Concepts & Practices of Basic Drinking Water Treatment Online Training

WTRD-005 Concepts & Practices of Basic Drinking Water Treatment Online Training

Fee: $829.00; No Fee for Matriculated Massachusetts Community College Students

Program Description

The Workforce Development Center at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) is partnering with the Massachusetts Water Works Association (MWWA) and the Springfield Water & Sewer Commission to offer this unique consortium based online certificate training.

This training is being offered free of charge to any student currently enrolled at a Massachusetts Community College. These seats are limited.  All others, please see cost information below.

Using the Blackboard Learning Management System, this 12-week training will include weekly topics to prepare students to take the Massachusetts Drinking Water Operator T1 and T2 Treatment license exams. Licensure is necessary for beginning a career in the drinking water industry. This course is approved by the MA Board of Certification of Drinking Water Operators.

Material covered: hydrology, source waters, basic chemistry, treatment technologies, proper chemical application, regulations, laboratory analysis, equipment maintenance, safety, and administrative duties.

A T1 and T2 license allows you to work in such positions as:

  • Water System Manager
  • Water Treatment Operator
  • Water Quality Technician

You can also continue your education in fields such as civil engineering, urban studies, business administration and more to pursue careers such as:

  • Water/Wastewater Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • City Planner

Program Details

  • Non-Matriculated Students: $829.00 plus books
  • Matriculated MA Community College Students: All training materials and textbooks will be provided at no cost upon enrollment verification. Books will be mailed to the address on file.

Need help convincing your employer to help cover the costs?

Dates: February 8 – April 26, 2021

Registration Deadline: January 15, 2021

Water Treatment Plant Operation, Vol. I, 7th Edition
ISBN 978-1-323-78665-9

Water Treatment Plant Operation, Vol. II, 6th Edition
ISBN 978-1-59371-068-2

Non-Matriculated College Students: Must purchase both manuals. To purchase the manuals please contact MWWA by email at or by phone at 978-263-1388.

Free to all matriculated MA community college students. All training materials and textbooks will be provided at no cost upon enrollment verification. Books will be mailed to the address on file.

Refund Policy

Withdraw prior to the start of class* - 100% Refund
No Refunds will be given once class begins

* Please note that special refund policies apply to some courses. The cost of non-returnable items will not be refunded.

In the absence of a written third-party contractual agreement stating otherwise, all refunds will be issued to the student. Credit card payments will be refunded directly to the credit card if processed within thirty days of the payment.

Course Cancellation Policy

The STCC Workforce Training office reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

To view Concepts & Practices of Basic Drinking Water Treatment Online Training related careers, live job listings, and average salaries please see STCC’s Career Coach.

Daniel Laprade has a BS in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has been working in the drinking water field for over 30 years.  He has been an instructor in the field for the last 15 years and is a Massachusetts Registered Professional Engineer and holds both Grade 2 Water Treatment and Distribution licenses in Massachusetts.

Students that completed the course in 2019 have commented:

“I like that it is online which suits my busy lifestyle. The videos are also excellent learning aides.”

“I am a single parent that works full time.  This will allow me the flexibility I need to complete this course.”

“I love the weekly quizzes and the video format.  I learn a lot better with visual aids then I do reading from a book.”

“I learned a great deal about the facility (water treatment plant) during the micro-internship and also was able to reinforce concepts I've learned through the class. Thanks so much for this opportunity.”

For More Information, Please Contact:

The STCC Workforce Development Center
Building 27, Second Floor

Enrollment Process

  1. Click: Online Registration
  2. Click: "Search and Register for Workforce Development Classes"
  3. Type in "Water" and hit "Submit"
  4. Select the appropriate course
    1. Matriculated College Students, please select course number: WTRD-005-D31 and register using your college email address,
    2. Non-Matriculated Students, please select course number WTRD-005-D32
  5. Complete the payment and check out process
    1. Matriculated College Students: Although your course is FREE, you will need to select "Visa Payment" during the checkout process (it will never ask for card information).
    2. Non-Matriculated Students:  Enter your personal and credit card information. Your receipt will be immediately emailed to you.

Please note: If you work for a municipal water department and need to pay by purchase order please call the Workforce Development Center at 413-755-4225.

Once you have enrolled, an email will be sent to your personal email address with information regarding your new STCC email address and your Blackboard credentials. This information will be sent no later than the Friday before the start of the course.