Basic Drinking Water Treatment

WTRD-005 Basic Drinking Water Treatment

Fee: $829.00; No Fee for Matriculated Massachusetts Community College Students
Instruction: Online/Distance
Deadline: January 7, 2022

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?

Section D31 & D32

Enrolled in a community college student, please select course number: WTRD-005-D31 and register using your college email address

Not enrolled in a community college, please select course number WTRD-005-D32

Dates: January 24 - April 11, 2022

Registration Deadline: January 7, 2022

Water Treatment Plant Operation, Vol. I, 7th Edition
ISBN 978-1-323-41617-4

Water Treatment Plant Operation, Vol. II, 7th Edition
ISBN 978-0-13-666899-2

Students must purchase the books from Mass. Water Works Association (MWWA) by ordering online, calling 978-263-1388, or emailing Books can be picked up at the MWWA office (693 Mass. Ave., Acton, MA 01720), or shipped to the student for an additional fee of $20. Books will be shipped to the registration address provided unless otherwise requested. Shipping generally takes 10 to 14 days. Do not wait until the last minute.

Refund Policy

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

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.

Student Handbook Policies

As a participant in this program/course I understand that I am bound by all the rules, regulations, and policies of STCC as outlined in the Springfield Technical Community College Student Handbook.

To view Basic Drinking Water Treatment 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

There are currently no active enrolling sections. For more information or to be waitlisted please contact the Workforce Development Center at or 413-755-4225.