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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.

October 4, 2017
Minnesota Rural Water Association workshop on Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance
Zumbrota
Contact Teri Osterman: teri.osterman@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application September 19)

October 10-12, 2017
Minnesota Rural Water Association certification workshop
St. Cloud
Contact Teri Osterman: teri.osterman@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on October 12 (deadline for exam application September 27)

October 13, 2017
Southeast Water Operators School
Cabela's, Owatonna
Contact Bob Stark: bob.stark@ci.red-wing.mn.us, 651-385-5112, for more information.
Exam: 9:00 a.m. (deadline for exam application October 11)

October 24-26, 2017
Northwest Water Operators School
Sanford Center, Bemidji
Contact Dan Portlock: dportlock@mooreengineeringinc.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 9:00 a.m. on October 26 (deadline for exam application September 28)

October 25, 2017
Suburban Utility Superintendents Association (SUSA) School
Shoreview Community Center, Shoreview
Contact Rick Luckow: richard.luckow@brooklynpark.org, 763-315-8412, for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application October 10)

November 8, 2017
Minnesota Rural Water Association workshop on Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance
Clarks Grove
Contact Teri Osterman: teri.osterman@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application October 24)

March 6-8, 2018
Minnesota Rural Water Association Technical Conference
St. Cloud
Contact Teri Osterman: teri.osterman@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on March 8 (deadline for exam application February 20)

March 14-16, 2018
Southeast Water Operators School
Kahler Apache Hotel, Rochester
Contact Bob Stark: bob.stark@ci.red-wing.mn.us, 651-385-5112, for more information.
Exam: 9:00 a.m. on March 16 (deadline for exam application March 1)

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

May 9-11, 2018
Northeast Water Operators School
Timberlake Lodge, Grand Rapids
Contact Corey Lubovich: coreyl@hpuc.com, 218-262-7725, for more information.
Exam: 9:00 a.m. on May 11 (deadline for exam application April 26)

June 14, 2018
Minnesota Rural Water Association workshop on Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance
Wahkon
Contact Teri Osterman: teri.osterman@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application May 31)

October 10-12, 2018
Minnesota Rural Water Association certification workshop
St. Cloud
Contact Teri Osterman: teri.osterman@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on October 12 (deadline for exam application September 27)

March 5-7, 2019
Minnesota Rural Water Association Technical Conference
St. Cloud
Contact Teri Osterman: teri.osterman@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on March 7 (deadline for exam application February 19)

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

March 3-5, 2020
Minnesota Rural Water Association Technical Conference
St. Cloud
Contact Teri Osterman: teri.osterman@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on March 5 (deadline for exam application February 17)

March 2-4, 2021
Minnesota Rural Water Association Technical Conference
St. Cloud
Contact Teri Osterman: teri.osterman@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on March 4 (deadline for exam application February 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)

Agendas for Minnesota AWWA District Water Operator Schools

American Water Works Association Webinars

October 18, 2017
Central Water Operators School
St. John's University, Collegeville
Contact Bill Schluenz: Bill.Schluenz@ci.waitepark.mn.us, 320-252-6822, for more information.

October 25-26, 2017
American Membrane Technology Association
Membranes Solving Real-World Water Quality Problems
DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South
Contact Kyle Hinrichs: khinrichs@mankatomn.gov, 507-387-8588, for more information.

May 1-3, 2018
Surface Water Treatment Workshop
Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead
Contact Adam Zach: adam.zach@ae2s.com, 701-746-8087, to submit abstracts for a presentation.

Minnesota AWWA Annual Conference (No Exams)

Contact Rob Isabel: isabelrs@cdm.com, 651-252-3716, for more information.

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 Teri Osterman: teri.osterman@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.

September 27, 2017
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance, Thief River Falls

October 18, 2017
Financing Your Community Projects, Litchfield

November 1, 2017
Cross Connection & Backflow Prevention, Glencoe

November 2, 2017
Cross Connection & Backflow Prevention, Wyoming

November 29, 2017
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance, Clarks Grove

December 6, 2017
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance, Mountain Iron

April 11, 2018
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance, Elbow Lake

April 18, 2018
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance, Elk River

April 25, 2017
Sustainable Management Workshop for Small Systems, Grand Rapids

May 2, 2018
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance, Spicer

May 23, 2018
Sustainable Management Workshop for Small Systems, Redwood Falls

May 23, 2018
Line Tracing, Grand Rapids

July 11, 2018
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance, Rushford

July 18, 2018
Line Tracing, Annandale

August 15, 2018
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance, Lake Benton

August 29, 2018
Line Tracing, Blue Earth

September 12, 2018
Operator Expo, Waconia

September 26, 2018
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance, Thief River Falls

October 3, 2018
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance, Zumbrota

October 16, 2018
St. Cloud, Financing Your Community Projects. St. Cloud

October 31, 2018
Cross Connection & Backflow Prevention, St. Cloud

November 1, 2018
Cross Connection & Backflow Prevention, Mankato

November 7, 2017
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance, Clarks Grove

November 28, 2018
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance, Waite Park

December 5, 2018
Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance, 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.

Class E Workshops (8:00 a.m. to noon unless otherwise noted)
September 26 - Ramsey
October 5 - Ely (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
November 21 - Little Falls
December 12 - Monticello

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.


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 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: noel.hansen@state.mn.us, 651-201-4690

To receive a Class D or E study guide, contact:
Noel Hansen: noel.hansen@state.mn.us, 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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