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Well Contractor Certification Program
(Well Drillers, GHEX drillers, Pump Installers and Well Pluggers)
Laurie Sharp, Laurie.Sharp@dnr.iowa.gov
Phone: 515-725-0284, Fax: 515-725-8202
Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034
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).
The goal of the well contractor certification program is to ensure that professionals working on water wells have knowledge and experience necessary to understand how their activities affect the groundwater. The Water Supply Operation Section of Iowa DNR is responsible for administering the Certification Programs to assure that applicants meet the minimum standards of education and experience to become certified for Well Contractors. The current certifications include water well driller; GHEX borehole driller; pump installer; and limited well plugger.
To become an Iowa DNR Certified Well Contractor an individual must:
To retain certification, all well contractors must:
All CEUs must be acquired 90 days before the expiration date of the well contractor certification certificate (June 30th of even numbered years.) This means that an Iowa DNR Certified Well Contractor must have all of the required contact hours earned by March 31st of even numbered years. All training submitted to the Iowa DNR for well contractor CEUs must be directly related to the subject matter of the certificate. It is also important to understand that only 2 contact hours of safety training per 2 year certification cycle can be applied to meet the minimum CEU requirement.
The individual contractor is responsible for confirming that a course is eligible for CEU credit and that the course CEUs have been properly submitted to the department.