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Water Operator Training with Exams

Please note: Exams are subject to change. To schedule an exam, contact Noel Hansen, noel.hansen@state.mn.us.

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

March 1-3, 2022
Minnesota Rural Water Association
Technical Conference
Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on March 3 (deadline for exam application February 16)

March 9-11, 2022
Southeast Water Operators School
Rochester International Event Center
Contact Keven Maxa: kevenm@austinutilities.com, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on March 11 (deadline for exam application February 24)

April 5-7, 2022
Metro Water Operators School
Earle Brown Conference Center, Brooklyn Center
Contact Stew Thornley: stew.thornley@state.mn.us, 651-201-4655, or Erin Culver, erin.culver@state.mn.us, 651-201-4697, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on April 7 (deadline for exam application March 23)

April 6, 2022
Southwest Water Operators School
Redwood Area Community Center, Redwood Falls
Contact Kyle Hinrichs: khinrichs@mankatomn.gov, for more information

April 19-21, 2022
Northeast Water Operators School
Timberlake Lodge, Grand Rapids
Contact Wade Klingsporn: Wade.Klingsporn@vcc.edu, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on April 21 (deadline for exam application April 6)

June 23, 2022
Minnesota Rural Water Association
Water Operations & Maintenance
Wahkon
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application June 8)

July 20, 2022
Minnesota Rural Water Association
Water Operations & Maintenance
Rushford
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application July 5)

August 31, 2022
Southwest Water Operators School
Marshall
Contact Kyle Hinrichs: khinrichs@mankatomn.gov, for more information
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application August 16)
Note: The date for this school is tentative although it will be in Marshall.

September 19-21, 2022
Minnesota Rural Water Association
Water & Wastewater Certification Refresher & Exam
St. Cloud
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on September 21 (deadline for exam application September 6)

October 18-20, 2022
Northwest Water Operators School
Holiday Inn - Lakefront, Detroit Lakes
Contact Dean Sletten: dean.sletten@ApexEngGroup.com, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on October 20 (deadline for exam application October 5)

October 27, 2022
Minnesota Rural Water Association
Water Operations & Maintenance
Clarks Grove
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application October 12)

April 4-6, 2023
Metro Water Operators School
Earle Brown Conference Center, Brooklyn Center
Contact Stew Thornley: stew.thornley@state.mn.us, 651-201-4655, or Erin Culver, erin.culver@state.mn.us, 651-201-4697, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on April 6 (deadline for exam application March 22)

April 2-4, 2024
Metro Water Operators School
Earle Brown Conference Center, Brooklyn Center
Contact Stew Thornley: stew.thornley@state.mn.us, 651-201-4655, or Erin Culver, erin.culver@state.mn.us, 651-201-4697, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on April 4 (deadline for exam application March 20)

Water Operator Training without Exams

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

Minnesota Rural Water Association (No Exams)

MRWA Training Calendar
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.

January 26, 2022
Engineering for Non-Engineers
Sauk Rapids

April 6, 2022
Water Operations & Maintenance
Ranier

April 13, 2022
Water Operations & Maintenance
Elbow Lake

January 19, 2022
Cross Connections & Backflow Prevention
Online

April 27, 2022
Emerging Contaminants: PFAS Workshop
Red Wing

May 11, 2022
Water Operations & Maintenance
Zimmerman

May 25, 2022
Water Operations & Maintenance
Pipestone

June 2, 2022
Line Tracing
Rochester

June 16, 2022
Hydrant Repair Training
Cohasset

July 12, 2022
Line Tracing
Osakis

July 14, 2022
Hydrant Repair Training
Eden Prairie

July 27, 2022
Hydrant Repair Training
North Mankato

August 11, 2022
Water Operations & Maintenance
Willmar

August 17, 2022
Water Operations & Maintenance
Wadena

August 25, 2022
Water Operations & Maintenance
Thief River Falls

August 31, 2022
Line Tracing
Grand Rapids

September 14, 2022
13th Annual Operator Expo
Waconia

October 4, 2022
Financing Your Community Projects
St. Cloud

October 5, 2022
Water Operations & Maintenance
Carlton

October 18, 2022
Cross Connection & Backflow Prevention
St. Cloud

October 19, 2022
Water Operations & Maintenance
Chisholm

October 25, 2022
Winterizing Your Water System
St. Cloud

December 6, 2022
Engineering for Non-Engineers
Brainerd

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 D Workshops (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Contact Kyle Kedrowski: kyle.kedrowski@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.

February 16, 2022
Public Safety Building, Warroad

March 2, 2022
Best Western/Kelly Inn, St. Cloud

Class E Workshops (8:00 a.m. to noon)
Contact Jennifer Koenig: jennifer.koenig@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.

April 12, 2022
Benco Electric Cooperative, Mankato

May 11, 2022
City Hall, Scandia

June 12, 2022
Community Center, Cologne

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.

American Water Works Association (AWWA) Schools (No Exam)

Achieve Compliance with SDWA: Distribution Systems and Beyond

February 16, 2022, 8:00 a.m.
City of St. Peter Senior Center, Door B
601 S. Washington Avenue, St. Peter
Contact Mona Cavalcoli, mona@mnawwa.org, for more information.

Minnesota American Water Works Association Annual Conference

September 14-16, 2022
Contact Roger Scharf, roger.scharf@jacobs.com, for more information.

October 19, 2022
Central Water Operators School
St. John's University, Collegeville
Contact Kevin Young, 320-229-4306, for more information.

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Management Institutes/Special Training

Fluoridation Learning Online

Community Water Fluoridation: Fluoridation Learning Online

Contact hours are available of Minnesota water operators who complete this training. Operators will need to attach the certificate of completion to their renewal forms for credit.

Minnesota Rural Water Association

MRWA Training Calendar

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.

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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.

Non-MDH Sponsored Training Opportunities

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Updated Wednesday, 19-Jan-2022 09:02:56 CST