Training Opportunities


Please click here for a list of pre-approved training courses:
I = Indirect (half credit) * D = Direct (full credit) * D/S = Direct "Safety" (full credit)


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  • Indigo Water Group

    By Sidney Innerebner

    Indigo Water Group offers a wide variety of training options to meet your needs.  Several times each year, operators have the opportunity to attend our open-enrollment training classes which include our Three Day Exam Cram and One Day Collections Seminar.  These courses are intended as a review for certification exams but are also a great way to introduce new employees to the industry.  We also offer customized on-site training and on-line training courses.

    Training site

  • Innovation in Certification Conference - Denver 2016

    Association of Boards of Certification

  • Operator Review Handout

    By Paul Krauth

    Operator Review Handout (NWEA 2012 Conference) (.pdf file >29.5MB)
    Note: This file will take a while to load in your web browser due to its size.  Instead, right click the link and do Save Target As to save it to your hard drive before opening.

  • Recent Advances in UV Technology

    By Dr. G. Elliott Whitby

    Suntec Environmental 
    106 Rayette Road, Unit #1 
    Concord, Ontario, Canada L4K 2G3 
    November 15, 2002

  • Storm Water Management: Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

    By TargetSolutions

    Storm Water Management: Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
    1 hour

    Proper storm water management is critical to ensure safe drinking water for all of us. In addition, the EPA can levee substantial monetary fines as well as criminal prosecution for violators of EPA storm water regulations. This course will discuss the environmental impacts of storm water runoff, the NPDES storm water program, and the elements of a storm water pollution prevention plan.

    This training course has 7 learning modules with a 10-question exam.

    Online Course

    Dates: 365 Days 24/7

    For Information:
    Toll Free: 800-840-8048
    Storm Water Management
  • The Water Resources Utility of the Future


  • Training Topics

    NWEA Training Topics

  • Wastewater Training

    By TargetSolutions

    Click here for approved courses

    Online Course

    Dates: 365 Days 24/7

    For Information:
    Toll Free: 800-840-8048
  • Wastewater Training

    By Houston Industrial Training

    Basics Activated Sludge Systems

    Basic Industrial Lubrication

    Fundamentals of Mechanical Seals

    Compressed Air Fundamentals

    Basic Lockout-Tagout

    Basic Hazard Communication

    Approved Courses by NWEA

  • Zarathom Online Training

    Zarathom is committed to creating online training courses to assist certified operators with fulfilling their continuing education/contact hour requirements for license renewal.

    The courses below are state approved, You will find Zarathom provides easy access to affordable training programs covering all certification grade levels. We will continue to maintain new course material that meets or exceeds state requirements. Training

    • Fundamentals of Cathodic Protection – The objective of this course is to provide the operator with a general understanding of how cathodic protection is used to protect metal infrastructure used in the water and wastewater industry from corrosion failure. The course will provide definitions and descriptions of the types of corrosion and the protective technology available.

    • Confined Space Safety - This course will cover confined space safety standards and rules. The operator will be provided safety measures and considerations associated with confined space entry safety. The course will cover establishing a written program, required equipment, and record keeping.

    • Chlorine Disinfection - The objective of this course is to provide the operator with a general understanding of chlorine disinfection. The operator will be introduced to the different types of chlorination used in the water and wastewater industry. The course will provide definitions, safety, handling, dosage, characteristics, leak detection, equipment, and an understanding of residual levels.

    • Introduction to Utility Budgeting – The course will assist the operator in understanding water and wastewater utility operational and capital improvement budgeting. The course provides examples of detailed funding balances and line item details. The operator will gain a basic understanding of revenues and expenditures and how they are used in the budget process.

    • Customer Service Basics - Customer service is one of the most important aspects of a utility, this course will guide the operator through the basics of customer service.

    • Basic Water/Wastewater Math – This course introduces the operator to water and wastewater mathematics and provides test questions with problem solving.

    • Introduction to SCADA – This course will provide the operator with a general understanding of the components of a SCADA or telemetry system, including required instrumentation, terminology, and how develop and operate a system efficiently.

    • Bacteriological Sampling – The course provides the operator with an overview of the sampling procedures, rules and regulations, quality assurance and quality control of a sample from the field through the final laboratory analysis.

    • Math – Linear/Area/Volume - This course provides the water operator with the tools to calculate perimeter, circumference, area of shapes, and volume. The course explains formulas, provides problem solving and sample test questions.

    • Introduction to Cross-Connection/Backflow – This course introduces the operator to the history of the regulations, understanding potential hazards and the assemblies required to protect the quality of the water in the potable water distribution system.

    • Pumps – The course describes the types of pumps utilized in the water industry. The operator will gain an understanding of the terminology, definitions, and the specific parts of a water pump. The course describes general maintenance and how to inspect, service, and properly maintain a pump. The lesson also describes the various drivers that power the pumps.

    • Filtration – After completing this course an operator should have an understanding of the filtration process, the types of filters used in the industry. The course will describe operation challenges, testing, and safety associated with water filtration.

    • Aeration – This course will describe the aeration process, constituents removed through aeration, types of aerators, water quality, operations, testing, safety, and record keeping.

    • Coagulation/Flocculation – This course will describe the methods and chemicals used to induce coagulation and flocculation, their advantages and disadvantages, testing, coagulant aids, safety, and problem solving.

    • Sedimentation – This course will describe the sedimentation process, key components of a settling basin, and the four zones of sedimentation. The course will explain general operation, maintenance, testing and recordkeeping procedures.

    • Introduction to Wastewater – This course will introduce the operator to the sources of wastewater and guides the operator through the collection and treatment processes. Generally describing the treatment facility components, and providing a general overview of the biological principals.

    • Activated Sludge – This course will describe the activated sludge process, influent flow control, mixing levels, pumping rates, types of sludge, detention time, and stabilization. The operator will become familiar with the mechanical components of a sludge system, disposal, safety, recordkeeping, operational strategies, and overall characteristics of the sludge process.

    • Physical & Biological Processes – This course provides the operator with the knowledge of detention time, surface loading, clarifiers, filters, nitrification, organic loading, solids, sedimentation, and suspended growth principals. The multiple operational considerations used in the wastewater treatment process.

    • Digesters – When the operator completes this course they will have a general understanding of the operation of aerobic and anaerobic digestion, the chemistry, and the various types and designs of digesters. The course will identify the methods used for solid dewatering.

    • Collection Systems – The course with provide an overview of the sanitary sewer collection system. The components that are required to convey the waste stream to a treatment facility, including the operation and maintenance involved.

    • Solids Handling – This course will provide the operator with the proper handling of solids (sludge). The course will cover the main functions of the sludge removal process, including the mechanical, maintenance, hauling, record keeping, and safety.

    • Pretreatment – Provides an operator with an understanding of the responsibility of the waste discharger to protect the waste stream delivered to the treatment plant influent. The course introduces the operator to the categories and types of discharges and protection remedies.

Training Opportunities

Following are additional training opportunities through these participating organizations and educational facilities.

Nevada Water Environment Association
P.O. Box 98235
Las Vegas, NV 89193
Phone: 775-465-2045

Please click on the link for a list of pre-approved training courses:  

          I = Indirect (half credit)
         D = Direct (full credit)
        D/S = Direct "Safety" (full credit)

California State University - Sacramento (Ken Kerri) Correspondence Courses 
Office of Water Programs
Ramzi J. Mahmood, Ph.D., P.E., Director
6000 J Street, Sacramento CA 95819-6025
Phone: 916-278-6142
Fax: 916-278-5959

Nevada Rural Water Association Annual Conference
363 Fairview Drive
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775 841-4222
Fax: 775 842-4243

Tri-State Seminar On-the-River

Water and Wastewater Education and Training

Water Environment Federation
WEF offers free training to it members.

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