Water & Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Program - Information

Manitoba Operator Certification Exams:

Current Exam Schedule

Application for Exam Registration

All applicants must register at least two weeks before writing the exam. The exam registration fee of $150 must be received by our office before the exam date.  Please register by filling out the exam application form and mailing it with payment to the office. Only operators who have registered and paid for the exam will be allowed to write the exam. Please see Certification Program 2015 Update for further changes to the exam writing process.

If you require additional information or further clarification please email your inquiry to wwopcert@gov.mb.ca. Or contact Donna Garcia (204) 945-7065 or Pat Goran (204) 945-2791. Toll Free: 1-866-626-4862 and ask for Extension 7065 for Donna Garcia or Extension 2791 for Pat Goran.

For information on Water and Wastewater Refresher Courses provided by Red River College please visit their website at (http://blogs.rrc.ca/engineering/technology-solutions/manitoba-water-and-wastewater-training/#water). Operators need to contact Red River College directly if they wish to register for exam preparatory courses. Operators should note that attending refresher courses is not a requirement for writing the certification exam. NOTE: No certification exam is scheduled at the end of Red River College's Water & Wastewater School Level 1, 2 and 3. These courses are different from the refresher courses.

Water & Wastewater Technician school training program provided by Apprenticeship Manitoba.
The Apprenticeship Program is an alternative for Operators to gain the experience and education required for Manitoba Conservation's Water & Wastewater Facility Operators Certification. This program could also help Operators prepare for Certification Exams. It is not mandatory and will not be required in order to be Certified. At the end of the Apprenticeship Program, Operators will get a Certificate similar to those received from any educational program. A Certificate issued by the Apprenticeship Program is NOT equivalent to an Operator Certificate issued by Manitoba Conservation and will, therefore, NOT be acceptable as an "Operator Certificate" in other jurisdictions.

Certification Exam Information:

  • There are 18 different exam categories: Small Water, Small Wastewater, and Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Treatment, and Wastewater Collection I, II, III, and IV. Applicants should contact the Certification Program Coordinator if unsure which exam to write.

  • The passing grade is 70% in all categories.
    Passing the certification exam is one of the requirements for certification. Following the successful completion of the examination an operator must complete the certification application form to apply for an operator's certificate.

  • Operators may challenge any category (facility and class) of exam, with two exceptions:
    • Operators must wait 4 months after failing to pass a specific category of exam before re-writing.
    • Operators may not write exams for the same or lower categories than they have already passed (e.g. operators cannot pass WT II and later write WT II again or WT I).

Note: Beginning on January 1, 2012 sequential exams will be used. Exams will need to be written in sequence starting at the lowest level (Class I) and increasing to the highest level required.