Operator Certification Board History

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. Supporting documentation also includes the Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Program Guide. The OCB works at arm's length with the Ministry of Environment and makes its decisions based on the regulations and standards put in place by the Ministry.

On July 15, 2005 an education requirement came into effect for the renewal of any certification. This requires all Operators to attend training workshops or courses where they earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). An Operator must earn 1.0 CEU before his/her certification can be renewed for another 2 year term.

July 15, 2005 also marked the deadline for all communities with water and/or wastewater facilities, classified by the Ministry of Environment, to have an Operator certified through the mandatory program.

On October 1, 2012, The Water Security Agency (WSA) was created and all programs and services associated with drinking water & wastewater were transferred from the Ministry of Environment to the Water Security Agency.  Since this time the OCB has been working at arm's length with the WSA.

As of June 1, 2015, The Water Regulations, 2002 has been amended and is now The Waterworks and Sewage Works Regulations, and 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.