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Mandatory Security Course Requirement for PA. Certified Operators

Mandatory Security Course Requirement for Certified Operators

The Water and Wastewater Systems Operators’ Certification Regulation mandates that all certified operators complete the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) system security course called “Securing Drinking Water and Wastewater Facilities.”  This requirement encompasses all classifications of operators, including those with a “grandfathered” certificate (i.e., NTNC drinking water certificate or CSSP wastewater certificate).  The course must be completed by the end of the operator’s first full cycle that begins on or after October 1, 2010.  For example, if your current cycle began on April 1, 2011, you need to complete the security course by March 31, 2014.

For operators with cycles that end on December 31, 2013, you must complete the security course by your end date.  Failure to complete the course will result in the loss of your license.

The training is available in three formats: Web-based (Course ID 2954), correspondence (Course ID 2953), and classroom (Course ID 2952).  These are the only courses that fulfill the requirement.  You only need to take the course once!

  • To find upcoming classroom sessions of the course, please visit the Earthwise Academy calendar at, then click “Calendar” on the left side and look for the title “Securing Drinking Water and Wastewater Facilities.”
  • To see the complete list of classroom and correspondence providers, visit the Operator Certification Information Center at  Click on “Training” on the right side and then “Operator Security Training Course.”

The web-based version is available through DEP’s Earthwise Academy eLearning Center:

  • Go to
  • Under “Required Security Training” click on course 2954, Securing Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities.
  • Follow the instructions to log in using your Client ID number.

If you prefer, you can take the course before your required full cycle to fulfill the security course requirement.  If you wish to view your operator training transcript, enter the Earthwise Academy using the address above and click “Transcripts.”  Enter your DEP Client ID number to view your transcript.

You can find more training and certification information at the Operator Certification Information Center.  If you have any questions regarding the security course requirement, please call 717-787-0122 and ask to speak to someone in the Training Section.

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