Operator Certification Program

Last update: August 22, 2016

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.

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/SCHOOLGRADE/COURSEDATES/TIMESCOSTCONTACT
SUNY Morrisville - Morrisville State College Grade D Operators Initial Certification Course 10/11/2016 to 10/12/2016
$300 Cory Sawyer
(315) 684-6082
Grade I Initial - Supervision Course 10/18/2016 to 10/21/2016
$500
Grade B Operators Initial Certification Course 11/14/2016 to 11/18/2016
$550
Southern New York-Long Island Water Works School Grade A Certification Course 09/07/2016 to 11/02/2016
TBA Richard Tobin
(516) 785-6451
Grade B Certification Course 09/12/2016 to 11/21/2016
$700
Grade D Certification Course 01/23/2017 to 02/20/2017
$400
Grade I: Advanced Operations Course 02/27/2017 to 05/01/2017
$850
Grade I: Supervisory Management Course (Evening) 05/08/2017 to 06/26/2017
$500
W2Operator Training Group Grade B/C Certification Course 09/12/2016 to 09/16/2016
$550 Douglas E. Withey
(607) 753-1477
Grade D Certification Course 09/19/2016 to 09/23/2016
$550
Grade B (B/C) Certification Course 10/17/2016 to 10/21/2016
$550
Grade B/C Certification Course 10/17/2016 to 10/21/2016
$550
Grade C (B/C) Certification Course 10/17/2016 to 10/21/2016
$550
Grade A Certification Course 11/01/2016 to 11/11/2016
$950
Western New York Water Operator School Grade D Certification Course 09/12/2016 to 09/13/2016
$375 Charles L. Ciehomski
(716) 833-2081
Grade C Certification Course 09/14/2016 to 09/16/2016
$450
Grade A/B Certification Course (Grade A) 10/03/2016 to 10/14/2016
$875
Grade A/B Certification Course (Grade B) 10/03/2016 to 10/07/2016
$575
Grade I: Advanced Operations Course 10/31/2016 to 11/04/2016
$700


Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2016-08 (August)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Mueller Company
John Fiedler
(914) 475-5813
08/18/2016 Orange Distribution Training (6.0) Walden 6 classroom
08/23/2016 Suffolk Distribution Training (6.0) Happauge 6 classroom
New England Water Works Association
Ted Kenney
(508) 893-7979
08/16/2016 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Groton 20 workshop
TPC Trainco
Naomi Yencich
(303) 531-4560
08/17/2016 Westchester Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance New Rochelle 15 classroom
08/24/2016 Onondaga Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 70E Syracuse 14 classroom
08/24/2016 Onondaga Arc Flash & Electrical Safety with Skills and Certification Syracuse 21 classroom
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Kenneth J. Potter
(914) 737-2183
08/22/2016 Westchester Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 4 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2016-09 (September)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
09/16/2016 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
09/19/2016 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
09/23/2016 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
09/12/2016 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
Ferguson Enterprises NE Region
Maurice Cosentino
(718) 937-9500 x6361
09/13/2016 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 20 workshop
Mueller Company
John Fiedler
(914) 475-5813
09/06/2016 Suffolk Distribution Training (6.0) Happauge 6 classroom
09/08/2016 Suffolk Distribution Training (6.0) Happauge 6 classroom
New England Water Works Association
Ted Kenney
(508) 893-7979
09/12/2016 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Keene 6 workshop
09/12/2016 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Haworth 6 workshop
09/12/2016 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course York 6 workshop
09/13/2016 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Keene 20 workshop
09/13/2016 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Haworth 20 workshop
09/13/2016 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course York 20 workshop
09/26/2016 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 6 workshop
09/27/2016 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 20 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Valerie Ogden
(518) 828-3155 x15
09/07/2016 Genesee Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Batavia 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 455-2614 x2
09/07/2016 St Lawrence Use of Hypochlorite, Pumps and Chlorine Ogdensburg 6 classroom
09/12/2016 Dutchess Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Poughkeepsie 7 classroom
09/13/2016 Orange Dam Safety & Instrumentation Topics in Water/Wastewater Middletown 6 classroom
09/14/2016 Erie Water University Springville 5 classroom
09/14/2016 Oneida Sanitary Surveys and Waterborne Diseases Utica 6 classroom
09/14/2016 Nassau Water Storage Tank Operation and Maintenance Woodbury 4 classroom
09/21/2016 Erie 2016 Tifft: DOH Regulatory Updates Buffalo 3 conference
09/21/2016 Erie 2016 Tifft: Disinfection & Disinfection By-Products Buffalo 2.5 conference
09/21/2016 Erie 2016 Tifft: Water Supply & Water Quality Buffalo 2.5 conference
09/21/2016 Erie 2016 Tifft: Asset Management & Capital Investment for Water Systems Buffalo 2.5 conference
09/21/2016 Erie 2016 Tifft: Manufacturer Presentations Buffalo 1 conference
09/21/2016 Erie 2016 Tifft: Exhibit Hall With Demonstrations Buffalo 1 conference
09/22/2016 Erie 2016 Tifft: Lead & Corrosion Issues Buffalo 2 conference
09/22/2016 Erie 2016 Tifft: Sustainability & Water Reuse Buffalo 2 conference
09/22/2016 Erie 2016 Tifft: Advances in Water Treatment & Distribution Systems Buffalo 2 conference
09/22/2016 Erie 2016 Tifft: Rehabilitation & Upgrade of Water Supply Infrastructure Buffalo 2 conference
09/28/2016 Chenango Water Meter Design and Maintenance Norwich 5.5 classroom
TPC Trainco
Naomi Yencich
(303) 531-4560
09/21/2016 Westchester Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 70E New Rochelle 14 classroom
09/21/2016 Westchester Arc Flash & Electrical Safety with Skills and Certification New Rochelle 21 classroom
09/26/2016 Monroe Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician Rochester 15 classroom
09/28/2016 Monroe Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance Rochester 15 classroom

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2016-10 (October)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
10/01/2016 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
Ferguson Enterprises NE Region
Maurice Cosentino
(718) 937-9500 x6361
10/21/2016 Queens Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 2.5 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Ted Kenney
(508) 893-7979
10/10/2016 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Philadelphia 6 workshop
10/11/2016 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Philadelphia 20 workshop
10/17/2016 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Hamden 6 workshop
10/18/2016 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Hamden 20 workshop
10/31/2016 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Boston 6 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 455-2614 x2
10/05/2016 Saratoga Automatic Control Valves O&M Ballston Spa 6 classroom
10/12/2016 Jefferson Automatic Control Valves O&M Watertown 6 classroom
10/18/2016 Oneida Sanitary Surveys and Waterborne Diseases Troy 6 classroom
10/19/2016 Rensselaer Operator Ethics & Applications in Water Supply (3.5) Troy 3.5 classroom
10/19/2016 Suffolk Sanitary Surveys and Waterborne Diseases Melville 6 classroom
10/25/2016 Rensselaer Activated Carbon for Water Treatment Troy 4 classroom
10/25/2016 Clinton Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Peru 7 classroom
10/26/2016 Clinton Activated Carbon for Water Treatment Peru 4 classroom
10/27/2016 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
SUNY Morrisville - Morrisville State College
Cory Sawyer
(315) 684-6082
10/27/2016 Madison Water Laboratory Course (Grade A-compliant) Morrisville 6 workshop
SUNY Potsdam
Robert M. Henninger
(315) 265-7033
10/11/2016 St Lawrence 2016 Local Gov Conf - Hazardous Communication Potsdam 1.5 conference
10/11/2016 St Lawrence 2016 Local Gov Conf - Permit Required Confined Spaces Potsdam 1.5 conference
10/11/2016 St Lawrence 2016 Local Gov Conf - Personal Protection Equipment Potsdam 1.5 conference
Seneca County Department of Health
Thomas Scoles
(315) 539-1947
10/07/2016 Seneca Water Supply Operations: Disinfection Strategies video Waterloo 0.25 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/07/2016 Seneca Water Supply Operations: Ozone and UV video Waterloo 0.25 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/07/2016 Seneca Turbidity Measurement and Particle Counting video Waterloo 0.25 teleconference/webcast/videotape
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Daniel Crocker
(607) 772-0344
10/24/2016 Broome Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 20 workshop
TPC Trainco
Naomi Yencich
(303) 531-4560
10/17/2016 Albany Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician Albany 15 classroom
10/19/2016 Albany Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance Albany 15 classroom
10/24/2016 Nassau Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician Plainview 15 classroom
10/26/2016 Nassau Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance Plainview 15 classroom
W2Operator Training Group
Douglas E. Withey
(607) 753-1477
10/14/2016 Cortland Competent Person Training Cortland 3 conference
10/23/2016 Cortland Confined Space Training Cortland 3 classroom
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Kenneth J. Potter
(914) 737-2183
10/24/2016 Westchester Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 20 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2016-11 (November)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
11/14/2016 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Ted Kenney
(508) 893-7979
11/01/2016 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Boston 20 workshop
11/14/2016 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Portland 6 workshop
11/15/2016 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Portland 20 workshop
11/28/2016 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course S. Burlington 6 workshop
11/29/2016 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course S. Burlington 20 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 455-2614 x2
11/01/2016 Suffolk Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Bayshore 7 classroom
11/02/2016 Suffolk Process Verification and Calibration Melville 6 classroom
11/02/2016 Rensselaer Water Meter Technology Troy 3.5 classroom
11/03/2016 Suffolk Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Melville 7 classroom
11/14/2016 Dutchess Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Poughkeepsie 7 classroom
11/17/2016 Westchester Activated Carbon for Water Treatment Peekskill 4 classroom
Seneca County Department of Health
Thomas Scoles
(315) 539-1947
11/18/2016 Seneca Elevated Water Storage Tanks: Safety and Security video Waterloo 0.25 teleconference/webcast/videotape
11/18/2016 Seneca Public Affairs for Water Utilities video Waterloo 0.5 teleconference/webcast/videotape
11/18/2016 Seneca Safety First: Water Utility Security video Waterloo 0.25 teleconference/webcast/videotape
11/18/2016 Seneca Tapping into SDWA: Opportunities and Challenges video Waterloo 0.25 teleconference/webcast/videotape
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Daniel Crocker
(607) 772-0344
11/08/2016 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop
11/10/2016 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop
TPC Trainco
Naomi Yencich
(303) 531-4560
11/02/2016 Monroe Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 70E Rochester 14 classroom
11/02/2016 Monroe Arc Flash & Electrical Safety with Skills and Certification Rochester 21 classroom
11/09/2016 Erie Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 70E Cheektowaga 14 classroom
11/09/2016 Erie Arc Flash & Electrical Safety with Skills and Certification Cheektowaga 21 classroom
11/16/2016 Albany Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 70E Albany 14 classroom
11/16/2016 Albany Arc Flash & Electrical Safety with Skills and Certification Albany 21 classroom
11/28/2016 Erie Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician Cheektowaga 15 classroom
11/30/2016 Nassau Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 70E Plainview 14 classroom
11/30/2016 Nassau Arc Flash & Electrical Safety with Skills and Certification Plainview 21 classroom
11/30/2016 Erie Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance Cheektowaga 15 classroom

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2016-12 (December)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
12/12/2016 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
12/16/2016 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
Ferguson Enterprises NE Region
Maurice Cosentino
(718) 937-9500 x6361
12/02/2016 Queens Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 2.5 workshop
12/06/2016 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 20 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Ted Kenney
(508) 893-7979
12/05/2016 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 6 workshop
12/06/2016 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 20 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 455-2614 x2
12/07/2016 Nassau Water Treatment System Design, Operation & Maintenance Woodbury 4 classroom
Seneca County Department of Health
Thomas Scoles
(315) 539-1947
12/09/2016 Seneca Aqueducts-Man Made Rivers of Life video Waterloo 0.75 teleconference/webcast/videotape
12/09/2016 Seneca City Water video Waterloo 0.75 teleconference/webcast/videotape
12/09/2016 Seneca Plumbing: Arteries of Civilization video Waterloo 0.75 teleconference/webcast/videotape
12/09/2016 Seneca Water video Waterloo 0.75 teleconference/webcast/videotape
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Kenneth J. Potter
(914) 737-2183
12/05/2016 Westchester Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 4 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2017-01 (January)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Ferguson Enterprises NE Region
Maurice Cosentino
(718) 937-9500 x6361
01/27/2017 Queens Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 2.5 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2017-02 (February)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
NYS Department of Health, Hornell District Office
Hyland Hartsough
(585) 423-8064
02/18/2017 Schuyler LCR Update and Sample Site Plan, Sequestration Bath 3 classroom

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2017-03 (March)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Ferguson Enterprises NE Region
Maurice Cosentino
(718) 937-9500 x6361
03/10/2017 Queens Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 2.5 workshop
03/21/2017 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 20 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2017-05 (May)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Ferguson Enterprises NE Region
Maurice Cosentino
(718) 937-9500 x6361
05/12/2017 Queens Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 2.5 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2017-09 (September)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Ferguson Enterprises NE Region
Maurice Cosentino
(718) 937-9500 x6361
09/12/2017 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 20 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2017-10 (October)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Ferguson Enterprises NE Region
Maurice Cosentino
(718) 937-9500 x6361
10/20/2017 Queens Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 2.5 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2017-12 (December)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Ferguson Enterprises NE Region
Maurice Cosentino
(718) 937-9500 x6361
12/01/2017 Queens Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 2.5 workshop
12/05/2017 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Maspeth 20 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 TitleRunning Time in Hours
2006 Virtual System Explorer DVD-video only3
AWWA Teleconference:Excellence in Water Quality Distribution3
AWWA64090: Water Supply Operations - Source Water Protection0.25
AWWA64093: Water Supply Operations: Disinfection Strategies0.25
AWWA64095: Water Supply Operations: Ozone and UV0.25
AWWA64097: Turbidity Measurement and Particle Counting0.25
AWWA64099: Water Supply Operations: SCADA and Instrumentatio0.25
AWWA64109: Water Supply Operations: Distribution Systems0.25
AWWA64110: Water Supply Operations: Centrifugal Pumps0.25
AWWA64112: Water Supply Operations: Water Loss Control0.25
AWWA64127: Operator Math Made Easy0.25
AWWA64128: Operator Chemistry Made Easy0.75
AWWA64146: Top Consumer Questions About Drinking Water0.25
AWWA64173: On the Job: Sampling0.25
AWWA64190: Unidirectional Flushing0.25
AWWA64218: Reliable Coliform Sampling for Water Systems0.25
AWWA64227: New Horizons: The New Workplace0.25
AWWA64272: Water Supply Operations - Water Sources0.25
AWWA64281: Water Main Disinfection and Dechlorination0.25
AWWA64302: Rural Water Management0.25
AWWA64320: GIS for Water Utilities0.25
AWWA64322: Hydrants0.25
AWWA64323: Water Mains0.25
AWWA64324: Valves0.25
AWWA64325: Services and Meters0.25
AWWA64326: Pumps and Motors0.25
AWWA64328: Recovering from Disaster: Hurricanes and Power Fa0.5
AWWA64356: The Water Workforce Crisis0.25
AWWA65068:Emergency Planning-Big Picture for Water Utilities0.5
AWWA65105: Tapping Into SDWA:Opportunities and Challenges0.25
AWWA65113: Public Affairs for Water Utilities0.5
AWWA65121: Preparing for Water Main Breaks0.25
AWWA65140: Safety First: Water Utility Security0.25
AWWA65193: Elevated Water Storage Tanks: Safety and Security0.25
AWWA65218: Routine Coliform Sampling for Water Utilities0.25
AWWA65226: New Horizons: Critical Infrastructure Protection0.5
AWWA65233: Security Risk Assessment for Water Utilities2.5
AWWA65247: Water System Security-Video Field Guide0.5
AWWA65251: Utility Perimeter Security0.25
AWWA65255: Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control0.25
AWWA65268: Water System Security-Bio Threat and Mitigation0.25
AWWA65269: Water System Security-Distribution Sys Protection0.5
AWWA65315: The Shrinking Workforce3.5
Before You Begin...Cross Connections(*overlap with SS video)0.25
ComputerCD Montana Water Ctr's Small Utility Board Training3
EPA & the Weather Channel: After the Storm0.25
EPA Arsenic Treatment Technology1
EPA Virtual Water Treatment Plant Tour CD-ROM0.25
Liquid Assets- The Story of our Water Infrastructure1.5
Modern Marvels: Aqueducts - Man Made Rivers of Life0.75
Modern Marvels: City Water0.75
Modern Marvels: Plumbing: The Arteries of Civilization0.75
Modern Marvels: Water0.75
Sanitary Survey Inspection, Before You Begin2.5
USC: Field Testing Backflow Preventers (with USC CCC Manual)2.5
USC: Working Together for Safe Water0.25
Water Infrastructure Successful Strategies for Local Leaders0.25