Board of Certification for Wastewater Operators (BOC)
What is a wastewater operator? An individual, who at a given time, through observation, interpretation, or decision, operates a Wastewater Facility or a segment of a system or facility.
Meetings: The BOC generally meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.
Amendments to Regulations for Licensing Operators of Wastewater Facilities - Two Board Member Positions Open
On February 1, 2018, the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control issued Secretary’s Order Number: 2018-W-0006, approving these suggested changes as amendments effective March 11, 2018.
Updates to Section 3.01 allows for two new board members:
The Board shall be appointed by the Secretary to advise and assist the Secretary in the administration of the certification program. The Board will consist of five (5) members with the Chairman being a non-Departmental member: One (1) member currently certified as a Wastewater Operator of an individual NPDES permitted point source discharge facility; one (1) member who is currently certified as a Wastewater Operator of a non-point source discharge facility (less than 50,000 gallons per day (gpd) permitted plant design); one (1) member representing the Department’s Surface Water Discharges Section, who shall be responsible for maintaining records; one (1) member who is currently certified as a Wastewater Operator of an industrial, commercial or other non-Publicly Owned Treatment Works treatment facility; and one (1) member-at-large. The members of the Board shall serve at the discretion of the Secretary for three (3) year terms, which will be staggered so that the term of not more than two (2) members will expire in a single year.
The two new board member positions currently open are:
A. member who is currently certified as a Wastewater Operator of a non-point source discharge facility (less than 50,000 gallons per day permitted plant design)
B. member who is currently certified as a Wastewater Operator of an industrial, commercial or other non-Publicly Owned Treatment Works treatment facility
If you meet the criteria and would like to be considered for an open board member position, please submit your resume to Faye Wheeler, Executive Assistant to the Board at Faye.Wheeler@state.de.us before March 5, 2018.
Continuing Education Training (CET): As a reminder, per Section 8.1.4 of the Regulations for Licensing Operators of Wastewater Facilities: "An applicant for a license renewal shall submit a complete application to the Department, on a standard form provided by the Department, pay the non-refundable application fee, and provide proof that the applicant has in the preceding two years, attended or satisfactorily completed a minimum of twenty (20) hours of approved training, of which: a minimum of ten (10) hours directly related to Wastewater Treatment Facility operations or maintenance, and a maximum of ten (10) hours indirectly related training that are approved by the Board. Failure to do so shall be grounds for invalidation. This requirement applies to all Level licenses, including Operator-In-Training Licenses and Temporary Licenses." Additionally, per Section 8.4.2 "Duplication of directly related courses in consecutive renewal periods will be denied."
Next Scheduled Exam: June 8, 2018
Registrations forms and payment are due by: May 25, 2018
For more information about Wastewater Operator Licensing, please call 302-739-9946.