Attention Operators and Operating Authorities: Please be reminded that Operators-in-Training cannot run limited systems.
An operator-in-training (OIT) certificate allows new operators to gain the one-year experience required to become a Class 1 operator. The minimum requirements to apply for an OIT certificate are:
OIT examinations are written at OWWCO Examination Centres throughout the province.
Click here for exam schedule.
No. 2.4: Drinking Water Operator-in-Training Requirements
Mandatory - Entry Level Course
Drinking Water Operators-in-Training (OITs) must complete a mandatory Entry Level Course (ELC) during the 16 months in which their OIT certificates are valid. Following the successful completion of the ELC while holding a valid OIT certificate, the operatorís certificate will be extended to three years from the date it was originally issued.
The ELC is a mandatory course developed by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) for all drinking water operators. The ELC addresses subject matter that should be known by every entry-level operator. The course is available to any individual wishing to pursue a career in drinking water treatment through the Walkerton Clean Water Centre
(WCWC). For more details please contact the WCWC at 1-866-515-0550 or visit their web site: www.wcwc.ca
The ELC is included in the curriculum of certain environmental programs at several Ontario colleges. Students who graduate from these programs are not required to take the ELC. For a list of the colleges offering the ELC please visit: https://www.wcwc.ca/en/training/entry-level/