Program Code: 4135


This part-time online certificate program provides learners with the knowledge and skills required to work in the water treatment operations industry, an industry which plays a critical role in protecting public health and the natural environment through the responsible treatment of drinking water. To enter the operating profession, individuals must become certified. Graduates of this program will have sufficient knowledge to write various level certification examinations. Courses within this program may also be of interest to water operators who are seeking director-approved continuing education units (CEUS) that are recognized by the Ontario Water Wastewater Certification Office (OWWCO).

Note: learners interested in obtaining Class 1 certification must complete the Entry-Level Course (ELC) for Drinking Water Operators which is a mandatory course, developed by the Ministry of?Environment, Conservation and Parks, for all drinking water operators. The ELC course is not included in this certificate program but can be completed via the Walkerton Clean Water Centre (https://wcwc.ca/).

Learners must complete six compulsory courses listed below

  • OEL868 Applied Mathematics for Water and Wastewater Operations
  • OEL859 Drinking Water Operator-in-Training Certification Preparation
  • OEL861 Water Treatment Certification Level I and II
  • OEL869 Applied Hydraulics for Water and Wastewater Operations
  • OEL870 Water Distribution Certification Level I & II
  • OEL866 Water Treatment Certification Level III & IV

Requirements & Program Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma with Grade 12 U or C Math (e.g. MCT4C).
  • Students must successfully complete all courses within 7 years of acceptance into the program in order to graduate.
  • Students must obtain a G.P.A. of 2.0 or 60% or higher to obtain this certificate.

Career Path

This certificate is intended for those wanting to work in the water industry as well and for current water operators in the water industry who are seeking professional development opportunities. This certificate can open doors that will lead to a variety of careers in the drinking water industry and those completing it will have potential to be a vital member of the water operations team.

Employment areas include: water treatment operator, water distribution operator, field technician, environmental inspector, sampling technician, and municipal inspector.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca.


For more information, please contact the Continuing Education department at continuingeducation@saultcollege.ca.
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