Operator Certification Program

Last Update: August 18, 2022

The purpose of this web document is to provide a list of approved water operator instructor-led courses that have open registration for those interested in becoming certified water operators in New York State and those fulfilling renewal requirements. The training courses listed below are classroom-based; those interested in correspondence or web-based courses should review that document. The cost of training is not set by the Department and must be discussed with the training sponsor.

The information contained in this document changes daily and this document is refreshed every month. Please refer back to this page often in order to find new and updated information.

Please be sure to have your e-mail software up and running so that clicking on a sponsor's contact will start an e-mail for you should the contact be a link. The document is organized by year and month of training; each month's training is in alphabetic order of training sponsor/provider - please jump to the month of interest or scroll through the information provided.

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Initial Certification Sponsors and Courses
SPONSOR/SCHOOLGRADE/COURSEDATES/TIMESCOSTCONTACT
SUNY Morrisville - Morrisville State College Grade D Operators Initial Certification Course 10/04/2022 to 10/05/2022
$325 Cory Sawyer
(315) 684-6082
Grade C Operators Initial Certification Course 10/25/2022 to 10/28/2022
$525
SUNY Ulster Grade B Certification Course 09/08/2022 to 11/08/2022
$1347 Continuing and Professional Education Registrar
(845) 473-9392
Grade A Certification Course 09/08/2022 to 12/01/2022
$105017460
Grade C Certification Course 09/19/2022 to 11/02/2022
$975
Grade D Certification Course 11/07/2022 to 12/07/2022
$724
Southern New York-Long Island Water Works School Grade D Initial Certification Course (Old) 09/01/2022 to 09/29/2022
$475 Richard Tobin
(516) 785-6451
Grade I: Supervisory Management Course 09/12/2022 to 10/24/2022
$525
W2Operator Training Group Grade C Certification Course (34 hours) 09/12/2021 to 09/16/2022
$550 Jenae Withey
(607) 753-1477
Grade B Certification Course 09/12/2022 to 09/16/2022
$650
Grade D Certification Course 10/17/2022 to 10/21/2022
$550


Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-08 (August)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
08/22/2022 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
08/26/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
Koester Associates, Inc.
Robin Griff
(315) -69-7-38 x00
08/16/2022 Chautauqua County Water Operators Association 1 conference
08/16/2022 Chautauqua County Water Operators Association 1 conference
08/16/2022 Chautauqua County Water Operators Association 1 conference
NYC DEP - Valhalla
Rachel Kip-Johnson
(845) 340-7249
08/18/2022 Bronx initial Grade 2A course Bronx 6 classroom
08/25/2022 Bronx initial Grade 2A course Bronx 6 classroom
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
08/15/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Norwich 4 workshop
08/16/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Norwich 20 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Kimberly Bennet
(518) 828-3155 x150
08/16/2022 Oneida Basic Safety for Water/Wastewater Operators Waterville 6 classroom
08/17/2022 Franklin Chemical Treatments for Nutrient Removal & Chemical Metering Pumps O&M Saranac Lake 2
08/18/2022 Washington Chemical Treatments for Nutrient Removal & Chemical Metering Pumps O&M Whitehall 2
08/31/2022 Oneida Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Boonville 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
08/24/2022 Otsego Automatic Control Valves O&M Otego 6 classroom
Steven Gagnon, MPH, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
08/30/2022 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-09 (September)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
09/09/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
09/12/2022 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
09/16/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
09/06/2022 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
Jamestown Community College
Gant Umberger
(716) 338-1000
09/01/2022 Cattaraugus Basic Hydraulics Olean 5 workshop
09/08/2022 Chautauqua Basic Lab Skills Dunkirk 5 workshop
09/21/2022 Chautauqua Basic Hydraulics Dunkirk 5 workshop
NYC DEP - Valhalla
Rachel Kip-Johnson
(845) 340-7249
09/20/2022 Westchester Crane and Hoist Safety Valhalla 6 classroom
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
09/12/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Heene 4 workshop
09/12/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Haworth 4 workshop
09/12/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course York 4 workshop
09/13/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Keene 20 workshop
09/13/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Haworth 20 workshop
09/13/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course York 20 workshop
09/17/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 20 workshop
09/26/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 4 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Kimberly Bennet
(518) 828-3155 x150
09/08/2022 Clinton U/V Disinfection O&M / DEC Regulatory Update Plattsburgh 4
09/15/2022 Fulton Challenging Surface Water Treatment Options Johnstown 6 classroom
09/20/2022 Schuyler OSHA (10 hr.) Construction Safety and Health Training Watkins Glen 4.75 classroom
09/21/2022 Chautauqua Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Dunkirk 6 classroom
09/21/2022 Schuyler OSHA (10 hr.) Construction Safety and Health Training Watkins Glen 4.75 classroom
09/21/2022 Livingston Packaged Treatment for Surface Water Workshop Avon 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
09/12/2022 Dutchess Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Poughkeepsie 7 classroom
09/21/2022 Suffolk Media and Public Relations for Water Professionals Melville 4 classroom
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
09/12/2022 Pumps & Pumping Hydraulics 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
09/12/2022 The Distribution System: Protect Your Water from Source to Tap 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
09/14/2022 Overview of Water Storage Systems 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
09/21/2022 COVID-19 and Drinking Water 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
09/21/2022 COVID-19 and Drinking Water 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
09/26/2022 Winter Wise: The Cold Hard Facts About Distribution Systems 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
09/26/2022 Equipment Preventative Maintenance 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
09/28/2022 Disinfection of Potable Water Piping 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-10 (October)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
10/14/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
10/17/2022 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
10/21/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
10/03/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Burlington 4 workshop
10/04/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Burlington 20 workshop
10/17/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Waldwick 4 workshop
10/18/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Waldwick 20 workshop
10/24/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Philadelphia 4 workshop
10/25/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Philadelphia 20 workshop
10/31/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Portland 4 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Kimberly Bennet
(518) 828-3155 x150
10/12/2022 Chautauqua Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Dunkirk 6 classroom
10/19/2022 Ontario Basic Electricity - 6 hr Canandaigua 6 classroom
10/20/2022 Steuben Basic Electricity - 6 hr Painted Post 6 classroom
10/26/2022 Orange Financial Management Basics for Small Utilities Newburgh 6 classroom
10/27/2022 Broome Financial Management Basics for Small Utilities Binghamton 6 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
10/04/2022 Clinton Use of Permanganate and Corrosion Control Chemicals Peru 4 classroom
10/05/2022 Suffolk GIS and Facilities Management Melville 4 classroom
10/05/2022 Saratoga Use of Permanganate and Corrosion Control Chemicals Ballston Spa 4 classroom
10/05/2022 Clinton Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Peru 7 classroom
10/06/2022 Ulster Use of Permanganate and Corrosion Control Chemicals Kingston 4 classroom
10/12/2022 Jefferson Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Watertown 7 classroom
10/18/2022 Wyoming Concrete Water Tank Construction Perry 4 classroom
10/19/2022 Nassau Hands-On Chlorination (4.0 hr) Woodbury 4 classroom
10/19/2022 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
10/25/2022 Erie Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Wiliamsville 7 classroom
10/26/2022 Tompkins Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Ithica 7 classroom
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Tom Studer
(607) 772-0344
10/11/2022 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop
10/17/2022 Broome Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 20 workshop
Steven Gagnon, MPH, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
10/25/2022 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
10/03/2022 Chemical Safety 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/05/2022 Chlorination and Disinfection Refresher 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/11/2022 Water Quality for Distribution Systems 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/11/2022 Water Quality for Distribution Systems 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/13/2022 Emerging Issues: Lead Services 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/17/2022 Adverse Water Quality Response 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/24/2022 Troubleshooting for Water Distribution Operators 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/24/2022 Troubleshooting for Water Distribution Operators 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/26/2022 Corrision Prevention & Control 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
10/26/2022 Water Censervation - Cut Your Losses 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
Westchester Backflow Prevention School
Mike Sweeney
(914) 737-2183
10/17/2022 Westchester Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 4 workshop
10/24/2022 Westchester Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Peekskill 20 workshop

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-11 (November)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
DST-NY
David Medina
(516) 945-4312
11/14/2022 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
11/14/2022 Suffolk Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Copiague 20 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
11/01/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Boston 20 workshop
11/01/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Portland 20 workshop
11/09/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Hamden 20 workshop
11/14/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Pennsgrove 4 workshop
11/15/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Pennsgrove 20 workshop
11/28/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Hamden 4 workshop
New York Rural Water Association
Kimberly Bennet
(518) 828-3155 x150
11/02/2022 Tioga Laboratory (Grade A-Compliant) 6-hr Waverly 6 classroom
11/02/2022 Ulster PFAS & Issues Impacting the Wastewater Industry Kingston 3 classroom
New York Section American Water Works Association
Trina Carman
(315) 960-1772
11/02/2022 Rensselaer Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Troy 7 classroom
11/07/2022 Dutchess Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Poughkeepsie 7 classroom
11/09/2022 Seneca Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Seneca Falls 7 classroom
11/15/2022 Wyoming Basic Laboratory Skills (Grade A-compliant) Perry 7 classroom
11/16/2022 Nassau Applied Microbiology / Rehabilitation of Country's Oldest Higgins Loop Woodbury 4 classroom
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Tom Studer
(607) 772-0344
11/15/2022 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop
Steven Gagnon, MPH, P.E.
Steven Gagnon, P.E.
(845) 239-2389
11/29/2022 Orange Grade 'A' Compliant Lab Course Middletown 5 workshop
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
11/28/2022 Maintaining Chlorine Residuals and Proper Sampling Techniques 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
11/30/2022 Corrision Prevention & Control 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape

Approved Renewal Course Offerings by Sponsor for:2022-12 (December)
Training Sponsor/ProviderDateCounty Course NameCityContact HoursDelivery Type
Cross Connection Control Foundation
Steve Poliszuk
(585) 428-6376
12/02/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
12/05/2022 Monroe Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 20 workshop
12/09/2022 Monroe Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Rochester 4.5 workshop
New England Water Works Association
Don Bunker
(508) 893-7979
12/05/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 4 workshop
12/06/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 20 workshop
12/12/2022 Out of State Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Philadelphia 4 workshop
12/13/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Philadelphia 20 workshop
12/14/2022 Out of State Initial - Backflow Tester Certification Course Holliston 20 workshop
Southern Tier Backflow Prevention School
Tom Studer
(607) 772-0344
12/13/2022 Broome Renewal - Backflow Tester Certification Course Binghamton 4 workshop
WWOTC
Chase Taylor
(519) 981-1504
12/05/2022 Basic Lab Procedures for Water Operators 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
12/07/2022 Emerging Issues in Water Treatment 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
12/07/2022 Emerging Issues in Water Treatment 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
12/12/2022 Understanding System Hydraulics 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
12/12/2022 Equipment Preventative Maintenance 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
12/14/2022 Corrision Prevention & Control 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape
12/14/2022 Impacts of Trapped Air Particles on Water Distribution Systems 7 teleconference/webcast/videotape


Videos:

The following videos are available to be loaned to Local Health Units only! Operators, please relay your interest to your Local health Unit and request that they organize, apply and get approval to hold a training session for water operators based on videos


Video TitleRunning Time in Hours
2006 Virtual System Explorer DVD-video only3
AWWA Teleconference:Excellence in Water Quality Distribution3
AWWA64090: Water Supply Operations - Source Water Protection0.25
AWWA64093: Water Supply Operations: Disinfection Strategies0.25
AWWA64095: Water Supply Operations: Ozone and UV0.25
AWWA64097: Turbidity Measurement and Particle Counting0.25
AWWA64099: Water Supply Operations: SCADA and Instrumentatio0.25
AWWA64109: Water Supply Operations: Distribution Systems0.25
AWWA64110: Water Supply Operations: Centrifugal Pumps0.25
AWWA64112: Water Supply Operations: Water Loss Control0.25
AWWA64127: Operator Math Made Easy0.25
AWWA64128: Operator Chemistry Made Easy0.75
AWWA64146: Top Consumer Questions About Drinking Water0.25
AWWA64173: On the Job: Sampling0.25
AWWA64190: Unidirectional Flushing0.25
AWWA64218: Reliable Coliform Sampling for Water Systems0.25
AWWA64227: New Horizons: The New Workplace0.25
AWWA64272: Water Supply Operations - Water Sources0.25
AWWA64281: Water Main Disinfection and Dechlorination0.25
AWWA64302: Rural Water Management0.25
AWWA64320: GIS for Water Utilities0.25
AWWA64322: Hydrants0.25
AWWA64323: Water Mains0.25
AWWA64324: Valves0.25
AWWA64325: Services and Meters0.25
AWWA64326: Pumps and Motors0.25
AWWA64328: Recovering from Disaster: Hurricanes and Power Fa0.5
AWWA64356: The Water Workforce Crisis0.25
AWWA65068:Emergency Planning-Big Picture for Water Utilities0.5
AWWA65105: Tapping Into SDWA:Opportunities and Challenges0.25
AWWA65113: Public Affairs for Water Utilities0.5
AWWA65121: Preparing for Water Main Breaks0.25
AWWA65140: Safety First: Water Utility Security0.25
AWWA65193: Elevated Water Storage Tanks: Safety and Security0.25
AWWA65218: Routine Coliform Sampling for Water Utilities0.25
AWWA65226: New Horizons: Critical Infrastructure Protection0.5
AWWA65233: Security Risk Assessment for Water Utilities2.5
AWWA65247: Water System Security-Video Field Guide0.5
AWWA65251: Utility Perimeter Security0.25
AWWA65255: Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control0.25
AWWA65268: Water System Security-Bio Threat and Mitigation0.25
AWWA65269: Water System Security-Distribution Sys Protection0.5
AWWA65315: The Shrinking Workforce3.5
Before You Begin...Cross Connections(*overlap with SS video)0.25
ComputerCD Montana Water Ctr's Small Utility Board Training3
EPA & the Weather Channel: After the Storm0.25
EPA Arsenic Treatment Technology1
EPA Virtual Water Treatment Plant Tour CD-ROM0.25
Liquid Assets- The Story of our Water Infrastructure1.5
Modern Marvels: Aqueducts - Man Made Rivers of Life0.75
Modern Marvels: City Water0.75
Modern Marvels: Plumbing: The Arteries of Civilization0.75
Modern Marvels: Water0.75
Sanitary Survey Inspection, Before You Begin2.5
USC: Field Testing Backflow Preventers (with USC CCC Manual)2.5
USC: Working Together for Safe Water0.25
Water Infrastructure Successful Strategies for Local Leaders0.25