Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation Specialist Certificate Program

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Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation Specialist
Certificate Program


We expect safe and reliable collection, treatment and discharge of wastewater in the United States. The people responsible for consistently providing these services are the operators of wastewater collection systems and wastewater treatment plants.

Wastewater treatment plant operators must be licensed by their state, which tests operators for competence and verifies their work experience prior to licensing them to operate wastewater treatment facilities.

This program provides important education for wastewater treatment operators, who help assure public health and environmental protection.


The Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to work in the wastewater treatment industry and the technical, scientific and applied background to obtain licensure.

The certificate program provides students with the skills and knowledge to:

  • effectively and safely operate and maintain wastewater treatment plants
  • protect public health and the natural environment by producing high quality, clean, safe treated water for discharge to the environment or for reuse
  • effectively and safely operate facilities to process wastewater residuals for reuse and to recover energy from the residuals
  • prevent public health hazards from water-borne pathogens
  • manage receiving water watershed environmental quality
  • effectively monitor wastewater treatment processes using sampling and laboratory techniques


  • Prospective wastewater treatment plant operators seeking to begin a career in the wastewater treatment industry
  • Experienced operators seeking higher responsibilities and/or promotions


The program requires completion of three required courses for a total of 18 academic credits and may be completed in one year. All courses are offered exclusively using a distance learning format, which provides optimum flexibility for working adult students.

Courses are offered continuously and students may enroll and begin a course at any time. Courses are self-paced and exams are submitted by mail for grading. The final exam is administered online.