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Water Well Driller Certification & Pump Installer Certification

A new legislative rule (64CSR19), effective April 2, 2008, establishes the certification requirements for water well drillers, pump installers and the issuance of permits for water wells in WV. 

Requirements for Certification

Classification

Duties

Experience Requirements

Certification Fee

Written Exam

Insurance / Performance Bond

CEH Requirements

(Starting 2010)

Master Well Driller (MWD)

Form EW-125A

 

Drill, construct, install, repair, replace, alter or abandon water wells, including PWS wells.

Install or replace well pumping equipment.

Perform yield and drawdown tests.

Supervise Journeymen and Apprentices.

Perform field observations to verify qualifications of applicants for all certifications under 64CSR19.

Sign permit applications and completion reports.

2 years (3,000 hours) experience as a JWD.

Reciprocity - 6 years practicing drilling.

Must be at least 18 years of age.

 

 $150 annual fee.

 

70% of better on the NGWA General Exam ($75 fee to NGWA each administration).

70% or better on 1 of the following NGWA Specialty Exams ($75 fee to NGWA each administration):

·   Cable Tool Drilling in Unconsolidated Material;

·   Cable Tool Drilling in Rock Materials;

·   Air Rotary in Unconsolidated Materials;

·   Air rotary in Rock Materials;

·   Mud Rotary Drilling in Unconsolidated Materials; or,

·   Mud Rotary Drilling in Rock Materials.

Reciprocity - 70% or better on the WV Well Driller Exam ($25 fee to WV BPH each administration) 

Bodily injury…$100,000 each person / $300,000 each occurrence.

Property damage…$50,000 each occurrence / $50,000 each aggregate.

Performance Bond - $5,000.

 

3 CEHs for renewal (plus 2 CEHs related to pumps if conducting pump installations) annually.

 

Journeyman Well Driller (JWD)

Form EW-125B

 

Drill, construct, install, repair, replace, alter or abandon water wells, except PWS wells.

Install or replace pumping equipment.

Perform yield and drawdown testing.

Supervise apprentices.

Cannot sign permit applications or completion reports.

2 years (3,000 hours) experience under the supervision of a master or journeyman driller.

Reciprocity - 4 years practicing drilling.

Must be at least 18 years of age*(16 upon written request/approval).

 

 

 

$100 annual fee.

70% or better on the WV Well Driller Exam ($25 fee to WV BPH each administration).

 

None but must be covered under bond of Master Well Driller.

2 CEHs for renewal (plus 1 CEH related to pumps if conducting pump installations) annually.

 

Pump Installer (PI)

Form EW-125C

 

Install or replace well pumps and pumping equipment.

Perform yield and drawdown testing.

Provide immediate, on-site supervision of an apprentice’s work.

Run power and control wiring from the disconnect box and breaker panel to water well equipment.

2 years (1,000 hours) experience under the supervision of a pump installer or a master or journey man driller.

 

Out of State - 3  years practicing Pump Installation

Must be at least 18 years of age*(16 upon written request/approval).

 

$150 annual fee.

 

70% or better on WV Pump Installer Exam ($25 fee to WV BPH each administration).

Bodily injury…$100,000 each person / $300,000 each occurrence.

Property damage…$50,000 each occurrence / $50,000 each aggregate.

Performance Bond - $5,000.

2 CEHs for renewal annually.

 

NOTES:

Apprentice water well drillers and apprentice pump installers do not hold certifications while gaining the experience required for journeyman or pump installer certification.  However, apprentice water well drillers may only perform well drilling under the immediate on-site supervision of a master or journeyman well driller.  Apprentice pump installers may only install pumps with on-site supervision by a certified pump installer.

A certified or licensed plumber or electrician shall not break the well seal or alter, cut or drill into the casing unless he or she is a certified pump installer.

C&T strongly recommends you approach obtaining certification in the following order:

1.   Read Title 64 Legislative Rule Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health Series 19 Water Well Regulations entirely.

2.   Complete appropriate application for certification being requested (EW-125A for Master Well Driller, EW-125B for Journeyman Well Driller, EW-125C for Pump Installer).

3.  Apply for any required examinations by choosing a date and location to have the exam administered and paying all associated fees appropriately by using Form EW-125E

4.  Submit required bonding & insurance information.

5.  Allow C&T to review to insure all requirements are met. Pay associated certification fee per individual to WVBPH to process.

6.  Take required CEHs and apply for renewal using Form EW-125D.

An individual wanting to install a pump on a new private water well construction on their own WV property does not need to become certified as a well driller or pump installer.  However, the individual is required to take and pass the WV Property Owner Pump Installation Exam locally at the county health department where the well is located.  This exam information will be associated with the water well permit for future reference.  The WV Property Owner Pump Installation Exam consists of approximately 30 multiple choice questions and a completion report and is administered open book (64CSR19 and 46 are the references).  A score of 70% or better is required. 

 

 


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