About the program

This part-time online certificate program provides learners with the knowledge and skills required to work in the water treatment operations industry, an industry which plays a critical role in protecting public health and the natural environment through the responsible treatment of drinking water. To enter the operating profession, individuals must become certified. Graduates of this program will have sufficient knowledge to write various level certification examinations. Courses within this program may also be of interest to water operators who are seeking director-approved 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

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Program outcomes

  • Standards of measure and units' conversions, Explain and describe drinking water regulations as well as make area and volume calculations as related to water treatment and water distribution.
  • Describe the parameters of water quality and sampling requirements for compliance and process control.
  • Describe the basic principles of safety as applied to water operations.
  • Apply the concept of pressure control within a water distribution system, describe disinfection methods and when it may be required within a distribution system, collect water distribution samples for monitoring and regulatory purposes
  • Perform dosage and dosage rate calculations, prepare solutions of desired strengths and determine feed rates, understand the principle of coagulation and flocculation and factors affecting these processes.
  • Name commonly used coagulants and coagulant aids work the stoichiometric requirement of the coagulants.
  • Calculate the operating efficiency of unit operations and processes, read graphs and charts, work out common statistical parameters of a given data set
  • Explain the difference between SI and USC systems of measurement, make flow, velocity and discharge calculations and apply the concept of head to describe various form of energy in water flow systems.

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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