discovery of Ethylene Di-Bromide (EDB), a carcinogenic agricultural pesticide, in private drinking water wells, the WSRP continues to be funded by the Water Quality Assurance Trust Fund and the Inland Protection Trust Fund for the restoration of safe drinking water to property owners impacted with potential health hazards due to man-made contamination. Learn more about the Water Supply Restoration Program
Need further assistance or information regarding either program?
Operator Certification Program, 850-245-7500; Water Supply Restoration Program, 850-245-8369,
Fax 850-245-8410, or write to: Division of Water Resource Management Certification and Restoration Program 2600 Blair Stone Road, (OCP) MS 3506 or (WSRP) MS 3515 Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400
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