Environmental Operators Certification Program

Brian Thorburn Earns Professional Operator Certification

Local water operator achieves prestigious designation.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA., September 28, 2014 – Brian Thorburn was recognized for earning the Water Distribution Class I Professional Operator (PO) certification and designation. This designation is the industry’s first professional certification for water and wastewater operators.  Thorburn and five fellow POs took the stage at a special pinning reception and ceremony to be honoured for their accomplishments.

The attendance by ABC’s founding members the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) leadership demonstrates how industry leaders have embraced this new means of recognizing the expertise of water and wastewater operators.

The Certification Commission for Environmental Professionals (C2EP) offers the Professional Operator (PO) certification and designation for water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection, and wastewater treatment operators. The program was designed by industry leaders to meet the water industry’s need for standardized certification and professional recognition.

Uniform recognition of standardized certification fosters the growth of a skilled and mobile workforce, helps ensure public and environmental safety, and increases opportunities and earning potential for operators.

“The PO certification offers a way for organizations such as EPCOR Water Utilities to ensure their operators have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be true assets to their communities,” said John Solvie with C2EP. “Brian has shown great dedication to the industry and we are honored to welcome him into our program.”

Thorburn is Senior Operator at EPCOR Water Utilities in French Creek, British Columbia, Canada. He serves as ABC’s 2014 President, sits on the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) Board, and is a member of AWWA’s Water Treatment Plant Operations Committee and Top Ops Committee.

“Like professional designations in other fields, the PO signifies that an individual 2014 PO Certification-11has met and continues to uphold rigorous certification requirements,” said Thorburn. “I am proud to be among the first operators in the nation to receive this prestigious certification and designation.”

Please visit www.ProfessionalOperator.org for additional information.

Certification Commission for Environmental Professionals (C2EP) of the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) functions as an independent entity to develop and administer certification in water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection and wastewater treatment operations. C2EP awards certified operators the Professional Operator (PO) designation, the industry’s first professional designation for operators.

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) was established in 1972 to provide services and resources to advance the quality and integrity of certification programs for the professional workforce operating drinking water and wastewater systems. ABC serves as a technical resource to its members through its industry-leading testing services, professional development offerings, and development of uniform standards and best practices in environmental certification.



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