How Can You Get Trained in Wastewater Treatment?


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Wastewater treatment training and certification courses are often run by universities or various state agencies. Each state has its own specific requirements to be a certified wastewater treatment operator, but all states require some form of wastewater treatment operator certification exam as of 2015.

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In Washington, the wastewater operator certification program is run by the state's Department of Ecology. The California State University, Sacramento's Office of Water Programs offers a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation Specialist Certificate program that consists of three required classes run as correspondence courses. The three classes are Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants I, Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants II and Advanced Waste Treatment. Students receive six academic credits for completing each course, which may be transferred to other colleges for those working towards a degree.

In addition to the required wastewater operator certification, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also offers the Wastewater Treatment Plant On-Site Operator Assistance Training Program, which is designed for smaller, underserved treatment facilities that are in risk of noncompliance with federal regulations. This program was created as part of the Clean Water Act in order to provide onsite training as well as maintenance and operations assistance to small, publicly owned treatment facilities that discharge less than 5 million gallons per day.

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