Public water system operators in Texas who perform process control duties in production or distribution of drinking water must be licensed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Class A is the highest level for Water System Operator licenses in Texas. In order to get your Class A license, you must meet one of three education and work experience options described below.
- Education: Degree major must be in chemistry, biology, engineering, microbiology, bacteriology, or another similar discipline as approved by the TCEQ Executive Director.
- Work Experience: Four years of “hands-on” experience in public water system operations.
- Education: degree major must be in chemistry, biology, engineering, microbiology, bacteriology, or another similar discipline as approved by the TCEQ Executive Director.
- Work Experience: five years of “hands-on” experience in public water system operations.
High School or General Equivalency Diploma
- Education: High School diploma or GED.
- Work Experience: Eight years of experience in public water system operations, six of which must be “hands-on”.
Acceptable Work Experience Substitute
Applicants with a High School diploma or GED may substitute up to two years of experience with college hours or additional TCEQ approved water operator training.
- 64 semester hours of college or 80 additional hours of approved training for two years of work experience.
- 32 semester hours of college or 40 additional hours of approved training for one year of work experience.
Note: For laboratory experience to be fully acceptable towards operator licensing, the laboratory must be owned and operated by the public water system and the laboratory personnel must consult on a daily basis with a public water system’s licensed operator personnel.
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