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.

 

Wastewater operator training calendar

 

Registration

PDF icon 2022 Wastewater operator training calendar and registration (p-tr2-10)

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.

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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.

Wastewater training accreditation: Information for trainers

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

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.

Annual conferences

The annual Wastewater Collection Systems Conference and the Wastewater Operations Conference were held as online-only events in 2022.

Trainings, workshops, seminars

Wastewater mini sessions

Upcoming online-only training events. No exams. Contact hours: 2 Wastewater.

Collection system basic seminar

Intended for entry level operators or as a refresher for experienced operators. Covers proper operation and maintenance of wastewater collection systems. Topics include inflow/infiltration, lift stations, collection system cleaning, traffic control, safety, collection system math, and more. Exams offered on the last day. Contact hours: 16 Wastewater.

Industrial byproducts workshop

Recommended for Type IV operators that land apply industrial wastes, including food processing, wood ash, industrial wastewater sludge, pretreatment sludge and more. Topics include site suitability, application rates, permitting requirements and waste management. Contact hours: 9 Wastewater. Typically offered every other year, as in-person event and as an online webinar.

  • No class scheduled in 2022

One-day pump workshop

Recommended for those who operate, maintain or troubleshoot pumps. Covers pump maintenance, packing, seals, bearings, control panels, troubleshooting, and a hands-on session. No exams. Contact hours: 6. This workshop is only offered as an in-person event.

Stabilization pond seminar

A must for all stabilization pond operators. Covers pond design, operation and maintenance, discharge procedures and calculations, pump calibration, dissolved oxygen and pH meter demonstrations, and troubleshooting. In-person seminars may also include a field trip to a stabilization pond. Exam offered on the last day. Contact hours: 16.

  • No class scheduled at this time

Type IV (land application) basic course

This course is recommended for those who want to become certified as Type IV operator or inspector. Covers site selection, application rates, nitrogen management, reports, field analysis of potential sites, verification of site/soils data, management problems. Exam offered on the last day. Contact hours: 16.

  • No class scheduled at this time

Type IV (land application) refresher course

Recommended for operators and inspectors who need to renew their Type IV certificate or who need a refresher. Reviews land-application management procedures, including all elements of the basic course. No exam. Contact hours (6).

  • No class scheduled at this time

Type V (spray irrigation) basic seminar

Training is offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota. Recommended for entry-level spray irrigation operators or as a review for experienced spray operators. Topics covered include permit certification requirements, goals of land treatment, crop management, loading calculations, operations and monitoring. Exam offered on the last day. Contact hours: 16 Wastewater or 16 Type V.

  • No class scheduled at this time

Type V (spray irrigation) refresher

This one-day refresher is offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota. Recommended for spray irrigation operators who want to review permit certification requirements, essential goals and objectives of land treatment, crop management, loading calculations, operations and monitoring. No exam. Contact hours: 6 Wastewater or 6 Type V.

  • No class scheduled at this time

Wastewater treatment basic

A basic- to intermediate-level course geared toward the proper operation and maintenance of biological wastewater treatment facilities. Covers wastewater terminology, secondary treatment types, wastewater math, sampling process and procedures, reporting, safety and more. This course is intended for entry-level operators or as a refresher for experienced operators. Exam offered on the last day. Contact hours: 16.

Certification exams

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 exam dates

Registration for individual exam sessions may be capped.

  • June 23, 2022, 8 a.m. to Noon
    Jimmy’s Event Center, Vadnais Heights
    3565 Labore Road, Vadnais Heights (55110)
    Must be postmarked by June 8

  • July 29, 2022, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Minnesota Wastewater Operators Association (MWOA), Timberlake Lodge, Grand Rapids
    144 SE 17th Street, Grand Rapids (55744)
    Must be postmarked by July 14

  • August 11, 2022, 8 a.m. to Noon
    Jimmy’s Event Center, Vadnais Heights
    3565 Labore Road, Vadnais Heights (55110)
    Must be postmarked by July 27

  • September 1, 2022, 8 a.m. to Noon
    Jimmy’s Event Center, Vadnais Heights
    3565 Labore Road, Vadnais Heights (55110)
    Must be postmarked by August 17

  • November 17, 2022, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park
    7025 Northland Drive North, Brooklyn Park (55428)
    Must be postmarked by November 2

  • December 15, 2022, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park
    7025 Northland Drive North, Brooklyn Park (55428)
    Must be postmarked by November 30

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