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Attention:

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).

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Thanks for all you do all the time.

Water Operator Training with Exams

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 2-4, 2021
Minnesota Rural Water Association Exam RefresherTechnical Conference rescheduled for August 24-26; the rescheduled conference will not include an exam
St. Cloud
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on March 4 (deadline for exam application February 18)

March 30-April 2, 2021 This will be held as a series of virtual sessions starting on March 30. See below for more information.
Metro Water Operators School
Earle Brown Conference Center, Brooklyn Center
Contact Stew Thornley: stew.thornley@state.mn.us, 651-201-4655, for more information.
MN AWWA Virtual Operator School - Registration

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)

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)

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. A link to register will be added here when it is available.
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.

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Management Institutes/Special Training

Surface Water Optimization training sessions, which had been scheduled for May, July, and August this year have been postponed. These sessions are tentatively planned to occur in 2021.

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.

August 24-26, 2021
Minnesota Rural Water Association Technical Conference
St. Cloud
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.

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, 12-Jan-2021 09:15:05 CST