This program is an intensive education for anyone seeking to enter the field of potable
water treatment, water distribution, or cross-connection control. Program courses
provide the training required for employment at a municipal water district, private
water utility, or city water department.
Upon completion of the program, students will have gained the knowledge necessary
to successfully pass the CDPH Water Treatment Operator Certification Exams ( T1-T3 ), Water Distribution Operator Certification Exams ( D1-D3 ), and Cross-Connection Control Certified Specialist and Tester Exams offered by the
American Water Works Association (AWWA) and various County Health Departments.
The 40-hour courses offered through this program satisfy the educational requirements of the State
Water Resources Control Board for both specialized training and continuing education training .
Program courses include:
- Introduction to Water Systems
- Water Treatment
- Water Distribution I
- Water Distribution II (Hydraulics and Instrumentation)
- Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester
- Cross Connection Control Program Specialist
Depending on the level of certification being sought, students may take one or all
of the courses offered through this program. The courses are typically offered during
Fall and Spring semesters and periodically during Summer and Winter inter-sessions.
Courses cover such topics as: water math and chemistry, laboratory procedures, water
sources, groundwater and surface water supplies, reservoir management, water treatment
plant processes, disinfection, Safe Drinking Water Act, corrosion control, iron and
manganese control, fluoridation, water softening, C*T concepts, distribution system
hydraulics, water sampling and bacteriological testing, water wells, cross-connection
control, backflow devices, water tanks, water meters, valves, pumps, motors, pipeline
installation and operation, and safety procedures.