Free One-Day Course for SWS Operators
The course is designed for SWS operators, this free one-day course covers the basics of water system operation and maintenance, water testing and other regulations, waterborne disease, water treatment for small systems and recordkeeping. The class also reviews the
1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments, the
State Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, and water system security issues.
You must complete the one day course and pass the exam, with a 70% or better, in order to apply for a SWS certification.
Note: Distribution or Treatment operators who are certified at Levels 1-4 can be the operator for a small water system and do not need to complete the one day course or the exam. The water system still needs to complete a new SWS operator application form every 3 years and submit it to the State.
The Oregon Association of Water Utilities (OAWU) is currently offering the course.
Effective August 1, 2022, tests are required for anyone seeking to be eligible for assignment as DRC for a small water system. Exams are provided at the end of the course. Tests are mailed to an OHA-DWS office for grading. Certificates for a passing exam score of 70% or higher will be provided by email.
If you need to retake the exam or you weren't able to take the exam following the training you can schedule it by using our
. Certificates for a passing exam score of 70% or higher will be provided by email.
Schedule your SWS exam
Upon course completion, attendees receive a certificate of attendance showing 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).