Concepts & Practices Of Drinking Water Distribution

WTRD-019 Concepts & Practices Of Drinking Water Distribution

Hours: 37
Fee: $829.00; No Fee for Matriculated Massachusetts Community College Students

Instruction: Online/Distance

Program Description

Massachusetts Water Works Association LogoThe 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. 

There is no tuition charge for students currently enrolled at a Massachusetts Community College. Community College students must purchase the books and will be reimbursed if they successfully complete the course. All others, please see cost information below.

Using the Blackboard Learning Management System, this 12-week training will include weekly topics that will help prepare students to take the Massachusetts Drinking Water Operator Grade 2, 3 & 4 Distribution 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 includes: hydrology, source waters, basic math and chemistry, regulations, water sampling, hydraulics, distribution system components (pipes, valves, pumps, tanks, and meters), equipment operation and maintenance, safety, and administrative duties.

This is a self-paced course for those needing a flexible study schedule. Students follow a schedule of viewing instructional videos, textbook reading, group discussion topics, and quizzes. There is an online midterm exam and final exam. To pass this course students must achieve a minimum of 70 points which is achieved through: participation in the weekly “Discussion” topics, completion of assigned homework, mid-term exam, and final exam. Taking, and passing this course is a prerequisite for anyone wishing the take the Massachusetts Grades 2, 3 or 4 Distribution license examinations.

Program Details

Fee: $829.00; No Fee for Matriculated Massachusetts Community College Students
Books: $90 plus $20 shipping

Massachusetts Community College students must purchase the books and will be reimbursed if they successfully complete the course.  

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.

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Section D11 & D12

Matriculated community college students, please select course number: WTRD-019-D11 and register using your college email address

Non-Matriculated community college students, please select course number WTRD-019-D12

Dates: September 7, 2021 – December 4, 2021 (No class week of November 22nd)

Registration Deadline: August 20, 2021

Water Distribution Operation & Maintenance 7th Edition
Sacramento State University

The textbook listed above costs $90. Please allow 2 weeks for book delivery.

Students must purchase the book from the Mass. Water Works Association. Click HERE to order the book. 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. Please allow 2 weeks for book delivery.

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.

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Daniel Laprade has a BS in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has been working in the drinking water field for over 35 years.  He has been an instructor in the field for the last 20 years and is a Massachusetts Registered Professional Engineer and holds both Grade 2 Water Treatment and Distribution licenses in Massachusetts.

2020 Student Testimonials

I liked the flexibility of the course. I didn't have to take any time off of work or do any travel.
The YouTube videos were great. I also liked the homework and being able to see the correct answers after submitting it. They are great practice help.
The self -paced aspect worked well with my overnight shift.
I really like the self-paced aspect of this course. That is one of the main reasons I took this course.
Thank you for a great course. I learned a lot and feel prepared for my state exam.

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 CC College Students, please select course number: WTRD-019-D11 and register using your college email address,
    2. Non –Matriculated CC Students, please select course number WTRD-019-D12
  5. Complete the payment and check out process
    1. Matriculated Students: Although your course is Free, you will need to select "Visa Payment" during check out 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.