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.