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NEW* On 3/1/2018, amendments to the Well Construction and Maintenance; Sealing of Abandoned Wells Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:9D), became operative.  The updated well rules contain new procedures for obtaining/renewing well driller and pump installer licenses.  Here the major changes:

New Examination Process: The Bureau of Water Allocation and Well Permitting staff will no longer be administering the exams.  The exams will be prepared by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and administered by PSI.  Exams will be administered electronically and will be available at testing centers nationwide.  Applicants will be able to schedule their exams at any time under this new system. Select the Scheduling an Exam tab above.

New Process to Apply for a License: Rather than applying to take an exam, the applicant will apply for their license after they have taken all the necessary exams and have met the appropriate experience requirements.  See Appendix A in the application for more details on which exams are needed and the different experience requirements per license type.  After submitting the completed application, the New Jersey State Well Drillers and Pump Installers Examining and Advisory Board (Board) will review the applications to ascertain whether the applicants have met the qualifications and experience requirements set forth at N.J.A.C. 7:9D-1.8(a).

Changes to License Types:  The Department will no longer issue or renew monitoring well driller or soil borer licenses.  Any person licensed as a monitoring well driller pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:9D as of 3/1/2018, may, in lieu of applying for a new license, apply for renewal as an environmental resource and geotechnical well driller upon expiration of their monitoring well license.  Any person licensed as a soil borer pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:9D as of 3/1/2018, may, in lieu of applying for a new license, successfully complete a Department-approved training course, to renew their license as an environmental resource and geotechnical well driller.  In addition, any individual licensed as a journeyman (Class B) well driller may choose to qualify to be licensed as a journeyman well driller upon successful completion of a Department-approved training course.  Well Permitting staff will notify those individuals who are eligible for the Department-approved training course once it is available.  Additionally, the Department now offers licenses for elevator borehole well drillers and vertical closed loop geothermal well drillers.

Continuing Education: There is now a continuing education requirement for all license renewals.  For the current licensing cycle, all licensees will need to demonstrate the following prior to 4/1/2020:

  • Prior to 7/1/2020, all applicants for renewal licenses shall demonstrate that they have completed at least seven continuing education points (CEPs), within the three-year period;
  • CEPs shall be obtained a minimum of 90 days prior to license term expiration;
  • Licensees who have been licensed for less than three years shall not be required to demonstrate that they have completed the required number of CEPs prior to their first license renewal.

After the current licensing cycle, which ends on 6/30/2020, all licensees shall obtain CEPs in order to be eligible for license renewal as follows:

  • On or after 4/1/2023, and every three years thereafter, all applicants for renewal licenses shall demonstrate that they have completed at least 21 CEPs, within the prior three-year period;
  • CEPs shall be obtained a minimum of 90 days prior to the license term expiration;
  • Licensees who have been licensed for less than three years shall not be required to demonstrate that they have completed the required number of CEPs prior to their first license renewal.

There are currently no approved courses available to obtain CEPs at this time.  The Board and Well Permitting staff will review requests for seminars, workshops, training courses, college courses, or other means designated to fulfill the CEP requirements.  Once courses are approved, they will be posted on the website.  Requests for course review shall be made in writing to the following address:

Well Permitting Program
Division of Water Supply and Geoscience
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Mail Code 401-04Q
PO Box 420
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0420

All submitted courses will be reviewed pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:9D-1.9 (g).

To Schedule an Exam:

  1. Visit www.psiexams.com
    1. Click on the “Certification/Professional Associations” link
    2. Then select “National Ground Water Association (NGWA)” from the “Select Sponsor Name” dropdown menu. 

Here you will be able to select the certification exam(s) that you are required to take for your license.  (Please see Appendix A in the application for more details on which exams are needed and the different experience requirements per license type.)  Click on the link for the exam that you need to take to schedule your exam. 

  1. Exams may also be scheduled by calling PSI at (800) 733-9267.

Additional exam information may be obtained by visiting NGWA’s website:  www.ngwa.org

 

List of Suggested Study Materials
The lists of study materials are for the New Jersey modules that are offered through the National Ground Water Association. To see a list of study materials for the National Ground Water Association’s technical exams, visit the following website: http://www.ngwa.org/Professional-Resources/certifications-exams/contractors/Pages/Exam-information.aspx.

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Elevator Borehole Well Driller

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