Operator Certification Program

Last Update: June 14th, 2019

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 10/07/2019 to 11/21/2019
$975 Neil Bonesteel, P.E.
(518) 237-0193
SUNY Morrisville - Morrisville State College Grade I Initial - Supervision Course 06/25/2019 to 06/28/2019
$500 Cory Sawyer
(315) 684-6082
Grade D Operators Initial Certification Course 07/16/2019 to 07/17/2019
$300
Grade C Operators Initial Certification Course 10/07/2019 to 10/10/2019
$500
Grade D Operators Initial Certification Course 10/22/2019 to 10/23/2019
$300
Grade I Initial - Supervision Course 10/29/2019 to 11/01/2019
$500
Grade B Operators Initial Certification Course 11/18/2019 to 11/22/2019
$550
Western New York Water Operator School Grade I: Advanced Operations Course 06/10/2019 to 06/14/2019
$700 Charles L. Ciehomski
(716) 833-2081
Grade D Certification Course 09/09/2019 to 09/10/2019
$425
Grade C Certification Course 09/11/2019 to 09/13/2019
$450
Grade A/B Certification Course (Grade B) 09/30/2019 to 10/04/2019
$575
Grade A/B Certification Course (Grade A) 09/30/2019 to 10/11/2019
$875
Grade I: Advanced Operations Course 10/28/2019 to 11/01/2019
$700


Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2019-05 (May)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
CCCBCNY
John Senay
(718) 752-9630
05/09/2019 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course (ASSE) Long Island City 20 workshop
05/23/2019 Queens Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course (ASSE) Long Island City 20 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2019-06 (June)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
CCCBCNY
John Senay
(718) 752-9630
06/24/2019 Queens Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course (ASSE) Long Island City 4 workshop
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
06/14/2019 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
06/17/2019 Albany Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Latham 6 workshop
06/17/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Hartsford 6 workshop
06/18/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Latham 20 workshop
06/18/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Hartford 20 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 455-2614 x2
06/19/2019 Suffolk Basic Electrical, Power Systems & Communication Melville 4 classroom
TPC Training
Naomi Yencich
(303) 531-4560
06/26/2019 Monroe Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 70E Pittsford 14 classroom
06/26/2019 Monroe Arc Flash & Electrical Safety with Skills and Certification Pittsford 21 classroom
W2Operator Training Group
Douglas E. Withey
(607) 753-1477
06/28/2019 Cortland Grade A-compliant Lab Course Cortland 6.5 workshop
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Kenneth J. Potter
(914) 737-2183
06/24/2019 Westchester Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 4 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2019-07 (July)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Erie County Water Authority
John Mogavero
(716) 207-1095
07/19/2019 Erie Refresher Asbestos Training Cheektowaga 4 classroom
NY Water Environment Association-Executive Office
Maggie Hoose
(315) 422-7811
07/19/2019 Cayuga Mathematics for Water & Wastewater Auburn 6 classroom
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
07/15/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 6 workshop
07/16/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Hollitson 20 workshop
07/23/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Northampton 6 workshop
07/29/2019 Clinton Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Plattsburgh 6 workshop
07/30/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Plattsburgh 20 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Valerie Ogden
(518) 828-3155 x15
07/25/2019 Onondaga Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Syracuse 6 classroom
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Tom Studer
(607) 772-0344
07/23/2019 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
07/30/2019 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
TPC Training
Naomi Yencich
(303) 531-4560
07/22/2019 Monroe Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician Pittsford 15 classroom
07/24/2019 Monroe Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance Pittsford 15 classroom

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2019-08 (August)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
08/05/2019 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
08/20/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Groton 6 workshop
08/20/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 6 workshop
08/21/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Groton 20 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Valerie Ogden
(518) 828-3155 x15
08/07/2019 Ulster Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Kingston 6 classroom
08/28/2019 St Lawrence Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Canton 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 455-2614 x2
08/14/2019 Suffolk GIS and Facilities Management Melville 4 classroom
08/15/2019 Tioga Small Systems Operator Training Owego 6.5 classroom
TPC Training
Naomi Yencich
(303) 531-4560
08/21/2019 Erie Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 70E Cheektowaga 14 classroom
08/21/2019 Erie Arc Flash & Electrical Safety with Skills and Certification Cheektowaga 21 classroom
08/26/2019 Onondaga Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance East Syracuse 15 classroom
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Kenneth J. Potter
(914) 737-2183
08/26/2019 Westchester Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 4 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2019-09 (September)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
09/13/2019 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
09/16/2019 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
09/20/2019 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
EMA of New York
Sandy Sands
(607) 756-0424
09/04/2019 Tompkins Hands-On AC Drive Troubleshooting Seminar Ithaca 14.5 workshop
09/24/2019 Cortland Hands-On AC Drive Troubleshooting Seminar Cortland 14.5 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
09/09/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Keene 6 workshop
09/09/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Haworth 6 workshop
09/10/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Keene 20 workshop
09/10/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Haworth 20 workshop
09/16/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course York 6 workshop
09/17/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course York 20 workshop
09/23/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 6 workshop
09/24/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 20 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Valerie Ogden
(518) 828-3155 x15
09/26/2019 Dutchess Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Fishkill 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 455-2614 x2
09/10/2019 Jefferson Water University Watertown 5 classroom
09/12/2019 Erie Water University Williamsville 5 classroom
09/18/2019 Westchester Concrete Water Tank Construction Peekskill 4 classroom
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Tom Studer
(607) 772-0344
09/24/2019 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop
TPC Training
Naomi Yencich
(303) 531-4560
09/03/2019 Albany Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician Albany 15 classroom
09/05/2019 Albany Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance Albany 15 classroom
09/09/2019 Erie Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician Cheektowaga 15 classroom
09/09/2019 Onondaga Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician Syracuse 15 classroom
09/11/2019 Erie Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance Cheektowaga 15 classroom
09/18/2019 Onondaga Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 70E East Syracuse 14 classroom
09/18/2019 Onondaga Arc Flash & Electrical Safety with Skills and Certification East Syracuse 21 classroom
09/23/2019 Nassau Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance Plainview 15 classroom
09/25/2019 Albany Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 70E Albany 14 classroom
09/25/2019 Albany Arc Flash & Electrical Safety with Skills and Certification Albany 21 classroom

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2019-10 (October)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
10/21/2019 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
10/25/2019 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
10/01/2019 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
Erie County Water Authority
John Mogavero
(716) 207-1095
10/04/2019 Erie Refresher Asbestos Training Cheektowaga 4 classroom
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
10/14/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Philadelphia 6 workshop
10/15/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Philadelphia 20 workshop
10/21/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Hamden 6 workshop
10/22/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Hamden 20 workshop
10/29/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 6 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 455-2614 x2
10/08/2019 Rensselaer Water Meter Design and Maintenance Troy 5.5 classroom
10/08/2019 Clinton Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Peru 7 classroom
10/09/2019 Suffolk Media and Public Relations for Water Professionals Melville 4 classroom
10/09/2019 Clinton Water Meter Design and Maintenance Peru 5.5 classroom
10/10/2019 St Lawrence Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Ogdensburg 7 classroom
10/15/2019 Rensselaer Use of Permanganate and Corrosion Control Chemicals Troy 4 classroom
10/16/2019 Ulster Use of Permanganate and Corrosion Control Chemicals Kingston 4 classroom
10/17/2019 Dutchess Use of Permanganate and Corrosion Control Chemicals Poughkeepsie 4 classroom
10/23/2019 Oneida Operator Ethics & Applications in Water Supply (3.5) Utica 3.5 classroom
10/23/2019 Rensselaer Hydrants, Valves and Meters Troy 5.25 classroom
10/24/2019 Jefferson Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Watertown 7 classroom
10/29/2019 Seneca Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Waterloo 7 classroom
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Tom Studer
(607) 772-0344
10/21/2019 Broome Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 20 workshop
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
10/08/2019 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
TPC Training
Naomi Yencich
(303) 531-4560
10/07/2019 Nassau Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician Plainview 15 classroom
10/09/2019 Nassau Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 70E Plainview 14 classroom
10/09/2019 Nassau Arc Flash & Electrical Safety with Skills and Certification Plainview 21 classroom
10/28/2019 Monroe Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance Pittford 15 classroom
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Kenneth J. Potter
(914) 737-2183
10/21/2019 Westchester Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 20 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2019-11 (November)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
11/18/2019 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
Erie County Water Authority
John Mogavero
(716) 207-1095
11/02/2019 Erie Basic Math for Grade A and D Operators Buffalo 6 classroom
NY Water Environment Association-Executive Office
Maggie Hoose
(315) 422-7811
11/12/2019 Monroe Mathematics for Water & Wastewater Rochester 6 classroom
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
11/04/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Portland 6 workshop
11/05/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Portland 20 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 455-2614 x2
11/04/2019 Dutchess Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Poughkeepsie 7 classroom
11/05/2019 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
11/13/2019 Chautauqua Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Dunkirk 7 classroom
11/13/2019 Suffolk Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Melville 7 classroom
11/20/2019 Tompkins Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Ithaca 7 classroom
11/26/2019 Monroe Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Rochester 7 classroom
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Tom Studer
(607) 772-0344
11/07/2019 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2019-12 (December)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
12/06/2019 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
12/09/2019 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
12/13/2019 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
Erie County Water Authority
John Mogavero
(716) 207-1095
12/06/2019 Erie Refresher Asbestos Training Cheektowaga 4 classroom
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
12/02/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course S. Burlington 6 workshop
12/02/2019 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 6 workshop
12/03/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course S. Burlington 20 workshop
12/03/2019 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 20 workshop
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 455-2614 x2
12/03/2019 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
12/11/2019 Nassau Groundwater Woodbury 4 classroom
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Tom Studer
(607) 772-0344
12/12/2019 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
12/03/2019 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
TPC Training
Naomi Yencich
(303) 531-4560
12/02/2019 Monroe Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician Plainview 15 classroom
12/04/2019 Westchester Arc Flash & Electrical Safety 70E White Plains 14 classroom
12/04/2019 Westchester Arc Flash & Electrical Safety with Skills and Certification Elmsford 21 classroom
12/16/2019 Onondaga Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician East Syracuse 15 classroom
12/18/2019 Onondaga Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance East Syracuse 15 classroom
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Kenneth J. Potter
(914) 737-2183
12/02/2019 Westchester Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 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 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