About the Operator Certification Board

The Operator Certification Board (OCB) is responsible for certifying Water and Wastewater Operators within the province of Saskatchewan.

The mandatory certification program and the OCB were created July 15, 2000 in accordance with the Water Regulations 2000 and the amended Water Regulations 2002. At that time, the Saskatchewan Water and Wastewater Works Operator Certification Standards, 2002 were also formed. 

 On July 15, 2005 an education requirement came into effect for certification renewal. It requires Operators to attend training workshops or courses to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). An Operator must earn 1.0 CEU for their certification to be renewed for a continued two year term.  Through the mandatory program, July 15, 2005 also marked the deadline for all communities, with water and/or wastewater facilities classified by the Ministry of Environment, to have a certified Operator.

On October 1, 2012, The Water Security Agency (WSA) was created and all programs and services associated with drinking water and wastewater were transferred from the Ministry of Environment to the WSA.  The OCB works at arm's length with the Water Security Agency (WSA) and makes its decisions based on the regulations and standards put in place by the WSA.

As of June 1, 2015, The Water Regulations, 2002 has been amended and is now The Waterworks and Sewage Works Regulations.  The Saskatchewan Water and Wastewater Works Operator Certification Standards, 2012, has been amended to The Saskatchewan Water and Wastewater Works Operator Certification Standards, 2016.  The Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Program Guide has also been updated.