Certification Meeting Minutes
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Nevada Board of Certification

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators

Meeting Minutes

November 7, 2013

Meeting was called to order at 8:45 AM

Meeting was held at the NDEP offices in Carson City, NV


  • Harvey Johnson, Joe Crim, Jr., Adrian Edwards, LeAnna Risso, John Solvie, Dave Commons, Andrew Joyner, My-Linh Nguyen and Jennifer McMartin.

Item #1

Introduction of guest: 

  • Jeff Mills, CCWRD; Greg Turner, CCWRD; and Alan Tinney, NDEP.

Item #2

July 11, 2013 Meeting Minutes:

  • The meeting minutes were approved via email. 

Item #3

Program Administrator Report:

  • There are 20 pending computerized examinees. 
  • Compared to 2013:  Exams are up by 48.  Renewals are up by 31.  Late fees are down by 2.  Reciprocities are up by 4.  Return check fees are up by 5.  The Wastewater certifications are down by 8.  Wastewater Quality Analyst certifications are up by 1.  Industrial Waste Operator – Biological certifications are down by 1.  Plant Maintenance certifications are up by 2.  The remaining certifications are the same.
  • Tri-State Seminar update.  The NWEA Executive Board voted for the Program Administrator (PA) to participate with the Tri-State conference committee.  The Executive Board will be paying for the PA flights and time to attend the meetings and conference. 
  • The VA application was received.  A determination will be made soon. 
  • Operator of the Year awards.   The Board discussed and voted to add the following awards:
    • Rookie of the Year
    • Collection System Operator of the Year
    • Plant Maintenance Technologist of the Year 
  • Updated Program Administrator inventory.
  • Proctor is needed for the March 21st exam in Reno.  Harvey and Joe both offered to proctor this exam. 
  • The ABC Annual conference will be held in Charleston, SC, January 14th – 17th, 2014.  The Program Administrator will attend.  John Solvie asked for funding.  Dave made the motion for John Solvie and LeAnna Risso to attend the ABC Annual Conference.  Andy Joyner seconded.  The motion passes.
  • My-Linh from NDEP discussed the wastewater certification files.  The original certification files will be kept at the NDEP offices in Carson City.  The NWEA Certification Board will be provided with electronic copies of the wastewater certification files.  The Program Administrator will work with NDEP with the logistics.
  • Discussed leasing a copy/scanner versus purchasing another machine.  More research will be done. 
  • Discussed the possibility of holding a certification examination in September at the Tri-State Conference.  The date of the exam would be September 26, 2014 from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  The drinking water program is working with CA/NV AWWA to see if they can offer an exam at the conference as well.

Item #4

NDEP Contract/Regulation Changes:

  • NDEP will be preparing an RFP for the contract sometime after the first of the year. 
  • Discussed mandatory continuing education.  It would require a regulation change to require mandatory continuing education.  At this time NDEP is not going in that direction per Alan Tinney. 

Item #5

Continuing Education Participation update:

  • There are 197 participants currently, up from 192 last quarter. 

Item #6

Education Opportunities/Training Updates:

  • John Solvie and Jen Davis met with Doug Nelson from the College of Southern Nevada. 
  • The NWEA Annual Conference will be held in Sparks, NV in April of 2014. 
  • NWEA has been discussing have a collection class in Las Vegas and a lab class in Reno.  

Item #7

Policies and Procedures:

  • Add a definition for direct experience. 
  • John Solvie made a motion to accept the Credit Card Processing Policies and Procedures.  Adrian Edwards seconded the motion.  The motion passes. 
  • Create Code of Conduct policies.  Incorporate language into the renewal form that references the Code of Conduct.

Item #8

ABC Update:

  • Discussed during the Program Administrator section.

Item #9

Water Certification Board Update:

  • There was not a quorum for the October 2013 meeting. 

Item # 10

Website update:

  • The website is being updated every 2 weeks. 

Item #11

New business:

  • Plant of the Year Award.  Information will be emailed to Dave Commons.

Item #12

Next Board Meeting:

  • January 2014 meeting will be held via conference call.    


  • LeAnna Risso made a motion for adjournment, Harvey Johnson seconded the motion.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 11:30am.

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