Operator Certification Program

The purpose of this web document is to provide a list of approved water operator instructor-led courses that have open registration for those interested in becoming certified water operators in New York State and those fulfilling renewal requirements. The training courses listed below are classroom-based; those interested in correspondence or web-based courses should review that document. The cost of training is not set by the Department and must be discussed with the training sponsor. Applicants for Grade IA or IB certification must complete both the Grade I - Advanced Operations course and the Grade I - Supervisory Management course to be eligible for certification.

The information contained in this document changes daily and this document is refreshed every 2 to 3 weeks. Please refer back to this page often in order to find new and updated information.

Please be sure to have your e-mail software up and running so that clicking on a sponsor's contact will start an e-mail for you should the contact be a link. The document is organized by year and month of training; each month's training is in alphabetic order of training sponsor/provider - please jump to the month of interest or scroll through the information provided.

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Initial Certification Sponsors and Courses
Sponsor/School Grade/Course Dates/Times Cost Contact
Hudson Valley Community College Grade A/B Water Treatment Plant Operator - Grade A 03/31/2014 to 06/11/2014
Monday and Wednesday evenings
$960 Neil Bonesteel, P.E.
(518) 237-0193
Grade A/B Water Treatment Plant Operator - Grade B 03/31/2014 to 06/11/2014
Monday and Wednesday evenings
$960
John J. Mogavero Grade D Certification Course 02/18/2014 to 02/20/2014 $350 John J. Mogavero
(716) 207-1095
Grade D Certification Course 05/20/2014 to 05/22/2014 $350
Grade D Certification Course 06/24/2014 to 06/26/2014 $350
Grade D Certification Course 06/24/2014 to 06/26/2014 $350
Grade D Certification Course 07/22/2014 to 07/28/2014
Three days: 7/22, 7/25, 7/28
$350
SUNY Morrisville - Morrisville State College Grade I Initial - Supervision Course 02/04/2014 to 02/07/2014 $500 Cory Sawyer
(315) 684-6082
Grade C Operators Initial Certification Course 02/10/2014 to 02/13/2014 $500
Grade D Operators Initial Certification Course 03/18/2014 to 03/19/2014 $300
Grade C Operators Initial Certification Course 04/28/2014 to 05/01/2014 $500
Grade I Initial - Supervision Course 06/10/2014 to 06/13/2014 $500
Grade D Operators Initial Certification Course 07/08/2014 to 07/09/2014 $300
Grade I Initial - Supervision Course 08/05/2014 to 08/08/2014 $500
Grade C Operators Initial Certification Course 08/11/2014 to 08/14/2014 $500
Grade D Operators Initial Certification Course 10/15/2014 to 10/16/2014 $300
Grade B Operators Initial Certification Course 11/03/2014 to 11/07/2014 $550
SUNY Ulster Grade A Certification Course 09/10/2014 to 12/22/2014 $1050 Continuing and Professional Education Registrar
(845) 339-2025
Grade B Certification Course 09/10/2014 to 11/12/2014 $760
Grade C Certification Course 09/23/2014 to 10/30/2014 $600
Grade D Certification Course 11/04/2014 to 12/09/2014 $425
Southern New York-Long Island Water Works School Grade B Certification Course 11/20/2013 to 02/05/2014
Wednesday evenings
$700 Richard Tobin
(516) 785-6451
Grade D Certification Course 02/19/2014 to 03/19/2014 $450
Grade B Certification Course 03/19/2014 to 05/28/2014
Wednesday evenings
$700
Grade I: Advanced Operations Course 06/04/2014 to 08/13/2014
Wednesday evenings
$850
Grade I: Advanced Operations Course 07/10/2014 to 08/14/2014
Thursdays
$850
Grade B Certification Course 09/22/2014 to 12/01/2014
Monday evenings
$700
Victor Elefante Technical Services, Inc. Grade B Certification Course 03/04/2014 to 04/10/2014 $500 Victor Elefante
(631) 878-1191
W2Operator Training Group Grade C Certification Course (34 hours) 01/13/2014 to 01/17/2014 $550 Douglas E. Withey
(607) 753-1477
Grade B Certification Course 02/10/2014 to 02/14/2014 $575
Grade D Certification Course 03/17/2014 to 03/21/2014 $550
Grade B Certification Course 08/18/2014 to 08/22/2014 $575
Grade D Certification Course 09/22/2014 to 09/26/2014 $550
Grade C Certification Course (34 hours) 10/20/2014 to 10/24/2014 $550
Westchester Community College Grade C Initial Certification Course 03/13/2014 to 04/17/2014 $275 Jan Wines
(914) 271-5008
Grade D Initial Certification Course 03/17/2014 to 04/14/2014 $225
Grade C Initial Certification Course 10/16/2014 to 11/20/2014 $275
Grade D Initial Certification Course 10/20/2014 to 11/17/2014 $225
Western New York Water Operator School Grade D Certification Course 04/10/2014 to 04/11/2014 $350 Charles L. Ciehomski
(716) 833-2081
Grade C Certification Course 04/23/2014 to 04/25/2014 $400
Grade A/B Certification Course (Grade A) 05/05/2014 to 05/16/2014 $825
Grade A/B Certification Course (Grade B) 05/05/2014 to 05/09/2014 $575
Grade I: Advanced Operations Course 06/02/2014 to 06/06/2014 $625
Grade D Certification Course 09/04/2014 to 09/05/2014 $350
Grade A/B Certification Course (Grade A) 10/06/2014 to 10/17/2014 $825
Grade A/B Certification Course (Grade B) 10/06/2014 to 10/10/2014 $575
Grade I: Advanced Operations Course 10/27/2014 to 10/31/2014 $625


Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor
Training Sponsor/Provider Date County Course Name City Contact Hours Delivery Type
2014-09 (September)
New England Water Works Association
Ted Kenney
(508) 893-7979
09/30/2014 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 20 workshop
SUNY Ulster
Continuing and Professional Education Registrar
(845) 339-2025
09/30/2014 Ulster Grade A Laboratory Stone Ridge 5 classroom
2014-10 (October)
American Trainco, Inc.
Naomi Yencich
(303) 531-4560
10/20/2014 Albany Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician Albany 15 classroom
10/22/2014 Albany Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance Albany 15 classroom
CNA Technologies, Inc.
Keith A. Avellino
(518) 225-1501
10/02/2014 Saratoga WTPO Recertification Training 2014 Saratoga Springs 6 classroom
Central New York Water Works Conference
Shawn M. Rush, P.E.
(315) 435-6600
10/16/2014 Madison 2014 Fall Workshop: Five Steps of Analysis, Rehab of 100-Yr Old Tunnel, Rev Canastota 3 conference
10/16/2014 Madison 2014 Fall Workshop: Top Ops Competition Canastota 2 conference
Chautauqua County Health Department
William Boria
(716) 753-4772
10/16/2014 Chautauqua Locating Water Lines and Leaks Mayville 2.5 workshop
Cross Connection Control Bureau City of New York
John Senay
(718) 752-9630
10/06/2014 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course (ASSE) Long Island City 20 workshop
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
10/27/2014 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
Ferguson Enterprises NY Metro
Maurice Cosentino
(718) 937-9500 x6361
10/17/2014 Queens Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 2.25 workshop
Hach Company
Greg Starlin
(800) 227-4224 x2266
10/08/2014 Seneca Laboratory Skills Workshop (Grade A-compliant) Waterloo 7 classroom
10/09/2014 Seneca Process Instrument Verification (6 hours) Waterloo 6 workshop
10/14/2014 Madison Laboratory Skills Workshop (Grade A-compliant) Canastota 7 classroom
10/15/2014 Madison Process Instrument Verification (6 hours) Canastota 6 workshop
10/16/2014 Madison Introduction to Chlorine Analysis Canastota 4 workshop
Hydronic Supply Copiague
David Medina
(718) 821-6200
10/11/2014 Suffolk Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 4.5 workshop
10/17/2014 Suffolk Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 4.5 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Ted Kenney
(508) 893-7979
10/06/2014 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Philadelphia 6 workshop
10/07/2014 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Philadelphia 20 workshop
10/27/2014 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course New Haven 6 workshop
10/28/2014 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course New Haven 20 workshop
New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Offs
John A. Mancini
(518) 463-1185
10/20/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Are You Read?: Setting Up a Disaster Preparednes Saratoga Springs 1.25 conference
10/20/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Show Me the $$: Funding Opportunities for Water Saratoga Springs 1.25 conference
10/20/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Emergency Flood Repairs & Stream Restoration Saratoga Springs 1.25 conference
10/20/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - What You Need to Know to Comply with F - Part I Saratoga Springs 1.25 conference
10/20/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - What You Need to Know to Comply with F - Part II Saratoga Springs 1 conference
10/21/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Purchasing and Shared Services Saratoga Springs 1 conference
10/21/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Electronic Reporting and the Discharge Monitorin Saratoga Springs 1.25 conference
10/21/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Water System Emergencies: Planning, Response & R Saratoga Springs 1.25 conference
10/21/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Operations Specialists - Invaluable Silent Heroe Saratoga Springs 1.25 conference
10/21/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Long-Range Capital Planning & Strategies For Sha Saratoga Springs 1.25 conference
10/21/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Ethics for Public Works Professionals Sartaoga Springs 1.25 conference
10/21/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Implementation of the NYSDEC Water Withdrawal Re Saratoga Springs 1.25 conference
10/22/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Peer-to-Peer QA Saratoga Springs 1 conference
10/22/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Managing in a Union Environment Saratoga Springs 1.25 conference
10/22/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Source Water Protection & EPA Water/Wastewater S Saratoga Springs 1.25 conference
10/22/2014 Saratoga 2014 Public Works School - Legal Panel Saratoga Springs 1.5 conference
New York Rural Water Association
Valerie Ogden
(518) 828-3155 x15
10/15/2014 Dutchess Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Fishkill 6 classroom
10/22/2014 Erie Valve Training Williamsville 6 classroom
10/23/2014 Monroe Valve Training Rochester 6 classroom
10/29/2014 Oneida Basic Math Boonville 6 classroom
10/29/2014 Onondaga Hydrants, Valves, Meters/Rules and Reg's Syracuse 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 455-2614
10/07/2014 Oneida Water Meter Design and Maintenance Utica 5.5 classroom
10/13/2014 Suffolk Basic Electrical, Power Systems & Communication Melville 4 classroom
10/15/2014 Ulster Dam Safety Kingston 4 classroom
10/15/2014 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
10/21/2014 Wayne Water Well Rehabilitation and Maintenance Lyons 4 classroom
10/22/2014 Rensselaer Water Well Rehabilitation and Maintenance Troy 4 classroom
10/29/2014 Monroe Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Rochester 7 classroom
SUNY Morrisville - Morrisville State College
Cory Sawyer
(315) 684-6082
10/29/2014 Madison Water Laboratory Course (Grade A-compliant) Morrisville 6 workshop
SUNY Potsdam
Robert M. Henninger
(315) 265-7033
10/14/2014 St Lawrence 2014 Local Gov Conf - Infrastructure Challenges Facing Municipalities Potsdam 1.5 conference
10/14/2014 St Lawrence 2014 Local Gov Conf - Tools and Resources for Municipal Staff Potsdam 1.5 conference
10/14/2014 St Lawrence 2014 Local Gov Conf - Planning for Municipal Infrastructure Potsdam 1.5 conference
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Daniel Crocker
(607) 772-0344
10/27/2014 Broome Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 20 workshop
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
Steven Gagon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
10/09/2014 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
United Rentals
Mike McDonald
(201) 881-7400
10/03/2014 Out of State Excavation Safety for Competent Person Training Ridgefield Park 6 classroom
10/17/2014 Out of State Confined Space Entry Training Ridgefield Park 6 classroom
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Kenneth J. Potter
(914) 737-2183
10/27/2014 Westchester Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 20 workshop
Westchester Water Works Conference
Stephen J. Ho
(914) 260-9650
10/01/2014 Westchester Water Audits and Leak Detection/Maintaining Concrete Structures/Ice Pigging White Plains 4 conference
2014-11 (November)
American Trainco, Inc.
Naomi Yencich
(303) 531-4560
11/03/2014 Nassau Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician Plainview 15 classroom
11/05/2014 Nassau Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance Plainview 15 classroom
Cross Connection Control Bureau City of New York
John Senay
(718) 752-9630
11/21/2014 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course (ASSE) Long Island City 20 workshop
Hach Company
Greg Starlin
(800) 227-4224 x2266
11/04/2014 Dutchess Laboratory Skills Workshop (Grade A-compliant) Poughkeepsie 7 classroom
11/05/2014 Dutchess Process Instrument Verification (6 hours) Poughkeepsie 6 workshop
11/06/2014 Dutchess Sampling and Distribution Monitoring Poughkeepsie 7 classroom
11/06/2014 Dutchess Introduction to Chlorine Analysis Poughkeepsie 4 workshop
Hydronic Supply Copiague
David Medina
(718) 821-6200
11/17/2014 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
11/21/2014 Suffolk Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 4.5 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Ted Kenney
(508) 893-7979
11/03/2014 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Boston 6 workshop
11/04/2014 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Boston 20 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Valerie Ogden
(518) 828-3155 x15
11/19/2014 Onondaga Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Syracuse 6 classroom
11/19/2014 Dutchess Process Measurement & Control Fishkill 6 classroom
11/20/2014 Schoharie Process Measurement & Control Schoharie 6 classroom
11/20/2014 Chautauqua Hydrants, Valves, Meters/Rules and Reg's Dunkirk 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 455-2614
11/04/2014 Clinton Topics in Water Treatment and Distribution Peru 6 classroom
11/05/2014 Clinton Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Peru 7 classroom
11/05/2014 Suffolk Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Melville 7 classroom
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Daniel Crocker
(607) 772-0344
11/11/2014 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop
United Rentals
Mike McDonald
(201) 881-7400
11/07/2014 Out of State Excavation Safety for Competent Person Training Ridgefield Park 6 classroom
11/21/2014 Out of State Confined Space Entry Training Ridgefield Park 6 classroom
2014-12 (December)
American Trainco, Inc.
Naomi Yencich
(303) 531-4560
12/02/2014 Onondaga Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician Syracuse 15 classroom
12/04/2014 Onondaga Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance Syracuse 15 classroom
12/17/2014 Albany Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 70E Albany 14 classroom
12/17/2014 Albany Arc Flash & Electrical Safety with Skills and Certification Albany 21 classroom
Cross Connection Control Bureau City of New York
John Senay
(718) 752-9630
12/05/2014 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course (ASSE) Long Island City 20 workshop
12/08/2014 Queens Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course (ASSE) Long Island City 4 workshop
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
12/12/2014 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
12/15/2014 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
12/19/2014 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
Ferguson Enterprises NY Metro
Maurice Cosentino
(718) 937-9500 x6361
12/02/2014 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 20 workshop
12/12/2014 Queens Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 2.25 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Ted Kenney
(508) 893-7979
12/01/2014 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course S. Burlington 6 workshop
12/02/2014 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course S. Burlington 20 workshop
12/08/2014 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 6 workshop
12/09/2014 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 20 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Valerie Ogden
(518) 828-3155 x15
12/03/2014 Columbia Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Ghent 6 classroom
12/10/2014 Sullivan Water/Wastewater Coagulation & Flocculation Hurleyville 6 workshop
12/11/2014 Herkimer Water/Wastewater Coagulation & Flocculation Ilion 6 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 455-2614
12/08/2014 Dutchess Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Poughkeepsie 7 classroom
12/10/2014 Nassau Hydrant and Water Main O&M Woodbury 4 classroom
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
Steven Gagon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
12/02/2014 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
United Rentals
Mike McDonald
(201) 881-7400
12/05/2014 Out of State Excavation Safety for Competent Person Training Ridgefield Park 6 classroom
12/19/2014 Out of State Confined Space Entry Training Ridgefield Park 6 classroom
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Kenneth J. Potter
(914) 737-2183
12/08/2014 Westchester Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 4 workshop
2015-02 (February)
Cross Connection Control Bureau City of New York
John Senay
(718) 752-9630
02/23/2015 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course (ASSE) Long Island City 20 workshop
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
Steven Gagon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
02/05/2015 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
2015-04 (April)
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
Steven Gagon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
04/11/2015 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
2015-05 (May)
Cross Connection Control Bureau City of New York
John Senay
(718) 752-9630
05/08/2015 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course (ASSE) Long Island City 20 workshop
05/11/2015 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course (ASSE) Long Island City 20 workshop
05/22/2015 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course (ASSE) Long Island City 20 workshop
2015-06 (June)
Cross Connection Control Bureau City of New York
John Senay
(718) 752-9630
06/22/2015 Queens Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course (ASSE) Long Island City 4 workshop


Videos:

The following videos are available to be loaned to Local Health Units only! Operators, please relay your interest to your Local health Unit and request that they organize, apply and get approval to hold a training session for water operators based on videos


Video Title Running Time in Hours
2006 Virtual System Explorer DVD-video only 3
AWWA Teleconference:Excellence in Water Quality Distribution 3
AWWA64090: Water Supply Operations - Source Water Protection 0.25
AWWA64093: Water Supply Operations: Disinfection Strategies 0.25
AWWA64095: Water Supply Operations: Ozone and UV 0.25
AWWA64097: Turbidity Measurement and Particle Counting 0.25
AWWA64099: Water Supply Operations: SCADA and Instrumentatio 0.25
AWWA64109: Water Supply Operations: Distribution Systems 0.25
AWWA64110: Water Supply Operations: Centrifugal Pumps 0.25
AWWA64112: Water Supply Operations: Water Loss Control 0.25
AWWA64127: Operator Math Made Easy 0.25
AWWA64128: Operator Chemistry Made Easy 0.75
AWWA64146: Top Consumer Questions About Drinking Water 0.25
AWWA64173: On the Job: Sampling 0.25
AWWA64190: Unidirectional Flushing 0.25
AWWA64218: Reliable Coliform Sampling for Water Systems 0.25
AWWA64227: New Horizons: The New Workplace 0.25
AWWA64272: Water Supply Operations - Water Sources 0.25
AWWA64281: Water Main Disinfection and Dechlorination 0.25
AWWA64302: Rural Water Management 0.25
AWWA64320: GIS for Water Utilities 0.25
AWWA64322: Hydrants 0.25
AWWA64323: Water Mains 0.25
AWWA64324: Valves 0.25
AWWA64325: Services and Meters 0.25
AWWA64326: Pumps and Motors 0.25
AWWA64328: Recovering from Disaster: Hurricanes and Power Fa 0.5
AWWA64356: The Water Workforce Crisis 0.25
AWWA65068:Emergency Planning-Big Picture for Water Utilities 0.5
AWWA65105: Tapping Into SDWA:Opportunities and Challenges 0.25
AWWA65113: Public Affairs for Water Utilities 0.5
AWWA65121: Preparing for Water Main Breaks 0.25
AWWA65140: Safety First: Water Utility Security 0.25
AWWA65193: Elevated Water Storage Tanks: Safety and Security 0.25
AWWA65218: Routine Coliform Sampling for Water Utilities 0.25
AWWA65226: New Horizons: Critical Infrastructure Protection 0.5
AWWA65233: Security Risk Assessment for Water Utilities 2.5
AWWA65247: Water System Security-Video Field Guide 0.5
AWWA65251: Utility Perimeter Security 0.25
AWWA65255: Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control 0.25
AWWA65268: Water System Security-Bio Threat and Mitigation 0.25
AWWA65269: Water System Security-Distribution Sys Protection 0.5
AWWA65315: The Shrinking Workforce 3.5
Before You Begin...Cross Connections(*overlap with SS video) 0.25
ComputerCD Montana Water Ctr's Small Utility Board Training 3
EPA & the Weather Channel: After the Storm 0.25
EPA Arsenic Treatment Technology 1
EPA Virtual Water Treatment Plant Tour CD-ROM 0.25
Liquid Assets- The Story of our Water Infrastructure 1.5
Modern Marvels: Aqueducts - Man Made Rivers of Life 0.75
Modern Marvels: City Water 0.75
Modern Marvels: Plumbing: The Arteries of Civilization 0.75
Modern Marvels: Water 0.75
Sanitary Survey Inspection, Before You Begin 2.5
USC: Field Testing Backflow Preventers (with USC CCC Manual) 2.5
USC: Working Together for Safe Water 0.25
Water Infrastructure Successful Strategies for Local Leaders 0.25