Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Certification & Exam

The Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Committee is responsible for this certification program.


 Certified Wastewater Laboratory Analysts  (Updated 7/24/2019)


Next Exam: October 15, 2019 (being offered at TWO locations)


The Wastewater Laboratory Analyst exam will now be offered in two (2) locations, Wilson (currently held) and Charlotte!  Please be sure to indicate the preferred exam location on thethe exam application.



Tuesday, October 15, 2019

1-4:00 p.m.



Charlotte Water-Environmental Services Facility (ESF)/Laboratory

4222 Westmont Dr.

Charlotte, NC  28217



Wilson Community College

902 Herring Ave E, 

Wilson, North Carolina 27893

Contact: Carla Meadows


Pricing:         $85.00 for Members

                        $135.00 for Non-Members


Application forms may be submitted via:

Fax: (919) 784-9032

Email: cmeadows@ncsafewater.org

Mail: 2841 Plaza Place Raleigh, NC 27512

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 09, 2019


Application form



Directions to Charlotte Site:

From HWY 77, take S. Tryon St. exit and stay in the right lane

At the light, turn right onto Billy Graham Parkway

In 1.3 miles, make right at traffic light onto Westmont Dr.

Stop at sign and continue straight across bridge

The ESF is the first building on the left


From Interstate 85, take Billy Graham Parkway exit toward CLT-Douglas International Airport

Continue on Billy Graham for 7.2 miles

At stoplight, turn left onto Westmont Dr.

Stop at sign and continue straight across bridge

ESF is the first building on the left




Program History

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.



Exam Results

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.




Certification Board

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.


Exam Level Analysts Certified Exam Passage Rate
Class I 449 83.6%
Class II 209 60.8%
Class III 86 61.4%
Class IV 45 60.0%




Certification Information

For further information about the NC AWWA-WEA Wastewater Laboratory Certification Program contact the NC AWWA-WEA office at (919) 784-9030.



Prohibition of Recording Statement: Recording of any sounds or visual images, and use of any recording device or medium now known, or later developed, is prohibited at all NC AWWA-WEA Seminar, School, Conference or other training events unless prior written permission has been expressly granted by NC AWWA-WEA.


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