Well Management
Online Continuing Education

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) accepts continuing education obtained online (via the Internet) from continuing education providers. To be MDH-approved, an online program must meet the requirements of Minnesota Rules, part 4725.1675 (Criteria for Continuing Education), and provide either an examination (which the individual must pass to obtain credit) or other means of verification. Online programs usually have some means of measuring online activity. The provider must issue a certificate or other documentation of program completion. The provider of online training will typically charge a fee for taking their program and providing documentation. Individuals interested in taking an online program to meet the continuing education requirements for certified representatives should contact MDH Well Management Section for program approval.

Currently, MDH Well Management Section has approved the following programs/providers of online continuing education:

International School of Well Drilling:

Offers a fixed-set of online programs for continuing education. The programs listed below are MDH-approved. Each program is either one or two contact hours.

  • Aquifer Storage and Recovery
  • Basic Geology and Groundwater
  • Drilling Methods
  • Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems
  • Injection Wells
  • Well Abandonment
  • Well Construction and History
  • Well Development
  • Well Rehabilitation

Midwest Geosciences Group:

Provides a wide variety of online courses, webinars, and demonstrations in cooperation with Northern Illinois University (NIU) Outreach.

  • The courses are continually changing and varied in subjects.
  • Certificates are provided by NIU Outreach.
  • For a specific course, please contact MDH Well Management Section if there is any question on course approval.

National Drilling Association:

Offers three online programs directly relevant to well and boring contractors. The three programs are:

  • NDA Drilling Safety Certification
  • NDA Groundwater Knowledge Certification
  • NDA Monitor Well Construction Certification

National Ground Water Association:

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) offers a number of online brown bag sessions, webinars, and short courses. Some educational events are available to members only. The educational events are continually changing. The number of contact hours awarded can range from 0.5-4.0 hours. You must register for the event with NGWA and provide proof of registration to MDH in order to be considered for MDH-approved continuing education. Please contact Well Management Section if there is any question on course approval.

The online continuing education providers listed above may offer other programs in related subject areas that may also be eligible for meeting MDH requirements. Please check with MDH Well Management Section to verify that the program will be approved for continuing education.

Whenever a certified representative uses an online program for continuing education, MDH Well Management Section staff will verify with the provider of that program that the individual completed the program.

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Questions?
Contact the MDH Well Management Section
651-201-4600 or 800-383-9808
health.wells@state.mn.us

Minnesota Department of Health
Updated Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 01:42PM