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Wastewater Operator

Quick Program Facts

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 course availability: Go to Course Sections Offered by Term in WebAdvisor and scroll down to Continuing Education Terms.

How to Apply

Get started: Apply & register for class

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

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 Class Schedule

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

20-hour Courses: $215

Basic Wastewater Operations

  • Dates: 
    • September 23–25, 2019
    • February 10–12, 2020

Wastewater Collection

  • Dates: 
    • October 14–16, 2019
    • February 26–28, 2020

Wastewater Treatment

  • Dates: 
    • October 28–30, 2019
    • March 16–18, 2020

Water Utility Calculations

  • Dates: 
    • November 11–13, 2019
    • April 20–22, 2020

Water Utility Safety

  • Dates: 
    • October 2–4, 2019
    • February 3–5, 2020

24-hour Course: $280

Wastewater Laboratory

Includes student hands-on component

  • Dates: 
    • December 5–7, 2019
    • April 16–18, 2020

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 July 30, 2019