Board of Waterworks and Waste System Operators


NEW: Operator Renewal Forms Available for Download

To locate a particular renewal form, the operator's expiration date and certificate number are required. Since the applications are database generated, all certificates that expire in the same month are printed in one report in order of certification numbers. Operators can find their certification number using the Active Operator Reports on this web page.

The TWO PAGE application can be downloaded and must be submitted with fee and proof of continuing education by mail or deposited into MDE's lock box at 1800 Washington Blvd (Baltimore 21230)- receipts cannot be issued. Board staff recommends submitting renewal applications at least 60 days prior to expiration date to avoid delays and late fees. Board staff will continue mailing renewal forms approximately 120 days prior to expiration. Renewal forms have been updated to include consent to receive certificates by email for download.  


List of Active Certified Operators

These lists indicate operators holding active certificates and operators whose certificates have expired in the past 90 days. Certifications are separated into classification of water, wastewater and industrial works.
 Each report is sorted alphabetically by operator last name and includes their certification number, the type of certificate(s) held, and the next expiration date for each certificate:
 
  • S = Designated Superintendent of a Specified Works
  • O = Fully Certified Operator (passed exam and met experience requirement)
  • T = Operator In Training (formerly “Temporary”)


Recently Received Applications

This report includes applications received by the WWSO Board for exams, initial and renewed certifications, exam registration and requests for reciprocity.


Recently Approved WWSO Training: Downloadable PDF File with Active Links

The WWSO Board approves applications for continuing education on a quarterly basis. In an effort to assist operators find appropriate training, recent Board approved training will be posted upon approval.
These lists include active links to Training Sponsor's websites (exception: employer training meant for utility employees), known dates of training and course format (online, classroom, etc). These courses can also be found on the "Training Programs for Operators/ Superintendents" (historical search engine). Please check back regularly for updated information.


Training for Newly Appointed Superintendents-October 12, 2022

The MDE-sponsored mandatory training for newly appointed water, wastewater and industrial wastewater superintendents will be held on October 12, 2022 using the Google Meet platform. Eligible participants must hold the provisional one-year Superintendent certificate. Superintendents who previously attended the full day of training for one certificate classification may attend only the afternoon technical sessions for additional certificate classifications. Contact Martin Fuhr to register: martin.fuhr@maryland.gov.  This training is held twice per year, in April and October, to meet the needs of provisionally-appointed Superintendents


History, Charge and Term:

The Board of Waterworks and Waste Systems Operators  establishes the education, experience and examination standards which must be satisfied by operators and superintendents of water and wastewater treatment systems in the State, and issues and renews certificates based upon these standards.

The Board consists of eleven members. The Governor appoints eight of the members with the advice of the Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), and the advice and consent of the State Senate. The Secretary of the Environment appoints the other three members.

The members appointed by the Governor serve four-year terms and may be reappointed. The members appointed by the Secretary of MDE serve at the pleasure of the Secretary.


Current Membership: 

Board Member

Position

Term Expires

Connie Luffman

Wastewater Supervision

6/30/2026

Douglas Abbott

Waterworks Supervision

6/30/2026

Ed Hogan

Industrial Superintendent6/30/2026

Bruce Darner

Agriculture

6/30/2024

Tony Sierra

Maryland Department of the Environment

Not applicable

Jay Price

Sanitary Commission; Board Chair

6/30/2023

Eric Dutrow

Public at Large

Not applicable

Hiram Tanner

Public at Large

Not applicable

Joe Wright

Maryland Environmental Service

6/30/2026

Clark Howells

Municipal Government

6/30/2026

Ben Thompson

County Government; Board Vice-Chair​

6/30/2025



Meetings

The Board is scheduled to meet on the third Thursday of each month. Meetings begin at 10:00 am. and usually last for three to four hours. The schedule of meetings, meeting agenda, meeting minutes, closing statements as available, and related matter are available at this link.


Board Vacancies

Currently there is no vacancy on the Board. However, if you are interested in serving on the Board and would like to be considered when a vacancy occurs, please complete this Curriculum Vitae sheet.

 

To Contact the Board

Call 410-537-3167 or call (toll free in Maryland) 800-633-6101 ext. 3167, email wwso.board@maryland.gov or fax 410-537-3168.


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