Changes to the Saskatchewan’s Water and Wastewater Works Operator Certification Standards

  • These Saskatchewan Water and Wastewater Works Operator Certification Standards took effect on December 4, 2016 and are intended for use by the Saskatchewan Operator Certification Board, operators, municipalities, consultants and other persons involved with the operation of water and wastewater treatment facilities in Saskatchewan.
  • The Operator Certification Board must base their certification decisions on these standards as well as The Waterworks and Sewage Works Regulations.
  • All ten provinces as well as Yukon and the Northwest Territories participated in the development of the “Canadian best practices” with which Saskatchewan’s certification standards align. The purpose of the “Canadian best practices” isto provide greater program and administrative guidance to jurisdictions and to strive for greater harmonization of certification program requirement across Canada. In this way the “Canadian best practices” and Saskatchewan’s certification standards support reciprocity and the Agreement on Internal Trade.
  • The Agreement on Internal Trade requires each province and territory to issue the same type and level of drinking water and wastewater certificate which have been issued in other provinces and territories provided that the certificate is in good standing.
  • The other provinces and territories are at various stages in instituting these best practices. In terms of our neighboring provinces, Alberta and Manitoba have already included all of the best practices within their guidelines.
  • Sixteen best practices recommendations were developed. The Saskatchewan certification program already operates by the majority of these best practices but changes to the standards are required to institute them fully.
  • Changes include:
    • No substitution for education for small systems and Level One Classifications. The previous certification standard allowed for one year operating experience as a substitute for two years of grade school and one year operating experience for one year high school. The completion of grade 10 or equivalent for small systems and grade 12 or equivalent for level one classifications helps to ensure an operator has the minimal acceptable reading, mathematical and applicable science knowledge and abilities to read, understand, calculate and interpret operational and safety instructions; and
    • Six hours (0.6 CEUs) of mandatory approved training are now required for both small water systems and small wastewater systems. The previous requirement was to obtain a 70% mark on small system certification exams and exams could be challenged without the operator ever receiving training. Mandatory entry level training on defined subjects ensures that all operators have completed training on the fundamentals of water/wastewater.

Join our Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest from the SWWA.

The Pipeline Magazine

The Pipeline Magazine includes all the latest information on workshops and events along with relevant information for those involved in the water Industry.

View Issues

Give Water, Give Life

WaterAID CANADA is a leading Canadian Water charity dedicated to fighting global poverty by helping the worlds poorest gain access to clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education.

Learn More

The SWWA Executive Board has 4 positions that are up for nomination. If you have questions about becoming a Board Member for the SWWA and what it entails you can contact Calle at the SWWA office

DUE TO the possible WSA and SaskWater Strike all those registered for the SWWA conference if unable to attend will receive credit to be used the following year. You can email the office by using the contact us form on the website letting us know if you are one of the groups affected.

When registering for the SWWA conference in order to get the member price you need to be logged in with your member ID. If you are not logged in you will be charged the higher non member rate.

When you are logged in if your membership is current it will show the conference rate is $560.00, if it needs to be renewed it will continue to show the higher rate. Please renew your membership first by going to membership and clicking register now and then choosing the SWWA individual membership. You will need to do that as one transaction and the conference as a separate transaction after you renew.

Company memberships are for suppliers of the industry.

Not sure email or call the office for your ID information.