Provides the same assistance as circuit riders and conducts training workshops that are approved by IDNR for continuing education hours (CEUs).
The IRWA sponsors training sessions throughout the state. Sessions are open to all operators, clerks, mayors, council/board members, office personnel, agency staff, etc. The IRWA offers more than 50 training days per year. Below is an example of a few training topics the IRWA provides for water and wastewater.
Certificate Renewal and Required CEUs
Certified water and waste water operator certificates expire every two years on June 30th of odd numbered years. Applications for renewal are mailed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to the operators 60 days before the expiration date. Applications for renewal must be completed and returned, with applicable fees within 60 days of the expiration date.
To be eligible for renewal, operators must have earned the required number of Continuing Education training Units (CEUs) during two-year periods ending March 31 of odd-numbered years.
Grade Required CEUs and Conditions
|Grade A, I & II||1 CEU or 10 contact hours|
|Grade III & IV||2 CEUs or 20 contact hours|
- Newly certified operators (previously uncertified) who become certified after April 1 of a two-year period will not be required to earn CEUs until the next two- year period.
- If an operator upgrades a certificate after April 1 of a two-year period and that upgrade increases the CEU requirement, the operator will not be required to meet the higher CEU requirement until the next two-year period but must fulfill the lower CEU requirement for that period.
- For those certified operators holding a combined water treatment and a water distribution certification you must receive the CEU requirement for the higher of the two areas and no less than 25 percent of the required CEUs may be earned in any one area.
For example if an operator has a Grade II Treatment and Grade III Distribution combined certificate they would be required to receive 20 hours (2 CEUs) to renew of which 5 hours (0.5 CEUs) would be required in Treatment and 5 hours (0.5 CEUs) required in Distribution. The remaining 10 hours (1.0 CEUs) could be in either Treatment or Distribution.
Operators Can Track Their CEUs on the IDNR Operator Web Page: