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Course Title

Workshop Description

Distribution System Leak Detection

(7.5 hours)

Water loss can be very costly to your system, and some leaks seem imposible to find.  This class will cover the most up-to-date methods of leak detection and the newest equipment.  Training will include field demonstation of equipment

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A&B Water Short Course

(22.5 hours)

This three day training session is designed for operators preparing for the Illinois Class B or A water certification exam. Includes a short review of Class C and D material and related math.
  • Class A Stresses surfaces water treatment: lime-soda softening, taste and odor control, clarification, lab, rules and regulation and associated math.
  • Class B Stresses ground water treatment: wells, filtration, ion exchange, oxidation and associated math.

If there are enough eligible participants, the IEPA will give the certification exam at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 10th in Bloomington. You must make application to take the exam with the IEPA office in Springfield at least 30 days in advance.

Class A/B Water Operations Math

(7.5 hours)

The A/B water math is designed as a 7.5 hour stand alone class. Basic math is reviewed. Math relative to Class A/B topics include Filtration, Ion Exchange Softening, Jar Testing, Chemical Feeding, Lime Softening and Clarification Math.
Advanced Wastewater Treatment Processes and Nutrient Removal

(15 hours)

A two-day workshop which covers recent developments in the wastewater treatment field. Subjects covered include Sequencing Batch Reactors, Integrated Fixed Film Systems, Membrane Bioreactors, Nutrient Removal Systems (biological and chemical), Autothermal thermophilic aerobic digestion, and Process Control used for these processes.
Class 1/2 Wastewater Operations Math

(7.5 hours)

Emphasis is on solving math problems used at wastewater treatment plants and the certification exams. Math for wastewater activated sludge, aerobic and anaerobic digesters, rotating biological contactors (RBC's), trickling filters, and lagoons is covered.
Class 3/4 Wastewater Operations Math

(7.5 hours)

Emphasis is on solving math problems used at wastewater treatment plants and the certification exams. Math for wastewater activated sludge, aerobic and anaerobic digesters, rotating biological contactors (RBC's), trickling filters, and lagoons is covered.
Class K Industrial Education

(7.5 hours)

This course is deisgned to assist in preparing for the Class K certification exam. Theory of wastewater treatment, sludge disposal, solids handling, removal efficiency and math. Topics include monitoring requirements, laboratory techniques, rules and regulations, record keeping and safety cosiderations. This course is not industry site specific put intended to prepare the applicant on a more general format.
Class A Water 1

(Surface Water-Clarification)

(7.5 hours)

Surface water treatment topics include clarification, jar testing, filtration and related math and chemistry. Pump operation and maintenance is also covered. May be taken alone or with Class A 2.
Class A Water 2

(Surface Water - Lime Softening)

(7.5 hours)

Surface water and lime softening are covered with related math and chemistry. Other topics covered are taste and odor control, process waste disposal and electrical maintenance. May be taken alone or with Class A 1.
Class B Water 1

(Filtration)

(7.5 hours)

Ground water treatment is covered in this one-day course with related math and chemistry. Ground water topics include water quality, oxidation, iron and manganese control, filtration, sampling and reporting. May be taken alone or with Class B 2.
Class B Water 2

(Ion Exchange Softening)

(7.5 hours)

Ground water treatment topics include ion exchange softening, with related math and chemistry, process waste disposal, and electrical maintenance. May be taken alone or with Class B 1.
Class C Water 1

(Ground Water)

(7.5 hours)

Operation and maintenance of wells and chemical feeding operations are covered with related math and chemistry. Topics include well math, chlorination, and chemical feed math. May be taken alone or with Class C 2.
Class C Water 2

(Ground Water)

(7.5 hours)

Operation and maintenance of pumps, as well as electrical maintenance is covered. Topics include corrosion control, fluoridation, sequestration, chemical formulas, sampling, and reporting. May be taken alone or with Class C 1.
Class D Water 1

(Distribution Systems)

(7.5 hours)

General operation and maintenance procedures for water distribution systems are covered. Topics include electrical maintenance; pumps and hydraulics; installation procedures for water mains, water services and hydrants; water; valve operation; maps and records; related math. May be taken alone or with Distribution Systems 2.
Class D Water 2

(Distribution Systems)

(7.5 hours)

General operation and maintenance procedures for water distribution systems are covered. Topics include storage, rules, regulations, sampling, operation reports, cross connections, and math. May be taken alone or with Distribution Systems 1.
Cross Connection Control

(28 hours)

(23.5 hours/operators)

Includes demonstration of inspection and testing procedures for reduced pressure zone (RPZ) and double check valve back-flow preventers. Each participant is provided opportunities to perform inspection and testing procedures. A written exam covering significant topics related to cross-connection control is included. To successfully complete the workshop, participants must pass the written exam and properly perform inspection and testing procedures on RPZ and double check valve backflow preventers.

There is only one chance to pass each section of the exam (written and hands-on). Failure of either section will require the individual to retake the entire course again at a later date at FULL COST. Licensed plumbers will be eligible for IEPA approval to inspect and test RPZ and double check valve backflow preventers upon successful course completion. Certified water operators are eligible for a limited IEPA approval.

Plumbers Continuing Education

(4 hours)

This course satisfies the Illinois Plumbing Code Licensing Law which requires all Illinois licensed plumbers to get 4.0 hours of continuing education annually in order to renew their Illinois Plumbing License and keep their Cross Connection Control license.

Pumps and Pumping

(15 hours)

This two day course covers the basic skills required for maintenance and troubleshooting of Pumps and Motors in a water or wastewater plant. Topics include safety, use of meters and test equipement for diagnosing motor starter and contactor operation, lift and pump station controls and operation. Also covered are single and threee phase motors, pressure and flow sensing devices. Detailed infromation relative to pump design and operation combined with hands-on examples and exercises.
Class 1 Wastewater Operations

(15 hours)

This course deals with the skills needed to operate, facilitate process control, and troubleshoot different types of treatment plant units.  To include:  conventional activated sludge, sequencing batch reactors, and oxidation ditches.  Word problems and process control calculations are stressed.  Physical, chemical, and laboratory analysis methods are discussed.  Also included are nitrogen and phosphorous removal techniques.
 
Class 3 Wastewater Operations

(15 hours)

Process control and troubleshooting of trickling filter and rotating biological contactor units are covered.  Skills needed to operate trickling filter and RBC units are covered.  Class 3 certification exam materials are also covered.
 
Class 4 Wastewater Operations

(15 hours)

Sources and characteristics of wastewater are taught. Topics include biological treatment priciples, process control, normal operation and preventative maintenance for collection systems, preliminary treatment devices , primary treatment devices, stabilization ponds and disinfection systems. Federal and state laws, rules, and regulations are also discussed.
 
Collection System Operation 1

(15 hours)

This two day course covers the basic skills required for maintenance and troubleshooting of collection system operation.  Topics include safety, use of meters and test equipment for diagnosing confined space entry.  Pump operation and lift station controls are discussed.  Also covered are single and three phase motors, pressure and flow sensing devices.  This course will be a good primer for the operator seeking a collection system certification from the IEPA.
 
Wastewater Operator Short School

(31 hours)

An intensive training session to develop skills specific to process control and operation of Class 4, 3, 2 and 1 plants. All aspects of plant operations, process control tests and their interpretation, process control math, safety reports and records for each specific class are covered. On Friday afternoon, the IEPA wastewater certification exam is given for eligible students.
  • Class 4: Stresses stabilization ponds, collection systems and chlorination Systems. Class 4 certification exam materials are reviewed.
  • Class 3: Stresses trickling filters and RBC units. Class 3 certification exam materials are reviewed.
  • Class 2/1 : Activated sludge treatment plants with aerobic and anaerobic sludge Digesters are stressed. Class 2 and 1 exam materials are reviewed.

Note to students taking Wastewater Short School:

YOU MUST MAKE APPLICATION DIRECTLY TO IEPA/DPWS TO MAKE THE CERTIFICATION EXAM ON FRIDAY

IEPA Wastewater Certification Program - (217) 782-9720

Download exam applications from IEPA website: http://www.epa.state.il.us/water/

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Evening

Course Title

Workshop Description

Advanced Wastewater Treatment This course deals with modes of operation, process control testing, operating strategies and troubleshooting of the activated sludge process (Conventional A.S., SBR, ABF), fixed media systems, aerobic and anaerobic sludge digestion and solids handling systems (drying beds, lagoons and land application).
Nitrogen and Phosphorus Removal This course deals with nutrient removal processes for wastewater. Areas covered include processes for biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal, process control techniques, physical and chemical nutrient removal techniques and laboratory monitoring for nutrients.
Basic Wastewater Treatment Sourrces and characteristics of wast3ewater are taught. Topics include biological treatment priciples, process control, normal operation and preventative maintenance of collection systems, preliminary treatment devices, primary treatment devices, stabilization ponds and disinfection systems. Fedeeral and state laws, rules and regulations are also discussed.
Basic Water Supply This course is an introduction to water supply covering Class D and C operations. Topics include wells, chlorination, fluoridation, chemical treatment, distribution systems, pumps, sampling, operating reports, water quality and related math.
Class B & A Water Supply This course is intended to assist in preparing for the Class B and A certification exams. Ground water treatment, ion exchange softening, surface water treatment and lime softening are covered with math and chemistry. Topics include ground water quality, oxidation, iron and manganese jar testing, sampling and operation reports.
Intermediate Wastewater Treatment (Class 3) This second course in wastewater operations deals with modes of operation, process control testing, operating strategies and troubleshooting of attached growth systems (trickling filters & rotating biological contactors), and aerobic / anaerobic sludge digestion and solids handling systems (drying beds, lagoons, and land application.)

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