Drinking Water Protection
Minnesota Water Operator Training

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Water Operator Training with Exams

Applications must be received by no later than 15 days prior to the exam. Applications received after the deadline will not be processed.

August 31, 2016
Southwest Water Operators School on August 31
Mankato
Contact Eric Roos, 507-372-8696
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application August 16)

September 28, 2016
Minnesota Rural Water Association workshop on Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance.
Zumbrota
Contact Kyle Kedrowski at 800-367-6792 for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application September 13)

October 14, 2016
Southeast Water Operators School
Cabela's, Owatonna
Contact Bob Stark, 651-385-5112
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application September 29)

October 19, 2016
Suburban Utility Superintendents Association School
Shoreview
Contact Jay Hall, 952-924-2557
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application October 4)

October 18-20, 2016
Minnesota Rural Water Association certification workshop
St. Cloud
Contact Kyle Kedrowski at 800-367-6792 for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on October 20 (deadline for exam application October 5)

October 25-27, 2016
Northwest Water Operators School
Holiday Inn, Detroit Lakes
Contact Dan Portlock
Exam: 9:00 a.m. on October 27 (deadline for exam application October 5)

November 9, 2016
Minnesota Rural Water Association workshop on Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance
Glenville
Contact Kyle Kedrowski at 800-367-6792 for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application October 25)

March 8-10, 2017
Southeast Water Operators School
Kahler Apache Hotel
Contact Bob Stark, 651-385-5112
Exam: 9:00 a.m. on March 10 (deadline for exam application February 23)

April 3-5, 2017
Metro Water Operators School
Earle Brown Conference Center, Brooklyn Center
Contact Jeanette Boothe, 651-201-4697, or Stew Thornley, 651-201-4655
Exam: 12:30 p.m. on April 5 (deadline for exam application March 21)

May 10-12, 2017
Northeast Water Operators School
Superior Shores, Two Harbors
Contact Greg Guerrero
Exam: 9:00 a.m. on May 12 (deadline for exam application April 27)

April 3-5, 2018
Metro Water Operators School
Earle Brown Conference Center, Brooklyn Center
Contact Jeanette Boothe, 651-201-4697, or Stew Thornley, 651-201-4655
Exam: 12:30 p.m. on April 5 (deadline for exam application March 19)

April 2-4, 2019
Metro Water Operators School
Earle Brown Conference Center, Brooklyn Center
Contact Jeanette Boothe, 651-201-4697, or Stew Thornley, 651-201-4655
Exam: 12:30 p.m. on April 4 (deadline for exam application March 18)

Water Operator Training Without Exams

Unless otherwise noted, participants will receive 16 credit hours for attendance at a three-day school water operators school and 6 credit hours for a one-day school.

AWWA Schools (No Exam)

October 19, 2016
Central Water Operators School
St. John's University, Collegeville
Contact Bill Schluenz, 320-252-6822

Agendas for Minnesota AWWA District Water Operator Schools

American Water Works Association Webinars

Minnesota AWWA Annual Conference (No Exams)

Contact Brian LeMon, 952-832-2774, for more information.

September 20-23, 2016
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

September 12-15, 2017
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

September 18-21, 2018
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

September 17-20, 2019
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

September 22-25, 2020
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

Minnesota Rural Water Association (No Exams)

Participants will receive 16 contact hours for the three-day Technical Conference and 6 contact hours for the one-day schools. Contact Kyle Kedrowski at 800-367-6792 for more information.

August 16, 2016
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Training, Fulda

August 30, 2016
Line Tracing, Stillwater

September 1, 2016
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Training, Thief River Falls

September 8, 2016
Operator Expo, Waconia

October 5, 2016
Cross Connection & Backflow Prevention, Apple Valley

October 6, 2016
Cross Connection & Backflow Prevention, St. Cloud

October 20, 2016
Financing Your Community Projects, St. Cloud

November 30, 2016
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Training, Waite Park

December 6, 2016
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Training, Mountain Iron

Small Water System Workshops: Class D & E (No Exams)

Specifically designed for nonmunicipal water systems and Class E water operators, these classes are free for operators of any public water systems serving a population of fewer than 3,300.

August 17, 2016 - Walker (Class E)

September 14, 2016 - Maple Grove (Class D)

September 27, 2016 - Detroit Lakes (Class D)

October 25, 2016 - Two Harbors (Class E)

November 22, 2016 - Cologne (Class E)

December 6, 2016 - Hastings (Class E)

December 14, 2016 - Bemidji (Class E)

Note: Class D workshops, provided by Minnesota Rural Water Association and designed for Class D operators at nonmunicipal and noncommunity nontransient systems, are eight hours. The morning session of these is the same as a stand-alone four-hour workshop for Class E operators; thus, Class E operators may attend either the stand-alone four-hour workshop or the morning session of the Class D workshop.

Other Water Related Classes (No Exams)

University of Minnesota Water Resources Conference

October 18-19, 2016
RiverCentre, St. Paul



Expected Annual Training Schedule for (AWWA) Schools

Although exact dates vary from year to year, most districts in the Minnesota Section of AWWA have a regular schedule for one-day and three-day schools:

  • Southeast District: conducts a three-day school (Wednesday to Friday) in Rochester in mid-March and a one-day school in Owatonna on a Friday in mid-October.

  • Southwest District: conducts one-day schools in April and August.

  • Metro District: conducts a three-day school (usually Tuesday to Thursday) in early April.

  • Central District: conducts a three-day school (Wednesday to Friday) in June and a one-day school at St. John's University in Collegeville in October.

  • Northeast District: conducts a three-day school (Wednesday to Friday) in mid-May.

  • Northwest District: has been conducting a three-day school (Wednesday to Friday) in late October, alternating between Bemidji and Detroit Lakes.


Water Operator Exam Information

For more information on the examination schedule and preparation classes, contact:
noel.hansen@state.mn.us or 651-201-4690
mark.sloan@state.mn.us
or 651-201-4652

To receive a Class D or E study guide, contact:
noel.hansen@state.mn.us or 651-201-4690
Indicate which class of license you are studying for.

To be eligible to take a certification exam, applicants must have hands-on operations experience at a drinking water system.

Exam applications must be postmarked
at least 15 days prior to the exam.



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Updated Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 01:16PM