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Rules Governing Water Treatment Facility Operators (15A NCAC 18D)

The NCWTFOCB is currently reviewing 15A NCAC 18D, Rules Governing Water Treatment Facility Operators. The public may provide comments by clicking this link: http://rulesreview.ncdenr.gov/ From here, a list of subchapters under review are available on the left. Each subchapter is linked to a table that lists each rule by citation number, name, whether the rule implements or conforms to Federal Regulation and the agency’s initial determination. Clicking on the rule citation number will take the user to the rule itself. Each row has an "Add Comment" button. From here, a form will be displayed where you can enter and submit your comment by answering the required questions. The user also has the option to submit a comment by sending a document/file. Information regarding file size limitations are included. A public comment is defined as, a written comment objecting to the rule, in whole or in part, received by an agency from any member of the public, including an association or other organization representing the regulated community or other members of the public (G.S. 150B-21.3A(a)(5)). In order for a comment to be considered by the Rules Review Commission, the comment must address the content of the rule. The user may provide an affiliation in the boxes provided, although it is not required. All comments submitted will be sent electronically to authorized staff.

Comments may also be submitted by mailing to:

DENR Rule Comments
1601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

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The purpose of the North Carolina Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board is to protect the public health and to conserve and protect the water resources of the state; to protect the public investment in water treatment facilities; to provide for the classifying of public water treatment facilities; to require the examination of water treatment facility operators and the certification of their competency to supervise the operation of water treatment facilities.

Rules & Regulations

Board Meetings

Meetings of the North Carolina Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board are held at the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Operations Center, located at 3304 Lake Woodard Drive in Raleigh.  The scheduled meeting dates for 2015 are as follows:

  • March 17 10:00 A.M.
  • June 23 10:00 A.M.
  • September 15 10:00 A.M.
  • December 15 10:00 A.M.

Water Certification Exams

Examination Time - All examinations will begin promptly at 10am. Examinees are encouraged to arrive early. Examinees arriving after instructions are given will NOT be allowed to sit for the exam. A time limit of three hours will be allowed to complete the exam.

Traditional Examinations

  • Examination Date - traditional, paper and pencil exams will occur on the following dates in 2015:
    • February 26
    • May 28
    • August 27
    • October 29
  • Examination Location - the traditional exams described above will be administered in 3 locations:
    • Morganton - Collett Recreation Center
    • Snow Hill - Lenoir Community College's Greene County Center
    • Raleigh - McKimmon Center, North Carolina State University

Electronic Examinations

  • Electronic Examination Dates - electronic exams are administered via computer and will occur on the following dates in 2015:
    • March 31 - Raleigh, OSP Training Center
    • July 28 - Morehead City, Carteret Community College
    • September 29 - Morganton, Foothills Higher Education Learning Center