Membrane Treatment in Wastewater


1.2 CEUs


The Edmonton offering on May 30 & 31, 2024 has been cancelled. Registrants have been notified of their options via email.

This two day course is an opportunity to become familiar with or to increase your knowledge of how membrane filtration works within wastewater treatment.

Membrane filtration is not a new concept; however, it is a relatively new process within the wastewater industry and one that is increasingly used. As more plants install membrane systems, a basic familiarity with this treatment process will benefit operators. If your plant is considering a membrane system, this course will help you understand the available types of membrane systems and which system may work best for your operation.

As membrane processes are highly automated, installation of a membrane system changes the operator’s role. However, operators still need to understand the equipment and instrumentation and how to monitor and maintain the membrane system. A good understanding of related documentation will help you operate and troubleshoot your membrane system.

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

• Wastewater treatment


Note: If you have previously taken this course through Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence (EWMCE) please be aware of the CEU implications of retaking the same course. Contact Alberta Environment for information.

Delivery Formats

There are no available options for this course at this time - please contact .


The training is divided into four sections:

  1. Introduction to Membrane Filtration
  2. Membrane Hydraulics
  3. Membrane System Operation and Control
  4. Troubleshooting

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the benefits of membrane filtration.
  • Classify membranes in 5 ways.
  • Compare conventional and membrane biological nutrient removal.
  • Describe types of regulations governing wastewater in Alberta.
  • Explain how membranes are used in wastewater treatment and reuse.
  • Explain the basic principles of how membranes function.
  • Identify the major differences between submerged and external membranes.
  • Explain membrane fouling.
  • List the various types of membrane cleans and explain how to assess the efficacy of a clean.
  • Identify the main operation cycles of a membrane system.
  • Explain why monitoring trends is important in membrane system operation, and what these trends can show.
  • Match an operator response level to the severity of an alarm.
  • Describe a basic troubleshooting process.


No manuals will be forwarded to students in advance of this course – the instructor will provide all material on-site.


$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.