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Continuing Education for Water Treatment Industry

Operators currently in the field may take single courses (modules) to meet the mandatory continuing education units (CEUs) defined by the EOCP or for their own general interest.

These courses are also CEU approved in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Each course costs $257.71.  Textbooks are not included in this price.  For information on textbooks: please contact the TRU Bookstore by phone: 250-828-5141 for current prices and/or ordering.

For further information, please contact Satwinder Paul by email: spaul@tru.ca or by phone: 250-371-5955.

 

Course
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Course Name
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XWTP 0010 Water Supply Hydrology
XWTP 0020 Ground and Surface Sources
XWTP 0030 Water Supply Protection
XWTP 0050 Small Water System Operations
XWTP 0060 Basic Principles of Sedimentation and Filtration
XWTP 0070 Basic Principles of Disinfection and Water Storage
XWTP 0090 Applied Operation Math
XWTP 0100 Basic Hydraulics
XWTP 0110 Basic Water Chemistry
XWTP 0130 Pipes, Valves and Fittings
XWTP 0140 Basic Principles of Pumps
XWTP 0150 Cross Connection Control
XWTP 0170 Environmental Legislation
XWTP 0180 Occupational Health and Safety
XWTP 0190 Communications
XWTP 0210 Electrical Principles
XWTP 0220 Testing Electrical Circuits and Safe Work Practices
XWTP 0230 Basics of Electrical Motors and Motor Control
XWTP 0250 Instrumentation Principles
XWTP 0260 Process Measurement
XWTP 0270 Final Control Elements
XWTP 0290 Moving Water
XWTP 0300 Major Process Equipment
XWTP 0310 Secondary Process Equipment
XWTP 0330 Coagulation
XWTP 0340 pH Control and Water Softening
XWTP 0350 Oxidation Reactions
XWTP 0450 Advanced Motor Control and Basic Digital Techniques
XWTP 0460 Basic Electronic Devices and Speed Drives
XWTP 0470 Basic of Programmable Logic Controllers
XWTP 0490 Introduction to Water Chemistry
XWTP 0500 Inorganic Species in Water
XWTP 0510 Organic Species in Water
XWTP 0530 Advanced Coagulation and Emerging Technologies
XWTP 0540 Dissolved Air Floatation and Jar Testing Procedures
XWTP 0550 Clarifiers
XWTP 0570 The History, Mechanisms, and Classifications of Filters
XWTP 0580 Slow and Rapid Sand Filtration
XWTP 0590 Membrane and Alternative Filtration Techniques
XWTP 0610 Basic Principles of Disinfection
XWTP 0620 Standard Disinfection Practices
XWTP 0630 Advanced Disinfection and Fluoridation Practices
XWTP 0690 Introduction to Microbiology and Toxicology
XWTP 0700 Microbiology
XWTP 0710 Toxicology
XWTP 0770 Computers in Industry
XWTP 0780 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers
XWTP 0790 Industrial Communications and SCADA Systems
XWTP 0810 People Management
XWTP 0820 Asset and Operations Management
XWTP 0830 Financial Management

 

XWTP 0010 Water Supply Hydrology

This course represents the first portion of XWTP 170 Water Sources. The course is designed to teach the student basic water supply hydrology and explain how water moves and changes as it moves across the surface and through the subsurface of the earth. In addition, key water quality terminology as well as general volume and flow topics will be discussed.

Required Text: Principles and Practices of Water Supply Operations-Source Waters. American Water Works Association. ISBN: 1-58321-229-9. 
 

XWTP 0020 Ground and Surface Sources

This course represents the second portion of XWTP 170 Water Sources. The course is designed to give the student an understanding of how raw source water is supplied to domestic drinking water systems. Identifying systems, operation and maintenance procedures for both ground and surface sources are covered.

Required Text: Principles and Practices of Water Supply Operations-Source Waters. American Water Works Association. ISBN: 1-58321-229-9.

 

XWTP 0030 Water Supply Protection

This course represents the third portion of XWTP 170 Water Sources. The course is designed to give the student an understanding of what environmental factors influence source waters, what pre-planning can be done to provide alternatives sources should the usual supply become unusable and what efforts can be made to protect source waters for future generations.

Required Text: Principles and Practices of Water Supply Operations-Source Waters. American Water Works Association. ISBN: 1-58321-229-9.

 

XWTP 0050 Small Water System Operations

The main objective of the course is to ensure a safe and reliable water supply as it applies to small systems. A "Small System" is defined as any water system being used for consumption or food preparation, serving up to 500 persons during any 24 hour period. The course will focus on the required principles of small water systems from an operational and maintenance perspective. Strong emphasis on safety and regulatory requirements as well as an introduction to the applied sciences and trades will ensure an operator can function effectively and confidently. This course is approved as appropriate training by the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) for the education requirement when applying to write the Small Water System Certification Exam.

 

XWTP 0060 Basic Principles of Sedimentation and Filtration

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of pre-filtration sedimentation methods including clarification and sedimentation basin operation. Also covered are the different types of water filtration system components, configuration and operation used in water treatment.

 

XWTP 0070 Basic Principles of Disinfection and Water Storage

Students will become familiar with the different types of disinfection techniques used in water treatment. Topics will also include disinfection by products and future technologies. The basic principles of water distribution, storage and sampling are also covered.

 

XWTP 0090 Applied Operation Math

 The intent of this course is to enhance the basic math skills of operators so they can work confidently in their day-to-day activities.  The course will review basic arithmetic problems and lead to applied functions such as volume measurement, conversions, flow rates, and dosage calculations.

 

XWTP 0100 Basic Hydraulics

The course introduces the students to the basic concepts of density and specific gravity, water pressure, piezometric surface and hydraulic grade line.  Calculation of head loss, as well as pumping and flow rate problems will also be covered.

 

XWTP 0110 Basic Water Chemistry

The course introduces the essential principles of chemistry as it applies to the water industry.  Some of the topics covered will be atomic structure, reading the periodic table, understanding chemical formulas and equations.  Explanations of acids, bases and salts will also be provided.

 

XWTP 0130 Pipes, Valves and Fittings

This course is designed to introduce the basic mechanical components required in treatment processes. Topics will include: materials, fittings and support devices used in piping and tubing. Identifying and installing common valves will also be covered.

 

XWTP 0140 The Principles of Pumps and System Components

This course covers the principles, basic components, installation procedures and trouble shooting techniques for standard pump systems. The principles of selection criteria and water demand calculations are also covered.

 

XWTP 0150 Cross-Connection Control

This course is designed to provide operators, or those responsible for water supplies, the basic information pertaining to the dangers and control of cross-connections. The basic theories of back flow and back siphonage are covered as well as prevention means. Several case studies are used to provide real world examples of both cause and remedies associated with cross-connections.

 

XWTP 0170 Environmental Legislation

The course provides students with an understanding of the basic principles of law, with an emphasizes on Statutes, Environmental law and the legislative framework under which most water suppliers must legally operate.  This section will also cover the concepts of due diligence, standards of care and liability while looking at torts and case law. 

 

XWTP 0180 Occupational Health and Safety

This course covers the issues and responsibility of health and safety as it applies to operators in water and wastewater treatment operations.  The general course topics involve occupational health safety regulations, construction/plant safety procedures and occupational hygiene.

 

XWTP 0190 Communications

The intent of this course is to introduce an operator to the practice of good community relations and the communication skills that are necessary to effectively provide timely, concise, and accurate information to the public and to the media.  Some of the topics covered will be risk and media communications, interpersonal skills as it applies to oral and written communications, and correct system documentation.

 

XWTP 0210 Electrical Principles

This course covers the very basic electrical principles as a starting point to understanding electrical systems. The theory of electricity, unit terminology, simple circuit characteristics, magnetism, capacitance, inductance, protection and control are introduced.

XWTP 0220 Testing Electrical Circuits and Safe Work Practices

 

This course introduces the various testing methods when analyzing circuits. The use of analog and digital testers, clamp-on ammeters and the use of megohmeters are studied. Electrical safety is also covered in this course to ensure operational staff are aware of the dangers around electrical equipment.

 

XWTP 0230 Basics of Electrical Motors and Motor Control

This course covers the principles of single and three phase motors. It introduces the operating principles, constructional features and basic trouble shooting techniques. The course also introduces the basic principles of motor control. Motor starters, remote and local control techniques, circuit design and trouble shooting procedures are all covered from the viewpoint of an operator understanding plant process control systems.

 

XWTP 0250 Instrumentation Principles

This course represents the first portion of XWTP 182 Instrumentation I. The purpose of the course is to introduce the very basic principles of instrumentation. Topics are introduced from the perspective of operators with little or no background in the instrumentation trade. Circuit fundamentals, terminology, component identification and instrumentation drawings represent the main subjects covered.

Required Text: Instrumentation and Control. American Water Works Association.
ISBN: 1-58321-125-X.

 

XWTP 0260 Process Measurement

This course represents the second portion of XWTP 182 Instrumentation I. Being able to accurately and consistently measure the process variable is a crucial part of automatic control. The basic principles and operational considerations of commonly used process measurement devices are covered predominantly from an operator's perspective.

Required Text: Instrumentation and Control. American Water Works Association.
ISBN: 1-58321-125-X.

 

XWTP 0270 Final Control Elements

This course represents the third portion of XWTP 182 Instrumentation I. Final control elements represent the device or devices that ultimately control the process variable. Understanding the fundamentals of how these components work together as well as identifying the more common final control elements used int he water/wastewater industry is the main focus of the course.

Required Text: Instrumentation and Control. American Water Works Association.
ISBN: 1-58321-125-X.

 

XWTP 0290 Moving Water

This course designed to teach the student the process and direction of water movement through the treatment facility.  Topics include hydraulic profile, overflow and spill protection, process and instrumentation drawing and formula calculation.  Pump identification, selection  and maintenance are also covered.

 

 

XWTP 0300 Major Process Equipment

This course coveres differenty types of equipment used in the treatment of water, including mixing, flocculation, solids separation, filtration water conditioners, disinfection and various filter systems.  Flow charts and the ability to analyze historical data are also covered.

XWTP 0310 Secondary Process Equipment

This course covers support systems typical in treatment facilities such as high pressure air systems, blowers, compressors, vacuum pumps, pneumatic valve operator systems and process air systems.  It is also designed to teach the student about chemical used in water treatment, along with associated hazards.  Additionally topics such as sludge and residual handling, building mechanical systems, maintenance and associated responsibilities will be discussed.

 

XWTP 0330 Coagulation

This course provides an introduction to the basic theory of coagulation and flocculation used in the treatment of water. Topics include coagulant selection, dosing calculations, alkalinity/pH relationships and color removal. Mechanical and chemical troubleshooting and coagulant handling and safety are also covered.

Required Text: Water Treatment Operators Handbook. American Water Works Association. ISBN: 1-58321-184-5.

 

XWTP 0340 pH Control and Water Softening

This course provides an introduction of the importance of pH control in water treatment. Topics include types of control systems, chemicals, basic calculations and corrosion control. The basic chemistry of water softening using both chemical and ion exchange techniques are also covered.

Required Text: Water Treatment Operators Handbook. American Water Works Association. ISBN: 1-58321-184-5.

 

XWTP 035 Oxidation Reactions

This course provides an introduction to the basic theory of oxidation reactions. Topics include: dosing system components, oxidation types and methodology. The importance of pre-oxidation and the removal of organics and metals using oxidation reactions are also included in this course.

Required Text: Water Treatment Operators Handbook. American Water Works Association. ISBN: 1-58321-184-5.

 

XWTP 045 Advanced Motor Control

This course provides an introduction to motor control mechanisms, commonly referred to as pilot devices, which are designed to operate independently of the operator. You will learn about controlling motors in a sequence, using time-delays and other control techniques that are common control mechanisms in water treatment plants. In addition, you will learn basic digital techniques and several numbering systems that are used to configure and program some microprocessor type systems.

XWTP 046 Basic Electronic Devices and Speed Drives

This course provides an introduction to basic electronic devices and drives that are associated with operating a water treatment plant. Because processes are complex and run independently of operator input for the most part, it is necessary for the technician to be able to diagnose and maintain the electronics and drives that operate those processes. Topics include principles behind semiconductor materials, circuits, transistors, variable frequency drive (VFDs), frequency converters and AC Motors used with VFDs.

XWTP 0470 Basics of Programmable Logic Controllers

Since their introduction in the late 1960s, programmable controllers have revolutionized the automation and controls industry. From humble beginnings as mere relay replacements, programmable controllers have expanded from a mainly industrial and manufacturing base to a myriad of applications in water treatment processes. This course provides an introduction to the principles of programmable controllers, including applications, memory system addressing and programming techniques.XWTP

XWTP 0470  Introduction to Water Chemistry

The introduction to water chemistry course will introduce basic chemical concepts as it applies to the water industry.  The subject matter is basically focused on water quality determination and appropriate water treatment, topics will also include ph and alkalinity determination, chemical equilibria, titration and manipulations of various chemical reaction equations related to water analysis and processes.

XWTP 0500 Inorganic Species in Water

This course is designed to introduce students to the issues and analysis of metals and non-metals (inorganic species) in water systems.  Topics will include identification, and removal processes, oxidation and reduction, and environmental sources of metals and non-metals.

XWTP 0510 Organic Species in Water

Organic Species in water is designed to introduce students to the problems associated with organic compounds in water.   Topics will include identification and the specific problems these compounds can cause.  Various removal techniques such as aeration, adsorption/absorption, coagulation and flocculation will also be covered.

XWTP 0530 Advanced Coagulation and Emerging Technologies

This course  deals with the more technical aspect of coagulation. Topics include the discussion of coagulation involving basicity, molecular weights, particle destablization, and zeta potential. Streaming current monitors, particle counters, and the emergence of technology and communications at a water treatment plant are covered in this course as well.

Required Text: Operational Control of Coagulation and Filtration Processes. American Water Works Association. ISBN 1-58321-055-5

XWTP 0540 Dissolved Air Floatation and Jar Testing Procedures

This course explains in detail the Dissolved Air Floatation process (DAF). Different DAF strategies are discussed in this course along with typical operational guidelines. Topics also include jar testing of coagulants and polymers for coagulation. An operator will learn how to perform a jar test and also how to optimize a coagulant or polymer dose.

XWTP 0550 Clarifiers

XWTP 211 describes the different types of clarification processes used in the water treatment field today. Topics include the hydraulics of clarification along with conventional and high-rate clarifiers. Ballasted flocculation or the Actiflo process, equipment and operation is also covered.

XWTP 0570 The History, Mechanims, and Classifications of Filters

There are many filtration processes available in the water treatment industry. Each process has its advantages and disadvantages depending on source water and finished water requirements. XWTP 213 expands on the basic building blocks of filtration as taught in XWTP 106 (Basic Principles of Sedimentation and Filtration). Topics will include filter design concepts, regulatory standards, filter mechanisms, filter classification and media selection techniques.

XWTP 0580 Slow and Rapid Sand Filtration

With proper pre-treatment of the water, slow and rapid sand filters are applicable for treatment of any surface supply. Such filters are effective even for highly polluted waters. Even relatively large variations in bacterial pollution loads can be handled in a well-designed and well-operated sand media water plant. XWTP 214 covers in detail the process of slow and rapid sand filtration as introduced in XWTP 106 (Basic Principles of Sedimentation and Filtration). Topics will include filter operation, performance optimization, maintenance and backwashing techniques.

XWTP 0590 Membrane and Alternative Filtration Techniques

There are many other filtration processes available in the water treatment apart from the conventional media processes. Alternative and membrane filtration techniques have recently become more widely used in the water treatment industry. Each of these processes has its advantages and disadvantages depending on source water and finished water requirements. XWTP 215 covers alternative and membrane filtration as introduced in XWTP 106 (Basic Principles of Sedimentation and Filtration). Topics include: pressure filtration, iron and manganese removal, activated carbon, diatomaceous earth, cartridge filters and membrane filtration.

 

XWTP 0610 Basic Principles of Disinfection

This course deals with the history of disinfection, chlorination chemistry and disinfection goals the student will be able to summarize the historical use of chlorine and other disinfectants for treating drinking water. Describe the basic properties of chlorine, and how it is manufactured and used.  Explain the chemical reactions that occur when chlorine is used as a disinfectant in water.  Describe the CT Concept and summarize regulatory requirements of disinfection and describe how to set disinfection design goals.

 

XWTP 0620 Standard Disinfection Practices

This course deals with chlorination, ozonation and UV disinfection.  The student will be able to describe forms of chlorine used for disinfection:  chlorine gas, sodium hypochlorite, calcium hypochlorite, chlorination. Explain ozone chemistry and properties. Explain how the UV disinfection process works.  Describe the chlorination, ozonation and UV disinfection process and equipment, review benefits, misuse and safety plus review the legislation relating to chlorination, ozonation and UVisinfection.

 

XWTP 0630 Advanced Disinfection and Fluoridation Practices  

This course deals Alternate Disinfection Practices , Fluoridation, and Monitoring Equipment.  It describes alternate disinfectants:  chlorine dioxide, MIOX, iodine, boiling.  Describe fluoridation chemistry. Explain the history of fluoride use in potable water. Describe/operate/calibrate various equipment used to monitor the disinfection process – lab, on-line.  Describe/operate/calibrate equipment used to monitor the fluoridation process.  Describe the properties and use of each alternate disinfectant and fluoridation.  Describe the process and equipment for each alternate disinfectant and fluoridation.  Describe the benefits and issues associated alternate disinfectant and fluoridation and review O&M issues, safety and legislation.

WTP 0690 Introduction to Microbiology and Toxicology

The Introduction to Microbiology and Toxicology is designed to give students in the water industry a basic understanding of microbiology and toxicology as it applies to the water industry. Topics will include human body systems, cellular and genetic structures.

 

XWTP 0700 Microbiology 

The purpose of this course is to expand on the microbiology basic principles covered in the XWTP 069. Topics include bacteria, viruses, protozoa, algae and fungi. Sampling, detection and identification are also covered.

 

XWTP 0710 Toxicology

The purpose of this course is to expand on the toxicology basic principles covered in the XWTP 069. Topics include defining of the various toxic containments found in water, toxicity testing procedures, and risk assessment.

 

XWTP 0770 Computers in Industry

The goal of this course is to introduce basic computers as it applies to the day-to-day operation of water/ waste water treatment plants. Computers are no longer just for the use of the accountants and administrators.  Computers are being used daily in all facets of industry.  It has been predicted that in the next few years 80-90% of all workers will be involved with computers.  Topics discussed will include basic hardware definition and identification, terminology, and fundamentals of operating systems. The student will be introduced to some common application programs such as, word processing, creation/management of spreadsheets and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Some fundamentals of the Internet will also be covered.

 

XWTP 0780 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers  

The goals of this course are to expand on the main principles covered in the XWTP 047. The course will focus on how Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) handle typical process signals in both hardware and software terms. Topics will include advanced PLC instructions such as data manipulation PID and Math.

 

XWTP 0790 Industrial Communications and SCADA Systems

The Industrial Communications and SCADA Systems course will cover the communication technologies used in typical industrial control systems. Topics covered will start with basic principles such as serial vs. parallel communications and build up to  Local Area Network (LAN) technologies such as Ethernet  and DeviceNet. The principles of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)  systems are covered including control, data acquisition, logging and trending, The fundamentals of Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems including both soft and hard HMI’s will also be reviewed.

 

XWTP 0810 People Management

This course covers the principles involved in the effective management of people. The course starts with a look at management skills as it applies to yourself as a supervisor, manager or leader. Human resource management (HRM) policies and practices will be studies as it applies to water utility organizations.

 

XWTP 082 Asset and Operations Management   

This course focuses on the overall management of assets.  Asset identification and maintenance will be reviewed as well as operation management as it applies to the leading, planning, organizing, coordinating and controlling of people and services at the plant with the goal of meeting the expectations of the customer. The importance of water conservation principles and practices will also be reviewed.

 

XWTP 0830 Financial Management     

This course introduces the principles and practices of effective financial management as it applies to water utilities. Topics will include budget forecasting, planning and management as well as financial statement analysis.

 

 

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