Continuing Education Opportunities

Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals I

Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals I - is a series of correspondence (self-study) courses combined with online webinars. A textbook will be shipped to each registrant (a $100 value) and an email will be sent containing the first reading assignment to be completed prior to the first webinar.  Registrants will be given a weekly reading and homework assignment, which will then be followed by an online (webinar) presentation with a live instructor.  There will also be an end-of-chapter test.  Homework and tests will closely follow material found in the textbook. The courses in this series are limited to 15 students.  There is no requirement to register for all courses in the series.

Questions about this series of courses should be directed to

Course #1 - Introduction to Wastewater Treatment
Course is SOLD OUT (a second instructor will be engaged if there is enough interest to schedule a second set of students.. Email if you are interested in being added to the waitlist for a second presentation of Course #1)

Course #1 in the series is approved for 15 contact hours - PA DEP Course ID 8210.
Estimated time to complete Course #1 is 15 hours over 5 weeks.

This course is the first of seven that uses the “Wastewater Fundamentals I, Liquid Treatment” textbook, as training in preparation to take the Pennsylvania wastewater operator certification exam. This textbook was prepared by the Water Environment Federation and the Association of Boards of Certifications. Content of Course #1 includes: Why Treat Wastewater; Components of Wastewater; The Clean Water Act; Basic Wastewater Treatment Processes; Role of the Treatment Plant Operator; and Characterization of Wastewater. The target audience includes: Individuals preparing to take the wastewater operator exam or interested in a basic review of wastewater treatment.

PWEA uses AnyMeeting webinar software.  After the registration fee is paid, the registrant will receive a webinar invitation email from the AnyMeeting software. The registrant will need to download the AnyMeeting App in order to participate in the webinars ( OR they will be able to link to the webinars using the Chrome web browser (no other browser will work). The link is unique to each registrant, and should not be shared with anyone else.  Registrants will also be provided with a phone number and an access code so they can participate in the webinars by phone with the instructor at the scheduled time.  The weekly webinar portion is scheduled to take two hours.  Registrants will have an opportunity to ask the instructor questions. 

In order to receive an attendance transcript and/or PA DEP contact hours, participation in all webinars is required.  The schedule for Course #1 is shown below.  Participation in the webinars will be tracked by the AnyMeeting software.  All webinars will be held between 1:00-3:00PM on the dates listed below. 

Course #1 includes:
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Wastewater Treatment
Chapter 2 - Wastewater Characteristics
        View Contents of Chapters 1 & 2

Schedule for Course #1
June 3:      Shipment of Textbook to Students
June 10:    Initial Email to Students with Reading Assignments
June 17:    Webinar #1
June 24:    Webinar #2
July 1:        Webinar #3
July 8:        Webinar #4
July 15:      Webinar #5
July 22:      Test Submittal Date

    REGISTER for Course #1 in the Wastewater Fundamentals I series

            PWEA Member Rate:  $75

            Non-Member Rate:  $100

Course # 2 - Preliminary and Primary Treatment
Registration for Course #2 in the series will open in late June 2020.

Course #2 in this series is approved for 25 contact hours - PA DEP Course ID 8461.
Estimated time to complete Course #2 is 25 hours over 8 weeks.

Course #2 includes:
Chapter 1 - Preliminary Treatment of Wastewater
Chapter 2 - Primary Treatment of Wastewater
        View Contents of Chapters 3 & 4

Schedule for Course #2
July 29:      Shipment of Textbook to Students
Aug 5:        Initial Email to Students with Reading Assignments
Aug 12:      Webinar #1
Aug 19:      Webinar #2
Aug 26:      Webinar #3
Sept 2:       Webinar #4
Sept 9:       Webinar #5
Sept 16:     Webinar #6
Sept 23:     Webinar #7
Sept 30:     Webinar #8
Oct 7:         Test Submittal Date

            PWEA Member Rate:  $75

            Non-Member Rate:  $100

Course #3 - Wastewater Biology and Ponds
Course #3 in this series is approved for 22 contact hours - PA DEP Course ID 8537.

Course #4 - Fixed Film
Course #4 in this series is approved for 24 contact hours - PA DEP Course ID 8542.