Drinking Water Protection
Minnesota Water Operators Training Schedule

Dates for Upcoming Waterworks Certification Exams in Minnesota

Subscribe to the Water Operators Training Schedule. You will be notified by e-mail when this page changes (new classes, changes to existing classes).

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

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Other Training

Small System Workshops for Nonmunicipal Systems and Class E Operators

Related Training Links

Exam Application

Download an Water Supply System Operator Exam Application (PDF)

For more information on the examination schedule and exam preparation classes, contact Noel Hansen at 651-201-4690 or Mark Sloan at 651-201-4652.

To receive a Class D or E study guide, contact Noel Hansen, 651-201-4690. Indicate which class of license you are studying for. Click here for Exam References.

Exam applications must be postmarked at least 15 days prior to the exam.
To be eligible to take a certification exam,
applicants must have hands-on operations experience at a drinking water system.


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.

Minnesota Section American Water Works Association (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 a one-day school in April and a one-day school in August.

  • Metro District: conducts a three-day school (Tuesday to Thursday) in early April, alternating between Bloomington and Minneapolis.

  • 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; however, the district is considering holding its three-day school as a joint training function with the Central District in June.

Upcoming Confirmed AWWA Schools
(schools for which exact dates have been scheduled)

August 4-5, 2015—Southwest Water Operators School, AmericInn Hotel and Conference Center, Mankato. Contact Eric Roos, 507-372-8680.

October 16, 2015—Southeast Water Operators School, Cabela's, Owatonna. Contact Bob Dunn, 507-457-8270.

October 21, 2015—Central Water Operators School, St. John's University, Collegeville. Contact Bill Schluenz, 320-252-6822.

October 27-29, 2015—Northwest Water Operators School, Sanford Center, Bemidji. Contact Kris Knutson, 218-299-5470. Registration form.

March 9-11, 2016—Southeast Water Operators School, Kahler Apache Hotel, Rochester. Contact Bob Dunn, 507-457-8270.

April 5-7, 2016—Metro Water Operators School, Ramada Plaza, Minneapolis. Contact Jeanette Boothe, 651-201-4697, or Stew Thornley, 651-201-4655.

April 4-6, 2016—Metro Water Operators School, Ramada Mall of America, Bloomington. Contact Jeanette Boothe, 651-201-4697, or Stew Thornley, 651-201-4655.

Minnesota AWWA Annual Conference

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

September 15-18, 2015—Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

The following dates are tentative:

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.

Other Training:

Surface Water Treatment Workshop
April 25-27, 2016, Holiday Inn, Fargo. Contact Sarah Volk.

Suburban Utility Superintendents Association
October 21, 2015, Shoreview. Contact Jay Hall, 952-924-2557.

Training from Minnesota Rural Water Association (MRWA)
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.

July 14, 2015—Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Training, Spring Grove

July 22, 2015—Line Tracing, Medina

August 18, 2015—Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Training, Pipestone

August 25, 2015—Line Tracing, Burnsville

September 2, 2015—Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Training, Warren

September 9, 2015—Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Training, Zumbrota

September 23, 2015—Operator Expo, Waconia

October 7, 2015—Cross Connection and Backflow Prevention, Little Falls

October 8, 2015—Cross Connection and Backflow Prevention, Mankato

October 27-29, 2015—Certification Refresher and Exam, St. Cloud

November 4, 2015—Financing Your Community Projects, St. Peter

November 17, 2015—Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Training, Clarks Grove

December 2, 2015—Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Training, Waite Park

December 9, 2015—Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Training, Biwabik


Small Water System Workshops for Class D and Class E Water Operations Specialists

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

July 16, 2015—North Branch (Class E)

July 21, 2015—St. Cloud (Class E)

September 1, 2015—Jordan (Class D)

September 29, 2015—Ramsey (Class D)

November 24, 2015—Rochester (Class E)

December 9, 2015—Maple Grove (Class E)

December 15, 2015—Redwood Falls (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.


Training at Anoka Technical College

For more information, contact Kristin Benson at 763-576-4955.


Training by Midwest Assistance Program

For more information, contact Jason Gorr at 218-562-4322.

Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) has two free workshops intended for utility operators, staff, city council members, and clerks. Participants will receive 5 contact hours for each workshop.


Hach Technical Training Center - Water and Wastewater Analysis Workshops

For more information, contact 800-227-4224, extension 2344.


University of Wisconsin - Madison
The University of Wisconsin, Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development offers multi-day courses for professionals, owners, and consultants interested in water and wastewater. For more information, contact Ned W. Paschke or call 800-462-0876 or 608-262-1299.

Related Training Links:

The Office of Water Programs, California State University, Sacramento provides distance learning courses for persons interested in the operation and maintenance of drinking water and wastewater facilities.

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Updated Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 07:00AM