MOS 92W Water Treatment Specialist

MOS Description

The water treatment specialist supervises or performs installation, operation of water purification equipment, water storage and distribution operations and activities. For more information on MOS 92W, see this Army website.

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In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

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This certification is eligible for CA.

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Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

Click here to go to Water Treatment Operator - Class I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Water Treatment Operator - Class I is the entry-level water treatment operator certification. Water Treatment Operators - Class I monitor, evaluate and adjust water treatment processes, conduct laboratory analysis, comply with drinking water regulations, operate and maintain equipment, perform security, safety, and administrative procedures, and evaluate characteristics of source water. Candidates must pass an exam. Candidates who are currently certified by another equivalent certification program and have taken and passed the certification exam may qualify for certification through reciprocity.
Click here to go to Water Distribution Operator Class I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Water Distribution Operator - Class I is the entry-level water distribution operator certification. Water Distribution Operators - Class I have skills and knowledge of system design, monitoring, adjusting and evaluating disinfection, complying with drinking water regulations, water quality parameters and sampling, system inspection, equipment installation and operation, evaluating and maintaining equipment, and performing security, safety, and administrative duties. Candidates must pass an exam. Candidates who are currently certified by another equivalent certification program and have taken and passed the certification exam may qualify for certification through reciprocity.
Click here to go to Very Small Water System Operator COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Very Small Water System Operator must have knowledge how to operate equipment and system, water quality parameters and sampling, how to install, maintain and evaluate equipment, perform safety duties and administrative and compliance duties. Candidates must have a high school diploma, and six months of operator experience. Candidates must also pass an examination, which is multiple choice and evaluates an operator's knowledge of tasks related to the operation of small water systems.
Click here to go to Certified Petroleum Apprentice (CPA) Level 1 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Petroleum Management Agency (NPMA), Certified Petroleum Apprentice Level 1 (CPA-I) is an entry level certification for professional fuel handlers. Fuel Handler is a generic term for a professional anywhere in the fuel supply chain, including operators, accountants, controllers, programmers, maintainers, managers, supervisors, transporters, mechanics, storage attendants, and quality control technicians. The National Petroleum Management Association (NPMA) offers various levels of fuel handler certifications. The CPA-I certifies an individual's technical knowledge, safety and product quality skill to work in the petroleum industry. Candidates are required to meet experience requirement and must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Petroleum Management Agency (NPMA), Certified Petroleum Journeyman (CPJ) - Level 2 is an intermediate-level credential for professional fuel handlers. Fuel handlers work in the fuel supply chain, from “wellhead to wingtip”; they work as operators, maintainers, accountants, programmers, managers, supervisors, controllers, transporters, mechanics, storage attendants, and quality control technicians. The CPA-2 certifies an individual's technical knowledge, safety, and product quality skill to work in the Petroleum Industry. Applicants are required to have eighteen months of experience, hold the Level I certification, and to undergo training approved by NPMA and to show progressive experience in the field that total 42 credits determined by the agency. Applicants are also required to pass an exam.
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Click here to go to Wastewater Collection Operator Class I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Wastewater Collection Operator Class I certification is for collection operators with knowledge and skills in the areas of equipment operation, evaluation and maintenance, collection system operation, maintenance, and restoration, lift station operation and maintenance, collection system monitoring, evaluation and adjustment, and security, safety and administrative procedures. Candidates must pass an exam. Candidates who are currently certified by another equivalent certification program and have taken and passed the certification exam may qualify for certification through reciprocity.
Click here to go to Water Treatment Operator Class II COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Water Treatment Operator Class II is for operators in water treatment with knowledge and skills in the areas of treatment process, laboratory analysis, equipment operation and maintenance, source water characteristics, security, safety, compliance, and administrative procedures. Water Treatment Operator Class II candidates must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent and three years of acceptable experience. Candidates must also pass a written exam. Candidates who are currently certified by another certification program and have taken and passed their certification exam with a score of 70 or above may qualify for certification through reciprocity.
Click here to go to Water Treatment Operator Class III COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC),Water Treatment Operator Class III is for operators in water treatment with knowledge and skills in the areas of treatment process, laboratory analysis, equipment operation and maintenance, source water characteristics, security, safety, compliance, and administrative procedures. Water Treatment Operator Class III candidates must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, 900 contact hours of post high school education, and four years of acceptable experience that includes two years of direct responsible charge. Candidates must also pass a written exam. Candidates who are currently certified by another certification program and have taken and passed their certification exam with a score of 70 or above may qualify for certification through reciprocity.
Click here to go to Water Treatment Operator Class IV COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Water Treatment Operator Class IV is for operators in water treatment with knowledge and skills in the areas of treatment process, laboratory analysis, equipment operation and maintenance, source water characteristics, security, safety, compliance, and administrative procedures. Water Treatment Operator Class IV candidates must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, 1,800 contact hours of post high school education, and four years of acceptable experience that includes two years of direct responsible charge. Candidates must also pass a written exam. Candidates who are currently certified by another certification program and have taken and passed their certification exam with a score of 70 or above may qualify for certification through reciprocity.
Click here to go to Wastewater Laboratory Analyst - Class I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Wastewater Treatment Analyst - Class I is an entry-level wastewater analyst certification. Wastewater Treatment Analysts - Class I have skills and knowledge in collecting and preserving samples, preparing samples for analysis, analyzing samples and interpreting results, operating and maintaining equipment and instruments, handling chemicals and waste, quality assurance/quality control, managing a laboratory, and laboratory safety. Candidates must pass an exam. Candidates who are currently certified by another equivalent certification program and have taken and passed the certification exam may qualify for certification through reciprocity.
Click here to go to Certified Water Technologist (CWT) COOL Snapshot page.

The Association of Water Technologies, Certified Water Technologist (CWT) credential is an intermediate-level designation for professional boiler and chiller workers. CWTs are required to have 5 years of related experience, are committed to excellence in water quality and water treatment and are required to pass an exam.
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Click here to go to Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class IV COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class IV is an advanced career-level wastewater treatment operator certification. Wastewater treatment Operators - Class IV have skills and knowledge of evaluating physical characteristics of wastestreams, performing security, safety, and administrative procedures, evaluating and maintaining equipment, operating equipment, monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting treatment processes, and laboratory analysis. Candidates must pass an exam. Candidates who are currently certified by another equivalent certification program and have taken and passed the certification exam may qualify for certification through reciprocity.
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The United States Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is for individuals who drive certain Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs). There are three classes of CDLs with endorsements for specialized qualifications for vehicles like school buses, tank trucks, and tractor trailers. The U.S. Department of Transportation requires drivers to obtain and hold a CDL if they operate in interstate, intrastate, or foreign commerce and drive a vehicle that meets one or more of the classifications of a CMV described on the FMSCA website. FMSCA has developed and issued standards for state testing and licensing of CDL holders. These standards require state governments to issue CDLs to certain CMV drivers only after the driver passes knowledge and skills testing that is administered by the state and related to the type of vehicle the driver expects to operate.
Click here to go to Associate Safety Professional (ASP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification validates an individual's knowledge and experience in the safety profession. ASP certifies an individual's ability to perform at least 50% of professional-level safety duties in safety, health, environment, and ergonomics. Safety professionals are required to make worksite assessments to determine risks, potential hazards and controls, evaluate risks and hazard control measures for equipment, systems, facilities, and processes, investigate incidents, maintain and evaluate incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. ASP candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must take a written exam.
Click here to go to Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class I is the entry-level wastewater treatment operator certification. Wastewater treatment Operators - Class I have skills and knowledge of evaluating physical characteristics of wastestreams, performing security, safety, and administrative procedures, evaluating and maintaining equipment, operating equipment, monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting treatment processes, and laboratory analysis. Candidates must pass an exam. Candidates who are currently certified by another equivalent certification program and have taken and passed the certification exam may qualify for certification through reciprocity.

Click here to go to Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class I is an entry-level biological wastewater treatment operator certification. Biological Industrial Waste Operators - Class I have skills and knowledge in treatment processes, laboratory analysis, operating support equipment, evaluating and maintaining support equipment, administrative duties, and safety and emergency preparedness. Candidates must pass a written examination. Candidates who are currently certified by another equivalent certification program and have taken and passed the certification exam may qualify for certification through reciprocity.
Click here to go to Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class II COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class II is an intermediate-level biological wastewater treatment operator certification. Candidates for Class II must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent and 3 years of relevant work experience. Individuals who do not meet the requirements may still be eligible based on experience and other criteria. Candidates must also pass an examination, demonstrating knowledge of core competencies for biological industrial waste operators.
Click here to go to Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class III COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class III is a mid-career level biological wastewater treatment operator certification. Candidates for Class III must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, 900 contact hours of post-high school education, and 4 years of relevant work experience including 2 years of direct responsible charge. Individuals who do not meet the requirements may still be eligible based on experience and other criteria. Candidates must also pass an examination, demonstrating knowledge of core competencies for biological industrial waste operators.
Click here to go to Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class IV COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Biological Industrial Waste Operator - Class IV is an advanced career-level biological wastewater treatment operator certification. Candidates for Class IV are required to have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, plus 1,800 contact hours of post-high school education, and 4 years of acceptable experience including 2 years of direct-responsible charge experience. Candidates must also pass an examination, demonstrating knowledge of core competencies for biological waste operators.
Click here to go to Plant Maintenance Technologist Class I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), Plant Maintenance Technologist Class I is for water and wastewater plant maintenance technologists with knowledge and skills in lubricating, performing readings, conducting rounds, and performing routine preventive maintenance. Plant Maintenance Technologist Class I candidates must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent and one year of acceptable maintenance experience in a water or wastewater system. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
Bright Outlook – new job opportunities are very likely in the future for this job

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