Water/Wastewater

Water/Wastewater

Upgrade or Recertify in Wastewater Operations

Since 1974, Kirkwood Community College has offered a statewide water and wastewater workshop program for operator upgrade and recertification.

Currently, this program delivers a number of short, subject-specific workshops designed to upgrade the skills of existing operators and basic training classes in water and wastewater treatment for entry-level operators.

Each workshop lasts from one to four days and covers specific subjects such as pump maintenance, chlorination chemistry, and worker safety regulations.

There are a variety of self-study modules developed to aid the operator in basic plant process operation. The courses are all based on the texts developed by the California State University, Sacramento, Office of Water Programs. These self-study modules require completion of sample problem sets and exercises, as well as monitored evaluations where the operator must achieve a score of 70% to receive completion credit and advance to the next module.

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Important Update:
In the best interest of the operators, presenters and staff, the decision was made to cancel the 2020 Water and Wastewater conferences. We waited as long as we could in hopes that the pandemic would have lessened in the state of Iowa. However, COVID-19 continues to plague our state and in some areas it has worsened. We hope you understand our position and we look forward to hosting the conferences again in 2021.

Kirkwood Community College is an approved issuing agency for Water & Wastewater Recertification & Upgrade. The state of Iowa requires all licensed water and wastewater operators to maintain certification through the completion of approved educational course offerings. Grade I and II water/wastewater operators are required to complete 10 hours (1.0 CEU), Grade III and IV water/wastewater operators must complete 20 hours (2.0 CEU) of training every two years. The current renewal period is April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2021.

As an operator, you are responsible for keeping a record of all continuing education courses you have taken in the current renewal period. Kirkwood Community College has developed a tracking system for you for classes that have come through us for processing.

Please note: If you have taken classes through other community colleges or other agencies that no longer process their CEUs through Kirkwood Community College, they will no longer be listed on your transcript.

To request a CEU transcript through Kirkwood please e-mail contactce@kirkwood.edu.

The Iowa DNR recognizes the following courses for Water Treatment, Water Distribution and Wastewater CEUs. Kirkwood Community College is an approved issuing agency. The State of Iowa requires all licensed water and wastewater operators to maintain certification through the completion of approved educational course offerings. Grade I and II Water/Wastewater operators are required to complete 10 hours (1.0 CEU), Grade III and IV Water/Wastewater operators 20 hours (2.0 CEU) of training every two years. The current renewal period is April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2021.

The Environmental Training Center at Kirkwood Community College is sponsoring a variety of courses offered at several locations throughout the state.

Please view the following PDF for a list of approved and unapproved training topics prepared by IDNR in cooperation with the Iowa joint Operator Certification and Training Coordination Committee for Certified Water and Wastewater Operators. To view the PDF with the complete list please click here.

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Kirkwood Community College

Continuing Education

319-398-1022

contactce@kirkwood.edu