Water Treatment Plant Grade I – Advanced Operations 60 hours, 6 CEUs, Non-Credit
The Water Treatment Plant Grade I – Advanced Operations course is one of the modules required by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to become certified as a Grade IA or Grade IB water treatment plant operator in New York State; (the second module is on Management and Supervision and is a separate course). The Grade IA certificate is required at water treatment plants with filtration that were designed for 2.5 MGD and over. The Grade IB is required for water treatment plants that are designed for 2.5 MGD or over, without filtration.
There is also a 10-year experience requirement for the certification. Generally the course is taken by those operators already possessing a Grade IIA or Grade IIB water operator certificate. The course is an in-depth course in water treatment, with a heavy emphasis on math, chemistry, biology, the intricacies of water treatment, water treatment plant optimization and the rules, regulations and legal requirements of operating a water treatment plant.
Note: For NYSDOH-approved water treatment courses, 100 percent attendance is required. In order to satisfactorily complete the course, students who miss any hours of the class will be required to make up those hours by arrangement with the instructor.
Textbooks: (available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore)
• AWWA Water Operator Field Guide by John M. Stubbart, Timothy J. McCandless, William C. Lauer
• Water Treatment Plant Operation Volume I, 6th Edition, by Kenneth Kerri
• Water Treatment Plant Operation Volume II, 5th Edition, by Kenneth Kerri
Location: 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy
This course covers the practices and processes involved in the operation of a modern water treatment plant. Topics covered will include, but not be limited to, legal requirements, chemistry, hydraulics, laboratory analyses, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfection. The course meets minimal New York State Department of Health training requirements for certification as either a IIA or IIB water treatment plant operator. Tuition includes materials but does not include the required textbooks.
Note: For NYSDOH approved water treatment courses, 100 percent attendance is required. In order to satisfactorily complete the course, students who miss any hours of the class will be required to make up those hours by arrangement with the instructor(s). A Validated Examination will be given as part of the course.
Strong math and science skills recommended
Per Subpart 5-4 of Chapter 1 of the State Sanitary Code, to receive NYSDOH certification as a IIA operator, one (1) year of operating experience at a water treatment plant with facilities for filtration and for a IIB operator, one (1) year operating experience at a water treatment plant, is required.