***NYRWA To End Drinking Water Home Study Initial Certification Courses
After several decades of providing initial certification courses for drinking water operators here in NYS, the NYRWA has decided to eliminate all grade levels of the home study initial certification courses effective December 30, 2022. After a lengthy review process, we have determined that the home study offerings no longer meet the requirements for initial certification training. Further, we believe in our goal; To provide operators with the training necessary to meet current and future needs. After review, we do not believe the home study initial certification reflects our goals or provides the trainees with the best training possible to meet their future needs.
We will offer the home study initial certification course until close of business on December 30, 2022. Trainees who enroll in the course prior to December 30, 2022, will have 1 year to complete the course and will still be required to complete a Grade A Compliant Laboratory Training to complete the course. New enrollments after December 30, 2022, will not be accepted.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, especially for our valued members. NYRWA does have an approved Grade D Initial Certification Course and will begin offerings across the state beginning in March 2023. We are also working with the NYSDOH on an approved Grade C Initial Certification Course, which we anticipate offering around summer of 2023.
Thank you to our members for your understanding, and for your continued support of this association. Together, we will transition to classroom initial certification courses that will meet all requirements and your future needs. This step will allow the NYRWA and our membership to continue to supply…Quality on Tap!
Thank you for your interest in our Home Study Correspondence Courses. Below you will find a brief description of each course along with the cost. Please be aware that the NYS Dept. of Health will not issue a certification, upon course completion, without the appropriate experience required for that grade certification. If you have any questions, please call our office.
The Grade IIA Course costs $275.00 per member applicant, $300.00 per non-member applicant. The course consists of 23 open book assignments, a required laboratory class and a final exam. We ask that you send the assignments as completed to this office for our review. We will then inform you of the grades you have received and enclose any corrections for you review.
The Grade IIB Course costs $175.00 per member applicant, $225.00 per non-member applicant. The course consists of 21 open book assignments, a required laboratory class and a final exam. The procedure is the same as that of the Grade IIA. Both the IIA and IIB courses require a laboratory proficiency test. Please contact the Department of Health for more information.
The Grade C course costs $125.00 per member applicant, $175.00 per non-member applicant. The Course consists of seven open book assignments, a required laboratory class and a final exam.
The Grade D course costs $135.00 per member applicant, $185.00 per non-member applicant. The Course consists of two open book assignments, a required laboratory class and a final exam.
Each course has a closed book final exam supervised by your local Health Department. This gives the Health Department the opportunity to discuss with you your past experience and education in qualifying for the certificate. The Health Department will return your completed exam to this office for our review. In order to pass each of the courses, you must complete and show proof of an approved laboratory class, receive a grade of 70% or better on the final exam, and receive an average grade of 70% or better on the assignments.
Upon successful completion of the course, the necessary forms will be forwarded for your completion and submission to the Health Department. If all requirements are met, the NYS Department of Health will issue you the certificate.
Please complete the upper portion of the course application including your home and business telephone numbers and return it to us with a check made payable to New York Rural Water Association. Send the completed form and payment to: New York Rural Water Association, Inc. Attention: Kim Bennett, P.O. Box 487, Claverack, NY 12513. Upon receipt of both application and payment, we will then mail all the necessary material for you to begin the course.
Our courses are for those applicants seeking a grade IIA, IIB, C or D water operator certificate. Your local health department will determine which course is necessary for the operation of your system. All courses are to be completed and returned to NYRWA, P.O. Box 487, Claverack, NY 12513 no later than December 31, 2023. If further assistance is needed, please contact Kim Bennett at 518-828-3155.