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.


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