The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau probably isn’t on most peoples’ radar. But if you’re a water operator in the Land of Enchantment, you’ve most likely spent some time trying to familiarize yourself with their requirements.
That’s especially important every few years when your certification goes up for renewal. As a sort of reverse birthday gift to you, the NMED requires your renewal in your birth month every three years. Renewing your water certification doesn’t have to be a big hassle but, because of the training credit requirement, it’s probably something you want to get a jump on a little early.
So your triennial birthday month doesn’t turn into a big headache, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about renewing your water operator certification with the NMED.
It might be a little easier if the state set a fixed renewal deadline that applied to all water operators — but they didn’t.
If you’ve got a birthday in the early half of the month, renewal shouldn’t ruin your celebratory plans. But if your birthday’s anywhere near the month’s end, you’ll definitely want to start your renewal to-dos early so they don’t get in the way of your festivities.
Really, renewing your New Mexico water operator certification comes down to doing two things:
During each three-year renewal cycle, the NMED requires you to get a specific number of training credits. You get one credit by completing one hour of NMED-approved water operator training. How many hours you need depends on your certification.
Fortunately, that doesn’t mean spending several days in some classroom. You can get your CE credits online here, and take them at your own pace.
When you finish any number of hours, your training credit provider should issue you a certificate of completion. Scan it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to show them that you’re getting the credits required for renewal.
Once you have the training credits you need, your certification becomes eligible for renewal. At that point, you just need to get in the renewal fee. Fees vary (but not by much) by certification level, so here’s a full list:
You can either pay the fee online (here are some instructions) or mail it in to:
NMED – Utility Operator Certification Program
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502-5469
Just make sure you get your training credits knocked out and the fee paid by the end of your birth month every three years.