Wastewater Class C Certification Review - Course 3887

Wastewater Class C Certification Review


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  • CEUs: No OCP Credit for Review Classes
  • Time Day 1-4: 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
  • Time Day 5: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00pm
Coordinator Areiole Williams     email: areiole.williams@treeo.ufl.edu     phone: (352) 392-9570 or 352-294-3877


This course covers subjects an operator needs to know when studying for the Florida Class C wastewater exam.  


  • Provide study guidance and offer need-to-know information
  • Reduce apprehension of exam  and increase confidence
  • Provide knowledge for day to day operations and useful information
  • Help you pass the darn test!

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  •  Wastewater Math
  •  Rules and Regulations
  •  Activated Sludge Processes         
  •  Troubleshooting
  •  Disinfection
  •  Aerobic and Anaerobic Digestion
  •  Safety
  •  Laboratory
  •  Maintenance



"I wanted to thank both of you for the review class a couple of weeks ago.  I came to Gainesville with no knowledge about wastewater, but when I left I was able to understand the majority.  Once I got home, I took a week to absorb the information you guys taught, and it just clicked. I even asked some of our senior operators to explain a couple of things to me, but this just confused me.  When I gave them the scenarios you used about the front of the class being “bugs taking oxygen from nitrates and nitrites, and the explanation Charlie used about grabbing all of the candy and holding it until there was time to eat all the candy, they told not to bother anymore because I understood it.  These analogies are the type of things I needed to comprehend the different processes.  That being said, I took the exam yesterday, and passed with a 93.  There is no way I could have achieved this score without the help from both of you."

 "Just wanted to a give you a big thanks, I would of never passed without your class. There is a lot to be said for your teaching style. I have never attended a class that had the excitement and knowledge that you express, and the participation from the rest of the class made for a great learning atmosphere. I hope to have you for a teacher for the rest of my license upgrades"
 "Your reviews have a 100% pass ratio with the people that we send you!"
"I attended your Wastewater Class C Certification Review class on March 23rd thought the 27th and took the test April 23rd. I passed the exam with an 85% and I don’t think I would have been able to pass first try and with as high of a grade without attending this class. Ron's teaching ability is top notch and he kept me interested and attentive though the whole class with his high energy. I really couldn't ask for a better teacher because Ron was literally one of the best teachers I’ve ever had due to his knowledge of the subject, niceness, high energy, and his overall personality. I will be attending the Wastewater Class B Certification Review later this year and I am looking forward to it!"
"I attended the Wastewater Class C Certification Review course in late March.  I just wanted to inform you that I have taken my exam and I passed with an 83, which was similar to my score of 86 on your practice examination!  The information presented in the class was very helpful for the exam and I wanted to thank you for doing such a fine job of teaching.  You were able to break the information down to where it was easy for me to understand and grasp hold of.  After taking the exam, I honestly don't think I could have passed without attending your course.  Thanks again and hope to see you in the future for Class B Review course."
"I took my Class C test yesterday in Lakeland.  Yes, I passed!!  I called you yesterday to to let you know how helpful your class was.  No way I would I've passed without going to the TREEO Center!!"
"Great Course!  Ron and Charlie did a great job!  I feel better prepared to take the test.  Very helpful!"
"I took your 3 day course ... I was the annoying one that worked in the Bardenpho process... I passed on the new computer testing... you covered absolutely EVERYTHING on the test... Thanks! Great job, Loved the course."
"Being that this was the first time I've taken the C exam I'm not aware of how the written exam was, but the computer version was pretty simple and easy to understand. You were so right in stressing the importance of reading the question carefully. Many of the trouble shooting questions were very similar. Even so, there may have only been one small difference in two back to back questions.(i.e. bulking vs. rising). But all in all, I was able to finish in about 1 hour. I was actually surprised my score was in the 80's. I felt confident that I had passed , but I must have guessed correctly on the few I was unsure on. Anyway, thanks again and be sure to thank Stephanie as well for all her help. Keep in touch."
"I took your first 3 day course 7/29-31... I passed on the new computer testing... you covered absolutely EVERYTHING on the test... Thanks! Great job, Loved the course."


Ron Trygar, CET 

Ron is the Senior Training Specialist for Water and Wastewater programs at the University of Florida TREEO Center.  Previously he was the Wastewater Process Control Specialist at Hillsborough County Public Utilities in Tampa FL.  He has worked in the wastewater industry for more than thirty years in a variety of locations and positions. Ron became a Certified Environmental Trainer (CET) in 1998 and has since provided training for associations and regulatory agencies such as FDEP; FW&PCOA Short Schools; USABlueBook; FWEA sponsored training events and local school environmental programs. Working alongside the FDEP Northeast District, Ron helped begin the FRWA/FDEP joint operator certification review classes that are still given around the state today.  Ron holds a Florida class A wastewater treatment operator’s license and a Florida class B drinking water operator’s license.

Charlie Martin, Ph.D.

Charlie has a Florida Class A Water and Wastewater Operator licenses. He has a Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering, a BS in Biology/Expanded Physical Science and an AA degree in Chemistry. Charlie has just received his Doctorate degree in Civil Engineering at the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering.

Presently Charlie is the Water/Wastewater Director for the City of Graceville.  There he has an Advanced Wastewater Treatment facility and directs a NELAC certified Drinking Water/Environmental Water Laboratory.

Phillip Brown 

Phil has been employed with the City of Jacksonville Beach for 22 years. He started with the city as a Lift Station Mechanic, was promoted to Plant Mechanic and is now Plant Supervisor. When Phil obtained his Wastewater C license he fell in love with the industry and continued his education until he received his Wastewater A license. Phillip has a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in environmental science, and a “C” Collection Certification. He is currently working on his CET (Certified Environmental Trainer) designation. Phillip is happily married with five kids and five grandchildren. “When you love your job it’s no longer work anymore.”

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Wastewater Class C Certification Review


Day 1-4 class starts at 8am and ends around 4:15pm daily

Day 5 class starts at 8am and ends at 3 pm


**For students taking our September 2019 course, see the agenda below**
Starting for our September 2019 course and going forward, class will be extended to 5 days.


Day 1

Instructor and student introductions

Review conventional secondary treatment

Day one math


FDEP Rules & Regs.

Summary Q&A


Day 2

Day two math

Primary treatment

Activated sludge treatment

Activated sludge relationships, old/young exercise

Summary Q&A


Day 3

Reviewactivated sludge relationships

Nitrification/denitrification discussion

Day three math


Summary Q&A


Day 4

Activated sludge troubleshooting

pH and alkalinity

Aerobic and anaerobic sludge digestion

Summary Q&A


Day 5

Effluent disinfection

Effluent disposal

Math review

Practice quiz and review

Course wrap-up, Q&A