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Because of COVID-19, some events are being postponed or canceled. Upcoming events listed on this calendar will be updated if their status changes. Please keep watching this page in case some of the events get rescheduled.

Also, this page now has a list of webinars related to COVID-19 (the link is above).

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Exams with or without water operator training

Please note: Exams are subject to change. For now, exams will be limited to nine people to allow for proper distancing. 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 30-April 2, 2021 Metro School canceled - This will be held as a series of virtual sessions (without an exam) starting on March 30. See below for more information.

March 31, 2021, 9 a.m. (limited to 12 operators)
Eagan Community Center - Central Oaks Room
1501 Central Parkway, Eagan 55121
Contact Noel Hansen, noel.hansen@state.mn.us, for more information.
Deadline for exam application March 16

April 14, 2021, 9 a.m. (limited to 12 operators)
Champlin Ice Forum - Meeting Room
12165 Ensign Avenue, Champlin 55316
Contact Noel Hansen, noel.hansen@state.mn.us, for more information.
Deadline for exam application March 30

April 21, 2021, 9 a.m. (limited to 12 operators)
City of Eden Prairie
14100 Technology Drive
Eden Prairie  55344
Contact Noel Hansen, noel.hansen@state.mn.us, for more information.
Deadline for exam application April 6

April 21-23, 2021 Postponed until 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 23 (deadline for exam application April 8)

May 12, 2021, 9 a.m. (limited to 12 operators)
City of Minneapolis
4500 Reservoir Boulevard, Columbia Heights 55421
Contact Noel Hansen, noel.hansen@state.mn.us, for more information.
Deadline for exam application April 27

May 19, 2021
Minnesota Rural Water Association
Water Operations & Maintenance, Pipestone
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application May 4)

May 26, 2021, 9 a.m. (limited to 12 operators)
City of Bloomington
1700 West 98th Street, Bloomington 55431
Contact Noel Hansen, noel.hansen@state.mn.us, for more information.
Deadline for exam application May 11

June 2, 2021, 9 a.m. (limited to 12 operators)
City of St. Louis Park - MSC Building (upstairs)
7305 Oxford Street, St. Louis Park 55416
Contact Noel Hansen, noel.hansen@state.mn.us, for more information.
Deadline for exam application May 18

June 23, 2021
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, 2021
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)

July 27, 2021
Minnesota Rural Water Association
Water Operations & Maintenance, Moose Lake
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application July 12)

August 12, 2021
Minnesota Rural Water Association
Water Operations & Maintenance, Frost
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application July 28)

September 28-30, 2021
Minnesota Rural Water Association Exam Refresher
St. Cloud
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on September 30 (deadline for exam application September 15)

October 19-21, 2021
Northwest Water Operators School
Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead
Contact Dean Sletten, dean.sletten@ApexEngGroup.com, 701-373-7998, for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. on October 21 (deadline for exam application October 6)

November 3, 2021
Minnesota Rural Water Association
Water Operations & Maintenance, Morristown
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application October 19)

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, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on April 7 (deadline for exam application March 21)

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)

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.

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

March 30-April 7, 2021
Minnesota AWWA Virtual Water Operators School
In place of the 2021 Metro School, the district is working with other sections to have an on-line series of sessions from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on March 30-31 and April 6-7.
Contact Stew Thornley: stew.thornley@state.mn.us, 651-201-4655, for more information.

MN AWWA Virtual Operator School - Registration

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Management Institutes/Special Training

Minnesota AWWA Annual Conference (No Exams)

Contact Roger Scharf: roger.scharf@jacobs.com, 651-365-8539, for more information.

September 14-17, 2021
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 Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.

April 8, 2021
Water Operations & Maintenance
Ranier

April 14, 2021
Water Operations & Maintenance
Elbow Lake

April 27, 2021
Emerging Contaminants/PFAS
Shakopee

May 12, 2021
Water Operations & Maintenance
Elk River

May 18, 2021
Sustainability Utility Management
Nisswa

May 26, 2021
Engineering for Non-Engineers
Sauk Rapids

June 15, 2021
Hydrant Repair
Park Rapids

June 16, 2021
Line Tracing
Bemidji

July 1, 2021
Hydrant Repair
Hugo

July 14, 2021
Water Operations & Maintenance
Chisago City

July 20, 2021
Specialized Distribution & Collection
Elbow Lake

July 22, 2021
Specialized Distribution & Collection
Annandale

July 29, 2021
Line Tracing
Slayton

August 10, 2021
Hydrant Repair
Stewartville

August 17, 2021
Line Tracing
Faribault

August 24-26, 2021
Minnesota Rural Water Association Technical Conference
St. Cloud

August 31, 2021
Water Operations & Maintenance
Thief River Falls

September 2, 2021
Hydrant Repair
Eden Prairie

September 23, 2021
Operator Expo
Waconia

October 13, 2021
Financing Your Community Projects
St. Cloud

October 20, 2021
Cross Connection & Backflow Prevention
St. Cloud

October 27, 2021
Winterizing Your Water System
St. Cloud

November 17, 2021
Water Operations & Maintenance
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 D Workshops (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Contact Kyle Kedrowski: kyle.kedrowski@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.

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

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.

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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.

COVID-19 Webinars

Webinars and Non-MDH Sponsored Training Opportunities

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Updated Tuesday, 02-Mar-2021 10:12:04 CST