Level III/IV Wastewater Collection Certification Preparation


1.2 CEUs


This course is available in three formats: in-class (2 days), home study or online.

The course will help operators to prepare for writing the provincial certification exam for Level III and/or Level IV Wastewater Collection.

NOTE: Applicants who wish to write the certification exam must qualify and apply to the Alberta Environment Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Portal (Compliance365) during the application window for exams (approvals every two months). Certification eligibility for Level III and IV must be confirmed PRIOR to submitting an online application.

The CEUs from this course can be used toward the following discipline(s) for certification renewal:

• Wastewater collection

For additional certification information, please contact Alberta Environment at 780-427-7713 or 780-405-0437 or email: WaterandWastewaterOperatorCert@gov.ab.ca


Candidates should hold Level II or higher Wastewater Collection Certification and should be working in a Class II or higher facility.

Course Completion Exam:
At the end of the course (in any format) a completion exam will be given. It consists of 50 questions. An overall minimum of 70% is needed to achieve a passing grade. If unsuccessful, one rewrite will be allowed.

Delivery Formats

Online, Home Study,


Topics Include:
-Certification - provincial program, requirements, exams, renewals.
-Support Systems - components, valves, positive displacement pumps, dynamic pumps, pump hydraulics, bearings and couplings, compressors, electricity, instrumentation, sensors and meters.
-Wastewater Collection - collection systems, low pressure systems, collection design, system components.
-Wastewater Piping - piping and pipe joints.
-Wastewater Pipe Installation & Repair - handling methods, trenching, manhole installation, leak testing.
-Wastewater Collection Inspections - manhole inspections, methods.
-Wastewater Cleaning Methods - cleaning/hydraulic/mechanical methods, root cleaning, grease removal, odour management.
-Wastewater Mathematics - math basics, conversions, percentages, length/area/volume, formula manipulation, chemical feed, temperature, Ohm's Law, detention time.
-Wastewater Hydraulics - science of, density, pressure/force/head, flow and velocity, work and power, kilowatts.
-Lift Stations - roles, design, types, components, level control devices, inspections, pump operation, troubleshooting, force mains.
-Wastewater Safety - hazards, tool safety, lock & tag, confined spaces, ladder safety, traffic control, safety programs.
-Administration - role of, employee management, communications, documentation, maintenance programs, disaster planning.
-Glossary and references included.

Inclass: No manuals will be forwarded to students in advance of this course – the instructor will provide all material on-site including a course completion exam.

Home study: Materials will be mailed upon registration. Confirmation of this will be emailed.

Online: Course materials are available immediately upon registration through AWWOA online profile. Further instructions and information about the course are emailed after registration.


$460.00 Must have current AWWOA Membership

$560.00 Non-Members

$345.00 (For in-class courses only) Must have a current AWWOA Membership and be an operator of a small public rural water/wastewater facility.