Water operator certification is a three-day course (unless taken at Annual or Fall Conference) that is designed to help attendees pass their state certification exam. Anyone who works or operates at a public water system in Utah, must be certified by the state.

Certification Topics

This certification covers topics including: 

  • Distribution Operation & Maintenance
  • Treatment Operation & Maintenance
  • Pumps and Motors
  • Safety & Security
  • Rules & Regulations
  • Water Math
  • Disinfection

The state has provided the certification requirements, along with helpful tools to get you through your certification.

Utah state certification requirements

Trainings & Events

We host a slew of certification trainings for you throughout the year. Check out our upcoming events to stay on top of your certification!

  • Spring & Fall courses are virtual classes only
  • Annual and Fall Conference classes are in person

Upcoming water operator certification events


In order to become certified, you will need to pass the state exam. There are many opportunities to take this exam:

  • Paper Exams are available to those who take the exam at fall or annual conference. Those exams are proctored by the state. 
  • We proctor exams in the field and at our office year-round.

Register for an exam

Other Study Resources

Below you will find additional resources to help you prepare for your exam: 

  • Every other month we have a free Operator basics class that you are welcome to attend. 
    • Click HERE for upcoming basics classes 
  • There are practice tests for operator certification. The practice tests range in cost from $2-$4.
    • Practice tests can be accessed HERE
  • The Utah Division of Drinking Water (DDW) has a number of resources including training videos
    • DDW study resources can be accessed HERE