Operator Certification Program

Last Update: January 20, 2022

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 A/B Water Treatment Plant Operator 04/04/2022 to 05/23/2022
$1250 Neil Bonesteel, P.E.
(518) 605-1525
Jamestown Community College Grade A/B (water Treatment Plant Operator) 03/21/2022 to 04/01/2022
$1595 Gant Umberger
(716) 338-1000
Grade D (Water Distribution System) 04/26/2022 to 04/28/2022
$675
Grade C (Water System Operator) 05/09/2022 to 05/11/2022
$675
Grade C (Water System Operator) 06/27/2022 to 06/29/2022
$675
Grade A/B (water Treatment Plant Operator) 07/18/2022 to 07/27/2022
$1595
Grade D (Water Distribution System) 08/01/2022 to 08/03/2022
$675
SUNY Morrisville - Morrisville State College Grade D Operators Initial Certification Course . to 07/08/2022
$325 Cory Sawyer
(315) 684-6082
Grade I Initial - Supervision Course 03/01/2022 to 03/04/2022
$575
Grade C Operators Initial Certification Course 03/28/2022 to 03/31/2022
$525
Grade C Operators Initial Certification Course 05/31/2022 to 06/03/2022
$525
Grade I Initial - Supervision Course 08/09/2022 to 08/12/2022
$575
Grade D Operators Initial Certification Course 10/04/2022 to 10/05/2022
$325
Grade C Operators Initial Certification Course 10/25/2022 to 10/28/2022
$525
Grade I Initial - Supervision Course 11/15/2022 to 11/18/2022
$575
SUNY Ulster Grade D Certification Course 01/19/2022 to 02/16/2022
$724 Continuing and Professional Education Registrar
(845) 473-9392
Southern New York-Long Island Water Works School Grade B Initial Certification Course 02/07/2022 to 04/04/2022
$575 Richard Tobin
(516) 785-6451
Grade I: Supervisory Management Course 09/12/2022 to 10/24/2022
$525
W2Operator Training Group Grade C Certification Course (34 hours) 09/12/2021 to 09/16/2022
$550 Jenae Withey
(607) 753-1477
Grade A Certification Course 03/07/2022 to 03/07/2022
$1000
Grade C Certification Course (34 hours) 04/04/2022 to 04/08/2022
$550
Grade B Certification Course 04/04/2022 to 04/08/2022
$650
Grade D Certification Course 05/09/2022 to 05/13/2022
$550
Grade B Certification Course 09/12/2022 to 09/16/2022
$650
Grade D Certification Course 10/17/2022 to 10/21/2022
$550


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
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
01/19/2022 Impacts of Trapped Air Particles on Water Distribution Systems Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
01/24/2022 The Distribution System: Protect Your Water from Source to Tap Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
01/26/2022 Overview of Water Storage Systems Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape

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 Rural Water Association
Kimberly Bennet
(518) 828-3155 x150
02/08/2022 Genesee Sustainable Management of Rural and Small Systems Workshop Batavia 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
02/15/2022 Nassau Customer Complaints About Water Quality Woodbury 4 classroom
02/23/2022 Seneca Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Seneca Falls 7 classroom
Steven Gagnon, MPH, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
02/15/2022 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
02/22/2022 Pumps & Pumping Hydraulics Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
02/22/2022 Winter Wise: The Cold Hard Facts About Distribution Systems Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
02/24/2022 Disinfection of Potable Water Piping Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
02/24/2022 COVID-19 and Drinking Water Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
02/28/2022 Chemical Safety Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Mike Sweeney
(914) 737-2183
02/07/2022 Westchester Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 4 workshop
02/17/2022 Westchester Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 20 workshop

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
New York Rural Water Association
Kimberly Bennet
(518) 828-3155 x150
03/02/2022 Fulton Sustainable Management of Rural and Small Systems Workshop Johnstown 6 classroom
03/09/2022 Steuben Water Fluoridation in NYS Hornell 6 classroom
03/22/2022 Orange Groundwater Treatmemt Workshop Maybrook 6 classroom
03/23/2022 Tioga Groundwater Treatmemt Workshop Nichols 6 classroom
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
03/03/2022 Rensselaer Sanitary Surveys and Waterborne Diseases Troy 6 classroom
03/08/2022 Erie Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Williamsville 7 classroom
03/15/2022 Clinton Concrete Water Tank Construction Peru 4 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
03/18/2022 Suffolk Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Melville 4 classroom
03/30/2022 Cattaraugus Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Olean 7 classroom
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
03/02/2022 Chlorination and Disinfection Refresher Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
03/07/2022 Water Censervation - Cut Your Losses Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
03/09/2022 Troubleshooting for Water Distribution Operators Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
03/14/2022 Iron and Manganese Remonval Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
03/14/2022 Equipment Preventative Maintenance Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
03/16/2022 Corrision Prevention & Control 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
03/16/2022 Cross Connection Control Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
03/21/2022 Water Quality for Distribution Systems Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
03/23/2022 Emerging Issues: Lead Services Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
03/28/2022 Adverse Water Quality Response Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
03/30/2022 Basic Water Distribution for Water Treatment Operators Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape

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 Rural Water Association
Kimberly Bennet
(518) 828-3155 x150
04/13/2022 Orange Water Fluoridation in NYS Newburgh 6 classroom
04/19/2022 Otsego Basic Safety for Water/Wastewater Operators Oneonta 6 classroom
04/20/2022 Clinton Basic Safety for Water/Wastewater Operators Plattsburgh 6 classroom
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
Steven Gagnon, MPH, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
04/26/2022 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
W2Operator Training Group
Jenae Withey
(607) 753-1477
04/22/2022 Cortland Grade A-compliant Lab Course Cortland 6.5 workshop
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
04/18/2022 Basic Water Treatment for Water Distribution Operators 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
04/27/2022 Basic Lab Procedures for Water Operators 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape

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
05/03/2022 Erie Automatic Control Valves O&M Wililamsville 6 classroom
05/10/2022 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
05/11/2022 Suffolk Water Well Rehabilitation and Maintenance Melville 4 classroom
05/11/2022 Ulster Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Kingston 7 classroom
05/18/2022 Orange Concrete Water Tank Construction Middletown 4 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
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
05/04/2022 Corrision Prevention & Control 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
05/09/2022 Ozone Technology for Water Treatment 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
05/11/2022 Emerging Issues in Water Treatment 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
05/16/2022 Distribution System Breaks and Repairs 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
05/18/2022 Flushing Technigues 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
05/24/2022 Advanced Water Treatment 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape

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
Jamestown Community College
Gant Umberger
(716) 338-1000
06/13/2022 Cattaraugus Basic Lab Skills Olean 5 workshop
06/16/2022 Chautauqua Chlorine Disinfection Dunkrik 4 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Kimberly Bennet
(518) 828-3155 x150
06/09/2022 Rensselaer Line Location & Leak Detection (6.0 hours) Castleton 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
06/07/2022 Nassau Dam Safety Woodbury 4 classroom
06/22/2022 Suffolk Basic Electrical, Power Systems & Communication Melville 4 classroom
Steven Gagnon, MPH, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
06/21/2022 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
06/01/2022 Impacts of Trapped Air Particles on Water Distribution Systems Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
06/06/2022 Cyanotoxins and Their Treatment 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
06/08/2022 Drinking Water Disinfection: The CT Concept 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
06/13/2022 The Distribution System: Protect Your Water from Source to Tap Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
06/15/2022 Overview of Water Storage Systems Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
06/27/2022 Winter Wise: The Cold Hard Facts About Distribution Systems Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
06/27/2022 Equipment Preventative Maintenance Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
06/29/2022 Corrision Prevention & Control 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
06/29/2022 Disinfection of Potable Water Piping Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Mike Sweeney
(914) 737-2183
06/13/2022 Westchester Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 4 workshop
06/20/2022 Westchester Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 20 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-07 (July)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Jamestown Community College
Gant Umberger
(716) 338-1000
07/11/2022 Cattaraugus Chlorine Disinfection Olean 4 workshop
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:2022-08 (August)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
08/04/2022 Rensselaer UV Disinfection (4.0 hr) Troy 4 classroom
08/24/2022 Otsego Automatic Control Valves O&M Otego 6 classroom
Steven Gagnon, MPH, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
08/30/2022 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop

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
Jamestown Community College
Gant Umberger
(716) 338-1000
09/01/2022 Cattaraugus Basic Hydraulics Olean 5 workshop
09/08/2022 Chautauqua Basic Lab Skills Dunkirk 5 workshop
09/21/2022 Chautauqua Basic Hydraulics Dunkirk 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
09/21/2022 Suffolk Media and Public Relations for Water Professionals Melville 4 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
10/04/2022 Clinton Use of Permanganate and Corrosion Control Chemicals Peru 4 classroom
10/05/2022 Suffolk GIS and Facilities Management Melville 4 classroom
10/05/2022 Saratoga Use of Permanganate and Corrosion Control Chemicals Ballston Spa 4 classroom
10/05/2022 Clinton Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Peru 7 classroom
10/06/2022 Ulster Use of Permanganate and Corrosion Control Chemicals Kingston 4 classroom
10/12/2022 Jefferson Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Watertown 7 classroom
10/18/2022 Wyoming Concrete Water Tank Construction Perry 4 classroom
10/19/2022 Nassau Hands-On Chlorination (4.0 hr) Woodbury 4 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
Steven Gagnon, MPH, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
10/25/2022 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Mike Sweeney
(914) 737-2183
10/17/2022 Westchester Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 4 workshop
10/24/2022 Westchester Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 20 workshop

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
11/16/2022 Nassau Applied Microbiology / Rehabilitation of Country's Oldest Higgins Loop Woodbury 4 classroom
Steven Gagnon, MPH, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
11/29/2022 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop

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