Wastewater Operator Certification

The Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission (WPCSOCC) is responsible for examination and certification of water pollution control system operators . Learn more about the Commission.

The purpose of the rules governing wastewater operators include: protecting public health; conserving, protecting, and maintaining quality water resources, and protecting public investment in water pollution control systems.

See the Exam page for the list of requirements needed to apply to take an exam to become a wastewater operator. 

One of those requirements is a Certification School. See the Training page for the list of Certification School providers. 

The Wilbur E. Long Jr. Award celebrates wastewater operators who demonstrate excellence in our field. Please consider nominating an operator. The nomination deadline is June 1. Requirements can be found in the Nomination form.


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Email certadmin@deq.nc.gov for:

Email Jenee Williamston for:

  • Certification renewal / reinstatement
  • Continuing Education credit inquiries
  • Exam Registration
  • Wallet cards

Email Ashley Coleman for:

  • General program questions
  • Exam application inquiries
  • Record retention issues

Email Patrick Beggs for:

This list of Contract Operators is not comprehensive nor an endorsement. It is provided for convenience, and the information is provided by operators.  

To be listed as a contract operator for NC Carolina Water Pollution Control Systems, please submit this form. 

To remain on the list, you must submit the form once a year. If you are hiring a contract operator, verify the operator has active certification status of the appropriate type and grade by checking the Certified Operator Status below. Ask the operator for their operator number.

You can check operator status 2 different ways:

  1. Check a single operator's status by entering the certified operator number in this form  . or 
  2. Use the following lists. The files list name, type, operator number, & county.

    BIOLOGICAL (WW) pdf / excel
    COLLECTIONS (CS) pdf / excel
    LAND APPLICATION (LA) pdf / excel
    PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL (PC) pdf / excel
    SUBSURFACE (SS) pdf / excel
    SURFACE IRRIGATION (SI) pdf / excel

For currently active Certified Operators, use the Certified Operator Portal to check your billing, continuing education, exam status, etc. Use your NCID to login. ( NCID Registration  &  NCID Instructions)

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NCID Registration 
NCID Instructions

By entering a wastewater facility permit number, you can find the:

  • ORC
  • Backup
  • Permit Type
  • Facility Classification

Click on a logo below to open the form:

  • NPDES (discharge) permit #s begin with NC
  • Collections permit #s begin with WQCS
  • Non-discharge permit #s begin with: WQ

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Mail Address:

1618 Mail Service Center 
Raleigh, NC  27699-1618

Physical Address:

WPCSOCC / Archdale Bldg 
512 N. Salisbury St., Suite 1209 
Raleigh, NC 27604

Main Phone: