How do you get a certification in water treatment?


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Earn a water treatment certification by meeting the work experience and educational requirements, as well as taking and passing the required exam. The state in which the water treatment operator works governs the process for gaining certification, and the requirements for taking the test vary widely.

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In California, certification varies according to the area in which the operator works and includes areas such as laboratory analyst, electrical and instrumental technologist, or mechanical technologist. The state also issues licenses from grade 1 -- an entry certificate to Grade 4, which the state requires for management. Although the Grade 1 certificate test is open to anyone, test administrators intend it for a candidate working in the field with about one year of experience.

In Florida, the state requires each candidate have a minimum level of education and experience before applying for an exam at any level. After passing the exam, the candidate applies for the license.

In most locations, the operator must possess a high school diploma or general educational diploma before beginning the job. Some employers require an associate degree in a related field. Trade schools, technical schools or community colleges sometimes offer the degrees. In large plants, employees sometimes receive work and classroom training that helps them in completing the exams successfully and earning the appropriate certification.

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