Small Water Systems 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 water treatment and water distribution 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 administers a separate Small Wastewater System Operator Certification Exam.

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 Small Systems 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:

• Water treatment
• Water distribution

For additional certification information, please contact Alberta Environment at 780-405-0437 or 780-427-7713 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.

NOTE: Graduates of the NAIT Water & Wastewater Technician Program will NOT get additional CEUs for the completion of this course. Please be aware of the CEU implications when registering for this course. Contact Alberta Environment for information.

Delivery Formats

Online, Home Study,


Topics Include:
-Small Water System - facility classification and operator certification, responsibilities, water supply and treatment regulations, potable water treatment standards
-Support Systems - introduction, pumps, valves, basic electricity, instrumentation and controls
-Water Sources & Treatment - groundwater and surface water quality, supply & treatment, special treatment processes, treatment waste handling and disposal
-Water Distribution Systems - piped distribution systems, potable water storage reservoirs, distribution pumps, system operation & maintenance
-Water System Operation - sampling, testing and reporting, maintenance management, safety, operating procedures & records, emergency response plans, drinking water safety plan
-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.