New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Drinking Water Bureau

Examination & Renewal Requirements for Certification

According to the Utility Operator Certification Regulation (20.7.4.20.A NMAC), it is unlawful to operator or allow the operation of a public water supply system or public wastewater facility unless the system or facility is  by or under the supervision of a certified operator who meets or exceeds the appropriate level of certification required to operate the system or facility.

Therefore, anyone who operates a public water supply system or a public wastewater facility must hold an active New Mexico utility operator certification of the correct type and level for the system or facility, or must be supervised by an individual who holds an active New Mexico utility operator certification of the correct type and level for the system or facility.  This means that the operator certification cannot be lapsed or expired to be considered.

Minimum Examination Requirements for Certification

Applicants for All UOCP Exams must:

  • Submit high school diploma as proof of graduation from high school or successful completion of a general equivalency diploma (GED).
  • Submit documentation to meet the minimum required years of experience and training credits as outlined in the table below.
  • Submit a completed exam application to the Utility Operator Certification Program (UOCP).
  • Submit copies of training completion certificates for any credits not identified in the database.
  • All applicants must successfully pass the written examination for the level of certification being sought before becoming certified.
  • Certifications levels and fees for each exam are listed in the table below.
  • Exam applications and payments will continue to be accepted by mail to address below. ALL Application fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

NMED – Utility Operator Certification Program
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM  87502-5469

OR

Pay ONLINE  (please read important notice below)

*Important Note – BEFORE you can proceed with Exam online payment, a UOCP staff member will send to you an email notification confirming the Exam details and the Fees Due. As soon as you receive this email notification, your Fees must be paid within 3-days OR your application will be rejected.

For helpful information processing your Online Payment click HERE

NEW Exam Electronic Notifications via Emails!

Effective February 2021, the Utility Operator Certification Program (UOCP) has implemented a NEW  method for delivery of automated communications to NM Operators via email.

  • Upon receipt of exam data from ABC Testing on the 8th of the following month, we will prepare Fail Notices and PASS packets sent to you within 2-3 weeks. 
  • Operators will receive electronic copies of new certificates and ID cards sent via email to the address on file; hard copies will no longer be mailed.
  • Please also check your ‘Junk or Spam’ email for delivery from UOCP.Certification.

NOTE:  Immediately results are given upon completion of computer-based exams and scores along with mastery reports are also emailed to you. No results will be given by phone. You may also track exam results on the Operator Look-up; contact Nile Carver at nile.carver@state.nm.us for access.


Experience & Requirements:

Experience is defined in the Utility Operator Certification Regulation as actual work experience, full or part time, as an operator in the fields of public water or public wastewater treatment.

DRINKING WATER

Water Certifications Examination Application Fee Experience Required (Years) Training Credits Required
Water Sampling Tech 1 (WST1) $25 0 5
Water Sampling Tech 2 (WST2) $25 0 10
Small Water

(SW)

$25 1 10
Adv. Small Water

(SWA)

$25 1 10
Water Supply Level 1 (WS1) $30 1 10
Water Supply Level 2 (WS2) $30 2 30
Water Supply Level 3 (WS3) $30 4 50
Water Supply Level 4 (WS4) $30 1 year as WS3 80
Distribution Systems 1 (DS1) $30 1 10
Distribution Systems 2 (DS2) $30 2 30
Distribution Systems 3 (DS3) $30 4 50

WASTEWATER

Wastewater Certifications Examination Application Fee Experience Required (Years) Training Credits Required
Small Wastewater

(SWW)

$25 1 10
Adv. Small Wastewater (SWWA) $25 1 10
Wastewater Level 1 (WW1) $30 1 10
Wastewater Level 2 (WW2) $30 2 30
Wastewater Level 3 (WW3) $30 4 50
Wastewater Level 4 (WW4) $30 1 year as WW3 80
Wastewater Lab Tech 1 (WWLT1) $25 1 10
Wastewater Lab Tech 2 (WWLT2) $30 2 30
Wastewater Lab Tech 3 (WWLT3) $30 4 50
Collection Systems 1 (CS1) $30 1 10
Collection Systems 2 (CS2) $30 2 30

Minimum Certification Renewal Requirements:

  • All certifications must be renewed every three (3) years.
  • All certifications expire on the last day of the certificate holder’s birth month.
  • Each certificate holder must obtain the correct number of training credits in the 3-year period prior to the renewal date (see table below).
  • Renewal fees will be paid for each individual certification as stated below in the following table.
  • Renewal applications and fee sent by mail to:

NMED – Utility Operator Certification Program
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM  87502-5469

OR

Pay ONLINE:  (please read important notice below)

*Important NoteONLY those Renewals that have met the training credit requirements will be eligible to pay online.  Online payment option is NOT available to operators IF the renewal is 30-days Past Due or IF training credits are owed.

For helpful information processing your Online Payment click HERE

Certification Renewal FAQs:

  • UOCP will email each certificate holder a “Renewal Notice and Application” to the last email address of record.
  • Renewal Notice and Applications are emailed monthly to the operators 45-days prior to the certificate(s) expiration.
  • Failure to receive a renewal notice is not an allowable excuse for not renewing certificate(s).
  • Each operator bears the responsibility to renew his/her certificate(s) prior to the expiration date to remain active.
  • If a certification is not renewed by the expiration date listed on the certificate, the certificate is considered “lapsed & invalid” and is not considered active.
  • Operators with lapsed or expired certifications are not allowed to perform any water or wastewater system operations, unless he/she is directly supervised by another operator who holds the correct, active certification to run the system or facility.

NEW Renewal Electronic Notifications via Email!

Effective 2020, the Utility Operator Certification Program (UOCP) has implemented a NEW method for delivery of automated communications to NM Operators via email.

  • Automated monthly notifications for Renewals will be sent on the 15th of each month with the attached renewal application.
  • Upon receipt of the renewals, we will process payment and generate electronic copies of new certificates and ID cards sent to you via email; hard copies will no longer be mailed.

NOTE: Please also check your ‘Junk or SPAM’ email.


DRINKING WATER

Water Certifications Renewal Fee Training Credits
Water Sampling Tech 1 (WST1) $25 5
Water Sampling Tech 2 (WST2) $25 10
Small Water

(SW)

$20 30
Adv. Small Water

(SWA)

$20 30
Water Supply Level 1 (WS1) $25 30
Water Supply Level 2 (WS2) $25 30
Water Supply Level 3 (WS3) $30 30
Water Supply Level 4 (WS4) $30 30
Distribution Systems 1 (DS1) $25 30
Distribution Systems 2 (DS2) $25 30
Distribution Systems 3 (DS3) $30 30

WASTEWATER

Wastewater Certifications

Renewal Fee

Training Credits Required
Small Wastewater

(SWW)

$20 30
Adv. Small Wastewater (SWWA) $20 30
Wastewater Level 1 (WW1) $25 30
Wastewater Level 2 (WW2) $25 30
Wastewater Level 3 (WW3) $30 30
Wastewater Level 4 (WW4) $30 30
Wastewater Lab Tech 1 (WWLT1) $25 30
Wastewater Lab Tech 2 (WWLT2) $25 30
Wastewater Lab Tech 3 (WWLT3) $25 30
Collection Systems 1 (CS1) $25 30
Collection Systems 2 (CS2) $25 30