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

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 25-27, 2019
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.

Brochure and registration form coming soon

Annual Wastewater Operations Conference

March 25-27, 2019
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Brooklyn Park: 7025 Northland Dr. | 763-536-8300 or 800-441-6422
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.

Brochure and registration form coming soon

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, 2019 Date and location to be determine.

No exams

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.

November 19-21, 2019
Jimmy’s Conference Center | 1132 East County Road East | Vadnais Heights | 651-484-2400
Exam postmark date: November 6
PDF icon Collection system basic seminar agenda (p-tr2-08b)

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.

No dates scheduled at this time.
PDF icon Frequently asked questions about Type 4 (Land Application) and Type 5 (Spray Irrigation)

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 19, 2019
General Repair | 3535 International Drive | Vadnais Heights | 651-766-0874

October 24, 2019
Minnesota Pump Works | 1036 Aspen Ave SE, Bldg B | Menahga | 218-564-6088

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 7-9, 2019
Holiday Inn & Suites | 2365 43rd St NW | Owatonna | 507-446-8900
Exam postmark date: April 24

October 1-3, 2019
Arrowwood Lodge | 6967 Lake Forest Rd | Baxter | 218-822-5634
Exam postmark date: September 18

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.

April 16-18, 2019
Holiday Inn & Suites | 2365 43rd St NW | Owatonna | 507-446-8900
Exam postmark date: April 3

September 10-12, 2019
Holiday Inn & Suites | 75 S 37th Ave | St. Cloud | 1-800-315-2621
Exam postmark date:  August 28

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

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 29-30, 2019
Arrowwood Lodge | 6967 Lake Forest Rd | Baxter | 218-822-5634

For Hotel Reservations:  https://arrowwoodbrainerdlodge.com

October 22-23, 2019
Holiday Inn & Suites | 1701 4th St NW | Austin | 507-433-8900

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.

Not available in 2019

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

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.

March 26, 2019.

Minneapolis Marriott |7025 Northland Dr. | Brooklyn Park |763-536-8300 or 800-441-6422

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.

December 11-13, 2018
Jimmy’s Conference Center | 1132 East County Road East | 651-484-2400
Exam postmark date: November 28

August 13-15, 2019
Holiday Inn & Suites | 75 S 37th Ave | St. Cloud | 1-800-315-2621
Exam postmark date: July 31

December 17-19, 2019
Jimmy’s Conference Center | 1132 East County Road East | 651-484-2400
Exam postmark date: December 4

PDF icon Wastewater Treatment Technology Seminar: Agenda

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 = 9 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

January 30, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MPCA St. Paul Office | 520 Lafayette Rd
Exam postmark date: January 15, 2019

March 7, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Kelly Inn | 100 4th Ave S | Saint Cloud | 320-253-0606
Exam postmark date: Feb. 20, 2019

May 2, 2019 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
MPCA Duluth Office | 525 Lake Ave S
Exam postmark date: April 17, 2019

June 27, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MPCA St. Paul Office | 520 Lafayette Rd
Exam postmark date: June 6, 2019

July 26, 2019 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Timberlake Lodge Hotel | 44 Northwest 17th St. | Grand Rapids | 218-326-2600
Exam postmark date: July 12, 2019

August 16, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MPCA St. Paul Office | 520 Lafayette Rd
Exam postmark date: August 1, 2019

October 2, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Kelly Inn | 100 4th Ave S | Saint Cloud | 320-253-0606
Exam postmark date: Sept. 17, 2019

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