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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. See the Continuing Education Points Tab for more information.

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.

All License Types

Master Well Driller

Journeyman Well Driller, Journeyman Well Driller (Class B), and Environmental Resource and Geotechnical Well Driller

Dewatering Well Driller

Vertical Closed Loop Geothermal Well Driller and Pump Installer

Elevator Borehole Well Driller

  • NJ One-Call Information
  • Groundwater and Wells, Third Edition - Review sections that pertain to drilling and grouting

Information for Licensees:  Licensees will need to obtain continuing education points (CEPs) in one of the following categories:  technical/industry or safety. For the licensing cycle ending on 6/30/2020 all licensees will need to demonstrate the following:

  1. Prior to 7/1/2020, all licensees, except those who meet the requirement of number 3 below, for renewal licenses shall demonstrate that they have completed at least seven CEPs before 4/1/2020;
    • There is no limit to how many CEPs can be obtained in a particular category. If the course is approved, then it can be applied to your total amount of CEPs.
  1. CEPs shall be obtained a minimum of 90 days prior to license term expiration;
  2. 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, all licensees, except those who meet the requirement of number 3 below, shall obtain CEPs to be eligible for license renewal as follows:

  1. 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:
    • Individuals must obtain a minimum of 10 technical/industry CEPs and a minimum of four safety CEPs.
    • A maximum of eight web-based credits will be counted for each licensing cycle.
  1. CEPs shall be obtained a minimum of 90 days prior to the license term expiration;
  2. 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.

Licensees cannot carry points over from one licensing cycle to the next. Once 21 CEPs are achieved for a licensing cycle, in the proper categories, no more are needed for that cycle.

Licensee CEP totals will be updated as we receive the information from the course providers. Course providers have 45 days to send attendance information into the Well Permitting office. Point totals for licensees will be available on this page once course providers begin sending in attendance sheets.

View approved course offerings for 2019. This will be updated as new courses become available. Courses will be assigned unique identifiers. A licensed individual cannot take the same course more than once in a licensing cycle. If you have already taken or intend to take a course that is not listed, please see the information below regarding course providers. If a course provider has not obtained course approval, the licensee may submit an application for consideration of approval by the State Well Drillers and Pump Installers Examining and Advisory Board (Board) and Department. Please be advised, however, that by taking any course not yet approved you are doing so at your own risk as the course may not meet the course criteria requirements of N.J.A.C. 7:9D-1.9(g).

Information for Course Providers:  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 in a link above. Course providers seeking to have a course approved should fill out the application and submit it either to wellpermitting@dep.nj.gov or 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). Course provider applicants will receive written notification from the Department, upon the Board’s recommendation, of the decision to approve or deny CEPs for the course.

Approved course offerings for 2019 can be viewed above. This will be updated as new courses become available. Courses will be assigned unique identifiers.

All courses shall be reevaluated after the end of the licensing cycle for which they are approved.

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