PRESTONSBURG – Water utility employees participated in a statewide certification training at Jenny Wiley Convention Center on Tuesday. The class was titled “Drinking Water Distribution Certification.” Individuals working for water companies throughout the state must become certified by receiving training in the industry for areas such as maintenance and up-keep of the water distribution pipeline and storage tank.
This class enabled individuals to obtain the training and take the exam for certification. The training class is for three days and participants must pass a test at the end of the training to receive certification. Once an individual is certified as a water distribution specialist they must renew their training every two years.
Employees working for the water utility service are classified on four different levels. Individuals can take the training to earn initial certification or to move up to a higher class. If an employee receives a promotion they often have to take training to move up to the appropriate class level. Many individuals test to advance to a higher class in hopes of getting a raise.
The class is a statewide training that is taught four times per year. Instructors Clayton Getz and Dennis Minch, from the Kentucky Public Service Commission in Frankfort, were the presenters for the class. The Public Service Commission regulate utilities and enforces the provisions set forth by each utility department.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.