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Certification Boards

Advisory Board of Examiners (for Drinking Water)

The Board consists of one non voting department staff representative and nine voting members who have expertise in one or more of the following areas, including, but not limited to:

 

  • Two certified water treatment operators certified at the F-1 level
  • Two certified water distribution operators certified at the S-1 level
  • One superintendent or manager
  • One local government administrator
  • Two members of the public at large
  • One professor of sanitary or environmental engineering

 

Part 19 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, Act 399, P.A. 1976 as amended establishes the Advisory Board of Examiners, its duties and responsibilities.  The Board is appointed by the DNRE director pursuant to the provisions of section 9 of the act for a term of three years.  Members of the Advisory Board may be re-appointed.  Member vacancies in an unexpired term are filled by the director by appointment to complete the three year term.

 

The Board assists the department in several areas regarding drinking water operator certification and also reviews training programs.  In the area of training, the Board evaluates and either approves or disapproves continuing education training.  If the Board approves training, they categorize such training as "technical", "managerial", or "other" and determine the continuing education training hour value in each category.  All training approved shall relate to the duties, responsibilities, operation, maintenance, or supervision of a drinking water system.  The advisory board also receives notice and provides a hearing opportunity to certified operators when there is consideration to suspend or revoke an operator's certificate.

 

The Board meets not less than twice each year at designated times and places.  Members of the Board are not compensated, but are entitled to all actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties in accordance with rates established by the latest edition of the standard travel regulations of the State of Michigan.

 

Board of Certification (for Municipal Wastewater)

 

The Board consists of five voting members who have expertise in one or more of the following areas, including, but not limited to:

 

  • One certified municipal wastewater operator certified at the A level
  • One qualified engineer registered in the State of Michigan with knowledge in the operation and maintenance of a treatment works
  • One department representative
  • One municipal official
  • One member of the public at large

 

Part 41, Sewerage Systems, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended establishes the municipal wastewater operator certification program.  The DNRE director appoints a member to a vacant term for three years or to a shorter term when filling a vacancy created when a member vacates the position before the end of the term.

 

The administrative rules promulgated pursuant to Part 41, as amended establish the Board of Certification, its duties and responsibilities.  The activities of the board are primarily advisory except that training courses required for continuing education are to be reviewed for approval or disapproval by the Board.  If the Board approves training, then they also categorize such training as "technical", "managerial", or "other" and determine the continuing education training hour value in each category.  The Board also provides review and comment to the department when there is consideration to suspend or revoke a certificate held by a certified wastewater operator.

 

The Board meets not less than twice each year at designated times and places.  Members of the Board are not compensated, but are entitled to all actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties in accordance with rates established by the latest edition of the standard travel regulations of the State of Michigan.

 

Board of Examiners (for Industrial Wastewater)

 

The DRNE director appoints a five member Board of Examiners who has expertise in one or more of the following areas, including, but not limited to:

 

  • Two staff members of the department
  • One owner of a commercial or industrial enterprise which operates a waste treatment facility or an employee of such an owner
  • One holder of a certificate to operate or supervise the operation of a waste treatment facility
  • One member of the public at large

 

Part 31, Industrial and Commercial Waste Treatment Facilities, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended establishes the industrial wastewater operator certification program.  After the initial appointments, each member shall be appointed for a term of three years.

 

The administrative rules promulgated pursuant to Part 31, as amended establish the Board of Examiners, its duties and responsibilities.  The activities of the board under the direction of the department are primarily advisory except that, following evaluation and examination of an operator, the board recommends to the department the issuance or non-issuance of certificates. 

 

The Board meets not less than twice each year at designated times and places.  Members of the Board are not compensated, but are entitled to all actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties in accordance with rates established by the latest edition of the standard travel regulations of the State of Michigan.

 

 

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