Wastewater operators training and certification

In Minnesota, wastewater treatment operators must be certified in order to operate and maintain a wastewater treatment facility. The MPCA administers the certification program and provides workshops and conferences to help you stay up to date on your certification

Registration

Online registration is not available at this time.

For registration, call 651-757-2591. For exam information call 651-757-2103 or 800-657-3659 (press 3); Fax: 651-205-4594.

Operator — has full and active responsibility for the operation of a wastewater treatment facility or wastewater collection system. A city manager, superintendent of public works, or other administrator is not considered an operator unless their duties include the day-to-day operation of the facility.

Wastewater treatment facility — any plant, disposal field, lagoon, or other works installed for the purpose of collecting, pumping, treating, stabilizing, or disposing of sewage

Microsoft Office document icon Wastewater and Biosolids Training Manuals Order Form (p-tr2-14)

Need to know

Need to know criteria can help wastewater and collection system operators understand the basic skills necessary to operate a system or run a plant.

 

Annual Collection System Operators Conference

March 23-25, 2020
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Brooklyn Park: 7025 Northland Dr | 763-536-8300 or 800-441-6422
Conference sessions include SA/SB exam refresher, SC/SD exam refresher, regulatory, inflow/infiltration, management, retirement, maintenance, sewer cleaning, lift stations, manhole/pipe rehab, safety, new technology, stormwater, and vendor displays. 16 wastewater contact hours. Exam held at the conference.

PDF icon Annual Collection System Conference brochure and registration form (p-tr2-01)

Annual Wastewater Operations Conference

Conference sessions include: A/B exam refresher, C/D exam refresher, regulatory, stabilization ponds, operation and maintenance, collection systems, new facilities, retirement, laboratory, biosolids, safety. 16 wastewater contact hours or (9) Type IV and (7) wastewater contact hours.

March 25-27, 2020
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest | Brooklyn Park: 7025 Northland Dr (763-536-8300 or 800-441-6422)

PDF icon Annual Wastewater Operations Conference brochure and registration form (p-tr2-05)

Biological nutrient removal

For operators of activated sludge wastewater facilities who are interested in improving process control and biological nutrient removal. Six contact hours.

July 15, 2020
Holiday Inn & Suites | St. Cloud: 75 South 37th Ave (800-315-2621)

Collection system basic seminar

Intended for entry level operators or as a refresher for experienced operators, this seminar covers proper operation and maintenance of wastewater collection systems. Topics include inflow/infiltration, lift stations, collection system cleaning, traffic control, safety, collection system math. 16 wastewater contact hours. Exam held on the last day.

PDF icon Collection system basic seminar agenda (p-tr2-08b)

November 17-19, 2020
Marriott Northwest | Brooklyn Park: 7025 Northland Dr. (763-536-8300 or 800-441-6422)
Exam postmark date: November 4

Industrial byproducts workshop

Recommended for Type IV operators that land apply industrial wastes; such as food processing, wood ash, industrial wastewater sludge, pretreatment sludge and more. Topics include site suitability, application rates, permitting requirements and waste management. Nine contact hours.

PDF icon Frequently asked questions about Type 4 (Land Application) and Type 5 (Spray Irrigation)

Not available in 2020

One-day pump workshop

For those who operate, maintain or troubleshoot pumps. Workshop covers pump maintenance, packing, seals, bearings, control panels, troubleshooting, and a hands-on session. Six contact hours. No exams.

June 17, 2020
General Repair | Vadnais Heights: 3535 International Drive (651-766-0874)

October 14, 2020
Quality Flow | New Prague: 800 6th Street NW (952-758-9445)

Stabilization pond seminar

A must for all stabilization pond operators. This seminar covers pond design, operation and maintenance, discharge procedures and calculations, pump calibration, dissolved oxygen and pH meter demonstrations, troubleshooting, and a field trip to a stabilization pond. 16 contact hours. Exam held on last day.

May 12-14, 2020
Best Western Plus | New Ulm: 2101 S Broadway St (507-359-2941)
Exam postmark date: April 29

Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2020
Grandview Lodge | Nisswa: 23521 Nokomis Ave (866-801-2951)
Exam postmark date: September 17

Type IV (land application) — basic course

For those who want to become certified as Type IV operator or inspector, this course covers site selection, application rates, nitrogen management, reports, field analysis of potential sites, verification of site/soils data, management problems. Individual assistance available, if needed. This course plus six months experience is a prerequisite for taking the Type IV exam.

PDF icon Frequently asked questions about Minnesota waste disposal facility operator/inspector certification: Type 4 (land application) and Type 5 (spray irrigation)

April 14-16, 2020
Courtyard by Marriott | Mankato: 901 Raintree Road (507-388-1234)
Exam postmark date: April 1

Sept. 15-17, 2020
Best Western Plus-Kelly Inn | St. Cloud: 100 4th Ave S (1-855-238-1589)
Exam postmark date:  September 2

Type IV (land application) — refresher course

For operators and inspectors who need to renew their Type IV certificate or who need a refresher. This course reviews land-application management procedures, including all elements of the basic course. Individual assistance available. Nine contact hours. No exam.
Prerequisite: Basic course

May 28, 2020
Craguns Conference Center | Brainerd: 11000 Craguns Dr (866-988-0562)

October 21, 2020
Holiday Inn & Suites | Lakeville: 20800 Kenrick Ave (507-469-1134)

Type V (spray irrigation) basic seminar

Covers permit certification requirements, goals of land treatment, crop management, loading calculations, operations and monitoring. 16 Type V or wastewater contact hours. Exam held on last day.

PDF icon Frequently asked questions about Minnesota waste disposal facility operator/inspector certification: Type 4 (land application) and Type 5 (spray irrigation)

June 16-18, 2020

Holiday Inn & Suites | Owatonna: 2365 43rd St NW (507-446-8900)
Exam postmark date: June 3

Type V (spray irrigation) refresher

This one day refresher covers permit certification requirements, goals of land treatment, crop management, loading calculations, operations and monitoring. Six Type V or wastewater contact hours. No exam.

PDF icon Type V refresher training (spray irrigation): Registration form (p-tr2-46b)

Wastewater treatment basic

A basic- to intermediate-level course geared toward the proper operation and maintenance of biological municipal wastewater treatment facilities. Seminar covers wastewater terminology, secondary treatment types, wastewater math, sampling, reporting and safety. Intended for entry-level operators or as a refresher for experienced operators. 16 contact hours. Exam held on last day.

PDF icon Wastewater Treatment Technology Seminar: Agenda

August 11-13, 2020
Best Western Plus | New Ulm: 2101 S Broadway St (507-359-2941)
Exam postmark date: July 29

December 15-17, 2020
Marriott Northwest | 7025 Northland Dr | Brooklyn Park | 763-536-8300 or 800-441-6422
Exam postmark date: December 2

Certification exams are given at the indicated seminars on the last day of class. Eligibility is determined by experience and/or education requirements. Exam applications must be received 15 days prior to the exam.

Certificates expire three years after being issued. During that time the following contact training hours must be met for renewal:

  • Class A and S-A = 32 hours
  • Class B and S-B = 24 hours
  • Class C and S-C = 16 hours
  • Class D and S-D = 8 hours
  • Type IV = 6 hours
  • Type V = 6 hours

Certification renewal contact training hours are listed in this document. For more information on certification, contact Tracy Finch, tracy.finch@state.mn.us; 651-757-2103 or 800-657-3659 (press 3) Fax: 651-205-4594.

Wastewater training accreditation: Information for trainers

To receive training program approval prior to the course, you must complete this form and submit the following information to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) at least 60 days before the training event.

File Criteria and application for wastewater training accreditation (wq-wwtp8-28)


Wastewater exam dates

March 5, 2020 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Kelly Inn | Saint Cloud: 100 4th Ave S (320-253-0606)
Exam postmark date: Feb. 19, 2020

June 25, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MPCA St. Paul Office | 520 Lafayette Rd
Exam postmark date: June 10, 2020

July 31, 2020 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Timberlake Lodge Hotel | Grand Rapids: 44 Northwest 17th St. (218-326-2600)
Exam postmark date: July 16, 2020

October 9, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Kelly Inn | Saint Cloud: 100 4th Ave S (320-253-0606)
Exam postmark date: Sept. 24, 2020

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