Operator Certification Program

Last Update: September 16, 2021

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 month. 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
Hudson Valley Community College Grade I Initial - Advanced Operations 08/25/2021 to 10/13/2021
$1250 Neil Bonesteel, P.E.
(518) 605-1525
SUNY Morrisville - Morrisville State College Grade C Operators Initial Certification Course 09/27/2021 to 09/27/2021
$525 Cory Sawyer
(315) 684-6082
Grade I Initial - Supervision Course 10/05/2021 to 10/08/2021
$575
Grade D Operators Initial Certification Course 10/13/2021 to 10/14/2021
$325
Grade B Operators Initial Certification Course 10/25/2021 to 10/29/2021
$575
SUNY Ulster Grade A Certification Course 09/09/2021 to 12/07/2021
$105017460 Continuing and Professional Education Registrar
(845) 339-2025
Grade C Certification Course 09/20/2021 to 11/01/2021
$975
Grade D Certification Course 11/08/2021 to 12/08/2021
$724
Southern New York-Long Island Water Works School Grade I: Supervisory Management Course 09/13/2021 to 10/25/2021
$525 Richard Tobin
(516) 785-6451
Grade B Initial Certification Course 02/07/2022 to 04/04/2022
$575
Grade I: Supervisory Management Course 09/12/2022 to 10/24/2022
$525
Victor Elefante Technical Services, Inc. Grade B Certification Course 09/28/2021 to 11/04/2021
$685 Victor Elefante
(631) 878-1191
W2Operator Training Group Grade C Certification Course (34 hours) 09/13/2021 to 09/17/2021
$550 Jenae Withey
(607) 753-1477
Grade B Certification Course 09/13/2021 to 09/17/2021
$650
Grade C Certification Course (34 hours) 09/27/2021 to 10/01/2021
$550
Grade B Certification Course 09/27/2021 to 10/01/2021
$650
Grade D Certification Course 09/27/2021 to 10/01/2021
$550
Grade D Certification Course 10/18/2021 to 10/22/2021
$550


Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2021-09 (September)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
American Flow Control
Shane Hueth
(732) 233-1109
09/16/2021 Cortland Resilient Wedge Gate Valves Homer 1 classroom
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
09/13/2021 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
09/17/2021 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
09/20/2021 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
EMA of New York
Sandy Sands
(607) 756-0424
09/29/2021 Cortland Hands-On AC Drive Troubleshooting Seminar Cortland 12 workshop
Kennedy Valve
Ryan Caron
(607) 731-0752
09/28/2021 Sullivan Operation and Maintenance of Fire Hydrants Livingston Manor 2 classroom
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
09/14/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Keene 20 workshop
09/14/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Hworth 20 workshop
09/20/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course York 4 workshop
09/21/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course York 20 workshop
09/27/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Portland 4 workshop
09/27/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 4 workshop
09/28/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 20 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Kimberly Bennet
(518) 828-3155 x150
09/21/2021 Seneca OSHA (10 hr.) Construction Safety and Health Training Waterloo 4.75 classroom
09/23/2021 Chautauqua Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Mayville 6 classroom
09/28/2021 Cayuga HDPE Pipe & Applications Auburn 6 classroom
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
09/15/2021 Emerging Issues in Water Treatment Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
09/29/2021 Emerging Issues: Lead Services Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2021-10 (October)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
10/13/2021 Genesee Backflow Prevention Batavia 2 classroom
10/18/2021 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
10/22/2021 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
10/25/2021 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
10/18/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Hamden 4 workshop
10/19/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Hamden 20 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Kimberly Bennet
(518) 828-3155 x150
10/06/2021 Columbia Water Fluoridation in NYS Ghent 6 classroom
10/07/2021 Orange Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Newburgh 6 classroom
10/12/2021 Franklin Basic Safety for Water/Wastewater Operators Bombay 6 classroom
10/21/2021 Onondaga Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Cicero 6 classroom
10/26/2021 Genesee GIS & Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Water/Wastewater Systems Batavia 6 classroom
10/27/2021 Ontario GIS & Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Water/Wastewater Systems Canandaigua 6 classroom
10/28/2021 Orange Line Location & Leak Detection (6.0 hours) Maybrook 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
10/13/2021 Suffolk Water Main Installation (4.0 hr) Melville 4 classroom
10/14/2021 Erie Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Buffalo 7 classroom
10/19/2021 Clinton Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Peru 7 classroom
10/27/2021 Tioga Sanitary Surveys and Waterborne Diseases Owego 6 classroom
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Tom Studer
(607) 772-0344
10/12/2021 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop
10/18/2021 Broome Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 20 workshop
Steven Gagnon, MPH, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
10/19/2021 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
W2Operator Training Group
Jenae Withey
(607) 753-1477
10/13/2021 Seneca 2021 Seneca Falls Workshop Seneca Falls 4.25 workshop
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
10/04/2021 Chlorination and Disinfection Refresher Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/07/2021 The Distribution System: Protect Your Water from Source to Tap Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/12/2021 Troubleshooting for Water Distribution Operators Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/14/2021 Basic Lab Procedures for Water Operators Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/18/2021 Equipment Preventative Maintenance Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Mike Sweeney
(914) 737-2183
10/18/2021 Westchester Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 4 workshop
10/25/2021 Westchester Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 20 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2021-11 (November)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
11/15/2021 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
11/01/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Portland 20 workshop
11/01/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Portland 4 workshop
11/02/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Boston 20 workshop
11/29/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course S. Burlington 4 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Kimberly Bennet
(518) 828-3155 x150
11/04/2021 Cattaraugus HDPE Pipe & Applications Randolph 6 classroom
11/04/2021 Otsego Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Oneonta 6 classroom
11/16/2021 Clinton Water Fluoridation in NYS Plattsbugh 6 classroom
11/17/2021 Warren Standard Operating Procedure and Emergency Preparedness Lake George 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
11/04/2021 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
11/08/2021 Dutchess Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Poughkeepsie 7 classroom
11/09/2021 Seneca Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Seneca Falls 7 classroom
11/10/2021 Wyoming Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Perry 7 classroom
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Tom Studer
(607) 772-0344
11/16/2021 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop
Steven Gagnon, MPH, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
11/30/2021 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
11/10/2021 Understanding System Hydraulics Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
11/15/2021 Winter Wise: The Cold Hard Facts About Distribution Systems Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
11/17/2021 Overview of Water Storage Systems Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
11/22/2021 Water Quality for Distribution Systems Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
11/24/2021 Maintaining Chlorine Residuals and Proper Sampling Techniques Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2021-12 (December)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
CCCBCNY
John Senay
(718) 752-9630
12/06/2021 Queens Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course (ASSE) LIC 4 workshop
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
12/03/2021 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
12/06/2021 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
12/10/2021 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
12/06/2021 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
12/06/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 4 workshop
12/07/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 20 workshop
12/14/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Philadelphia 20 workshop
12/16/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Philadelphia 4 workshop
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Tom Studer
(607) 772-0344
12/14/2021 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
12/01/2021 The Multi-Barrier Approach to Drinking Water Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
12/01/2021 Flushing Technigues Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
12/06/2021 Cross Connection Control Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
12/06/2021 The Distribution System: Protect Your Water from Source to Tap Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
12/13/2021 Disinfection of Potable Water Piping Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-01 (January)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
01/08/2022 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
01/05/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 4 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-02 (February)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
02/15/2022 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
02/23/2022 Seneca Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Seneca Falls 7 classroom

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-03 (March)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
03/04/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
03/07/2022 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
03/11/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
03/21/2022 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
03/01/2022 Oneida Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Utica 7 classroom
03/02/2022 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
03/08/2022 Erie Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Williamsville 7 classroom
03/15/2022 Wayne Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Ontario 7 classroom
03/16/2022 Jefferson Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Watertown 7 classroom
03/30/2022 Cattaraugus Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Olean 7 classroom

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-04 (April)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
04/11/2022 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
04/20/2022 Orange Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Woodbury 7 classroom

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-05 (May)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
05/02/2022 Dutchess Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Poughkeepsie 7 classroom
05/10/2022 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
05/11/2022 Ulster Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Kingston 7 classroom
05/24/2022 Tioga Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Owego 7 classroom
05/25/2022 Otsego Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Otego 7 classroom

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-06 (June)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
06/03/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
06/06/2022 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
06/10/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-07 (July)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
07/20/2022 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-09 (September)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
09/09/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
09/12/2022 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
09/16/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
09/12/2022 Dutchess Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Poughkeepsie 7 classroom

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-10 (October)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
10/14/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
10/17/2022 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
10/21/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
10/05/2022 Clinton Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Peru 7 classroom
10/12/2022 Jefferson Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Watertown 7 classroom
10/19/2022 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
10/25/2022 Erie Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Wiliamsville 7 classroom
10/26/2022 Tompkins Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Ithica 7 classroom

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-11 (November)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
11/02/2022 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
11/07/2022 Dutchess Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Poughkeepsie 7 classroom
11/09/2022 Seneca Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Seneca Falls 7 classroom
11/15/2022 Wyoming Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Perry 7 classroom

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-12 (December)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
12/02/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
12/05/2022 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
12/09/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 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