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Wastewater Operator

Interested in free training?

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you can take TCC Wastewater Operator Program courses for free and work toward a career as a wastewater operator.

Learn more and see if you are eligible: EPA Grant-sponsored Wastewater Operator Training.

Questions? Email Margarett Williams at



Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster

Career Program
Professional Development Courses

Quick Program Facts

  • Number of courses: 11
  • Total hours: 424
  • Length of program: 3 months
  • Times offered: fall and spring
  • Accreditation: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TECQ)   
  • Cost: $2,188
  • Financial aid: TPEG, TCC Foundation
  • Campus: Northwest
  • Types of instruction: classroom, lab and internship
  • Certificate: TCC Certificate of Completion
  • CEUs: 42.4

Program Description

Our program curriculum provides you with the technical skills and knowledge to operate and maintain wastewater treatment plants effectively and safely.

You will learn how to:

  • Produce high quality, clean, safe treated water for discharge to the environment or for reuse
  • Prevent public health hazards from water-borne pathogens
  • Manage receiving water watershed environmental quality
  • Monitor wastewater treatment processes using sampling and laboratory techniques efficiently

The program courses are intended for:

  • Entry-level employees
  • Experienced operators who want to enhance their knowledge
  • Experienced operators who seek training hours toward license renewal

Credentials in Detail

After completing this program, you will receive a certificate of completion, and you will be eligible to apply and test for the appropriate TCEQ licensing exam provided all other TCEQ requirements are met.

TCEQ registration information for licensing

Courses You Will Take

Check availability: Go to the Course Sections Offered by Term page and scroll down to Continuing Education Terms.

How to Apply

Register for the Wastewater Operations–Operator program courses.

Current operators have the option of taking individual courses that can provide in-service training or on-site training.

2017 Training Schedule

All courses are approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

8-hour Course: $170

Math Basics

  • Dates:
    • February 8
    • April 19
    • June 21
  • Day & Time:
    • Wednesday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

20-hour Courses: $215

Basic Wastewater Operations

  • Dates:
    • January 18–20
    • March 29–31
    • May 31–June 2
  • Days & Times:
    • Wednesday/Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Friday: 8 a.m.–noon

Wastewater Collection

  • Dates:
    • January 25–28
    • April 5–8
    • June 7–10
  • Days & Times:
    • Wednesday–Friday: 6–10 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Wastewater Treatment

  • Dates:
    • February 1–4
    • April 12–15
    • June 14–17
  • Days & Times:
    • Wednesday–Friday: 6–10 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Water Utility Calculations

  • Dates:
    • February 22–25
    • May 3–6
    • July 5–8
  • Days & Times:
    • Wednesday–Friday: 6–10 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Water Utility Safety

  • Dates:
    • March 1–4
    • May 10–13
    • July 12–15
  • Days & Times:
    • Wednesday–Friday: 6–10 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

24-hour Course: $280

Wastewater Laboratory

(includes student hands-on component)

  • Dates:
    • February 15–17
    • April 26–28
    • June 28–30
  • Days & Time:
    • Wednesday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Other Courses

You can schedule these courses at Northwest Campus or on-site at your facility.

20-hour Courses

  • Basic Water Works Operations
  • Groundwater Production
  • Water Distribution

24-hour Courses

  • Surface Water Production I
  • Water Laboratory

Ready to take your exams?

The Northwest Campus Professional Certification Testing Center offers TCEQ computer-based test (CBT) exams. For a complete list of TCEQ exams or to schedule an appointment to test, email



Northwest Campus
Community & Industry Education Services
Margarett Williams, Coordinator

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