Water Distribution Systems Level 2 & 3 Online FDEP Approved Course for State Exam - Course 1583

Water Distribution Systems Level 2 & 3 Online FDEP Approved Course for State Exam

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  • CEUs: 4.0
  • TREEO FDEP OCP 04231004: CEUs: 4.0 DS DW WW
  • FBPE Provider #0004021: 40 CEHs

For assistance with this online course, please contact questions@ad.ufl.edu.

If you are eligible for CEUs for this course: You will be responsible for providing your license information at the completion of your course. We will provide confirmation once your information has been submitted. 


This self-paced course meets the prerequisites of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Operator Certification Program (OCP) for taking the Level 3 (entry level) and Level 2 (mid-level) Water Distribution System Operator state exam. This course consists of online exercises, presentations, self-graded quizzes/tests and a final exam. The instructional materials will allow the student to comprehend the basic operation, maintenance and troubleshooting fundamentals of a community water distribution system. Topics include:

  • Water storage facilities
  • Operation and maintenance of water mains and valves
  • Water quality issues
  • Troubleshooting
  • Disinfection
  • Safety   

The textbook is included in the registration fee. The textbook will be shipped to you upon receipt of registration payment. This course utilizes "Water Distribution System Operations and Maintenance", CSUS Foundation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping. 

Students must sign up separately for the state Water Distribution Exam. For more information about the state exam, go to the FDEP Website.

FDEP Handbook for Water Distribution Operators

Students, please be aware to qualify for the state exam you will need either a high school diploma or a Florida Department of Education approved GED.  Online GED's are not accepted by FDEP.


Anyone interested in gaining knowledge of operation and maintenance of a community drinking water distribution system including owners, managers, supervisors, chief operators, shift operators, trainees, underground utility construction and maintenance workers. This course is approved to take the FDEP Level 3 (entry level) and Level 2 (mid-level) Water Distribution System Operator exam.  


Requirements for Online Courses:

  • You should be computer literate and familiar with PC-based systems to participate in the online courses
  • Prepayment is required before you will receive log-in information, including address and password
  • You must provide an email address at time of registration/payment
  • Courses must be completed within six months from your date of registration.
  • Certificate will be issued on the date you pass the final exam.

System Requirements:

  • Pentium computer or comparable
  • Speakers and soundcard
  • Internet Connection – 28.8 minimum
  • Web browser – Netscape Navigator 4.0 or newer or Internet Explorer 4.0 or newer
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 or higher (Download free from WebCT site)

Accessing the course:

  • Student will receive course access email once the registration has been processed by our office during normal business hours.

Once the registration has been processed by our office, you can expect the following:

  • You'll receive an email with your username and password for this training.
  • Follow the link to get started.
  • You will need to type in your username and password as it is shown in your welcome email.
  • Make sure you save this email to access the course each time.
  • Keep in mind that you must pass each assignment with a score of 70% or greater, and then you'll be provided access to the final exam.
  • If you are unsure about any of these requirements, please contact us before you register, and we'll be happy to assist.

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  • The Water Operator
    • Defining a Water Distribution System
    • Role of the Water Distribution Operator
    • Storage Facilities
    • Storage Tanks
    • Pumps
    • Related Equipment
    • Sampling and Troubleshooting
    • Storage Facility Maintenance
    • Corrosion Control
    • Math Basics and Applied Math
  • Distribution Facilities
    • Hydraulics
    • Valves, Fittings and Hydrants
    • Meters & Backflow Prevention
    • Math
  • Water Mains
    • Piping
    • Pipe Joints
    • Excavation
    • Shoring
    • Completion of Pipe Installation
  • Water Quality Issues
    • Water Quality Basics
    • Water Quality Degradation
    • Water Quality Monitoring
  • System O and M
    • System Surveillance
    • Cross Connection Control
    • Pumps
    • Field Disinfection
    • Equipment O & M
    • Dealing with the Public
  • Valves, Mains, & Meter O & M
    • Pipe leaks
    • Cleaning Pipes
    • Thawing Frozen Lines
    • Pipe Appurtenances
    • Operational Procedures
  • System Disinfection
    • Disinfection Basics
    • Disinfection Process
    • Points of Application
    • Chlorination Equipment
    • Chlorine Testing and Safety
  • System Safety Issues
    • Basics of Safety
    • System Safety Issues
    • Safety in the Streets
    • Water Storage Safety