Statewide Wastewater Operator Training Center

Mission

The training center mission is to develop and provide wastewater training to increase the knowledge and skills of plant operators and maintenance personnel, to improve plant compliance, and to optimize treatment effectiveness, efficiency and reliability.

NOTICE TO WWTP OPERATORS and OTHER AFFECTED PARTIES

All Board of Certification of Operating Personnel in Wastewater Treatment Plants records have been relocated to the Wastewater Branch of the Department of the Health. Please send all Board correspondence and applications to the following address for processing.

Board of Certification of Operating Personnel in Wastewater Treatment Plants
c/o Wastewater Branch
919 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 309
Honolulu, HI 96814

In addition, all operator training course applications for the Statewide Wastewater Operator Training Center need to be sent in care of the Wastewater Branch of the Department of Health to be processed. Oahu operator training courses will still be conducted at the Statewide Wastewater Operator Training Center. For further information or questions, please call the Wastewater Branch at telephone 586-4294 or fax 586-4300 and state which program your call is in reference to. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this transition period as records are being relocated and reorganized.

Wastewater Branch is currently working with the University of Hawaii to continue operations of the Statewide Wastewater Operator Training Center.

Course Announcements will be posted as they become available. Other sources of training are Board approved online training courses, correspondence courses (e.g., California State University, Sacramento), and other approved training workshops or conferences.

Please be patient as we work to continue the operations of the training center and check back periodically on Board of Certification website for any updates.

Training Center Advisory Committee

An advisory committee listed below provides guidance on policies for the SWOTC.

Name Agency
Marshall Lum State of Hawaii
Allen Perry City and County of Honolulu
Dora Beck County of Hawaii
Edward Tschupp County of Kauai
Theodore Leong County of Maui
John Oka Lokelani Resort Corp.
Dennis Tulang AECOM Pacific, Inc.

Chapter 11-61 Hawaii Administrative Rules

Board of Certification

Get information about Board of Certification and Operator Certification requirements.

Training Program

The Training Center offers 63 different courses and conducts 95 sessions with 1,200 registrants participating in the program annually. Participants come from the counties, state and federal governments and private treatment facilities. The Training Center supports 460 wastewater treatment plant operators and 400 maintenance and supporting personnel such as pump station and collection system specialists, mechanics, electricians, inspectors, truck drivers and administrators.

  • Course Descriptions | .pdf |

Annual Training Calendar

The calendar lists all training sessions scheduled to be presented during the coming fiscal year. It is distributed in March of each year to all counties, federal agencies and private treatment facilities. It is an advance planning informational document only. Conditions can and do change. Therefore, the Training Center reserves the right to make any necessary changes in the training schedule.

  • Training Calendar FY 2013-2014 | .pdf |
  • Training Calendar FY 2009-2010 | .pdf |

2013 Course Announcements

Oahu
01/10/13-01/11/13: 252 – Mechanical Maintenance III: Gear Boxes, Mechanical Drives, Couplings and Alignment
01/16/13-01/17/13: 202A (Grade 1 & 2) & 202B (Grade 3 & 4) – Certification Examination Refresher
02/11/13-02/13/13: 220 – Odor Control Systems
02/20/13-02/21/13: 261 – Hydraulic Systems II: Fluids, Filters, and Reservoirs; Hydraulic Pumps, Pumping Principles, and Accumulators; and Variable Volume Hydraulic Pumps
02/27/13-02/28/13: 116 – Ultraviolet Disinfection
03/06/13: 216 – Basic Wastewater Operator Math I
03/13/13-03/14/13: 205 – Equipment Operations: Boilers, Heat Exchangers, Valves, Lubrication – REVISED
03/21/13-03/22/13: 102 – Basic Electricity and Reading Electrical Diagrams
04/04/13: 217 – Basic Wastewater Operator Math II
04/17/13: 106 – Hazard Communication Program and 114 – Permit Confined Space Entry
05/07/13: 217 – Basic Wastewater Operator Math II
05/22/13-05/23/13: 301 – Activated Sludge Skills Training Course (Advanced)
05/30/13: 218 – Advanced Wastewater Operator Math III
06/12/13: 219 – Advanced Wastewater Operator Math IV
06/26/13: 108 – NPDES and UIC Permits and CWA Regulations and 112 – State Regulations
07/10/13-07/11/13: 202A (Grade 1 & 2) & 202B (Grade 3 & 4) – Certification Examination Refresher
07/16/13-07/17/13: 306 – Process Control Laboratory
08/20/13-08/21/13: 103 – Plant Safety
08/28/13-08/29/13: 303 – Chlorination Skills Training (Advanced)
09/17/13-9/18/13: 101 – Basic Wastewater
9/25/13-9/26/13: 211 - Troubleshooting Pumps: Basics
10/15/13-10/16/13: 201 – Activated Sludge Process Control (Intermediate)
10/23/13-10/24/13: 215 – Plant Sciences (Physics)
10/29/13&10/31/13: 317 – Fundamentals of Biology and Chemistry
11/05/13-11/06/13: 210 – Sludge Handling: Thickening, Anaerobic Digestion, Aerobic Digestion and Dewatering (Intermediate)
11/19/13: 310 – Activated Sludge Microbiology
12/04/13-12/05/13: 258 – Piping
12/12/13-12/13/13: 273 – Collection System Maintenance
12/18/13-12/19/13: 254 - Mechanical Maintenance V: Motorized Valve Actuators and Relief Valves
01/07/14-01/08/14: 202A (Grade 1 & 2) Certification Examination Refresher
01/14/14&01/16/14: 202B (Grade 3 & 4) Certification Examination Refresher
01/21/14-01/22/14: 105 Wastewater Mathematics
02/18/14-02/19/14: 308 – Wastewater Stabilization Ponds
02/26/14-02/27/14: 262 – Hydraulic Systems III: Actuators, Hydraulic System Troubleshooting, and Electrohydraulic Servo Systems
03/11/14-03/12/14: 206 – Pressure Measurement and Fluid Flow Measurement
03/27/14-03/28/14: 275C – Mechanical Maintenance: Lubrication, Bearings, Couplings and Laser Alignment
04/23/14-04/24/14: 276 – Trickling Filter Solids Contact
04/29/14: 106 – Hazard Communication Program and 114 – Permit Confined Space Entry
05/13/14-05/15/14: 320 – Membrane Bioreactors (Advanced)
05/20/14-05/21/14: 301 – Activated Sludge Skills Training Course (Advanced) – REVISED

Maui
01/16/13-01/17/13: 202A (Grade 1 & 2) & 202B (Grade 3 & 4) – Certification Examination Refresher
02/20/13-02/21/13: 208 – Pump Controls, Types, Operation and Maintenance (Intermediate)
03/20/13: 106 – Hazard Communication Program and 114 – Permit Confined Space Entry
05/15/13-05/16/13: 204 – Diesel Engine Operation and Maintenance
05/21/13-05/23/13: 220 – Odor Control Systems
07/02/13-07/03/13: 316 - Clarifier Optimization
07/30/13-07/31/13: 202A (Grade 1 & 2) & 202B (Grade 3 & 4) – Certification Examination Refresher
08/06/13-08/07/13: 202A (Grade 1 & 2) & 202B (Grade 3 & 4) - Certification Examination Refresher
09/18/13 – 09/19/13: 251 – Mechanical Maintenance II: Bearings, Lubrication, Packing Seals
09/25/13: 115 – Blueprint Reading
10/16/13: 216 – Basic Wastewater Operator Math I
10/17/13: 217 – Basic Wastewater Operator Math II
11/20/13: 218 - Advanced Wastewater Operator Math III
11/21/13: 219 - Advanced Wastewater Operator Math IV
12/17/13-12/18/13: 230 – Effluent Filtration
01/22/14-01/23/14: 202A (Grade 1 & 2) & 202B (Grade 3 & 4) Certification Examination Refresher
02/05/14-02/06/14: 105 – Wastewater Mathematics
03/12/14-03/13/14: 252 – Mechanical Maintenance III: Gear Boxes, Mechanical Drives, Couplings and Alignment
04/16/14-04/17/14: 317 – Fundamentals of Biology and Chemistry
05/28/14-05/29/14: 276 – Trickling Filter Solids Contact

Hilo
03/13/13: 218 – Advanced Wastewater Operator Math III
05/14/13-05/15/13: 276 – Trickling Filter Solids Contact
07/09/13-07/10/13: 202A (Grade 1 & 2) & 202B (Grade 3 & 4) – Certification Examination Refresher
8/20/13-8/21/13: 208 Pump Controls, Types, Operation and Maintenance (Intermediate)
10/22/13: 216 – Basic Wastewater Operator Math I
12/12/13-12/13/13: 302 – Anaerobic Digestion Skills Training Course (Advanced)
03/20/14-03/21/14: 230- Effluent Filtration

Kona
01/15/13-01/16/13: 202A (Grade 1 & 2) & 202B (Grade 3 & 4) – Certification Examination Refresher – REVISED
04/16/13-04/17/13: 209 – Rotating Biological Contactors, Trickling Filters and Stabilization Ponds
06/18/13-06/19/13: 303 – Chlorination Skills Training (Advanced)
09/24/13-09/25/13: 210 – Sludge Handling: Sludge Thickening, Anaerobic Digestion, Aerobic Digestion and Dewatering (Intermediate)
11/12/13-11/13/13: 301 – Activated Sludge Skills Training Course (Advanced)
11/20/13-11/21/13: 250 – Mechanical Maintenance I: Air Compressors and Blowers
01/28/14-01/29/14: 202A (Grade 1 & 2) & 202B (Grade 3 & 4) Certification Examination Roster
02/25/14-02/26/14: 103 – Plant Safety
04/22/14-04/23/14: 253 – Mechanical Maintenance IV: Valves

Kauai
01/15/13-01/16/13: 315 – Biological Nutrient Removal
01/22/13-01/23/13: 202A (Grade 1 & 2) & 202B (Grade 3 & 4) – Certification Examination Refresher
02/19/13-02/20/13: 273 – Collection System Maintenance
03/19/13-03/20/13: 278A – Industrial Hydraulic Technology: Topics 1-7
04/24/13-04/25/13: 317 – Fundamentals of Biology and Chemistry
05/21/13-05/22/13: 278B – Industrial Hydraulic Technology: Topics 8-15
07/16/13-07/17/13: 202A (Grade 1 & 2) & 202B (Grade 3 & 4) – Certification Examination Refresher
8/20/13-8/21/13: 251 – Mechanical Maintenance II: Bearings, Lubrication, Packing Seals
10/23/13-10/24/13: 102 – Basic Electricity and Reading Electrical Diagrams
10/30/13-10/31/13: 204 – Diesel Engine Operation and Maintenance
11/19/13-11/20/13: 252 – Mechanical Maintenance III: Gear Boxes, Mechanical Drives, Couplings and Alignment
12/10/13-12/11/13: 103 – Plant Safety
01/21/14-01/22/14: 202A (Grade 1 & 2) & 202B (Grade 3 & 4) Certification Examination Roster
02/26/14-02/27/14: 211 – Troubleshooting Pumps: Basics
03/27/14-03/28/14: 253 – Mechanical Maintenance IV: Valves – REVISED
04/29/14-04/30/14: 230 – Effluent Filtration

Training Session Announcement

A training session announcement for each course is sent to each county and private facilities at least two months prior to class start date. These announcements provide course descriptions, registration procedures and fee, dates of class, continuing educational unit points, location, time, instructor’s name and any prerequisites required for the class.

Registration

Training sessions are “open” to anyone – public and private. The registration form should be mailed at least two weeks prior to class start date with a check or money order payable to the “State Department of Health.” Cash is not accepted. Registration applications can be submitted prior to receiving Training Session Announcement for any classes that are scheduled on the training calendar.

  • Registration Application | .pdf |

Certificates

A Certificate of Completion is awarded to those who successfully past the final examination. Those who attend all classes but elect not to take the final examination or do not successfully pass the examination, are not awarded a Certificate of Attendance.

Continuing Educational Unit (CEU)

CEUs are awarded upon the successful completion of each course. The number of CEUs vary for each course as determined by the Board of Certification of Operating Personnel in Wastewater Treatment Facilities. Training session announcements and the annual training calendar indicate the number of CEUs for each course.

Certificate of Achievement

Numerous training sessions are conducted throughout the year at the Training Center and Counties for upgrading the knowledge and skills of the State’s wastewater operators, laboratory technicians and maintenance personnel, as well as new employees who enter these areas of work each year. In recognition of the dedication and effort of the operators who attend these training sessions, a SPECIAL WASTEWATER PLANT OPERATIONS CERTIFICATE will be presented to operators who meet certain minimum requirements.

  • Application for Certificate of Achievement | .pdf |
  • Instruction Sheet for Application for Certificate of Achievement | .pdf |

Faculty

The high quality of the faculty forms the nucleus of the Training Center. Professional engineers, university professors, laboratory specialists, operators, and maintenance specialists make up the more than 90 part-time instructors.

Request for Public Records

  • Request for Public Records for Training Center and Board of Certification | .pdf |

Contact

Department of Health – Wastewater Branch
919 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 309
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Phone: (808) 586-4294
Fax: (808) 586-4300