Voluntary Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Certification & Exam
The Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Committee is responsible for this certification program.
View list of currently certified wastewater laboratory analyst in North Carolina. (Current as of 4/24/13)
The Laboratory Analyst Committee (LABNET) of the NC American Water Works Association and NC Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA) was formed in 1994. A Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Certification Board was created under this committee in 1995 and the first wastewater laboratory certification exams were given in February 1996.
The North Carolina AWWA-WEA sponsors the voluntary Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Certification Program. Although all wastewater laboratories are required to be certified by the State of North Carolina, this voluntary analyst program is a way for the individual laboratory analyst to prove their competence and increase their professional skills.
Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Certification Exams
There are four levels of exams (Class I-IV, with the Class IV being the highest). As the exams progress, they cover wastewater analytical tests of increasing difficulty. The exams consist of 100 multiple choice questions and are purchased from the Association of Boards of [Environmental] Certification in Ames, Iowa. [ABC was formed by AWWA and WEF over 30 years ago.] Thus, ABC exams are national exams and an analyst certified in North Carolina may be able to receive direct reciprocity in other states that also use ABC exams. All exams are pass/fail tests with a score of 70 correct being the passing grade.
Education and laboratory experience requirements for each level are based on the Association of Boards of Certification criteria. One year (defined by the North Carolina Certification Board as 1800 hours) of wastewater laboratory experience is required to start with the Class I exam, regardless of education. The wastewater laboratory experience can be from any time in the analyst’s career. The program is a sequential program in that all analysts must start with the Class I exam, regardless of education or years of experience.
Cost of Certification Exams and Exam Results
The cost to take an exam is $55.00 and the exams are offered twice per year, generally in May and November. The exam report sent to each analyst includes the score achieved on each exam and a summary sheet that outlines test performance in various areas included on the test (chemistry, safety, biology, QA/QC, regulations, etc.). Each applicant that passes an exam is issued a Certified Environmental Analyst certificate from the North Carolina AWWA-WEA.
The North Carolina Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Certification Board conducts the following activities:
- Develops and publishes study materials for each of the four exam levels
- Reviews all exam applications
- Determines eligible applicants
- Conducts examinations (including scheduling, publicity, proctoring, collection of exam fees and applicant notification)
- Develops certification policies for North Carolina
- Maintains the North Carolina certification database
- Issues wastewater laboratory analyst certificates
Currently Certified Analysts and Exam Passage Rates
As of June 11, 2012, the Board has administered 1,096 exams and there are currently 449 individuals certified (at various levels) as Wastewater Laboratory Analysts in North Carolina.
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For further information about the NC AWWA-WEA Wastewater Laboratory Certification Program contact the NC AWWA-WEA office at (919) 784-9030.
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