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    A number of colleges and universities offer programs in wastewater treatment and water quality technology. NEIWPCC has generated the following list of some of the more prominent programs in the Northeast. Please be aware that this list is by no means comprehensive.  Contact NEIWPCC at 978-323-7929 if you are aware of a program that should be added to the list. 



    Connecticut community colleges offer various programs in the water and wastewater fields.


    Wastewater Certificate

    The six Connecticut Community Colleges listed below offer this program. The Wastewater Certificate program configuration offers a multi-campus program that responds to Connecticut's environmental needs, that is consistent with established state environmental requirements and standards, and that uses available resources most efficiently and effectively.
    The curriculum has been designed cooperatively with the Department of Environmental Protection so that the courses will best meet the needs of wastewater treatment plant operations in hiring new employees and in preparing current employees for Class I and II Wastewater Certification examinations.
    The certificate also offers students an entry into the College of Technology Technological Studies Pathway degree program. Students who complete the Wastewater Certificate program will have fulfilled almost half the requirements for the pathway program, with the four specialized wastewater courses fulfilling the 12 credits of electives for the degree program. That associate in science degree will then transfer in its entirety to Central Connecticut State University for students who choose an environmental technology baccalaureate program.


    Advanced Wastewater Certificate

    The Advanced Wastewater Certificate will offer students a core of courses to prepare them for certification as Wastewater III and Wastewater IV Operators. The Community Colleges in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Protection developed the certificate program in response to legislation requiring certification.


    Associates in Environmental Science - Wastewater Option

    Naugatuck Valley Community College offers this option. The environmental science degree provides students with a foundation in the basic sciences and provides the opportunity to tailor to the students’ interests with a choice of options. The Wastewater Option is designed to introduce students to the safe and effective operation of wastewater treatment plants, to introduce students to applications of the theoretical principles of wastewater treatment processes, and to provide a foundation in the basic sciences.  Upon completion of the degree, students may directly enter the workforce or continue their education at a four-year institution.

    Associates in Technological Studies - Wastewater Option Capital, Gateway, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern Connecticut and Three Rivers Community Colleges will offer the following option to provide a focus for students who desire to concentrate their attention on Wastewater.

    The Option is designed to introduce students to the safe and effective operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants; to introduce students to applications of the theoretical principles of wastewater treatment processes, using specific examples from wastewater treatment laboratories; to introduce students to the safe and effective operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities with an emphasis on larger, conventional treatment plants; to provide students the opportunity to participate in an internship at an operating wastewater treatment facility and to provide current employees of wastewater treatment facilities an avenue of study that will lead to an associate's degree and transfer to the state university.

     Asnuntuck Community College



    Capital Community College- Hartford, CT

    (860) 906-5000 or (800) 894-6126


    Gateway Community College-New Haven, CT

    Call Wesley Winterbottom at 203-285-2354


    Middlesex Community College- Middletown, CT


    Naugatuck Valley Community College- Waterbury, CT

    (203) 575-8040


    Three Rivers Community College- Norwich, CT

    Go to Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT - COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY: TECHNOLOGY STUDIES





    York Community College- Wells, ME


    Certificate of Business Management for Wastewater                                                                                  The Certificate of Business Management for Wastewater is a program combining the technical training at the wastewater utilities with relevant business management courses.  The program if offered to train students for management roles at utilities.                           

    Technical Training – Applicants are required to hold Grade III Operators Certificate or be eligible to sit for the exam during the course of study with the expectation of earning the certificate while in the program.  Technical training will be conducted under the direction of the Apprenticeship Program managed by the Maine Department of Labor (MEDOL) at  utilities throughout the state. Any applicant who holds a Grade III Operators Certificate can opt out of the apprenticeship program by passing a proficiency exam designed to assess their knowledge of plant operations.                                            

    Business Management Training - The Business Management curriculum is designed to prepare participants to manage the business of a wastewater utility.  It includes the financial, regulatory, public relations, operations, human resource and leadership roles of the job. The program addresses the day-to-day and the overall management responsibilities of a utility manager.



    Cape Cod Community College

    Contact Bethany Brady 508-362-2131 x4468


    Wastewater Management Certificate

    Overview: This program provides training for students in wastewater collection and treatment systems. Water chemistry, toxicology, and microbiology will be covered so that students will know the basic processes and common parameters used to measure wastewater at the various stages of treatment. The courses cover the mechanical operation of the systems, an introduction to computer data gathering, and process control and the laws ant regulations covering wastewater so that students will have an understanding of their significance.


    Career Outlook:

    Students will have the knowledge and ability to operate, maintain and/or manage many of the waste streams that exist today and will be prepared to sit for the state operator’s municipal and/or industrial license.


    Water Supply Certificate

    Overview: This certificate provides students with up-to-date knowledge of the physical and chemical principles of drinking water supply and the basic framework for the practical application of science and mathematics to assess and solve water supply problems.  They will understand the functioning of related equipment and support systems and the responsibilities required in safely operating and maintaining a water supply system.  They will learn the significance of the laws and regulations covering water supply.


    Career Outlook: Completion of the Water Supply Certificate prepares a student to obtain a position at a municipal drinking water treatment facility or to conduct drinking water testing by a Board of Health. This certificate is appropriate for students with advanced degrees seeking additional technical training.


    University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Contact the continuing education program at 978-934-2489


    Wastewater Treatment

    The demand for municipal; and industrial wastewater treatment plant operators is expected to increase well into the next decade. In response to the demand, UMass Lowell is offering the Certificate in Wastewater Treatment. This certificate program prepares students for all level of state certification required to manage and operate a modern wastewater treatment facility. The program consists of seven courses that, when taken together, demonstrate expertise in the field of wastewater treatment. The program is designed for individuals seeking to enter the field of wastewater treatment and for those in the field who want to upgrade their skills or achieve a higher level of state certification. Courses in the program cover both municipal and industrial treatment plant operations.


    Springfield Community Technical College

    (413) 755-4501


    The Center for Business and Technology plans to offer the following continuing education courses:


    New Hampshire


    New Hampshire Community Technical College-Berlin Campus

    Contact-Admissions: 1-800-445-4525


    Water Quality Technology Certificate

    The Water Quality Technology program offers an environmentally oriented course of study with three options: an Associate Degree, a one year diploma program, or a short-term certificate program. The two-year degree program features a combination of environmental and science courses providing a study of water and wastewater treatments. Students also learn about collection and distribution systems and plant maintenance and hydraulics. In addition to their coursework, students may work one day a week in one of several local treatment facilities as part of an independent study in the fall and spring semesters of the senior year. Upon completion of the two year program, graduates pursue jobs as technicians in wastewater treatment facilities or municipal drinking water plants. Graduates are also prepared for state certification exams in both water and wastewater. The one year diploma program allows the student to specialize in either water or wastewater treatment and prepares graduates for entry-level positions and certification. It also leaves open the option of earning an associate degree at a later date.


    New York

    SUNY Delhi- New York Onsite Wastewater Treatment Training Network                                                  (607) 746 - 4152

    Foundations of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems                                                                       Objective: Foundations of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems is designed as a two-day course providing an introduction to the biology of wastewater treatment, system design, system components, the importance of soil classification, recognizing system failures, and the technologies available to avoid pollution. Course structure is highly interactive, includes classroom exercises and reference manuals.

    Soil Analysis for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems                                                                 Objective: Soil Analysis for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (Septic Systems) is designed as a one-day course providing guidelines for making soil evaluations and other field investigations for onsite septic systems. Extensive discussions include soil physical characteristics, test-pit analysis, percolation tests, liquid flow in soils, seasonal water tables, terminology and data collection. The workshop is intended for all individuals with an interest in Onsite Wastewater Treatment, especially field professionals and system installers.

    Inspection of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems                                                                      Objective: Inspection of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems is a one-day introductory course in which participants gain the basic skills required of an inspector.  Classroom presentation and exercises train participants in performing and documenting uniform inspections of individual and residential onsite wastewater treatment systems in New York State.

    This course is intended for individuals with an interest in onsite wastewater treatment, especially field professionals.  Course structure is highly interactive, incorporating classroom exercises and applied use of reference materials. Certificate of completion reflects 7.5 contact hours of training.

    Installation of Residential Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems                                                         Objective: Learn all you can to achieve more successful installations. This course covers critical installation elements and procedures, comprehensive review of design plans, the essentials of installation requirements, and installation tips to avoid problems.


    Rhode Island


    University of Rhode Island- New England Onsite Wastewater Training Program

    Holly Meehan, Training Coordinator- 401-874-5950


    The New England Onsite Wastewater Training Program is located at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI. The program offers classroom and field training experience for wastewater professionals, regulators, municipal and state officials, watershed groups, and homeowners. A primary component of the program is the Onsite Wastewater Training Center ("OWTC") located at the University's Peckham Farm. It is a demonstration and field training facility for both conventional and innovative and alternative septic system technologies. The OWTC is one of eight regional centers in the nation and has been in operation since 1993. It is operated in partnership with over 40 private sector contractors, the RI Department of Environmental Management, the USEPA and others. There are twenty-two full scale systems constructed above ground for hands-on learning at the OWTC. Additionally, there are over fifty demonstration and research systems installed in six Rhode Island communities.




    Moraine Park Technical College


    Moraine Park Technical College offers a Water Quality Technician associate degree. is dedicated to online learning opportunities for individuals interested in expanding their knowledge of municipal or industrial water quality or wastewater quality management. You can earn your associate degree completely online. Since all you need to complete your degree is a computer and Internet access, you can earn your degree at your own pace.


    American Water College

    805-463-2314 Email:

    American Water College Certificate programs offer flexibility with their self-paced structure.  You can devote as much time as you wish to complete the certificate program.  These programs follow a modular format.  You will be required to complete a series of classes at your own pace.  After completion of each class, a certificate of class completion will be issued.  This allows you to use your coursework for any continuing education requirements you may have to meet.  (Check with your state agency for approval)


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