Small Wastewater System Operations


0.6 CEUs


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

It is designed to assist the operator with the operation and maintenance of small wastewater treatment and collection systems. It is an introductory course intended for operators of Class I facilities employed in municipalities with a population up to 500.

Completion of this course is only one part of the prerequisite for Small System Certification. Alberta Environment and Parks administers a separate Small Wastewater System Operator Certification Exam.

NOTE: Applicants who wish to write the certification exam must qualify and MUST apply to Alberta Environment prior to the deadline during the application window for exams. To qualify, successful completion of this course must be achieved prior to the submission of the certificaiton exam application (paper or online) with the
course certification attached.

For additional certification information, please contact Alberta Environment and Parks at 780-427-7713 or 780-405-0437 or email:


Course Completion Exam:
At the end of the course (in any format) a completion exam will be given. It consists of 25 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:
-Small Wastewater Systems - facility classification and operator certification, responsibilities, wastewater collection and treatment regulations, wastewater treatment performance standards
-Support Systems - introduction, pumps, valves, basic electricity, instrumentation and controls
-Wastewater and Storm Water Collection - system components, lift stations, collection system inspection, testing, cleaning as well as operation and maintenance. Plus system rehabilitation and odour control & mitigation.
-Wastewater Treatment - introduction, wastewater sources, sanitary wastewater characteristics, treatment methods, stabilization ponds (lagoon systems)
-Wastewater System Operation - operator tasks, wastewater quality monitoring testing & reporting, safety, facility maintenance, operating procedures & records, emergency planning
-Glossary and appendices 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.


$300.00 Must have current AWWOA Membership

$400.00 Non-Members

$225.00 (For in-class courses only) Must have a current AWWOA Membership and be an operator of a small public rural water/wastewater facility.