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Water Well Contractor Registration and Certification


Applications for registration are accepted throughout the year. Registration are effective through March 31st of the following year. Requirements for registration as a Water Well Contractor are:

  • Proof of having passed appropriate certification exams as described below.
  • Submission of a NYS Water Well Contractor Registration Form (PDF). The registration form may be completed and submitted online using DEC's eBusiness Forms (click the blue "DEC Online Forms Login" button).
  • A check or money order for the $10 annual registration fee.

Users must be registered with in order to use the online form system. User guides and help on registering for the portal are available on the portal information web page.

Certification Exams

All water well activities must be supervised by a person on-site who is exam certified. To meet New York State's Certification Requirements (PDF), an individual must take and pass two exams (General Drilling Exam and one additional drilling exam) to be certified for drilling and two exams (Water Systems General Exam and one additional pump exam) to be certified for pump installation and service. Individuals who engage in drilling and pump installation must be certified for both. Registered businesses are responsible for ensuring that all water well drilling activities, including pump installation and servicing, are supervised by an exam certified individual.

Certification exams are administered by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). Study materials are available by calling NGWA at 1-800-551-7379. Classroom review courses and additional information is available through the Empire State Water Well Drillers Association (ESWWDA) at 1-800-321-2693. Membership is not required in either organization to take the exams. Exams are available to be taken at PSI testing locations across New York State. Contact PSI at or 855-579-4642. See "Links Leaving DEC's Website" (in the right-hand column) for additional information.