The Saskatchewan Operator Certification Board (SaskOCB)
SaskOCB, established July 15, 2000, is responsible for certifying Water and Wastewater Operators within the province of Saskatchewan in accordance with the regulations and standards of the Water Security Agency (WSA).
SaskOCB operates under the direction of, but at arm’s length from, the WSA. The WSA, formerly a division within the Ministry of Environment, was established in 2012. The WSA oversees all programs and services associated with drinking water and wastewater; including the regulations and standards that SaskOCB operates in accordance with. These regulations and standards outline the requirements to obtain and maintain certification within all areas and levels associated with Water and Wastewater operations. In order to maintain certification all Operators must obtain 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) every two years through the attendance of training workshops or completing training courses.
The Saskatchewan Water and Wastewater Works Operator Certification Standards, 2012 were amended and the new standards were implemented December 2016. The current regulations and standards that Operators and SaskOCB are regulated under are The Saskatchewan Water and Wastewater Works Operator Certification Standards, 2016. The Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Program Guide is aligned to The Saskatchewan Water and Wastewater Works Operator Certification Standards, 2016 and provides an overview of these standards and certification.
2023 – 2024 Board Members
The Operator Certification Board is appointed annually in July by the Saskatchewan Environment Minister. Positions on the Board are rotated by its members after the appointments are issued.
Our current Board members are:
- Dale Heshka – Chairman
- Jeff Sutherland – Vice Chairman
- Andy Busse – Board Member
- Brad Hvidston – Board Member
- Ben Litchenwald – Board Member
- Darren Peterson – Board Member