The Ohio EPA has proposed rules that will eventually allow a third party provider to sponsor and administer certifications exams for Water and Wastewater treatment plant operators. By using the third party, Ohio EPA hopes to provide examinations more often, in more locations throughout the state, using computer based testing. The Agency also believes that by using the third party, the pool of questions will expand and the third party will be responsible for verifying the validity of those test questions.
The cost of the third party administration may be passed on to applicants in the form of higher fees. In the interim, State-Sponsored exams will continue to be held twice per year in order to give operators the choice of the computerized approved exam-provider or the additional state examination. The Ohio EPA hopes to eventually eliminate the state sponsored exam and rely solely on the examinations provided by the approved exam provider.