The USET Certification Board promotes and ensures a standard of excellence of performance and compliance among those individuals employed by a federally recognized Tribal Nation, who meet the established standards, set forth by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, Federal Clean Water Act, and the EPA Tribal Drinking Water Operator Certification Program.
Tribal Utility Summit (TUS)
The Tribal Utility Summit is comprised of Certification training for Tribal Operators in Drinking Water, Wastewater, and Laboratory Analysts. Contact hours (CEUs) are provided in various topics to allow Tribal Operators to meet their CEU requirement for their respective Operators Certification/License.
This year's event will take place September 12-14, 2023, in Port Jefferson, NY.
Technical Assistance and Training Services
- Onsite and Virtual peer reviews for USET member Tribal Nations
- USET Operator and Laboratory Analyst Certification
- Capital Improvement Plans (CIP) assistance
- Infrastructure and Funding Plans assistance
- Integration of EPA Incident Action Plans in Emergency Response Plans
- Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) training and technical assistance in developing specific SOP’s for operations, regulatory report submittals, maintenance, lab methods, etc.
- Launch utility careers through a high performance and employability skill building course through CSMlearn – registration is open!
- Site visits to assist with asset management, process optimization, safety systems, capital improvement plans, infrastructure funding mechanisms, and system upgrades
Tribal Utility Certification Courses
These courses are available at no cost to USET Tribal Nation Water and Wastewater Operators and Lab Analysts. The courses include highly successful instructors in helping individuals achieve certification success. The courses include books, calculators, and testing fee payment. The courses also include test taking strategies and practice tests! Plan on earning 45 to 68 CEUs and advancing your career by becoming certified!
If you have a suggestion about which certification course you would like USET to offer in 2022, please contact Michael Purvis, USET OERM Technical Assistance Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USET Operator and Laboratory Analyst Certification
- Lillie Williamson, Jena Band of Choctaw Indians – Chairperson and Natural Resources Committee Member
- Juan Mata, Seminole Tribe of Florida – Vice-Chairperson and Drinking Water Operator
- Dave Drobiak, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation – Treasurer and Assistant Director, Public Utilities
- Calvin Murphy, First Nations Environmental Services, Tribal Member Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians – Consultant
- Brian Weeden, Chairman, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
The USET Certification Program for Water and Wastewater Plant Treatment Operators and Laboratory Analysts was approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2012 for operators of water and wastewater treatment plants. USET Certification Board upholds Tribal sovereignty through its ability to certify operators of Tribal facilities and is an affiliate of the Association of Boards of Certification.
USET Water Certifications:
- Public Water Supply System Operator: Class VSWS I, II, III, IV
- Water Distribution System Operator; Class I, II, III, or IV
- Wastewater Treatment System Operator: Class I, II, III, or IV
- Wastewater Collection System Operator; Class I, II, III, or IV
- Water Laboratory Analyst: Class I, II, III, or IV
- Wastewater Laboratory Analyst: Class I, II, III, IV
- Operator-In-Training Journeyperson
- Operator-In-Training Apprentice
Completed applications, Letter of Employment, and Fee should be mailed to:
United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET)
711 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37214
Attn: Jennifer Bennett
For questions, please email Jennifer Bennett, USET OERM Administrative Assistant.
Tribal Utility Finance Forum
The yearly Tribal Utility Finance Forum (TUFF) is an opportunity to share information on economic development, water and wastewater utilities systems with Tribal Leaders, Tribal Planners, Finance Managers, Utilities Supervisors and Managers. The 2023 TUFF was hosted by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana at the Paragon Casino Resort. Federal and industry partners presented on topics such as rate analysis, benchmarking, budgeting, planning and funding opportunities, and cyber security.