Operator Certificate Management

An operator certificate is active for three years. Once the certificate expires, 90 days are given to submit a renewal form with 30 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and a fee. After 90 days, the certificate(s) become inactive and testing is required for reactivation. Contact the Operator Certification Program for an approval letter if you are re-testing at a grade two or higher. Passing an exam does not renew other certificates you may have.

If you have recently moved, changed email addresses, started a new job or retired from your job, please fill out the Operator Certification Update form (see sidebar). 

Program Fees: 

  • One Certificate Renewal – $150.00
  • Two Certificates Renewal – $200.00 
  • Three Certificates Renewal – $250.00 
  • Four Certificates Renewal – $300.00
  • Reciprocity Application Review –$250.00
  • New Certificate –$65.00 (per certificate)
Certificate Renewal

To renew an operator certificate, complete and return the Operator Certification Renewal Application (see sidebar) to the Operator Certification Program along with the appropriate fee.  You must have earned at least 30 PDHs within your three-year certificate timeframe for renewal.  Your three-year certificate timeframe is your expiration date minus three years.  Please allow four to six weeks for delivery of your new certificate(s). An operator can use the Operator Certification Database to confirm processing prior to a certificate arriving in the mail (see sidebar).

Obtaining Certificate Copies

Upon request, the Operator Certification Program will provide copies for valid certificates that have been lost or damaged. Requests for certificate copies will be processed monthly. Current or potential employers may contact the Operator Certification Program directly to verify operator certification. To obtain a certificate copy, provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Operator Identification Number
  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Current Mailing Address
  • Employment Information (name and identification number of water and/or wastewater systems that you operate)

Email or mail the above information to:
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Or by mail:
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Operator Certification Program
1110 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007



ADEQ will recognize certifications obtained from other jurisdictions.

To receive reciprocity:

  • Demonstrate that you have passed an examination that is equivalent to those administered by ADEQ-approved testers
  • Complete and submit the Operator Certification Reciprocity Form (see sidebar) along with copies of your current active certificate(s), and $250 application fee
  • Upon approval, ADEQ will contact the applicant for additional new certificate fee(s)