Certification and Renewal
(1)Subject to these requirements and OAR 340-049-0080 (Refusal and Revocation of Certificate and Appeal Process), a certificate holder may renew a certificate for up to a two-year period if the certificate holder files a complete renewal application with the Department by the certificate expiration date, includes payment of the renewal fee in 340-049-0065 (Fee Schedules for Wastewater System Operator Certification and Operator Certification Program Support)(1), and provides satisfactory evidence to the Department of continuing education.
(a)The accumulation of a minimum of two CEUs or two hours of community college, college or university credit every two years in relevant subject matter as described in OAR 340-049-0030 (Minimum Qualifications for Wastewater Treatment System and Wastewater Collection System Operator Certification)(4) is considered satisfactory.
(b)The Department will determine whether the CEUs or hours of credit are directly relevant to a wastewater system operator’s job tasks and required knowledge and satisfy the continuing education requirement.
(c)A person holding both wastewater treatment system and wastewater collection system operator certificates issued under these rules must complete only a minimum of two CEUs or two hours of community college, college or university credit to renew both certificates.
(2)Grade I Provisional certificates are not renewable. Persons may apply for a new Provisional certificate if they meet all the qualifications under OAR 340-049-0030 (Minimum Qualifications for Wastewater Treatment System and Wastewater Collection System Operator Certification)(2)(a) or (3)(b).
(3)The Department will send each person holding a valid certificate a renewal notice and application at least 60 days before the certificate expires. The notice will be mailed to the last address of record with the Department’s Water Quality Division, Operator Certification Program, and will show the certificate expiration date, renewal period, fee, and date the fee is due. Operators are not relieved of responsibility to renew their certificates if they do not receive renewal notices.
(4)The Department may extend the certificate expiration date for up to 30 days, after which time the certificate will be invalid. A certificate holder may reinstate an expired certificate according to procedures and requirements in OAR 340-049-0045 (Reinstatement of Expired Certificates).
(5)The Department will establish the continuing education reporting date for each certificate holder. Generally, this will be at two-year intervals and at the time of certificate renewal.
(6)The Department may vary the expiration date of a certificate and prorate the renewal fee and continuing education requirement to cover renewal periods of less than two years. The Department will give each person written notice of the certificate expiration date assigned, the prorated fee and continuing education requirement and dates due.
(7)Certificate holders must maintain their own records of course/program information and attendance, and must submit documentation to the Department upon request as a condition of renewal.
Rule 340-049-0040 — Certification and Renewal,