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 [updated 6/2019] 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.
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: https://www.ngwa.org/advance-your-career/certification/contractor-certification/certification-exams
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.
All licensees, except those who meet the criteria of number 3 below, shall obtain CEPs 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:
- Individuals must obtain a minimum of 10 technical/industry CEPs and a minimum of four (4) safety CEPs.
- 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.
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. To view your CEP status and how many points we have recorded for you, visit the DEP DataMiner and follow these instructions:
- Click Search by Category
- Select Water Supply and Geoscience from the Report Category dropdown menu
- Under WS Well Permits, select the Continuing Education Points (Well Drillers and Pump Installers) report
- Enter your license number. Your license number is a 6- or 7-digit number with no letters in it.
The Course List 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 on the course list, submit this completed application, with the required attachments, to email@example.com. 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).
Course List for 2020 – 2023
This course list is valid until March 31, 2023.
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 [updated 6/2019] and submit it either to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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. You will be notified if your course will be accepted for the next licensing cycle.