online examinations will be graded at the site of the examination. If an operator taking the examination fails to pass, the operator may file an application for reexamination 30 days after the exam.
2. The minimum passing grade for all certification exams shall be 70 percent correct on all questions asked.
3. An individual who has failed to pass at least two consecutive written exams, at the same grade level and discipline, may make an application for an oral exam. The oral exam will be administered by at least two Commission members or by other individuals approved by the Director. If the individual fails this exam, the deficient areas will be discussed after the exam is completed.
4. Examinations will be given in nine grades, four in water treatment and five water distribution. The examinations will cover, but not be limited to, the following areas:
(a) general water supply knowledge;
(b) control processes in water treatment or distribution;
(c) operation, maintenance, and emergency procedures in treatment or distribution;
(d) proper record keeping;
(e) laws and requirements, and water quality standards.
5. The written examination question bank and text matrix shall be reviewed periodically by the Commission.
1. All certificates shall indicate the discipline for which they were issued as follows:
(a) Water Treatment Plant Operator, Unrestricted;
(b) Water Treatment Plant Operator, Restricted;
(c) Water Distribution Operator, Unrestricted;
(d) Water Distribution Operator, Restricted;
2. A restricted certificate will be issued to those operators who have passed a higher grade examination than the grade for which they have qualified in the experience category. Upon accumulating the necessary experience (see R309-300-19. Table 5), these restricted certificates will become unrestricted with the same renewal date. Certificates issued in the restricted status will include the word RESTRICTED on the certificate.
3. Grandparent certificates will be restricted to the person, position, and water system for which they were issued. These certificates will exempt the holder from further examination but will not be transferable to other persons, drinking water systems or positions.
4. All certificates shall continue in effect for a period of three years unless suspended or revoked prior to that time. The certificate must be renewed every three years by payment of a renewal fee and evidence of required training (see R309-300-14). Certificates will expire on December 31, three years from the year of issuance.
5. Requests for renewal shall be made on the forms supplied by the Division of Drinking Water.
6. A lapsed certificate may be renewed within 6 months of the expiration date by making an application for renewal. A certificate that lapsed more than 6 months earlier, but less than 18 months earlier may be renewed by making application for renewal and by payment of the reinstatement fee or by passing an examination. A certificate that has lapsed 18 months or more may not be renewed and the former certificate holder will be required to meet all requirements for issuance of a new certificate.
R309-300-9. Certificate Suspension and Revocation Procedures.
1. The Secretary shall inform a certificate holder, in writing, if the certificate is being considered for suspension or revocation of an Operator's certificate. The communication shall state the reasons for considering such action and allow the individual an opportunity for a hearing.
2. Grounds for suspending or revoking an Operator's certificate shall be any of the following:
(a) demonstrated disregard for the public health and safety;
(b) misrepresentation or falsification of figures and reports, or both, submitted to the State;
(c) cheating on a certification exam.
3. Suspension or revocation may be imposed when the circumstances and events were under the certificate holder's control. Disasters or "acts of God" which could not be reasonably anticipated will not be grounds for a suspension or a revocation action.
4. Following an appropriate hearing on these matters, the Commission will make a recommendation to the Director. The recommendation shall include a description of the findings of fact and shall be provided to the certificate holder. The information shall also outline the procedures to reapply for certification at the end of the specified disciplinary period.
5. Any suspension or revocation may be appealed as provided in R305-7.
1. Fees for operator certification shall be submitted in accordance with Section 63-38-3.
2. Examination fees from applicants who are rejected before examination will be returned to the applicant.
3. Application fees will not be returned.
R309-300-11. Facilities Classification System.
1. All treatment plants and distribution systems shall be classified in accordance with R309-300-19.
2. Classification will be made by either the point system or on a population-served basis, whichever results in a higher classification.