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For more than 25 years, operators and trainers hav...




Model Standards Conformity Assessment Service -

ANKENY, Iowa - (Oct. 16, 2014) Publishing the Model Standards of Operator Certification marked a major step toward providing comprehensive...




How to Become an Ohio EPA Certified Operator -

ANKENY, Iowa - (Jan. 23, 2014) ABC is an approved exam provider for Ohio EPA. As an approved exam provider, ABC offers computerized operator c...




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The Association of Boards of Certification

In 1972, water and wastewater industry leaders began conversations which developed the groundwork for an association to foster operator certification throughout North America and reduce the diversity among certification programs. From those early discussions, the Association of Boards of Certification was born.

Today, our Association includes almost 100 certifying authorities, representing more than 40 states, 10 Canadian provinces as well as several international and tribal programs. These programs have certified more than 240,000 water and wastewater operators, laboratory analysts, plant maintenance technologists, biosolids land appliers, and backflow prevention assembly testers.


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Our members are leaders on international issues affecting operator certification and ABC provides a forum for the exchange of ideas. ABC membership holds lasting benefits.