Operator Certification Program

Last Update: June 11, 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
Jamestown Community College Grade A/B (water Treatment Plant Operator) 08/02/2021 to 08/12/2021
$1595 Gant Umberger
(716) 338-1000
SUNY Morrisville - Morrisville State College Grade I Initial - Supervision Course 07/13/2021 to 07/16/2021
$575 Cory Sawyer
(315) 684-6082
Grade D Operators Initial Certification Course 07/20/2021 to 07/21/2021
$325
Grade C Operators Initial Certification Course 09/27/2021 to 09/27/2021
$525
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
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
W2Operator Training Group Grade B Certification Course 09/13/2021 to 09/17/2021
$650 Jenae Withey
(607) 753-1477
Grade C Certification Course (34 hours) 09/13/2021 to 09/17/2021
$550
Grade D Certification Course 10/18/2021 to 10/22/2021
$550


Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2021-06 (June)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
06/07/2021 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
06/11/2021 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
06/21/2021 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
06/08/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Newington 20 workshop
06/14/2021 Albany Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Latham 6 workshop
06/15/2021 Albany Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Latham 20 workshop
06/21/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Boonton 6 workshop
06/22/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Boonton 20 workshop
06/22/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 6 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Kimberly Bennet
(518) 828-3155 x150
06/08/2021 Montgomery HDPE Pipe & Applications St. Johnsvillle 6 classroom
06/16/2021 Be Water Resilience Ready 1 teleconference/webcast/videotape
06/29/2021 Dutchess Water Fluoridation in New York State Poughkeepsie 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
06/09/2021 Valve Training: Resilient Wedge Gate Valves 1 teleconference/webcast/videotape
Steven Gagnon, MPH, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
06/22/2021 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
06/07/2021 Overview of Water Storage Systems Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
06/09/2021 Corrision Prevention & Control Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
06/09/2021 Chemical Safety Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
06/16/2021 Chlorination and Disinfection Refresher Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
06/23/2021 Distribution System Breaks and Repairs Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Mike Sweeney
(914) 737-2183
06/07/2021 Westchester Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 4 workshop
06/14/2021 Westchester Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 20 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2021-07 (July)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
07/06/2021 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
07/19/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 6 workshop
07/20/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 20 workshop
07/27/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Northampton 6 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Kimberly Bennet
(518) 828-3155 x150
07/06/2021 Cortland Water Fluoridation in New York State Cortland 6 classroom
07/07/2021 Jefferson Water Fluoridation in New York State Evans Mills 6 classroom
07/21/2021 Wyoming Water Fluoridation in New York State Perry 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
07/07/2021 Suffolk Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Melville 7 classroom
07/20/2021 Otsego Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Oneonta 7 classroom
07/21/2021 Broome Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Vestal 7 classroom
07/22/2021 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
07/06/2021 Watermain Disinfection Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
07/06/2021 The Multi-Barrier Approach to Drinking Water Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
07/14/2021 Winter Wise: The Cold Hard Facts About Distribution Systems Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
07/26/2021 Water Censervation - Cut Your Losses Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
07/28/2021 Basic Lab Procedures for Water Operators Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2021-08 (August)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
08/16/2021 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
Finger Lakes Water Works Conference
Jean A. Millis
(315) 789-3030
08/12/2021 Seneca 2021 Summer Meeting/Vendor Exhibit Seneca Falls 1 conference
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
08/09/2021 Clinton Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Plattsburgh 6 workshop
08/10/2021 Clinton Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Plattsburgh 20 workshop
08/16/2021 Onondaga Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Syracuse 6 workshop
08/16/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Norwich 6 workshop
08/17/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Norwich 20 workshop
08/17/2021 Onondaga Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Syracuse 6 workshop
08/26/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 6 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
08/10/2021 Jefferson Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Watertown 7 classroom
08/15/2021 Suffolk Lead and Copper Rule Melville 4 classroom
08/17/2021 Genesee Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Batavia 7 classroom
08/18/2021 Tompkins Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Ithaca 7 classroom
08/24/2021 Ulster Sanitary Surveys and Waterborne Diseases Kingston 6 classroom
08/25/2021 Rensselaer Sanitary Surveys and Waterborne Diseases Troy 6 classroom
08/31/2021 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
Steven Gagnon, MPH, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
08/24/2021 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
08/03/2021 Understanding System Hydraulics Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
08/09/2021 Emerging Issues in Water Treatment Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
08/11/2021 Water Quality for Distribution Systems Online 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2021-09 (September)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
09/10/2021 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
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
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
09/13/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Keene 6 workshop
09/13/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Haworth 6 workshop
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 6 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 6 workshop
09/27/2021 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 6 workshop
09/28/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 20 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
09/13/2021 Dutchess Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Poughkeepsie 7 classroom

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
10/18/2021 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
10/18/2021 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 6 workshop
10/19/2021 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Hamden 20 workshop
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
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 6 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 6 workshop
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

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 6 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 6 workshop
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Tom Studer
(607) 772-0344
12/14/2021 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop

New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979 01/05/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 6 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