Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0400-49-01-.02 - EXAMINATIONS

(1) All examinations shall be taken in a manner provided by the Board; however, the Board may approve alternate examination methods if an applicant has a disability which would prevent him/her from taking the provided methods of examination. The Board may provide examinations in written or electronic formats.
(2) All examinations shall be taken by the applicant without the assistance of course text materials, student notes, computer stored materials, or other materials.
(3) The examination may contain one or more of the following type questions: matching, multiple choice, true-false, discussion, short answer, and problems.
(4) An applicant who correctly scores at least seventy percent (70%) on a written examination , and who is otherwise eligible, shall receive a certificate of competency.
(5) An applicant shall be notified in writing whether his/her examination score was satisfactory for the issuance of a certificate.
(6) An applicant who fails to achieve a satisfactory score may reapply for the next examination by submitting an abbreviated application for examination with fees, but he/she shall not be eligible to take another examination for the particular operator classification which he/she failed until five months have elapsed from the date that examination was taken.
(7) All examinations shall be administered by the Board or its authorized representatives who are empowered to maintain the integrity of all examinations.
(8)
(a) An applicant shall be guilty of cheating upon a written examination who does an act including, but not limited to, the following:
1. violates paragraph (2) of this rule; or
2. without express authorization from examination officials,
(i) removes examination materials furnished by the Board or the written examination itself, in whole or in part, from the examination room, or
(ii) aids another applicant in answering examination questions during a written examination; or
3. violates the examination rules.
(b) Upon a determination by the Commissioner that an applicant is guilty of cheating upon a written examination for a particular operator classification, the applicant shall not be issued an initial certificate of competency for that classification.
(c) An applicant shall be ineligible to again apply for certification in that same operator classification for one year from the date the determination of cheating becomes final.
(9) Required training.
(a) Any person seeking to apply to sit for a Grade III or Grade IV examination who failed to achieve a satisfactory score on two previous examinations for the same operator classification for which the person is seeking to apply shall complete 30 hours of Board-sanctioned comprehensive training before the Board will consider the application.
(b) A person seeking to apply to sit for a Grade I or Grade II examination who failed to achieve a satisfactory score on two previous examinations for the same operator classification for which the person is seeking to apply shall complete 18 hours of Board-sanctioned comprehensive training before the Board will consider the application.
(c) A person seeking to apply to sit for a Small Water Systems or a Biological/Natural Systems examination who failed to achieve a satisfactory score on two previous examinations for the same operator classification for which the person is seeking to apply shall complete 18 hours of Board-sanctioned comprehensive training before the Board will consider the application.

Notes

Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0400-49-01-.02
Original rule filed May 21, 2014; effective August 19, 2014. Rule renumbered from 1200-05-03. Amendments filed January 18, 2017; effective April 18, 2017. Amendments filed April 12, 2021; effective 7/11/2021.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 4-5-201, et seq. and 68-221-901, et seq.

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