Important Update

Due to increased concerns and “social distancing” guidance surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Washington State Department of Health has authorized modified criteria for classroom training, effective 3/11/20 through 6/1/20.

During this time, approved classroom training may be administered via webinar or other remote learning methods. Modified training criteria requires:

  • Instructors periodically monitor students via webcam or continuous teleconference

  • Instructors ask a course related question once per hour, to which each student must respond

In addition to regular required documentation submitted to Washington Certification Services, trainers are required to submit:

  • All questions asked to students and at what times the questions were asked

  • What method of technology was used (software program, teleconference equipment, etc.)
    Due to logistical constraints, no CEUs will be awarded to workshops, conferences, or seminars presented via webinar or other remote learning methods.

Newly proposed online courses are required to use the pre-existing approval method and must meet all approval requirements to receive a CEU award.

Training Course Sponsors

What's New

Electronic submittals are now accepted.  See our Electronic Submittal Policy for more information.


Sponsors can now add a link to your training on our website.  Contact WCS for more information.

The Department of Health (DOH) is responsible for administering the Waterworks Operator Certification Program and has established the regulations, policies and guidelines for the professional growth requirement for certified operators. Washington Certification Services at Green River College manages the professional growth program through specific contract objectives utilizing the criteria established by DOH.

DOH requires that classroom training used to meet a waterworks operator’s professional growth requirement for renewal, or education requirement for certification, have Continuing Education Units (CEU) assigned either by Washington Certification Services or by the training course sponsor. DOH also accepts relevant college credit awarded by an accredited college or university. Contact hours, professional development hours (PDH), or other forms of accreditation will not be accepted.

CEU assigned to classroom training by the course sponsor may be accepted if it is based on a formal evaluation process following the minimum guidelines established by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
The training must also meet the guidelines and procedures established by DOH.