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Required Forms

Additional Required Documents

  • A copy of your current and active out-of-state treatment operator license(s)
  • A copy of your current resume
  • Verification of experience signed by a currently licensed operator (other than yourself). Verification letter(s) must:
    1. be on company letterhead
    2. contain inclusive dates of experience (mm/dd/yyyy through mm/dd/yyyy)
    3. include the number of hours worked per week spent performing either water treatment or wastewater treatment or water distribution system duties
    4. include the name, physical address location and State-issued permit ID number of the treatment facility(s)
    5. contain a detailed description of duties performed during the referenced time period
    6. provide a copy of the verifying operator's license
    7. the verification letter must be dated and include the verifier’s signature and title
    8. the attached license verification completed and signed by your state’s licensing program office (a separate verification for each license you wish to be evaluated)
  • A complete flow diagram and detailed description of all plant treatment processes, operations, plant flow type and plant capacity of the Treatment Facility where your experience was earned; please ensure the State-issued permit identification number of the treatment facility is included.
  • A copy or a link for the laws and rules of your state showing the level of certification and years of experience required for the level of license you wish to apply for in Florida

NOTE: Experience is defined as on-site or hands-on operational experience in a treatment plant. All experience must be verified by signature of a licensed operator from the same state with the same license type as your license. Experience must be verified by plant type in which you have worked or are presently working, indicating time worked in on-site plant operation, with these stipulations:

  • Wastewater treatment plants must have a system for solids control.
  • Water treatment plant experience must be gained in drinking water plants. (Experience gained from water systems used for swimming pools is excluded.)
  • Operators under contract for the operation of several plants must identify level, class and, if applicable, the name of each plant operated and name of the contracting company.

Please anticipate approximately 30 to 90 days for the evaluation process to be completed.  Once the evaluation is completed, you can expect to receive a written response from the Operator Certification Program regarding the approval.

Submit application and additional documents to:
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Operator Certification Program
Post Office Box 3070
Tallahassee, FL 32315
Last Modified:
April 26, 2024 - 7:33am

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