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

PDF icon 2018 MPCA Wastewater Operator Training Schedule and Registration (p-tr2-10)

PDF icon Type V Basic (Spray Irrigation) Training (p-tr2-46)

Online registration is not available at this time.

For registration and exam information call 651-757-2103 or 800-657-3659 (press 3) Fax: 651-297-8676

Microsoft Office document icon Wastewater Certification Exam: Application form (wq-wwtp8-00)

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

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 19-21, 2018
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 on the last day.

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

PDF icon Collection System Operators Conference program (p-tr2-03)


Annual Wastewater Operations Conference

March 21-23, 2018
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.

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

PDF icon Wastewater Operations Conference program (p-tr2-06)


Advanced wastewater treatment (activated sludge)

For operators of activated sludge wastewater facilities who are interested in improving process control and biological nutrient removal. Six contact hours. No exam.

Nothing scheduled at this time.


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 13-15, 2018
Jimmy’s Conference Center | 1132 East County Road East | Vadnais Heights | 651-484-2400
Exam postmark date: October 31
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 20, 2018
General Repair | 3535 International Drive | Vadnais Heights | 651-766-0874

August 8, 2018
Minnesota Pump Works | 1 Cannon St | Dundas | 507-645-8004

November 28, 2018
Electric Pump | 201 4th Ave Southwest | New Prague | 952-758-6600


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 8-10, 2018
Best Western Plus | 2101 S Broadway St | New Ulm | 507-359-2941
Exam postmark date: April 25

October 9-11, 2018
Grandview Lodge | 23521 Nokomis Ave | Brainerd | 218-722-1202
Exam postmark date: September 26


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 17-19, 2018
Country Inn & Suites | 1900 Premier Drive | Mankato | 507-388-8555
Exam postmark date: April 4

September 11-13, 2018
Jimmy’s Conference Center | 1132 East County Road East | Vadnais Heights | 651-484-2400
Exam postmark date:  August 29

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 23-24, 2018
Craguns Conference Center | 11000 Cragun Drive | Brainerd | 218-825-2852

For Hotel Reservations:  https://craguns.formstack.com/forms/mpca_refresher_biosolids_2018

October 23-24, 2018
Country Inn & Suites | 1900 Premier Drive | Mankato | 507-388-8555

March 21-22, 2018
Marriott Northwest | 7025 Northland Drive North | Brooklyn Park | 763-536-8300
Session offered at MPCA Annual Wastewater Conference


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.

May 30 –June 1, 2018
Canadian Honker Events at Apache: Rochester | 1517 16th Street SW | 507-529-7327

 

PDF icon Type V Basic (Spray Irrigation) Training (p-tr2-46)

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.

Nothing scheduled at this time.


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.

June 12-14, 2018
Country Inn & Suites | 1900 Premier Drive | Mankato | 507-388-8555
Exam postmark date: May 30

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

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

March 8, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Kelly Inn | 100 4th Ave S | Saint Cloud | 320-253-0606
Exam postmark date: Feb. 21, 2018

May 3, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Vermilion Community College | 1900 E. Camp St. | Ely | 218-365-7200
Exam postmark date: April 18

May 10, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MPCA St. Paul Office | 520 Lafayette Rd
Exam postmark date: April 25

June 21, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MPCA St. Paul Office | 520 Lafayette Rd
Exam postmark date: June 6

July 27, 2018 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Timberlake Lodge Hotel | 44 Northwest 17th St. | Grand Rapids | 218-326-2600
Exam postmark date: July 12

August 16, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MPCA St. Paul Office | 520 Lafayette Rd
Exam postmark date: August 1

October 12, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Kelly Inn | 100 4th Ave S | Saint Cloud | 320-253-0606
Exam postmark date: Sept. 27

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