Basic Wastewater Operations (Correspondence)

WWW450 – 20.00 Hours


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06/01/24 – 12/31/24 Bryan, TX EU WWW450 224 $440.00 Register

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start, please contact the division at (800) 723-3811 or (800) SAFE-811 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

**PLEASE NOTE** This course has been approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to fulfill 20 credit hours in the following operator license area(s):

– Wastewater Operator License

participantBasic Wastewater Operations correspondence course participants receive an introduction to wastewater collection and treatment, including an overview of the water cycle. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to describe the responsibilities of wastewater system personnel, with emphasis on the need for regulation of wastewater discharge to protect receiving streams and public health, safety, and welfare. Participants will also be able to describe Texas rules and regulations for licensing of wastewater system operators.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Participant Must Provide

  • A proctor for all examinations
  • Access to a wastewater treatment plant facility and the plant’s discharge permit information
  • Ability to perform a settleable solids test and acquire information on a collection system
  • Access to a collection system map, information specific to a lift station, pump and motor
  • Access to safety meeting information
  • A photo identification to the written test proctor at the time of exam administration. See the Participant Handbook for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines.

Items Needed for Course Testing/Assessment

  • Course must be completed within six months of start date
  • All course examinations must be proctored. When selecting a proctor, ensure they are not a spouse, family member, partner, fiance, or anyone residing in the same household. Additionally, a proctor cannot be currently enrolled in any distance learning course offered by the TEEX Water & Wastewater Program. In most cases, an immediate supervisor is selected to serve as a proctor. Other approved proctor options include, a licensed supervisor at work, a company training manager, a college proctor, or certified clergy. If an examination is not proctored, participants will not be eligible for TCEQ license credit hours.

Attendance Requirements

To meet attendance requirements, participants must complete each training module and required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam within the required timeline.

Prior Training Courses or Knowledge

It is recommended, but not required, students be employed by a Water System to ensure all class field exercises and assignments can be completed.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of protecting water resources in the State of Texas.
  • Describe the role of the wastewater treatment plant operator in pollution control.
  • Discuss appropriate wastewater treatment based on bacterial, physical, and chemical characteristics.
  • Discuss the proper treatment of wastewater based on its source.
  • Discuss the complexity of a wastewater collection system.
  • Discuss the essentials of preliminary treatment and flow measurement.
  • Recognize the importance of sedimentation and the factors that affect it.
  • Discuss the fundamentals of the activated sludge process.
  • Recognize the purpose of fixed-film biological processes.
  • Discuss appropriate methods of pond stabilization.
  • Discuss sludge digestion processes.
  • Recognize the methods of wastewater effluent disinfection commonly used in wastewater treatment plants.
  • Apply safety precautions to reduce the risk of accident or injury in the wastewater treatment plant environment.
  • Calculate problems related to basic wastewater operations.

Suggested Audience

This course is designed for public works personnel and new employees of a wastewater system.

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

  • 20.00 hours – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
  • State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)/Texas Education Agency (TEA)

Contact Information

Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute
OSHA Training Institute Education Center
Phone: | Toll-Free: (800) 723-3811 or (800) SAFE-811
Email: [email protected]