Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Drinking Water Certification Program

Drinking Water

DEP LogoDelaware County Community College offers a drinking water certification program that offers all of the coursework and module review necessary to help students pass the licensing exam for Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection certification.

The program is divided into two 90-hour sessions. Successful candidates must enroll for certification level 1 and 2. The DEP-certified program prepares entry-level operators for certification and employment. The minimum education level for operator certification is either a  high school diploma or GED.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the median pay for Water Treatment Operators is $44,100 and the field is projected to grow by 6 percent over the next decade. 


Drinking Water Level 1 & 2
PDS 1300 / 180 hours
Cost: $1,750*
Classes forming in September

*Register for both classes and receive a $150 discount
Drinking Water Level 2
PDS 1302 / 90 hours
Cost: $950
Classes forming in September


The cost of the certification is $950 per semester.  Students can save $150 by registering for both semesters at once (paying $1750 instead of $1900). 


Call 610-723-4010 to register over the phone with a credit card or use the noncredit registration form if you prefer to pay by check or cash.


For questions on the Wastewater Operator Certification Program, contact:

Mary Kay McClatchy