Online Training...

Florida Rural Water Association (FRWA) is now offering online courses in conjunction with SunCoast Learning Systems, Inc.  All certified water operators will be required to obtain Continuing Education Units (CEU) for the 2011 renewal period.

 

Now you have the freedom to learn from home, the office, or your local library.  Training access can be from a standard telephone line using a dial-up modem, or from dedicated facilities like DSL, cable modem, or a commercial T-1 line.  For more information on the class, click on the link below.

 

Please be careful not to take a course more than once; DEP will not give you CEUs for duplicate courses. If you cannot remember if you have taken a course, please contact Jerry Untiedt at SunCoast Learning at 800.269.1181.  CEUs course credits cannot divided between licenses.

 

 ONLINE TRAINING AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION

TOPIC DRINKING WATER
COURSES

WASTEWATER

COURSES

PRICE
NUMBER CEUs NUMBER CEUs
CHEMICAL FEED SYSTEMS AND PUMP CALIBRATIONS 12521 .5 12522 .5 $125.00
MEMBRANE TREATMENT OF WASTEWATER NA NA 11535 1.0 $175.00
VALVE AND HYDRANT MAINTENANCE 15543 0.5 11544 0.5 $125.00
WASTEWATER TREATMENT NA NA 11529 1.0 $175.00
WASTEWATER COLLECTION NA NA 11528 1.0 1$75.00

WATER CONSERVATION AND DROUGHT MANAGEMENT

11030

1.0

NA NA $175.00

BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

14002

1.0

14005 1.0 $175.00

CORROSION CONTROL

11044

1.0

NA

NA

$175.00

BOARD AND COUNCIL TRAINING 13511 0.5 13512 0.5 $150.00
MATH REVIEW 14505 1.0 14506 1.0 $175.00
MAINTAINING WATER QUALITY IN DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS 11049 1.0 NA NA $175.00

INTRODUCTION TO WASTEWATER PROCESSING

NA NA 11011

1.0

$175.00

CHLORINATOR MAINTENANCE

15517

1.0

15525

1.0

$175.00

PRACTICAL PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

13501

0.7

13502

0.7

$150.00

PUMPS AND MOTORS

15516

1.0

11040

1.0

$175.00

SAFETY COURSE

12013

1.0

12023

1.0

$175.00

WATER UTILITY CALCULATIONS

14501

1.0

14502

1.0

$175.00

SMALL WATER SYSTEMS I

11041

0.5

NA NA $125.00

SMALL WATER SYSTEMS II

11042

1.0

NA NA $175.00

WATER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION

11524

1.0

NA NA $175.00

SURFACE WATER TREATMENT

11525

1.0

NA NA $175.00

 

 

 

How to begin:

 

Click on ONLINE TRAINING at the bottom of this page to complete the online registration  form, providing your name, company name, address, e-mail, and telephone number.

 

After you have registered, you will need to enroll in the course you wish to take. 

 

When payments are made through the online credit card transaction through SunCoast Learning (using your Visa or MasterCard) are approved (usually within seconds), you may begin taking the course immediately.  Credit card payments must be submitted through SunCoast Learning and cannot be processed through FRWA.

 

Payments by check or money order will take longer to allow for bank processing (usually 10 business days after receipt by FRWA.)  You will be notified by e-mail when the course is available. Please fill in the information below in it's entirety and mail with your check so that your check may be processed as quickly as possible.  The Session Numbers are listed in the table above.  Make your check payable to the Florida Rural Water Association and send to:

 

Florida Rural Water Association

2970 Wellington Circle

Tallahassee, FL  32309

 

You are not required to complete the course in a single learning session.  Unless stated otherwise, you may start and stop as often as you like until you complete the course.

 

If you experience any operational problems please call SunCoast Learning Systems, Inc. at 1-800-269-1181.

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Membrane Treatment of Wastewater

Course author:  Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence, Canada

 

Membrane filtration is not a new concept; however, it is a relatively new process within the wastewater industry and one that is increasingly used. As more plants install membrane systems, a basic familiarity with this treatment process will benefit  operators. If your plant has or is considering a membrane system, this course will help you understand the available types of membrane systems and which system may work best for your operation.

 

                Course Modules:

1.       Introduction to Membrane Filtration                                                     

2.        Membranes in Wastewater Treatment                                                

3.        Membrane Hydraulics                                                                                 

4.        Membrane Fouling, Fouling Prevention and Cleaning

5.       Main Operation Cycles of a Membrane System

6.        Troubleshooting

 

Course Details:

Price: $225.00

Applies: Wastewater

Estimated time to complete: 10 -12 hours

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Valve and Hydrant Maintenance

 

There are three types of maintenance programs, reactive, preventive and proactive. This course focuses on the care and servicing by personnel for the purpose of maintaining equipment and facilities in satisfactory operating condition by providing for systematic inspection, detection, and correction of incipient failures either before they occur or before they develop into major defects. 

 Course Modules:

1.       Types of Maintenance

2.       The Classification of Valves and Their Purpose

3.       Classification by Location

4.       Automatic Control Valves

5.       Backflow Prevention Devices

6.       A Brief History of the Hydrant

 Course Details:

Price: $125.00

Applies: Wastewater and Drinking water

Estimated time to complete: 5 hours

CEUís earned: .5

 

Basic Water Works

This course introduces the student to the relationship between potable drinking water and health, and the important role the water operator plays in maintaining a safe and ample supply of drinking water.  An overall view of the water cycle is presented together with a general description of the responsibilities of water utility personnel and the need for regulation of the water industry to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

 

A general introduction to the source, characteristics, production, treatment, disinfection, storage, and distribution of potable water is presented, together with instructions on general hazards and safety practices.  Basic water chemistry and math skills are developed and applied to the water industry.

Course Modules: 

1. Introduction

2. Operation of a Water Utility

3. Water Characteristics

4. Water Quality Standards

5. Disinfection

6. Ground Water and Wells

7. Surface Water Production

8. Distribution

9. Safety

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Drinking water

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Pump and Motor Maintenance

This course contains information on developing a maintenance program, electric motors and motor controls, centrifugal pump mechanics and hydraulics, lubrication and bearings, compression packing, mechanical seals, positive displacement pumps and other types of pumps, and safety around pumps and motors.

 Course Modules:

1. Developing a Maintenance Program

2. Prime Movers; Electric Motors and Motor Controls

3. Centrifugal Pump Mechanics

4. Centrifugal Pump Hydraulics

5. Lubrication

6. Bearings

7. Compression Packing

8. Mechanical Seals

9. Positive Displacement Pumps

10. Special Pumping Units

11. Water Utilities Safety

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Wastewater and Drinking water

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Chlorinator Systems and Chemical Handling

Course covers the properties of chlorine, its purpose in the public water system, terminology, dosage calculations, cylinders, maintenance, and troubleshooting common problems.

Course Modules:

1. History of Chlorination

2. Chemical Handling and Safety

3. Physical and Chemical Properties of Disinfectants

4. Process Applications

5. System Types

6. Injectors/Ejectors

7. Containers and Connections

8. Gas Chlorinators and Switchovers

9. Maintenance and Troubleshooting

10. Chlorination Math

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Wastewater and Drinking water

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Water Utility Safety

This is a comprehensive safety course for water utility workers, that includes an introduction to safety concepts and programs.

Course Modules:

1. Introduction to Safety

2. Personal Protective Equipment

3. Back Safety

4. Hazard Communication and Chemical Safety

5. Laboratory Safety

6. Biological Hazards

7. Confined Space Safety

8. Emergency Response

9. Electrical Safety

10. Trench Safety

11. Work Zone Safety

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Wastewater and Drinking water

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Water Utility Calculations

This course was written for students who feel they canít do math or math is too hard.  Using the ďuse it or lose itĒ philosophy, each concept builds on previous concepts. Realizing that math must be used on a regular basis to retain it, the course offers many practice problems a water or wastewater operator will experience regularly.

 Course Modules:

1. Introduction

2. Conversions

3. Surface Area

4. Volumes

5. Solving for the Unknown

6. Solving Word Problems

7. Velocity

8. Flow

9. Detention Time

10. Loading Calculations

11. Efficiency/Percent Calculations

12. Conversion Factors, Equations, and Formulas

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Wastewater and Drinking water

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Practical Personnel Management (Water Board Bible)

This course is designed for the inexperienced water or wastewater manager.  It addresses the challenges of supervising and running an office, including building a team, employee law,  hiring, handling conflict, compensation, contract workers, and customer relations.

Course Modules: 

1. Personnel Management Overview

2. Team Culture

3. Coping with Employee Laws

4. Customers and the Law

5. First You Have to Hire Ďem

6. Supervision, the Toughest Job of All

7. Handling Conflict on the Job

8. Keeping Employees Skills Sharp

9. The Two Great Flavors of Compensation

10. The Proís and Conís of Contracting

11. Customer Relations and the Future

Course Details:

Price: $150.00

Applies: Wastewater and Drinking water

CEUís earned: .7

 

Small Water Systems 1

SWS I was developed to assist the operator in focusing on the basic concepts needed to successfully master skills necessary to operate small water treatment systems.  The training incorporates information from many standard water sources, such as the Sacramento series of manuals, and includes many helpful and practical guides and tables, including major concepts and troubleshooting.

Course Details: 

1. Small Water Systems

2. Drinking Water Sources

3. Safe Water Drinking Act

4. Well Requirements

5. Water Storage Systems

6. Chlorination and Disinfection

Course Details:

Price: $125.00

Applies: Drinking water

CEUís earned: .5

 

Small Water Systems II

SWS II further advances the operatorís knowledge of small water treatment systems, including detailed lessons on filtration, disinfection, pump maintenance, basic chemistry and basic math.

Course Modules: 

1. Small Water Systems

2. Demineralization

3. Coagulation and Flocculation

4. Sedimentation

5. Aeration

6. Stabilization

7. Softening

8. Compliance and Disinfectant Byproduct rule

9. Centrifugal Pump Maintenance

10. Cross-Connection and Backflow Prevention

11. Water Plant and Basic Chemistry

12. Water Plant Operators Math

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Drinking water

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Wastewater Processing

This course introduces the student to wastewater processes, including, wastewater collection and flow, preliminary, primary, and secondary treatment. The course also covers disinfection through chlorination, hypochlorination, dechlorination and other disinfection alternatives. The student is also introduced to the types of micro-organisms found in the process, aerobic and anaerobic sludge digestion, diseases and sampling techniques.

Course Modules:

1. Intro to Basic Wastewater

2. Summary of Wastewater Processes

3. Wastewater Testing Methods

4. Activated Sludge Troubleshooting

5. Types of Microorganisms

6. Aerobic and Anaerobic Sludge Digestion

7. Wastewater Math

8. Wastewater Diseases

9. Wastewater Sampling and Compliance

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Wastewater

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Surface Water Treatment

This course takes a look at the differences between ground water treatment and surface water treatment and the notable characteristics of each.  It includes discussion of coagulation and flocculation, alkalinity and pH adjustment, filtration and disinfection.

Course Modules:

1. Surface Water Sources

2. Treatment of Surface Water

3. Coagulation and Flocculation

4. Alkalinity and pH adjustment

5. Filtration

6. Disinfection

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Drinking water

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Water Transmission and Distribution

This course is intended to provide the water treatment plant operator with the basic knowledge needed to better understand the operation of a water distribution system.  It addresses for pipes used, pipe installation, maintenance and repair, fire hydrants, water considerations storage issues, service lines, water meters, and basic hydraulics.

Course Modules:

1. Introduction

2. Problem Considerations in Pipes Used

3. Pipe Installation, Maintenance and & Repair Requirements

4. Valves and Fire Hydrants in Water Distribution Systems

5. Water Storage,  Tank Maintenance, &  Repairing Mains

6. Service Lines, Water Meters, and Basic Hydraulics.

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Wastewater and Drinking Water

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Basic Environmental Chemistry

This course is a comprehensive water chemistry course and includes fundamentals of atomic structure, dilution calculations, wastewater chemistry, coagulation, softening and BOD, and chlorination, DBP and corrosion control.  It includes non-scored comprehension checks throughout the modules so the student can test their level of understanding before proceeding to the scored module quiz.

Course Modules:

1. Basic Chemistry

2. Atomic/Molecular Weight

3. Dilution Calculations

4. Wastewater Chemistry

5. Water/Wastewater Treatment

6. Coagulation, Softening and BOD

7. Chlorination, DBP and Corrosion Control

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Wastewater and Drinking Water

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Water Utility Management

This modern, practical course was created to provide managers and other personnel from small systems, particularly those serving fewer than 10,000 in population, with opportunities to gain valuable knowledge and earn university-based professional designation in the field of management.

Course Modules:

1. Historical Background

2. Federal Drinking Water  Regulations

3. State Drinking Water Regulations

4. Utility Organizational Structure

5. Board/Manager Relations

6. Basics of Utility Finance

7. Basics of Personnel Administration

8. Becoming a Customer-Friendly Utility

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Wastewater and Drinking Water

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Math Review

This course uses the ď10-7-3Ē problem solving method that has been successfully used by other RWAs.  It is designed to take the fear out of water system math and gives the water operator the tools he or she needs to be successful.  The course covers water system conversions, calculations used in determining size, dosages, velocity and weir, filter and well calculations, as well as horsepower and efficiency.

Course Modules:

1. Useful Water System Conversions

2. Area, Volume, and Perimeter Calculations

3. Dosage, Dilutions, and Concentration Calculations

4. Velocity, Flow, and Detention Calculations

5. Weir, Filter, and Well Calculations

6. Horsepower and Efficiency Calculations

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Drinking Water

CEUís earned: 1.0
 

Corrosion Control Treatment Optimization

Because of new or upcoming regulations, utilities have been changing treatment or adding new chemicals in an effort to meet these requirements.  After treatment changes, unintended consequences have occurred where systems that normally do not have corrosion issues are experiencing lead and copper exceedances.  This course will focus on the basics of corrosion control treatment optimization and provide the latest information on how to assess your system and avoid these unintended exceedances.  It is full of useful images, charts and tables.  A new course written by Rich Giani of District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority,  it also has a new look and improved interactivity.

Course Modules:

1. Lead and Copper Rule Ė Overview

2.  Primary  Water Quality Parameters

3. Secondary Water Quality Parameters Ė Part 1

4. Secondary Water Quality Parameters Ė Part 2

5. Corrosion Control Treatment 1 - Passivation Ė ph Alkalinity Adjustment

6. Corrosion Control Treatment 2 Ė Passivation Ė pH/Alkalinity Adjustment

7. Corrosion Control Treatment 3 Ė Passivation Ė Phosphate

8. Corrosion Control Operations

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Drinking water

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Basic Board and Council Training

Members of decision-making bodies such as water district boards and municipal councils are having more demands placed upon them.  Making informed decisions is becoming more of a challenge due to the increased influences of laws, regulations, and liability.  This course offers the board, or council, member the opportunity to learn about the impact and responsibility that comes from open-meeting laws, parliamentary procedure, financial planning, water and wastewater regulations, and dealing with staffing issues and utility management.  This course was written by Tom Hyatt, Training Specialist, for Missouri Rural Water Association and is applauded as a ground-breaking opportunity to begin educating and assisting decision-makers with their growing responsibilities.

Course Modules:

1. Elected to a Board

2. Parliamentary Procedure

3. Open Meetings Law

4. Communicating with Customers

5. Personnel Management

6. Water Utility Oversight

7. Financial Management

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Wastewater and Drinking Water

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Wastewater Collection

Upon completion of this course, the participant will have gained a good fundamental understanding and overview of the operation, preventative maintenance, management and regulation of wastewater collection systems.  Topics learned will be: wastewater sources and quality, watershed protection, surface water regulations, operator licensing requirements, pretreatment methods, and treatment techniques, to include; coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfection.  Also included will be equipment required for surface water treatment, workplace safety, process control tests and surface water mathematics.  It is written by training specialists at Texas Rural Water Association.

Course Modules:

1. The Wastewater Collection System and Operator

2. Collection System Design

3. Collection System Construction

4.  Lift or Wastewater Pumping Stations

5.  Wastewater Collection Operation and Maintenance

6. Industrial Wastewater Monitoring

7. Management of Wastewater Collection Systems

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Wastewater

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Wastewater Treatment

In this course, the student will be introduced to all phases of the wastewater system, starting with the collection of wastewater stream from the system served, pretreatment, types of treatment techniques, process control, required testing, operation and maintenance of the wastewater system and proper disposal of wastewater solids.  Safety related issues will be reinforced within this course; calculations that students will need while performing their daily tasks are included.

Course Modules:

1.       Wastewater Management, Goals, Laws & the Operator

2.       Wastewater Characteristics

3.       Wastewater Pretreatment

4.       Wastewater Collection Systems

5.       Preliminary Treatment

6.       Primary Sedimentation

7.       Activated Sludge

8.       Fixed Film Processes

9.       Pond Systems

10.   Processing Wastewater Sludge

11.   Wastewater Disinfection

12.   Wastewater Safety

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Wastewater

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

Maintaining Water Quality in Distribution Systems

Distribution systems are a vital part of every drinking water utilities infrastructure.  They are the mechanisms for delivering safe, potable water to our customers.  Distribution systems also provide fire protection to our buildings, water for landscape and cool air for our buildings in the summer.  Basically, without distribution systems there would be no community.  This course will focus on components of a distribution system, how to monitor and maintain high water quality, how to trouble shoot complaints, identify sources of poor water quality and provide education to customers related improving water quality in their homes.  The course was written by Rich Giani of District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority.

Course Modules:

1. Distribution System Components

2. Distribution Pipe Integrity

3.  Reservoirs and Storage Tanks

4.  Distribution Design and Operations

5. Routine Distribution Maintenance

6. Assessing Distribution Water Quality I; Microbial and Disinfection Byproducts

7. Assessing Distribution Water Quality II; Internal Corrosion and Metal Precipitation Primary Parameters

8. Assessing Distribution Water Quality III; Internal Corrosion and Metal Precipitation
Secondary Parameters

9. Water Quality in Commercial Buildings

10. Troubleshooting Water Quality Complaints

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies: Drinking Water

CEUís earned: 1.0

 

 Water Conservation and Drought Management

Learn the basics of conservation and drought management.  This course becomes even more critical in these times of widespread drought.

Course Modules: 

1. Introduction; Implementing Water Conservation Measures               

2. Water Conservation for Small Utilities

3. Basic Water Conservation Measures              

4. Intermediate Water Conservation Measures

5. Advanced Water Conservation Measures

6.  General Conservation Procedures for Utilities

7.  Drought Management Plan - A Template for Small Water Systems

8.  Drought Management Response and Goals

9. Appendices

Course Details:

Price: $175.00

Applies:  Drinking Water

CEUís earned: 1.0

Chemical Feed Systems and Pump Calibrations for Water & Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations

Course Author:  Rich Giani

Any utility that adds a chemical to its water or wastewater stream must do so using a pump.  Adding the proper dosage to the treatment process is extremely important; too much or too little can have major consequences.  In addition, when the source water chemistry of flow changes, operators will need to change chemical feed flow rates quickly and accurately.  This course will focus on the basics of how to calibrate dry feed chemical hoppers and liquid chemical feed pumps.  Participants will also receive free excel spreadsheets that will create actual calibration curves and prediction software that will allow the user to maintain chemical dosages in order to keep the plant running while calibrating a liquid chemical feed pump.

Course Modules:


1.     Chemical Feed System Designs

2.       Gas Feed Calibrations

3.       Dry Or Powder Feed Pump Calibrations

4.       Liquid Feed Calibrations

5.       Liquid Feed Calibrations II - Diaphragm Pumps

Course Details:

Price: $125.00

Applies: Wastewater and Drinking water

Estimated time to complete: 5 hours

CEUís earned: .5