Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation Specialist Certificate Program

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Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation Specialist
Certificate Program


In the United States, we expect the water we use to be safely managed and treated. The people responsible for providing these invaluable services are wastewater treatment plant operators.

In order to be employed by a wastewater treatment plant, operators must be licensed or certified by their states. To be eligible to take a state certification exam, operators must provide proof of having earned continuing education units in their chosen field. Our Wastewater Treatment certificate program may be used to satisfy this requirement.

Wastewater treatment operators play an important role in protecting and enhancing water resources, public health, and the environment.


The Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to work in the wastewater treatment industry.

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

  • effectively and safely operate and maintain wastewater treatment plants
  • prevent public health hazards from waterborne pathogens
  • monitor wastewater treatment processes using sampling and laboratory techniques
  • protect public health and the environment by producing treated water that is safe, clean, and ready for discharge to the environment or for reuse
  • effectively and safely operate facilities to process wastewater for reuse and energy recovery


  • Prospective wastewater treatment plant operators seeking a career in the wastewater treatment industry
  • Experienced operators seeking higher responsibilities or promotions
  • Engineers and other professionals working in the water treatment industry


Our Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate program consists of three 90-hour courses for a total of 18 units of academic credit. All program courses are offered exclusively using a distance learning format, providing optimum flexibility for the adult learner.

Courses include:

Participants must complete all three courses to earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement. Those who do not wish to earn a certificate are encouraged to enroll in one or more courses individually for professional development, preparation for certification exams, or to earn continuing education units toward re-licensing.

Courses are offered continuously and students may enroll and begin a course at any time. Courses are self-paced and exams may be taken online.