Water Treatment Plant Operations Specialist Certificate Program

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Water Treatment Plant Operations Specialist
Certificate Program


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 plant operators.

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 environment.


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 to:

  • 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 contaminants
  • 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 laboratory techniques


  • 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 treatment industry


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.

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.