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The Water Supply Operations (WSO) Section is responsible for certifying public water supply (drinking
water) treatment and distribution operators, and wastewater and lagoon
operators. The purpose of the OpCert program is to ensure that water and
wastewater operators have sufficient knowledge and experience to properly
operate the system, and in turn protect human health and safety, the
environment, and the infrastructure investment.
Laboratories reporting environmental data to the DNR must be certified. The objective of the certification program is to ensure that the results of testing performed are accurate and legally defensible. The WSO Section certifies laboratories within the State and across the United States for the following environmental programs:
NOTE: After taking this last year to review the situation, we have seen a number of conferences and continuing education unit (CEU) opportunities resume, but with online or virtual attendance required. Due to these circumstances, the decision was made to reinstate CEU requirements for the current renewal period, 2020-2022. However, the required number of CEU credits for the 2020-2022 renewal period will be reduced by half. Well drillers will need to earn 0.8 CEUs (8 contact hours) and pump installers will need to earn 0.5 CEUs (5 contact hours) by March 31, 2022. The CEU requirements for the 2022-2024 renewal period will return to normal (drillers – 1.6 CEU’s or 16 contact hours; pump installers – 1.0 CEUs or 10 contact hours).
Iowa requires the certification of all professionals who construct water wells and geothermal heat exchange loop boreholes, and those who perform well pump and water system related services. Certified well contractors have demonstrated that they have the knowledge and experience necessary to understand how their activities affect the groundwater and influence the services they provide to their customers. The WSO Section is responsible for administering the certification program. This includes reviewing each applicant to ensure that they meet the minimum work experience requirements, and providing test services where individuals prove their knowledge of groundwater related topics and Iowa’s well rules by successfully passing examinations. The current certifications include the following:
NOTE: Onsite Time of Transfer Inspectors. Inspectors who are currently certified by the Iowa DNR as Onsite Time of Transfer Inspectors can renew their certification for the 2020 renewal period even if they have not earned the required minimum number of contact hours.
Chapter 68 of the Iowa Administrative Code, "Commercial Septic Tank Cleaners," requires septic tanks to be pumped out only by a licensed commercial septic tank cleaner, which is a person or firm licensed by the DNR’s NPDES Section to clean septic tanks.
Iowa law requires manure applicators in Iowa to be certified. Producers who handle, transport, and land apply manure from a confinement feeding operation with an animal unit capacity of more than 500 animal units must be certified or use a commercial manure applicator. Producers with small animal feeding operations (500 or less animal unit capacity) or open feedlots may land apply manure without being certified. All manure applicators in Iowa, regardless of certification requirements, must follow state laws when land applying manure. The DNR is responsible for the certification program and offers certification for two types of manure applicators: