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Certification Information

Laboratory Analysts Certification

To obtain a Water Laboratory Analyst Certification or a Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Certification, applicants must take the appropriate course work, obtain the required amount of experience, pass the Georgia state exam, and then apply for their license. To help with this process, we've compiled information on each of these steps. 

CERTIFICATION PROCESS

To obtain a Laboratory Analysts Certification, please follow these five steps.

STEP 1

Determine which Laboratory Analyst Certification is required

The type of laboratory analyst certification required is simply determined by the type of laboratory work that the analyst performs. In Georgia, all those performing water analyses on drinking water samples should obtain a Water Laboratory Analyst certification, and all those performing analyses on wastewater samples should obtain a Wastewater Laboratory Analyst certification.

STEP 2

Obtain Experience

The type of laboratory analyst certification required is simply determined by the type of laboratory work that the analyst performs. In Georgia, all those performing water analyses on drinking water samples should obtain a Water Laboratory Analyst certification, and all those performing analyses on wastewater samples should obtain a Wastewater Laboratory Analyst certification.

STEP 3

Obtain Training

According to GA Board Rulesa 750-3.04, the applicant “must have completed the required course work prior to taking the examination and provide proof of completion of course work when they submit their application for certification to the Board.” The course work requirements for each license are listed below, as well as the GWWI course that will satisfy that requirement.

CertificationRequired Course WorkEquivalent GWWI Course
Water Laboratory Analyst27 Hour Basic Water Laboratory Course*Drinking Water Laboratory Analyst
Wastewater Laboratory Analyst27 Hour Basic Wastewater Laboratory Course*Wastewater Laboratory Analyst

*The required course work can be bypassed if the candidate holds an Associate's Degree or higher in Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, or an equivalent degree. For other types of the degrees, the Board may evaluate, on a case by case basis, post-secondary education to determine satisfaction of the course work requirements.

STEP 4

Take and Pass the State Examination

Please note that Georgia law requires that at least the course work be completed prior to taking the exam. However, as noted above, the experience requirement only needs to be satisfied prior to applying for certification.

The applicant must register for the exam through PSI/Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. online or by calling 913-859-4600. All exams are proctored, computer-based exams and are given at many testing centers throughout Georgia and the United States. Check the website for the exam location nearest to you and for exam schedules. Exams are not given online. Grades will be given to the examinee, prior to leaving the testing location.

STEP 5

Apply to the GA Certification Board

The applicant can find applications for certification online through Georgia Online Application Services. The applicant must fill out the state application and provide documented proof that steps 1–4 have been completed. The application may take several weeks to process. The applicant can also follow the status of their application online.