Training Opportunities


Basic Groundwater Course for Small Systems: Feb 11-13, 2020 – Richmond, Virginia

Basic Water Chemistry for Waterworks Operators:- Feb 19, 2020


Hands-on Training at a Full Scale Water Plant: cancelled due to COVID-19

Broadcast: TBD: March 18, 2020


Applied Math and Basic Science for Waterworks Operators: cancelled due to COVID-19

Broadcast:TBD: April 15, 2020


Operation and Maintenance of Distribution Systems: cancelled due to COVID-19

Broadcast:TBD: May 20, 2020


Groundwater Math for Small Systems: cancelled due to COVID-19

Broadcast:TBD: June 17, 2020


Management, Methods, and Money: Understanding Concepts in Capacity Development: cancelled due to COVID-19

Broadcast:TBD: June 15, 2020


Water Treatment Plant Operators Short Courses: Aug 3-7, 2020- Blacksburg, Virginia


Establishing a Successful and Sustainable Waterworks: Revenues, Rates and Funding: Sept 1-4, 2020- Richmond, Virginia

Broadcast:TBD: Sept 16, 2020

Operations and Maintenance of Distribution Systems: Sept 28-Oct 2, 2020-Roanoke, Virginia


Broadcast:TBD: Oct 21, 2020

Contaminants of Concern: Oct 20-22, 2020- Blacksburg, Virginia

Hands-On Training at a Full Scale Water Treatment Plant: Oct 29-30, 2020- Salem Virginia


Ground Water Math for Small Systems: Nov 4-6, 2020- Roanoke, Virginia



Operator Education Opportunities There are many options to get training whether for Continuing Professional Education, substitution for experience, or just staying abreast of changes in the drinking water industry. Training is available by attending a resident course (or event training) or by enrolling in distance learning instruction. Distance learning courses may be correspondence courses, online learning and other computer based training, or broadcasts using satellites or video conferencing. Click on the links to find a course that is right for you.

Resident Training Courses These courses require operators to attend in person, and in addition to registration fees, may require travel, per diem, and lodging expenses. There are several nonprofit organizations that provide event training for waterworks operators. Some of these offering standing programs include: the Advanced Operator Short Schools, Mountain Empire Community College, the Southeast-RCAP, Virginia Rural Water Association, Virginia Section-AWWA, and the Continuing Education Division of Virginia Tech.

Waterworks Operator Short Courses. There are three levels to the Short Courses offered at Virginia Tech in the July-August time frame of each year. The courses are designed in a building block manner that the curricula for levels two and three are based on having completed the previous level.

The first course, Year 1, is an introductory level course emphasizing core subjects, such as disinfection, hydrologic cycle, and operator math. The second level, Year 2, examines groundwater production and hydrogeology, begins investigating the treatment of surface source water, and continues course work on core subjects. The third level, Year 3, strictly focuses on the unit treatment processes of surface source water and how to optimize these treatment processes.

For more information on the short courses and registration, click here.

ODW-Virginia Tech Speciality Courses

ODW-Virginia Tech Professional Development Workshops (free at 12 locations near you)

Southeast Rural Community Assistance Program (check the calendar)

Virginia Section AWWA (check the calendar)

Water Jam    ( )

AWWA- Operator information (

Virginia Rural Water Association (check the calendar)

Distance Learning. There are several ways to take distance learning—by correspondence, online, or computer-based training. Operators benefit from being able to proceed at their own pace. The Montana Water Center course is free and be taken online or a CD-ROM can be ordered if a high speed Internet connection is not available.

NEW! Virginia Western Community College: Career Studies Program for Water and Wastewater Operations Now Available by Webcast.

Mountain Empire Community College. Water/Wastewater Courses are now on the Web and can be applied to an Environmental Associate Degree at Mountain Empire Community College. Courses include applied information on Physics, Chemistry, Microbiology, Electricity, Hydraulics, Hydrology, along with other science and engineering information. Labs may be taken at a plant in your area under approved supervision. Website information is free.Click here for more information.

AWWA – Becoming a Certified Operator , eLearning

CDC’s Online Training on Water Fluoridation for Waterworks Operators

CSU (Sacramento) Correspondence Courses

Montana Water Center. Operator Basic Training Series (groundwater only available, but a surface water source online course is under development).