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Water Board of Education & Examiners

2019 Chair

Mac Merritt, NCRWA

(336) 731-6963


2019 Vice Chair

Mark Bullins, City of Eden





To assist the North Carolina Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission (NCWPCSOCC) and the North Carolina Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board (NCWTFOCB). Provide voluntary certification for Meter Technicians.


The NC AWWA-WEA Chair shall appoint the Board members and the Chair. The Board shall consist of nine to fifteen official members with their terms such that not more than one-third of the members of the Board are replaced in one year. At least two Board members shall be from systems of less than 10,000 population. At least two Board members shall hold a valid A-Distribution certification issued by the NCWTFOCB. A quorum of official members must be present to conduct a meeting. Any person considered for service on the Board shall have achieved the highest level or grade in Distribution, Meter, or Backflow unless otherwise approved by the NCWTFOCB. The following shall be advisors (non-voting) to the Board: Chair of the NCWPCSOCC, Chair of the NCWTFOCB, and Chair of the Collection and Distribution School Committee.

Term of Service

Each Board member will serve a term of three years.  The Officers shall consist of the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary. A person will not be eligible to serve as Chair until that person has served on the Board for at least one year.  Members are eligible for reappointment.


Any person reviewing, or revising exams shall have the highest level for that exam being reviewed (Distribution, Meter, or Backflow) unless otherwise approved by the NCWTFOCB. Any person who has served on the Board shall not be allowed to take an exam for any level or grade Distribution, Meter, or Backflow without written permission from the NCWTFOCB.

Primary Activities

The Board shall be responsible for the following relating to Distribution and Collection as requested by the NCWPCSOCC and/or the NCWTFOCB:

  • Assist in the development of Distribution and Backflow/Cross Connection exam questions and review the Distribution and Backflow/Cross Connection exams & scores
  • Assist in the development of curricula
  • Provide assistance with the administration and monitoring of exams
  • Select the Raymond E. “Red” Ebert Award recipient
  • Select the Distribution Operator of the Year Award recipient


Primary Duties Relating to Voluntary Certification

  • Develop curricula
  • Provide availability of reference material
  • Provide guidance to instructors
  • Provide assistance to the Distribution & Collection School Committee
  • Review of each application prior to seating the applicant for exam on Meter Technician
  • Prepare exams for Meter Technician
  • Administer and monitor activities during the exam process and score the exams for Meter Technician
  • Review experience and exam scores
  • Award certificates
  • Review appeals
  • Prepare reports to the NC AWWA-WEA Board of Trustees
  • Prepare the following year’s certification program



Upcoming Events
Thursday, February 28, 2019
NCWTFOCB Exams - Computer Based
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Thursday, May 30, 2019
NCWTFOCB Exams - Computer Based
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Thursday, August 29, 2019

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Board Liaison
Nicholas Dierkes
Committee Chair
Stephen Hamilton
Committee Vice Chair
James Brogden
Erin Bowers
Jennifer Port Picarella

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