Training is a critical component of the services offered by the Florida Rural Water Association. Our training covers such areas of technological and treatment process advancements, emergency response, inspections, operation and maintenance issues of treatment, storage and distribution facilities, sanitary surveys, new regulations, asset management, etc.
FRWA holds over 100 training sessions for continuing education credits (CEUs) each year and has over 3300 attendees at those sessions. We hold over 25 preparatory and review sessions each year for operators and potential operators. We provide water, wastewater, and distribution system operator training which not only helps operators enter and advance in the profession, but also helps to address the operator workforce shortage in our State. Click on the button at the top of the page for more information.
The Association is very involved in our State CEU certification program as a CEU provider, is an active participant in the exam review committee, and partner with training efforts. In fact, we partner with numerous industry associations, universities, and agencies to provide critical training in not just our State, but other States as well. Hands-on training is an essential service that we provide our members and other industry professionals. We provide free training (aside from a small administrative fee) which, along with the quality training we provide, helps keep our Association the largest trainer/provider of CEUs for the water and wastewater industry in our State.
We also provide professional development hours (PDHs) for area of practice and laws and rules for water/wastewater industry professional engineers.
The Association partnered with another state rural water association in the development of non-instructor lead training with the development of on-line training, which is currently being updated with new classes and materials.
Our Association helped develop the Utility Managers Certification program which serves to help industry professionals become utility managers or improve their management skills. It also provides a standard by which utility managers can be measured. Since the program’s inception in 2010, our Association has certified 40 industry professionals.
The other approved providers in Florida are the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA), Florida Water Environments Association (FWEA), Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association (FWPCOA) and the University of Florida TREEO Center. For your convenience, you may access the training that they have available by clicking on their button below.