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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

  • EPCT-1025 Basic Wastewater Operations
  • EPCT-1030 Water Utility Safety
  • EPCT-1052 HAZWOPER Training
  • EPCT-1092 Wastewater Laboratory
  • EPCT-1092 Internship 1 Wastewater
  • EPCT-1092 Internship 2 Wastewater
  • EPCT-1092 Internship 3 Wastewater
  • EPCT-2021 Wastewater Collection
  • EPCT-2025 Water Utility Calculations
  • EPCT-2050 Wastewater Treatment
  • TECM-1013 Math Basics

Check course availability

  1. Go to MyTCCTrack: Search for Courses & Course Sections—Advanced Search.
  2. Under Term, select a Continuing Education (CE) Term.
    • Example: CE Qtr 3 2021 Mar-May
  3. Under Academic Level, choose Continuing Education.
  4. Select Search.
  5. Use the Filter Results menu to help you narrow your search:
    • Under Availability, choose Open Sections Only to find classes that aren't full.
    • Under Subject, choose a subject to further filter the results.

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 2021 & Spring 2022 Class Schedules

All courses are approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and are taught on TCC Northwest Campus.

20-hour Courses: $215

Basic Wastewater Operations

  • Dates:
    • September 13–15, 2021
    • January 24–26, 2022

Wastewater Collection

  • Dates:
    • October 11–13, 2021
    • February 21–23, 2022

Wastewater Treatment

  • Dates:
    • October 25–27, 2021
    • March 7–9, 2022

Water Utility Calculations

  • Dates:
    • November 8–10, 2021
    • March 28–30, 2022

Water Utility Safety

  • Dates:
    • September 27–29, 2021
    • February 7–9, 2022

24-hour Course: $280

Wastewater Laboratory

Includes student hands-on component

  • Dates:
    • December 1–3, 2021
    • April 13–15, 2022

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

Call 817-515-7136


Northwest Campus

Ali Williamson
Program Coordinator

Call 817-515-7136


Please call or email me to make an appointment.

Updated October 05, 2021