Washington Environmental Training Center Helps Water Sector Students Get Certified

November 29, 2016

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The Washington Environmental Training Center offers a variety of courses related to water supply and wastewater treatment to help students enter the water sector or upgrade their certification. Photo courtesy of Scott Hemingway and Suzan Williams.

The Washington Environmental Training Center offers a variety of courses related to water supply and wastewater treatment to help students enter the water sector or upgrade their certification. Photo courtesy of Scott Hemingway and Suzan Williams.

Whether you are seeking your first job as a water supply or wastewater technician, or a sector veteran wishing to maintain and upgrade your certification, the Washington Environmental Training Center (WETRC) at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash., has you covered.

The center offers more than 50 courses on topics ranging from confined space entry, to water use surveys, to water main installation and repair. Virtually all classes are taught by working professionals from the water and wastewater sector. Traditional classes, online courses, or hybrids of the two all are options on the current calendar of training opportunities.

Students have the option of signing up for individual courses to meet continuing education requirements. If you’re feeling more ambitious, you can work toward a certificate of proficiency or associate’s degree in one of four subject areas:

WETRC also provides specialized training designed to help drinking water operators and backflow assembly testers attain state certification. Washington Certification Services (Auburn) also provides additional information about the Backflow Assembly Tester Certification Exam and Backflow Assembly Tester Professional Growth Exam.

WETRC was founded more than 40 years ago under the direction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The training opportunities it offers are meant to be both comprehensive and affordable. Classes and credits vary by content and contact hours; tuition for a 3-Continuing Education Unit (CEU) class is $479. Students can apply online.

— Mary Bufe, WEF Highlights

Water and Wastewater Training Opportunities Featured in WEF Highlights

Whether you are a wastewater veteran in search of an online continuing education course or an entry-level employee aspiring to enter the water sector, colleges and universities across the country now offer coursework designed to help. The key is to find the program that works for you.

Stay tuned to WEF Highlights for articles featuring these programs. Find the articles by searching for the keyword TrainingCourses.

Know a program that you’d like to share? Send it to Jennifer Fulcher, WEF Highlights editor, at jfulcher@wef.org.

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