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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.

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 24, 2022
Southwest Water Operators School
Marshall
Contact Reed Andries: reeda@marshallutilities.com, for more information
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application August 9)

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 14, 2022
Southeast Water Operators School
Cabela's, Owatonna
Contact Keven Maxa: kevenm@austinutilities.com, for more information.
Exam: 1:00 p.m. (deadline for exam application September 29)

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)

March 7-9, 2023
Minnesota Rural Water Association
Technical Conference
St. Cloud
Contact Bob Klug, bob.klug@mrwa.com, 800-367-6792, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on March 9 (deadline for exam application February 22)

March 15-17, 2023
Southeast Water Operators School
Rochester International Event Center
Contact Keven Maxa: kevenm@austinutilities.com, for more information.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on March 17 (deadline for exam application March 2)

April 18-20, 2023
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 20 (deadline for exam application April 5)

May 9-11, 2023
Metro Water Operators School
Eagan Community 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 May 11 (deadline for exam application April 26)

May 7-9, 2024
Metro Water Operators School
Eagan Community 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 May 9 (deadline for exam application April 24)

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 Section - American Water Works Association (No Exam)

October 19, 2022
Central Water Operators School
St. John's University, Collegeville
Contact Kevin Young: kbyoung@seh.com, for more information.

Minnesota Rural Water Association (No Exams)

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

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.

August 24, 2022
Maple Grove

September 21, 2022
Oronoco

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

July 13, 2022
Walker

July 20, 2022
Ridgeway

September 27, 2022
Willmar

October 5, 2022
Two Harbors

November 30, 2022
Elbow Lake

December 7, 2022
Little Falls

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)

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.

Chlorine Webinar Training

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Region V is conducting a free webinar on how to comply with reporting requirements for chlorine. The webinar will be held on August 4 and repeated September 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central Time.

To register: How to Comply with EPA's EPCRA and 112(r) Reporting Requirements for Chlorine

When prompted for a password, use R5Chlorine.

The training is for water/wastewater operators and facilities that have chlorine in a process. It is not open for contractors and consultants.

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) that has been in early April, but it will be in May starting in 2023.

  • 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 Thursday, 30-Jun-2022 11:35:48 CDT