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General Drilling Exam (2017-05-02)

The Certified Well Driller (CWD) and Certified Pump Installer (CPI) exams are designed to test your knowledge of specialized equipment use, geologic formations, and troubleshooting skills within each certification area. Each exam consist of 50 questions. To earn the CWD designation, you must pass the General Drilling Exam and at least one other specialized drilling exam. To earn the CPI designation, you must pass the Water Systems General Exam and at least one other specialized pump/water systems exam. You must pass both required exams within one 12-month period with scores of 70% or better to become certified. Those who fail an exam must wait 90 Days before retesting in that category.

The reference material listed below was used to prepare the questions for this examination.  The examination may also contain questions based on trade knowledge or general industry practices. Except for Code books, you can base your answers on later editions of references as they become available.  For Code questions, the examinations will be based only on the edition of the Code book that is listed.

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Open Book These books are allowed while taking your test.
Closed Book These books are for pre-test study only and are not available for use during the test.

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    Groundwater and Wells 3rd edition

    Publication Year: 2007


    This is the third edition to what is our top-selling reference book year after year! This tremendous resource should be on your desk if you are serious about the groundwater industry.It features 20 years of advancements in technology and knowledge gained in the field. Included are new borehole geophysical techniques, information on underbalanced and horizontal drilling, new approaches to well development, as well as details on ASR, groundwater monitoring and remediation, prepack screens for water interactive well design and well maintenance programs for water well contractors and design engineers.This reference manual is the comprehensive guide for the design, installation, and maintenance of water wells.

  • Open Book

    Water Well Handbook

    7th Edition Edition


    This manual combines many of the tables, charts, and other information used by drillers and pump installers in their daily work.

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    Model Environmental Health and Safety Guideline

    Publication Year: 2012


    This CD provides a complete safety program manual for those working in the groundwater industry.It can be viewed on a computer or printed and stored in a three-ring binder. It also contains an editable version so specific company information can be added.It contains sections on: having a code of safe work practices, inspection and auditing, incident and accident reporting, confined space operations, electrical safety, employee training, fire prevention, fall prevention, hazard communication, hearing conservation, and respiratory protection.The manual is designed to promote safe practices and reduce worker injuries and potential fatalities and financial loss.

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    Water Systems Handbook

    12th Edition
    Publication Year: 2011


    A major revision to WSC's Water Systems Handbook, a reference for water well construction and maintenance, has been completed! The new handbook includes up to date information on well construction, well components, questions and answers for self-testing, new graphics, and more safety information.

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    Environmental Remediation Drilling Safety Guideline

    Publication Year: 2008


    This publication gives guidance to address some of the most common safety concerns that may need to be considered while performing environmental remediation drilling activities.

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    Basic Water Systems: A Pump and Hydraulic Training Manual

    Publication Year: 2002


    What really happens when you turn on a pump? Why do pipe sizes affect pump performance? This training manual takes on the complex world of water systems and presents the basics in a straightforward style. The handbook includes the basic hydraulics of a pump, the controlling factors involved in a water system such as atmospheric pressure, vacuum, and friction loss, plus discusses pump sizing examples. Designed for both newcomers and old hands.

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    Procedures for Well Drilling Operations (CD)

    Publication Year: 2006


    An excellent guide for those who plan, design, and drill water wells, the Procedures for Well Drilling Operations CD is taken from a manual put together by the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy. It focuses on techniques and procedures for installing wells. The CD is broken into chapters dedicated to pumps, well drilling methods, well installation procedures, well performance testing procedures, alternative well construction, and more. The CD also contains several figures and tables, a detailed appendix, a glossary, and sample forms. A must for those learning about the water well drilling industry, this CD is also an excellent tool for those studying for contractor certification testing.