General MWPCOA Questions


Why should I join The Mississippi water and pollution Control Operators’ Association, Inc.?


As a water and/or pollution control operator, you provide a service to every person in your community and/or town. As a member of the MWPCOA, you can stay abreast of any changes in the regulations since the Association serves as an extension of MS Department of health and the MS Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Pollution Control.

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What types of memberships are offered through MWPCOA?


The membership consists of Active Members, Honorary Life Members, and Associate members.

An Active member is engaged in the production, treatment, or disposal of municipal, domestic, or industrial wastes.

An Honorary Life Member has rendered valuable and outstanding service in advancing the objectives of the Association.

An Associate Member is a business that advertises in the Association quarterly newsletter either as a supporter or as an advertiser. Membership fee for supporters is $50.00 annually and the business name, location and phone number are listed in four newsletters. Membership fee for advertisers is $200 annually and their business cards are printed in four newsletters.

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Certification and CEU Hours


How many hours do I need to renew my certificate?


WATER SUPPLY: An Operator with More Than 9 Continuous Years as a Certified Water Operator – Must obtain 24 Hours of Continuing Education with 12 Hours being MSDH Regulatory Hours. In other words you must have 12 “Reg Hours” and 12 “Other Hours” to renew your certificate every three years. An Operator with 9 years or less as a Certified Water Operator – Must obtain 48 Hours of Continuing Education with 12 Hours being MSDH Regulatory Hours. An Operator in this category must obtain 12 “Reg” hours and 36 “Other” Hours every three years to renew their certificate.

WASTEWATER: An operator with More Than 9 Continuous Years as a Certified Pollution Control Operator – Must obtain 24 Hours of Continuing Education with 12 Hours being DEQ SPONSORED Hours. In other words you must have 12 “DEQ Hours” and 12 other hours renew your certificate every three years. An Operator with 9 years or less as a Certified Pollution Control Operator – Must obtain 36 Hours of Continuing Education with 18 hours being DEQ SPONSORED Hours. An Operator in this category must obtain 18 DEQ SPONSORED and 18 other hours.

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Can I use water hours for credit towards my wastewater certificate?


Most water and wastewater hours are interchangeable at the rate of 2 to 1; i.e. for every two water hours you earn, one hour can be applied to your wastewater renew. This works both ways on training topics which apply to both water and wastewater. EXCEPTION – Wastewater specific topics can not be used for your water certificate; i.e. biological treatment, activated sludge treatment are wastewater specific topics and are not eligible for credit towards your water renewal.

If an Operator is certified in water and wastewater, you receive hours for both certificates when you attend a short course. For example, if you earn 24 water CEU’s at a short course, you will also earn 12 wastewater CEU’s at the same short course. This also works both ways. Your short course CEU certificate will have hours for both water and wastewater on it. HOWEVER, HOURS EARN AT SHORT COURSES DO NOT TRANSFER AS “MSDH REG HOURS” OR “DEQ SPONSORED” HOURS. THIS IS ALSO STATED ON THE MWPCOA CEU CERTIFICATE.

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Looking for the regulations regarding wastewater operator certification?


Use this link to access the MDEQ regulations on wastewater operator certification:  MDEQ Wastewater Operator Certification

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Looking for the regulations for water supply operator certification?


Use this link to access the MSDH regulations on water supply operator certification: http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/3275.pdf

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Looking for the Water Supply Operator CEU Tracking System?


Follow this link to the database maintained by Mississippi State University Extension Service: http://msucares.com/water