Pretreatment Certification Program

The purpose of the Pretreatment Certification Program is to provide training and voluntary certification for individuals who work in the pretreatment field, providing an opportunity for professional growth where none previously existed. This program includes technical training classes, training manuals, certification exams, and dissemination of other pretreatment information. The purpose of the training is to instruct pretreatment personnel on how to perform pretreatment activities in a manner that is consistent with federal and state pretreatment requirements.

The program is run by the KY-TN WEA Pretreatment Committee, chaired by Chuck Durham.  Instructors include state pretreatment staff, consultants, college professors, municipal pretreatment coordinators, and industrial environment health and safety coordinators from both Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Pretreatment Certification Course - Level 1
The Level 1 Course is a 4-day program that consists of 3 days of lectures (approximately 8:00 am to 4:30 pm each day) and testing on the 4th day (approximately 8:00 am to noon).  In order to participate in the Level 1 course and sit for the Level 1 exam, you must have 1 year of experience.
The course covers topics such as: 
  • History and Introduction to Pretreatment
  • Basic Overview of the Pretreatment Program and applicable regulations
  • Safety
  • Reporting
  • Inspections
  • Collections Systems
  • Wastewater Treatment (general)
  • Sampling (including hands-on exercises on set-up and sample collection)
  • Flow Measurement
  • Industrial Waste Surveys
Cost - Level 1: 
  • $265 - Member
  • $340 - Non-Member

Pretreatment Certification Course - Level 2
The Level 2 Course is a 5-day program that consists of 4 days of lectures (approximately 8:00 am to 4:30 pm each day) and testing on the 5th day (approximately 8:00 am to noon).  In order to participate in the Level 2 course and sit for the Level 2 exam, you must have 3 years of experience and have previously obtained the Level 1 certification.  
The course covers topics such as:
  • Industrial Waste Treatment
  • Municipal Waste Treatment
  • Enforcement
  • Emergency Response
  • Local Limits Development
  • Permitting
  • Oil & Grease
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Laboratory Issues
Cost - Level 2: 
  • $295 - Member
  • $370 - Non-Member

Certification and Continuing Education
Upon passing the respective exam, you will receive a Level 1 or Level 2 certificate from the KY-TN WEA. Certification is valid for 5 years. During the 5-year period, you must earn continuing education credits (18 hours for Level 1, 21 hours for Level 2) and email proof of those hours to Tracy Nuchols at  If you accrue the required hours, a renewal certificate will automatically be issued to you extending your certification for another 5 years.

Still Have Questions?
Contact Chuck Durham at