§ 302.601. General provisions.
(a) The Department will prepare and the Board will administer valid certification examinations using industry recognized psychometric principles and standards to measure the applicants knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to make process control decisions that meet permit requirements, maintain system reliability and ensure the protection of the environment, public health and safety.
(b) Certification and recertification examinations will consist of a two part examination. Part I of the examination will measure the applicants knowledge, skills and abilities common to all water or wastewater systems regardless of size. Part II of the examination will measure the applicants knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to operate specific treatment technologies or system components.
(c) There will be separate stand-alone examinations for wastewater collection systems, either satellite or single entity; water distribution or consecutive systems without treatment and Dc systems.
(d) There will be a Part II examination for laboratory supervisor for a water system and a Part II examination for laboratory supervisor for a wastewater system.
(e) There will be a master examination for either water or wastewater systems for operators wanting a master certificate to operate all available treatment technologies and system components.
(f) The Department will annually review examinations for relevancy. The Department may use third party contractors, members of the Board or the Certification Program Advisory Committee, Department staff or any other qualified individuals as subject matter experts for the content and validation of the examinations.
(g) The Board may use third-party examination proctors for administration of examinations, provided the proctors have completed the necessary training defined by Board guidelines.
(h) Paper and test materials remain the property of the Board.
(i) The Board, Board Secretary or the Department will not disclose individual examination scores to the public.
This section cited in 25 Pa. Code § 302.303 (relating to issuance of upgraded certificate).
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