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Career Path

It’s important to us to provide exciting and challenging work to our employees.  At OCWA, we hire a diverse and inclusive workforce largely made up of individuals who require licenses or a skilled trade.  We invest in our employees by providing training and opportunities across the province.

How to Become a Water and Wastewater Operator

To get hired as an Operator (or Trainee), you need to obtain your Operator in Training (OIT) certificate.  Read the Guide on how to obtain your Operator in Training Certificate (367KB).

There are a few minimum requirements before you can obtain your OIT certificate:

  • High school diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
  • Pass Operator-in-Training (OIT) examination
  • For Drinking Water OITs: Drinking Water Operators Entry Level Course (if course is not completed, a temporary 16-month OIT certificate will be issued)

The OIT certificate is the first step to your career pathway into the water and wastewater industry.  For more information about OIT Certificate Exam Schedules, forms and guidance documents please visit the OWWCO website or the MECP website.

Once you obtain your OIT certification, you are able to progress to higher certificate levels 1 through 4.

This involves:

  • relevant work experience
  • further education
  • successful completion of the MECP certification exam for each level

Learn more about the different certificate levels and upgrading certificates.

Our People

Our people make the difference! The dedication and passion our employees have for the work they do every day and the communities they serve is what makes us stand out as the leading water and wastewater provider in Ontario. Meet some of our team members.

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Job Opportunities

Be a part of an organization with an exceptional group of individuals – team members who inspire each other every day to think and perform beyond expected boundaries. Apply today!

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