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Operator Certification Training

The State of Vermont Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division approves training courses for Water System Operator Certification.   The table below summarizes the required renewal credits / training contact hours (TCHs) by Operator class.  Operator Certifications need to be renewed every 3 years.


Operator Class Renewal Credits (TCH)




3 hours


10 hours


20 hours

4 A-C

20 hours


20 hours






Upcoming Specialized Training Classes offered in Vermont:

  • USEPA invites you to participate in the free, upcoming workshop “Working Smarter With Your Resources in Tough Economic Times.”

Date: Monday, May 5, 2014
Time: 9am – 12:30pm
Location: White River Junction VA Medical Center, Room 103, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont 05009
For more information: See Agenda

This no-cost, half-day workshop is intended to provide small drinking water and wastewater utility superintendents, operators, and town administrators with tools and resources for smart budgeting, rate setting, and how to communicate your message to customers and other stakeholders. The goal of this workshop is to provide utilities with efficient management tools to help them make the most of limited resources. The workshop will include presentations on several topics with hands-on activities for participants.

  • FEMA-instructed: Strategic Overview of Disaster Management for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Time: 8 am-
Location: Barre Regional Office, Division of Fire Safety-1311 US Route 302, Barre, VT 05641
For more information and registration: See Website


Training Courses:
The following is a list of associations offering water system operator training courses.  Please visit their websites or contact them directly for specific course information (i.e., date, time, class name, contact, TCH's, fee, and location):

• Vermont Rural Water Association   
• Green Mountain Water Environment Association
• New England Water Works Association (NEWWA)   
• Earth Water Specialists, Inc.
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC)

Online Training Courses: 
The following on-line courses have been pre-approved for water system operator TCHs:
** Please note:  only up to 50% of water system operator renewal credits may be earned from on-line courses ** 
• AYPO Tech, LLC
• CEUplan.com
• Michigan State University Water Management Courses
Vermont Leagues of Cities and Towns, PACIF Online University

Looking to have your course pre-approved?  
Download the course Pre-Approval Form and Pre-Approval Guidance and submit contact for pre-approval.   

Questions about course pre-approval?    
Contact the Operator Certification Manager



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