Water and Waste Management Training

What is the purpose of the program?

The Water and Waste Management Program is designed for individuals employed by Community Governments either full or part time and working in Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment and Solid Waste in the community. This program is also relevant for industry requiring Water and Wastewater Treatment. Courses have been developed to provide community works staff with the practical knowledge and skills needed to effectively perform in a Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Management position. The curriculum is also based on the Association Boards of Certification (ABC) Model standard developed for Water and Wastewater Operators.

What are the objectives of the program?

The objectives of the Water and Waste Management Program include but are not limited to the following:

  • the assurance of a safe and adequate water supply;

  • the protection of the aquatic environment;  

  • the recognition of water and wastewater facility operators and the important role they play in their communities;

  • educating Community Works staffs to properly and safely operate and maintain a Solid Waste Management System in the NWT in order to protect public health and the environment in your community; and,

  • to prepare Community Works staffs for successful completion of Water and Wastewater Operator certification.

Why should I take the Water and Waste Management Training program?

The training under the Water & Waste Management Program provides water system, wastewater system and solid waste operators with specific job training and certification opportunities. Training and certification is important to ensure that our communities live in a safe, healthy environment and are provided with clean, potable water.

What do participants receive upon completion?

Certification is available to water, wastewater and solid waste system operators through two streams:

  • GNWT NT Board of Certification for Water and Wastewater Operators; and
  • Program Certification from the GNWT, Municipal and Community Affairs.

When and Where?

Training courses are available and can be hosted in communities and regional locations. As well, many of our training courses take place at the City of Yellowknife’s Water Treatment Plant training room. Please refer to the School of Community Government course calendar for updated courses and dates.

Courses Available

Chlorine Handling

Course Description:

This course earns a total of two (2.0) CEUs/Continuing Education Units This three-day workshop covers the theoretical and practical aspects of chlorination, the handling and use of chlorine and chlorine compounds, as well as the operation and maintenance of chlorination equipment. It is intended for operators working in a municipality who wish to upgrade their knowledge of chlorination and chlorinators

Class I Waste Water Collection

Course Description:

The course is designed to ensure that the Operator is knowledgeable in the following areas of Wastewater Collections: operating and maintaining wastewater collection systems, emphasizing safe practices and procedures, the components and typical layouts of collection systems. Operators will be given an overview of safety procedures for construction, inspection and testing of sewers, inspection of manholes, and underground construction and repair. Detailed instructions are included in the course manual for using closed-circuit television, clearing stoppages, cleaning sewers, and controlling roots, grease, odours, and corrosion in collection systems. This course focuses on the knowledge and skills operators need to identify actual collection system problems and select appropriate methods to solve them.

Class I Wastewater Treatment

Course Description:

This course is designed to assist the operator with the operation and maintenance of Class I Wastewater Treatment system. The highlights of Wastewater Treatment include: the use of safe practices and procedures in terms of wastewater treatment, the role and responsibilities of a treatment plant operator, operation and maintaining of racks, screens, comminutors, sedimentation tanks, trickling filters, rotating biological contactors, package activated sludge plants, oxidation ditches, ponds, and chlorination facilities.

Class I Water Distribution

Course Description:

The course is designed to ensure that the student is knowledgeable in the following areas of Water Distribution: role and duties of system operators, procedures for operating and maintaining clear wells and storage tanks, components and characteristics of distribution system facilities, operating and maintaining distribution systems, maintaining water quality in the system, disinfecting new and repaired facilities as well as water delivered to consumers, and techniques for recognizing hazards and developing safe procedures and water distribution programs.

Class I Water Treatment

Course Description:

The course is designed to ensure that the student is knowledgeable in the following areas of Water and Water Treatment: Micro-Biological Characteristics of Water, Physical and Chemical Characteristics of Water, Coagulation and Flocculation, Jar Tests, Sedimentation, Water Filtration, Iron and Manganese Control, Chlorination, Sampling, Records, Safety, Security. This course is designed to assist Water Plant Operator with the operation and maintenance of a Class I water treatment system.

Class II Water Treatment

Course Description:

This course is designed to assist Water Plant Operator with the operation and maintenance of a Class II water treatment system. Highlights include: basic knowledge of water distribution practices; role of the operator, safety, hydraulics; focuses on the practical aspects of system construction; focuses on operation and maintenance of distribution systems; review of water quality, disinfection and treatment applications; and pumps and controls.

Pre-Math

Course Description:

This optional pre-math course is a one day course provided to operators with a review of basic math concepts and math formulas relevant to water/waste water operators. Topic areas include volume calculations, flow rates, equipment usage and dosage and concentration calculations. It is offered in conjunction with the following water treatment courses: Small Systems Water Treatment, Class I Water Treatment and Class II Water Treatment.

Small System Waste Water Treatment

Course Description:

This course is designed to assist the operator with the operation and maintenance of small wastewater collection and lagoon systems. This course is run in conjunction with the School of Community Government Solid Waste Management Course, which is optional to take.

Small System Water Treatment

Course Description:

The Small Systems course is designed to ensure that the student is knowledgeable in the following areas of Water and Water Treatment: Sources of Water, Characteristics of Water, Purpose of Chlorine, How Chlorine Works, How to Test the Chlorine Residual, Inspecting and Maintaining Pumps, Safety, Operations and Maintenance Procedures, Record Keeping and Water License Requirements. This course is designed to assist Water Plant Operator with the operation and maintenance of a small water treatment system.

Solid Waste Management

Course Description:

This course is designed for those working in the field of Solid Waste Management but is open to anyone interested in the field. Highlights of the course include: municipal solid waste; solid waste collection; alternatives to solid waste; landfill operations and maintenance; regulatory requirements and occupational health and safety. This course is run in conjunction with the SCG Small Systems Wastewater Treatment Course, which is optional to take