The ready availability of a clean, safe drinking water supply is
expected in the United States. The people responsible for
ensuring the quality and safety of the supply are water treatment
In order to be employed by a water 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 Water Treatment Plant Operation certificate program may be
used to satisfy this requirement.
Water treatment plant operators play an important role in
protecting and enhancing water resources, public health, and the
The Water Treatment Plant Operation program is designed to
provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to
work in the water treatment industry.
Our certificate provides students with the skills and knowledge
- train for a career as a water treatment professional, to
provide the public with a reliable, safe drinking water
- identify the sources, risks, and treatment of water
- learn about technologies for removing contaminants from
water, and how to effectively use them
- safely apply chemicals and processes used in water treatment
- monitor water treatment processes using sampling and
- Prospective water treatment plant operators seeking a career
in the water treatment industry
- Experienced water treatment operators seeking to enhance
fundamental skills, gain more responsibilities, or promotions
- Engineers and other professionals working in the water
The Water Treatment Plant Operations Specialist certificate
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.
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
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.