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Water and Wastewater Operator Certification

Examination Preparatory Training

Attend a Local Course (listed below)

We hold classes periodically across the state on a fee basis. See open courses and course hour requirements below.

Create a Custom On-site Course

We can also customize an on-site course for you to be held at a facility of your choice. Call us at (334) 396-5511 to schedule training at your location! Or send a Training Information Request to us and be sure to include areas of interest and estimated number of students. - Contact Us about Custom On-Site Training

Local Courses

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Course Information Register

Grade I/II Water (30 hour course) PAST
Course: $400
  $240 Member
  $265 Non-Member
Instructor: Chris Lovelace
Starts: October 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm PAST
ARWA Offices, 2576 Bell Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36117 (Google Map)

Please register as soon as possible. Without registering a week in advance,
you may not receive books and materials before the course starts.


or use the
Information and
Registration Form pdf

Pay Online

* Students are responsible for the purchase of the Course Manuals and other training materials. Student participation is the responsibility of the employer and/or student. The ARWA is not responsible for student involvement, participation, attendance, or course completion by the student. The ARWA neither implies nor guarantees that any student will pass the State of Alabama Water or Wastewater ABC Certification Examination. The ARWA reserves the right to refuse any and all enrollments and the right to terminate enrollment of any student due to lack of participation and/or conduct.

Courses are offered for water or wastewater operator certification examination preparation purposes only. They are not available for Continuing Education Hours (CEHs). Individuals must attend 100% of each course for substitution of required experience credit purposes for operator certification.

It is the responsibility of each individual attending an ARWA Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Exam Preparatory Training Course to comply with the ADEM Division 10 Regulations in order to qualify for a certification examination through the ADEM and to meet operator certification requirements.

Each ARWA Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Exam Preparatory Training Program Course requires a 10 student minimum (or equivalent cost) in order to be held, with a maximum number of 15 students per location.

Enrollment Fees for the courses below are as follows:

  • 30 hour water or wastewater course - $400.00 per student*
  • 45 hour water or wastewater course - $500.00 per student*
  • 60 hour water or wastewater course - $650.00 per student*

* Enrollment Fees do not include the cost of the Study Guide. Study guide purchase is the responsibility of the student and is required for course participation.

New classes are being scheduled regularly, please check back or contact the ARWA at 334-396-5511 for information on additional classes.


Course Hour Requirements

Water Operator Training Course Information (Grade I)

Grade Hours
Grade I
Water Distribution Systems 15 hrs
Grades II & III
Water Distribution Systems 15 hrs
Water Treatment 15 hrs
Grades III & IV
Water Treatment 45 hrs
Advanced Water Treatment 45 hrs


Wastewater Operator Training Course Information

Grade Hours
Grade IC
Sanitary Sewer Collection Systems 30 hrs
Grades IC - I
Sanitary Sewer Collection Systems 15 hrs
Wastewater Treatment 15 hrs
Grades II - IV
Wastewater Treatment 45 hrs
Advanced Wastewater Treatment 45 hrs


For more information about
  the Water and Wastewater Operator
Certification Renewal Process, 
go to the ADEM website




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Test Prep Courses

Preparing for W/WW operator certification testing?
Our Test Prep courses are offered statewide!
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Check the Calendar for upcoming Certification and CEH training.

Open for Registration

AL/FL Joint Technical Training Conference (W/WW)
May 28-30 - Gulf Shores AL
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Sustainable Utility Management (W/WW)
April 16 - Ozark
May 9 - Double Springs
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Maintenance of Valves and Tanks (W)
Apr 18-Rainbow City
Apr 23-Troy
May 2-Northport
May 9-Orange Beach
Learn More
Understanding and Complying with Sanitary Sewer Overflow Permit Requirements (WW)
Apr 25-Atmore
May 16-Jemison
Learn More
Water University
Utility Management Certification

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On-site CEH Training

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Plan for future training!
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Alabama Rural Water Association is a non-profit organization representing water and wastewater systems serving rural communities and towns and commercial firms which support these systems.

We provide assistance to comply with State and Federal regulations, to help with management and operational problems, and to stimulate training initiatives.

Learn more about us.


Alabama Rural Water Association
2576 Bell Road
Montgomery AL 36117 
Phone: (334) 396-5511
Fax: (334) 396-7090