About the program

This part-time online certificate program provides learners with the knowledge of practices, theories, and applications relevant to wastewater collection and treatment systems. Students will be introduced to concepts in wastewater treatment as applied to municipal and compatible industrial environmental systems, and will explore support systems mainly pertaining to pumps, motors, and processes in wastewater collection treatment. Graduates of this program will have sufficient knowledge to write various level certification examinations. Courses within this program may also be of interest to wastewater operators who are seeking continuing education units (CEUS) that are recognized by the Ontario Water Wastewater Certification Office (OWWCO).

Program information

All courses must be successfully completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or being at least 19 years of age or older

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of admission requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Explain the difference between SI and USC systems of measurement.
  • Identify the basic principles of and recognize the importance of disinfection of water including the ability to define detention time, equivalent population, hydraulic grade, hydraulic grade line and energy grade line.
  • Differentiate between mass and weight terms and calculate mass density and weight density of water and relate to pressure. Students will be able to calculate the solution feed rate and amount of chemical required to prepare solutions of given strength.
  • Assess and evaluate wastewater flows and characteristics, list and identify the physical and chemical characteristics of sewage water, and the ability to compare primary and secondary treatment.
  • Describe the sedimentation units and solid contact units and describe four zones of sedimentation, show the main application of solid contact units and calculate detention time, overflow rate and mean flow velocity.
  • Make area and volume calculations as related to wastewater operations and devices, apply the principles of hydraulics to find flow rates, pressures and pumping head and power and identify the basic principles of and recognize the importance of disinfection of water.
  • Describe the basic principles of safety as applied to wastewater operations, describe the main processes and operations employed in wastewater collection, explain the processes and equipment employed in wastewater treatment systems.

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming registrations

Mark your calendar with our registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Fall registration: Opens July 22, 2024
Winter registration: Opens November 4, 2024