WV Operator Licenses Temporarily Extended
During the COVID-19 pandemic, events have been canceled where the majority of Certified Water Well Drillers and Pump
Installers, Wastewater Plant Operators and Drinking Water Plant Operators acquire their Continuing Education Hours
(CEH's) required for license renewal. To provide additional time for the operators to acquire the required CEH's, the
Office of Environmental Health Services, Certification and Training Program will be extending all operator licenses until July 2021.
The need for any additional extensions will be determined once the ramifications of the COVID-19 virus are known. There is no need
for individual operators to request extensions.
The WV Office of Environmental Health Services will also allow out of state operators to work in a WV water or wastewater plant.
To be sure that the operators are working in appropriate level plants, interested operators should contact the Certification and
Training Program to determine their WV operator classification based on their education and experience.
Certification and Training Program Contacts:
or (304) 356-4334
or (304) 356-4266
The Certification and Training (C&T) Program is based on administration of the following legislative rules as part of the state drinking water program:
64CSR04 Public Water Systems Operators
Wastewater Systems and
Water Well Regulations
Certification Of Backflow
Prevention Assembly Testers
Monitoring Well Rules
Certification is the minimum standard for professionals working directly with
drinking water resources. Please use the West Virginia Secretary of State
(WVSOS) website as the official source of the state regulations governing these
professions at: Apps.sos.wv.gov
Please also ensure
C&T has your current mailing address and contact
information so you do not miss out on any important certification
Please direct monitoring well driller certification questions to Rick Shaver at
or (304) 356-4296 or the WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at
To find schedules of upcoming training courses, we recommend you check directly
WV Rural Water Association www.wvrwa.org
WV Environmental Training Center www.resa5.k12.wv.us
WV Rural Community Assistance Program www.wvcommunityactionpartnership.org/rcap.html
Sacramento State Office of Water Programs
WV Section - American Water Works Association
Environmental Finance Center Network
WV Water Well Driller Association 304-636-6025
Please direct any other questions or concerns to Becky Payne at Becky.S.Payne@wv.gov or (304) 356-4337.