Water Treatment Plant Operations Correspondence Course


15.0 CEUs


The course covers the practical aspects of operating a water treatment plant, including coagulation, sedimentation, U.V. disinfection, and rapid sand and membrane filtration. It has been designed to keep the content pertinent to on-the-job operations.

NOTE: This is an in-depth course and an operator must be prepared to commit significant time to complete it successfully.

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

• Water treatment
• Water distribution


This course is available through correspondence only.

Registrants should be employed by a municipality and actively working in a water treatment plant. Operators MUST have access to a plant that uses coagulation, sedimentation, and filtration to register for this course – some testing equipment is required.

Course Completion Exam:
At the end of the course a completion exam will be given (proctor required). It consists of approx. 45 questions with a total mark out of 100. The exam has a mix of short answer, fill in the blanks and multiple choice questions. An overall minimum of 70% is needed to achieve a passing grade. If unsuccessful, one rewrite will be allowed.

Delivery Formats

Home Study,


Topics Include:
• Facets of water supply
• Chemistry & water quality
• Bacteria and algae
• The physical plant
• Pumping rates
• Chemical feeders
• pH and alkalinity
• Coagulation studies
• Sedimentation basics
• Filtration alternatives
• Corrosion control
• Chlorination of water & testing
• Safety
• Ph and alkalinity
• Disinfection of water
• General plant safety

Materials for this course will be mailed out upon registration with an email confirmation. It consists of a manual and participant workbook (combined) with 15 unit review mail-in lessons and a Water Treatment Plant Operators Handbook.

Registrants have a maximum of one year from receipt of the material to complete this course.


$520.00 Must have current AWWOA Membership

$620.00 Non-Members