Waterworks Operators

Waterworks Certification Renewal

Washington Certification Services administers the waterworks certification renewal program for Department of Health. Certified waterworks operators must renew their certificates annually by paying a renewal fee as specified in WAC 246-292-090. All waterworks operators eligible to renew their certificates will receive a renewal notice from Washington Certification Services.

Renewals must be paid online by credit or debit card. Washington Certification Services does not accept renewal payments by check or money order. Renewal payments by check or money order received in the mail will be returned.

A first renewal notice is sent by email in November to the email address on record with Department of Health.

The first renewal payment must be submitted online by the deadline date listed on the renewal notice. Payments made online after the published first renewal deadline date will be subject to a late fee.

If payment of the first renewal notice has not been received by the deadline date listed on the renewal notice, a second and final renewal notice is sent by first class mail. The notice is sent to the home address on record with Department of Health. An email copy of the final renewal notice is also sent to the email address on record.

The final renewal notice will include a late fee. Payment of the final renewal amount including the late fee must be made online by the last day of February.

The fee for renewal by the first renewal deadline is $42.00. A late fee of $35.00 is assessed on the second and final renewal notice for a total renewal fee of $77.00.

An employer may choose to pay a renewal fee for a certified waterworks operator, however this is an agreement between an employer and an employee. Failure of an employer to pay the renewal fee for a waterworks operator by the published deadline date will result in inactivation of the operator's certificate and is not eligible for appeal.

Renewals must be paid online by credit or debit card. Washington Certification Services does not accept renewal payments by check or money order. Renewal payments by check or money order received in the mail will be returned.

Online payments are accepted beginning in November and through the last day of February. Eligible operators will receive a Waterworks Operator Certification Renewal Notice as notification that online renewal is open. It is not necessary to have the Renewal Notice to pay the renewal fee online.

The online renewal log-in screen can be accessed in several ways:

  • Enter the URL provided on the renewal notice into a web address bar.
  • Use the link provided in the email renewal notice.
  • Select the Renew Online Now button located under Waterworks Operator Certification Renewal.

Follow these instructions to pay the waterworks operator renewal fee online:

1. At the Waterworks Renewal Payment log-in screen enter your last name and waterworks certification number. Do not enter the zeros listed on your validation card in front of your certification number.

2. The system will verify whether you are eligible to renew your certificate. If eligibility is approved you can select Pay With Credit/Debit Card.

3. Enter all required information on the Make a Payment screen.

4. When the payment process is complete print the Web Receipt Confirmation for your records.

5. A receipt will also be sent to the email address provided on the payment screen.

6. All online renewal payments must be submitted by the deadline date on the renewal notice.

7. If Washington Certification Services is notified after the last day of February that payment made before the last day of February has been rejected by the credit card company, the certificate will be non-renewable.

The online payment will usually be processed within 10 business days. At that time a certification validation card for the renewal year is sent by first class mail to the address on record with Department of Health.

After the renewal payment is processed a certification validation card for the renewal year is sent by first class mail to the address on record with Department of Health. The validation card identifies an individual as a certified Waterworks Operator  in Washington.

Department of Health is responsible for maintaining a certified operator's address of record. Department of Health  provides this information to Washington Certification Services for professional growth and certification renewal purposes.

It is the waterworks operator's responsibility to notify  the Waterworks Operator Certification Program at Department of Health in writing of changes in address and email contact information to ensure delivery of important certification notifications. Failure to do so does not constitute an excuse for waiver of the late fee assessment, failure to renew a certificate, or failure to demonstrate professional growth. Appeals will not be considered from waterworks operators who fail to notify Department of Health of changes to their contact information.

Operators must notify Department of Health of a change in contact information by visiting www.doh.wa.gov/onlinerenewals.

A waterworks operator certificate that has not been renewed by January 1 will remain temporarily valid for two months. A waterworks operator certificate will be invalid, non-renewable, and inactivated if:

  • Payment is not made online by the last day of February.
  • Washington Certification Services is notified after the last day of February that payment made before the last day of February has been rejected by the credit card company or bank.

Waterworks operators have over three months to pay the annual renewal fee. During that time they receive at least two renewal notices by email and a second and final notice by first class mail. Failure to pay the renewal fee by the final deadline date is not eligible for appeal to Department of Health.