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Water & Wastewater Professional Development

Bismarck State College's National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE) is proud to offer a wide variety of courses for the water and wastewater industry online. These courses offer one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date training opportunities you will find to meet certification requirements. In addition, these courses are 100% online and open for registration at any time. Throughout the courses, participants have the opportunity to use NECE-created Interactive Learning Tools.

Dollar for dollar, the NECE offers the best training value you will find:
  • Very cost effective
  • Available online, saving travel time and costs
  • Flexible schedule
  • Standardize training across regional footprint
  • Courses for college credit towards a certificate in Water & Wastewater Technology are also available

Course Offerings

WATER 200 - Introduction to the Water Industry - 5 Hours
This course provides an overview of the water treatment program and the water treatment industry. It introduces students to water and wastewater treatment occupations and processes. Students study operator roles, industry requirements, common terminology and basic equipment as well as water use and characteristics.

WATER 201 - Laboratory Basic Procedures and Basic Water Chemistry - 10 Hours
Introduction to lab procedures and safety along with the study of chemistry as it applies to the water molecule.

WATER 202 - Chemical, Physical and Biological Water Impurities - 10 Hours
Survey of how the water molecule carries chemical, physical and biological impurities. Measurement, sample collection technique and impurity removal processes are also covered.

WATER 203 - New Water Operator Training
This course is meant to introduce the student to the skills and concepts they will need to be successful as operators working in the Water and Wastewater Industry.  Topics include, but are not limited to: basic mathematics, water chemistry, treatment processes and an introduction to equipment such as pumps and valves.

WATER 204 - Water Equipment Studies - 10 Hours
Introduction to pumps, compressors and auxiliary equipment in plants. Design and operational concepts are covered.

WATER 206 - Water Plant Collection and Pretreatment Processes - 10 Hours
This course focuses on groundwater and surface water collection processes including wells and surface collection processes. Pretreatment processes covered include chemical additions, aeration, screening and ponds.

WATER 208 - Non-dissolved Solids Clarification and Filtration Processes - 10 Hours
This course focuses on the removal of non-dissolved solids measured as turbidity. Processes covered include settling basins, clarification, and filters.

WATER 210 - Dissolved Solids, Chemical Softening and Ion Exchange Processes - 10 Hours
This course focuses on the addition of lime to clarification processes, advanced filtration, reverse osmosis, sodium based softening and high purity ion exchange processes.

WATER 212 - Potable Water and Disinfection Processes - 10 Hours
This course focuses on disinfection processes including all forms of chlorine addition, ozone and ultraviolet light. Potable water regulation and requirements are also covered in depth.

WATER 214 - Water Distribution & Final Treatment Processes - 6 Hours
This course focuses on final water treatment processes for potable water. In addition, distribution concepts and equipment including trenching safety are surveyed.

WATER 216 - Wastewater Treatment Processes - 15 Hours
This course focuses on wastewater treatment processes including collection, flow stabilization, grit removal, settling, clarification, aerobic and non-aerobic digestion and sludge processing.

WATER 218 - Pump and Motor Maintenance - 8 Hours
This course focuses on the operation and maintenance of equipment used in wastewater collection and treatment. Troubleshooting of wastewater treatment systems is also reviewed.

WATER 220 - Instrumentation and Control - 10 Hours
This course focuses on a study of instrumentation components, control theory, control systems, controllers and SCADA associated with the operation of a facility. 

FAQs and Registration

What are the online course elements? This course is self-study, asynchronous and completely online. Participants learn from video/audio and text-based lectures, self-check exercises, quizzes, animations and graphics.  Timely feedback is provided on participants' completed exams, and questions are answered through e-mail.  Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to use Interactive Learning Tools in the enhanced online lessons.

What are the course advantages? Courses are 100% online with access anytime and anywhere. The course is structured to be self-paced; therefore participants are not required to be online at any specific time.

What is the course schedule? The course is open for registration at any time. Participants will have access to the course until June 30. All registrations received the month of June will have access until June 30 of the following year. The participant will have access to the course within three (3) working days after registration.

When will I receive my Certificate of Completion? Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate of completion by e-mail within 3 business days.

What is the course fee? The course fee is $200/class.

* Refunds granted at the participant's request prior to the course start date will incur a $15 processing fee. If the cancellation is requested more than one (1) business day after the registration is processed, no refund is available.

REGISTER NOW! Credit Card, Electronic Check and Company Billing payment options are available.

Individual Credit Card or Check Payment Registration

Company Billing Registration

Need more information? Contact the National Energy Center of Excellence at 701.224.2519, 800.852.5685 or bsc.energytraining@bismarckstate.edu.