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Water Operator—Distribution

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster

Career Program
Professional Development Courses

Quick Program Facts

  • Number of courses: 10
  • Total hours: 404
  • Length of program: 6 weeks
  • Times offered: fall and spring
  • Accreditation: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)   
  • Cost: $2,125
  • Financial aid: TPEG, TCC Foundation
  • Campus: Northwest
  • Types of instruction: classroom, lab, internship
  • Certificate: TCC Certificate of Completion
  • CEUs: 40.4

Program Description

Distribution Water Operators focus on identifying operating deficiencies in:

  • Water systems
  • Water mains
  • Valves and hydrants
  • Storage
  • Meters and services
  • Pump installation and operations
  • Maintenance of customer meters
  • Corrosion control

They must monitor these systems frequently.

Water and Wastewater Licensed Operators perform a vital role in maintaining the quality of both the human population and the natural environment.

Our Water/Wastewater Treatment Program is designed to provide you with the technical knowledge to competently perform in the water and wastewater utility industry.

Credentials in Detail

After completing this program, you will receive a certificate of completion and 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 Water Operator program courses.

Current operators may take individual courses as in-service training or on-site at a facility.

Fall 2018 Class Schedule

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

20-hour Courses: $215

Basic Water Works Operations

  • Dates: September 10–12

Water Distribution

  • Dates: October 29–31

Water Utility Calculations

  • Dates: December 10–12

Water Utility Safety

  • Dates: October 22–24

24-hour Courses: $280

Surface Water Production I

  • Dates: November 12–14

Water Laboratory

Includes student hands-on component

  • Dates: September 27–29

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

Margarett Williams, Coordinator

Ali Williamson, Program Coordinator

Please call or email me to make an appointment.

Updated August 30, 2018