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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).

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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.

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 has passed)

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)

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.
Exam: 8:30 a.m. on August 26 (deadline for exam application August 11)

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)

October 20, 2021
Central Water Operators School
St. John's University, Collegeville
Contact Kim Larsen: kim.larsen@state.mn.us, for more information.

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Management Institutes/Special Training

Minnesota AWWA Training

July 26-27, 2021
Setting Effective Rates & Accessing Funding
9:00 a.m. to noon Central Time each day
Registration information will be posted when it is available.

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

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 (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.

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 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.

Non-MDH Sponsored Training Opportunities

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Updated Tuesday, 15-Jun-2021 14:25:30 CDT