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Water Operator and Wastewater Operator Training

Training Highlights

This suite of water operator and wastewater operator courses is being offered in association with the Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT). The CAWT is a world renowned hub for alternative wastewater treatment expertise, research and resources, and is located at Lindsay's Frost Campus. Our skilled trainers provide real-world expertise, and an effective, interactive, enjoyable learning environment.

More than 25 accredited courses are currently available through various delivery methods:

  • Online courses are available for enrolment anytime
  • In-class courses are scheduled periodically at Frost Campus, and other Ontario locations
  • Customized training can be tailored to your needs and delivered at Frost Campus or at your location

For more information about customized training visit the Corporate Training page.

Is This You?

Water Operator Training courses are for:

  • Certified Wastewater and Drinking Water Operators
  • Those seeking an opportunity to meet their CEU requirements with accredited courses
  • Those who wish to expand their skills and knowledge of water treatment and collection

For information about Ontario Operator Certification, visit Ontario Water and Wastewater Certification Office (OWWCO).

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirement for entrance into this program is: 19 years of age or older, or an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or its equivalent.


Attention Drinking Water Operators

Upon successful completion of an approved online course, users are prompted to submit a survey. In this survey you must indicate that you are a Drinking Water Operator, provide permission for the college to share information with OWWCO, and provide your Operator ID number. This survey must be completed before we can submit information to OWWCO.

Some courses require additional textbooks and/or materials. Please visit your campus store in-person or online: Peterborough Campus Store or Lindsay Campus Store.


Courses in Water Operator and Wastewater Operator Training

Details and registration below
2.8 MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator CEUs (O.Reg 128/04)

0.7 MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator CEUs (O.Reg 128/04)

Filtration Systems (ENVR080)

Gain an understanding of the purpose, operation, and maintenance requirements of sand filters, gravel filters and recirculating gravel filters. Describe subsurface infiltration systems and how they work. Learn how to monitor and control subsurface leaching systems, seepage beds and pits, to operate and maintain absorption mounds, and evapotranspiration systems, and to perform your duties safely. MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator O.Reg. 128/04 0.7 CEUs (ID: 1043)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Hydraulics and Pumps (ENVR060)

Discover the basics of hydraulics as they apply to the operation of pumps. Review the operation and maintenance of centrifugal and positive displacement pumps typically utilized in various municipal applications. We take a detailed look at pump performance curves and problems associated with water hammers and cavitation. Correct start-up and shut-down procedures will be discussed. MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator O.Reg. 128/04 0.7 CEUs (ID: 1047)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Disinfection-Chlorination Equipment and Maintenance (ENVR082)

Upgrade your knowledge of the various techniques used to disinfect wastewater plant effluent. Chlorination, ozonation and ultraviolet disinfection methods are reviewed, but the main focus is on disinfection by chlorination. You will learn how to inspect new chlorine facilities for proper installation, schedule and conduct chlorination operation and maintenance duties and recognize factors that indicate the chlorination process is not performing properly and identify the source of the problem and take corrective action. MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator O.Reg. 128/04 0.7 CEUs (ID: 1610)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Dechlorination (ENVR081)

This course is designed for water and wastewater operators who are required to dechlorinate water in their facility. The need for dechlorination in the water/wastewater sectors is discussed. The focus of this course is on using sulfur dioxide and sodium sulfite salts to remove chlorine from water. The course explains the chemical reactions that underlie dechlorination as well as the hazards and safety concerns that come with working with sulfur dioxide and sulfite salts. Dechlorination equipment, operation, troubleshooting common issues and shutdown procedures for sulfonators will also be discussed. MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator O.Reg. 128/04 0.7 CEUs (ID:1285)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Critical Pump Maintenance, Packing & Mechanical Seals (ENVR074)

Explore the maintenance, replacement and characteristics of various pumps, packing and mechanical seals used in a process or distribution facility. You will study the correct selection and installation of packing, packing rings and lubrication as well as mechanical seals, and gain an understanding of when to choose which. You will also become familiar with the characteristics of these, including their operational life and causes of their failure. MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator O.Reg. 128/04 0.7 CEUs (ID:577)


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Math Review for Operators (ENVR073)

Get re-acquainted with a number of basic math functions and practice working with the numbers and formulas that operators need to know. You will regain familiarity with: decimals, fractions, exponents, percentages and square roots; working with basic formulas; calculation of areas and volumes; the use of appropriate conversion tables; and ratios and proportions. MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator O.Reg. 128/04 0.7 CEUs (ID: 7234)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Water and Wastewater Operators Guide to Centrifugal Pumps (ENVR076)

Focus on the pumps that operators encounter the most, including the major pump components, packing and mechanical seals. Learn how to perform shaft alignment, define common pump terms, and understand how to use pump performance curves. MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator O.Reg. 128/04 0.7 CEUs (ID: 8495)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Disinfection: Lessons from Water Supply Wells Req. & Best Mgt Practices (CNST148)

Explore the relevant chapters of Water Supply Wells: Requirements and Best Management Practices. We will cover the importance of disinfecting pumping equipment and wells during initial construction, alterations and maintenance activities. Learn the process required to comply with the Wells Regulation. Information on proper sampling and testing of water, safety issues and hazards will also be provided. MOECC Approved Well Technician O.Reg. 903 7 CECs MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator O.Reg. 128/04 0.7 CEUs (ID:9354)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Pump Sizing (MECH147)

Gain the skills to select the most practical and efficient pump size to provide a volume of water required at a reasonable pressure to meet the needs of the well's use. We will explore the well diameter size, drawdown, pumping level, suction head, service pressure, friction loss, total dynamic head, and electrical power sources. MOECC Approved Well Technician O.Reg. 903 7 CECs MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator O.Reg. 128/04 0.7 CEUs (ID:9355)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Flowing Wells (NATR050)

This course describes flowing wells and how to predict the likelihood of encountering a flowing well. It also discusses how to handle flowing wells during the construction process, taking the local geological conditions into consideration. Discussions, video, equipment samples and case studies are used to emphasize learning for application on the job. MOECC Approved Well Technician O.Reg. 903 7 CECs MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator O.Reg. 128/04 0.7 CEUs (ID:9174)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Subsurface Connections (CNST108)

This course covers subsurface connections through the selection of equipment, techniques and best management practices. Discussions, equipment samples and case studies apply directly to on-the-job situations. MOECC Approved Well Technician O.Reg. 903 7 CECs MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator O.Reg. 128/04 0.7 CEUs (ID:9175)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Annular Space and Sealing - from Water Supply Wells Req & Best Mgmt Pract. (CNST149)

Explore the relevant chapters of Water Supply Wells: Requirements and Best Management Practices. We will cover the process involved in sealing the well casing into the hole to ensure that there is no movement of water or other materials along the annular space as required by the Wells Regulation. MOECC Approved Well Technician O.Reg. 903 7 CECs MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator O.Reg. 128/04 0.7 CEUs (ID:9173)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

0.7 MOECC Recognized Wastewater Operator CEUs (O.Reg 129/04)

Microbiology of Wastewater (ENVR067)

Enhance your comprehension of the bacteriology process as it relates to wastewater treatment. You will gain an understanding of the biological considerations controlling the secondary biological treatment process, which will contribute to safe and effective secondary treatment plant operation. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 2040)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Components and Design of Wastewater Collection Systems (ENVR078)

Increase your understanding of the wastewater collection system, including design periods, design flows and design flow measurement, measurement techniques and variations. Explore the components of the wastewater collection system, including the different type of sewer and collection systems, the type and value of collection system appurtenances, and the elements of a wastewater collection system design that have an influence on the operation and maintenance of the constructed system. Review the materials utilized for pipes and the type of pipes that are used in collection systems, and the potential advantages and limitations of each pipe type. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 2036)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Secondary Treatment (ENVR068)

Increase your knowledge of the two types of secondary treatment plants commonly used: activated sludge and rotating biological contactors. Learn the principles and equipment of the activated sludge process, gain an understanding of the factors that influence and control the process, develop troubleshooting skills, identify safety hazards and correct safety procedures, and perform necessary calculations. Investigate rotating biological contactor by reviewing the purpose of each component, the start-up procedures, operations, maintenance and troubleshooting, as well as the safe performance of a rotating biological contactor. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 1326)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Inspection and Testing (ENVR057)

Gain an overview of the wastewater collection system and the problems that can be encountered in both sewer pipes and manholes. Procedures used to accurately determine the state of the collection system and report on their condition will be reviewed in some detail. Learn how to find legal, illegal, unauthorized and improper connections, and how to locate and determine the seriousness of inflow, infiltration, exfiltration and diversion flow problems. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 1870)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Introduction to Wastewater Treatment (ENVR071)

Gain a broad overview of the fundamental principles of wastewater treatment, including the processes involved in primary and secondary treatment and disposal. We will discuss concept, tools and processes such as BOD, trickling filters, activated sludge, clarifiers, and disinfection and introduce relevant legislation and guidelines as well as the terminology related to wastewater treatment. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 2039)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Coagulation and Flocculation (ENVR075)

Gain an understanding of the distinct processes of coagulation and flocculation used to separate suspended solids from water. Understand the clarification and dewatering operations of wastewater treatment. You will learn how to perform dosage calculations. The coagulants, chemicals, and equipment commonly used in the industry will be reviewed. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 7793)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Biosolids (ENVR059)

Study the main purpose of sludge digestion, factors affecting single stage and two stage digestion, aerobic systems, as well as the differences between sludge and biosolids. We will review tests and records required to maintain process control in single stage digestion, the concentration of solids in percentages expected in raw primary sludge and waste activated sludge, methods used to dewater sludge, and methods of final sludge disposal. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 7686)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Activated Sludge Systems (ENVR062)

Delve into the activated sludge process, package plants, and oxidation ditches. Gain an understanding of the principles of the activated sludge process and the purpose of the various operations and equipment used. Perform necessary calculations and record important information. Recognize factors that indicate an activated sludge process is not performing properly, identify the source of the problem, and take corrective action. Identify safety hazards and correct safety procedures and be able to conduct your duties in a safe fashion. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 2082)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Introduction to Wastewater Collection (ENVR072)

Gain insight into the wastewater collection system by reviewing the sources of wastewater in our communities and the diseases that are conveyed in wastewater. The purpose, operation and maintenance of the wastewater collection system, and the role and responsibilities of wastewater system operators are introduced.0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 7816)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.


A "welcome letter" will be sent to you within 3 to 5 days, after registration, that will provide you with the information on how to start your course.

Nitrogen Removal (ENVR061)

Increase your knowledge of the forms of nitrogen, water quality impacts, and the sources of nitrogen in wastewater. The fundamentals of nitrification and denitrification, and operating strategies for nitrification and denitrification are reviewed. Learn to conduct plant evaluations, optimize and troubleshoot fixed film plants. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 1543)

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Primary Treatment (ENVR070)

Gain an overview of the wastewater treatment process, especially the primary treatment stage. You will be able to explain the wastewater treatment process from start to finish, as well as the primary treatment phase in the wastewater treatment process. Learn the role and principles of operation of clarifiers in primary treatment, including circular and rectangular clarifiers and their components. Augment your understanding of the factors influencing settling characteristics. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 1325)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Underground Repair (ENVR058)

Gain a good understanding of the satisfactory operation of sewer pipelines and manholes. The problems associated with these structures and their repair will be discussed in detail. Learn about infiltration and inflow, rehabilitation, and grouting processes, for both sewers and manholes. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 5190)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Preliminary Treatment (ENVR069)

Gain an overview of the wastewater treatment process, with an in-depth examination of the preliminary treatment phase. You will be able to explain the purposes of racks, screens, comminutors, grit channels, grit separators, and pre-aeration. Learn to properly start up, operate, shut down, and maintain the preliminary treatment equipment. Discover how to determine the volume of screenings and the time period of a disposal site before it is full, how to measure and regulate the flow velocity in a grit channel, develop an operational strategy and review plans and specifications for preliminary treatment processes. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 2038)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Pipeline Cleaning & Maintenance (ENVR066)

Acquire the knowledge to clean and inspect sewer lines, with the objectives of minimizing the number of stoppages, odour complaints and lift station failures through proper maintenance. Gain an understanding of the hydraulic, mechanical and chemical cleaning processes and when to use each method. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 2037)

The start and end dates shown represent the academic semester. You can take the online course at any point within the semester and will have 90 days for completion.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Phosphorous Removal (ENVR083)

Strengthen your understanding of phosphorous in wastewater treatment plant effluents and the problem of eutrophication. Review early treatment methods, alternative treatment methods and the activated sludge treatment processes, flocculation and the Bardenpho process. Understand phosphorous-removal dosage calculations and chemical considerations, the coagulants and equipment commonly used in the industry as well as testing protocols and results. 0.7 Wastewater Operator CEUs (ID: 1321)

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

2.8 MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator CEUs (O.Reg 128/04)

Groundwater Monitoring Applications (NATR064)

This 30-hour course covers groundwater monitoring applications, including water level measurement, water quality sampling and non-powered construction, methodology, equipment, quality assurance, quality control and best management practices. The course includes lab and field practice. The course is MOECC Director approved O. Reg.903., and the successful completion of this course is one of the requirements for an Ontario Class 5 Well Technician License. MOECC Approved Drinking Water Operator O.Reg 128/04 2.8 CEUs (ID 11716).

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