Water Treatment Plant Operations Class C & B Training Course - Online (CB-DW) - Course 6623

Water Treatment Plant Operations Class C & B Training Course - Online (CB-DW)


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Attributes
  • TREEO FDEP OCP 04171162: CEUs 14.4 DS DW
Coordinator Sienna Horton     email:     phone: (352) 392-9570 or 352-294-3874
Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This University of Florida Training, Research, and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF TREEO) course on C/B Drinking Water Treatment Operations is recognized by Florida's Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) as a prerequisite for taking the "C" and "B" level drinking water operator certification exams. This course provides 144 contact hours or 14.4 CEUs. 

The purpose of this course is to provide instruction in the fundamental principles involved in water treatment plant operation. Water treatment practices vary widely across the country; however, a number of distinct processes can usually be identified in any treatment plant. This course deals with both theoretical and practical aspects of these processes, and is intended to provide the basic knowledge necessary for you to begin a career in the water treatment field.

STATE APPROVALS

This course is approved in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • More state approvals pending! Inquire about your state!

To view a summary of your state's Operator Certification Program, click here.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  •  Recognize the responsibilities of drinking water treatment plant operation and control

  •  Identify safe operational procedures, sampling, and laboratory testing techniques

  •  Summarize the basic biology, bacteriology, mathematics, and chemistry associated with drinking water treatment

  •  Develop test taking skills by completing the quizzes that cover the material discussed in each lesson

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Anyone interested in gaining knowledge of operation and maintenance of a community drinking water system including owners, managers, supervisors, chief operators, shift operators, trainees, laboratory personnel and maintenance workers of a municipal drinking water treatment system. This course is approved to take the FDEP Class C and Class B Drinking Water Operator exams.  Your certificate of completion is good for five years, so your state exam for C and B (if interested) should be taken within this period.

 

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“The online course allows you to work at your own pace.”

“I really liked the quizzes and being able to communicate with the instructors.”

“The course had material that was pretty clear to understand. I liked the books that came along with the course.”

“I liked how thorough the course was and how many different ways the information was presented.”

“The information within each module was presented well.”
 

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHIES

Ron Trygar, CET

Ron is the Senior Training Specialist for Water and Wastewater programs at the University of Florida TREEO Center.
 
Ron began his career in wastewater treatment in 1983 in Virginia Beach, VA, then moved back to his home state of New Jersey where he worked at large regional treatment plants along the New Jersey shore. Ron moved to north central Florida in 1989, where he ran small package-type treatment plants and became Chief Operator of a community water and wastewater treatment system. He joined the team at Florida Rural Water Association in 1996 where he became the Wastewater Section Supervisor while providing technical assistance to more the 35 wastewater treatment facilities each month across north Florida.
 
With an interest in training, Ron was given the opportunity to instruct some classes at the University of Florida’s TREEO Center in 1997, becoming a Certified Environmental Trainer (CET) through NESHTA in 1998. Ron had the wonderful opportunity to become the Wastewater Training and Education Coordinator for a company in the US Virgin Islands in 2003 and did so for the EPA mandated contract period of two years. While there, Ron enabled many of the island operators to become certified through ABC to the Grade II level, as well as some becoming collection system and laboratory certified. Ron left the islands in December 2005 to start his own training and consulting company based in Tallahassee, Florida.
 
As President of Trygar Consulting Services, Ron traveled the country providing wastewater training to Rural Water Association members through a contract with USA Bluebook. Ron also instructed classes at UF TREEO Center and in the US Virgin Islands through 2008. Ron became a full time employee of UF TREEO Center in 2008, instructing most all of the water and wastewater related classes there, and moved to High Springs, Florida.
 
Ron is a member of many water and wastewater associations including FW&PCOA, FSAWWA, FWEA, WEF, NESHTA, BCSP, and SEDA. He is also a member of the State of Florida Operator Certification Program Exam Review Committee for both drinking water and wastewater treatment.
 
Ron holds Florida Class A Wastewater and Class B Drinking Water Treatment Plant Operator’s licenses.

When Ron is not teaching classes, he enjoys saltwater fishing and diving, hiking and bike riding and spending time at his home with his wife Rochelle and their dog. Ron also enjoys learning and takes classes to further his education and sharpen his skill as a trainer.


Steve Roberts

Steve is an instructor for the Water Programs at the University of Florida TREEO Center. In addition to his knowledge and experience in water plant operations, Steve brings to students a diverse and well-rounded perspective of local water resources conditions, issues and needs.  He has performed instruction throughout the state of Florida.  These added values are supported by having 40 years of related experiences in the public sector.  This includes engineering consulting, municipal water, reclaimed water and storm water system operations, maintenance, planning, and executive management.  He is a licensed Florida Class A Water Operator. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health Environmental Management with a concentration in Environment Management.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

COURSE STRUCTURE

Unlike a traditional classroom based course, you do not need to show up to class at a specific time every day to participate in this online course. Instead, you complete lesson presentations, reading, assignments, and quizzes/tests all online. Although some of these activities will be ungraded, you are still required to complete them.

This fully online course is designed to be flexible and self-paced. The lesson sequence used in this online course generally follows the chapter sequence in the course manuals, "Water Treatment Plant Operation, A Field Study Training Program", Volumes I and II. The course consists of three modules that are broken up into a total of 23 lessons. The content of the course is as follows:
 

Course Content

How Often?

Required?

Graded?

Readings

Several in each lesson, 23 lessons total

Yes

No

Videos

Several in each lesson, 23 lessons total

Yes

No

Vocabulary Flashcards

Once in each lesson, 23 total

Yes

No

Written Assignments

Once in each lesson, 23 total

Yes

No

Practice Quizzes

Once in each lesson, 23 total

Yes

No

Module Tests

At the end of each module, 3 total

Yes

Yes

Final Exam

Once at the end of the course, 1 total

Yes

Yes

 

TEST AND EXAM DETAILS

All tests/exams consist only of multiple choice questions, which is meant to simulate the types of questions you will encounter on your state exam.

The tests/exams are closed book; you should not use your textbook, study notes, or the online content while taking your tests/exams. You should use a calculator and your mathematical formula sheets for all tests/exams.
 

Test/Exam

Graded?

Time Allowed

Number of Questions

Number of Attempts

Required Grade

Chapter Practice Tests (23 total)

No

Unlimited

10

Unlimited

Not Graded

Module Tests

(3 total)

Yes

Unlimited

50

2 attempts per test

At least 70%

Final Exam

Yes

3 hours

100

1 attempt

At least 70%

 

 

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION

Instructions will be available in your online course for how to view and print your certificate of successful completion once you have met the following requirements:

  •  Complete all assignments
  •  Score at least 70% on each test/exam
  •  Earn an overall course grade of at least 70%

For more information on becoming a licensed water operator in Florida, visit the FDEP operator handbook here.

The UF TREEO website provides helpful hints on how to become certified in Florida as a Class C Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. If you live outside of the state of Florida, please visit your state operator certification program.

 

ADDITIONAL POLICIES

UNIVERSITY POLICY ON ACCOMMODATING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Students requesting accommodation for disabilities must contact UF Professional Development (questions@dce.ufl.edu) Accommodations are not retroactive, therefore, students should contact the office before registering for the course.

 

UNIVERSITY POLICY ON ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

Academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the University community. Students should be sure that they understand the UF Student Honor Code.

 

Required Textbooks (included with registration fee)

"Water Treatment Plant Operation, A Field Study Program", Volume 1, seventh edition, 2017

"Water Treatment Plant Operation, A Field Study Program", Volume 2, sixth edition, 2015

Please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping.  No refunds are given after books are shipped or student has logged into the course.

 

Additional Learning Aids

This course requires use of various math skills. If you feel that you need a refresher on basic math skills, we highly recommend that you take some time to watch videos and do practice problems at khanacademy.org . It is free to set up an account and track your progress.

Please visit khanacademy.org  and sign up for a free account before doing any of the practice listed below.

Khan Academy Early Math Practice 

Khan Academy Arithmetic Practice 

Khan Academy Pre-Algebra Practice 

 

Vocabulary Flashcards

You will find links to this page throughout the course to help you practice your glossary terms for each chapter.

Tips for Studying:

  • Click the card to flip it to its other side
  • Click the speaker icon in the top right corner of each set to have the current card read to you
  • Click Options in the top right corner of each set of flashcards to change which side of the card you see and to shuffle the cards
  • Click Choose a Study Mode in the bottom right corner of each set to play different study games

Mobile App

Have a smartphone or tablet? Download the Quizlet app so you can study your flashcards anywhere.

Once you log in, search for CB-DW and the card sets for this course will be listed.

Videos

There are videos to watch at the end of several chapters.

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

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

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
  • Course must be completed within one year from date of registration. Certificate will be issued on the date you pass the final exam.

Registration:

  • Registration is a two-step process
  • You will register for the course and then you will immediately be taken to a second screen that sets up your UFID and GatorLink account
  • UF Identifier: UFID: In 2003 UF replaced the use of social security numbers as a person's primary identification number (UFID). Your UFID is assigned to you by the university, and becomes the identifier for all transactions and services where personally identifiable information is needed
  • A GatorLink username and password is required for access to most UF information systems. GatorLink accounts are provided to individuals with active affiliations with the University as recorded in the UF Identity Registry.
  • To get verification for Gatorlink via text you need to use your cell phone number when registering

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)

 

This is an entry level course for the student just beginning studies in the water treatment field. This course covers the fundamental principles involved in water treatment plant operation. Water treatment practices vary widely in different areas of the country; however, a limited number of distinct processes can usually be identified in any treatment plant.

After completing the course, you will:

  • Understand the responsibilities of water treatment plant operation and control.
  • Develop skills in safe operational procedures, sampling, and laboratory testing techniques.
  • Become familiar with the basic biology, bacteriology, mathematics, and chemistry associated with water treatment
  • Develop skills in taking tests covering the material discussed in each lesson.

Delivery Mode:Flexible/Online (aim to complete a maximum of 3 lessons per week)

Prerequisites: None required

Course Outline

There are 23 lessons in this course. Each lesson deals with a treatment process that may be encountered in any water plant. The sequence in which each topic is addressed generally follows the sequence of processes used in a typical water treatment plant.

Assessment and Grading

Course assessment consists of multiple choice quizzes after each lesson. There are two exams taken online in this course: a mid-course AND a final exam. There are NO proctored exams.