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In Cooperation with The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does the Self-Study Training Course Work?

This training course allows you to progress at your own pace and to study the materials when and where you prefer. Answer sheets are sent to ERTC for grading and remarks. The staff at ERTC is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the course.

What Will I Be Required To Do?

1. Proceed through each lesson by reading through short sections, writing answers for the questions at the end of each section and then checking your answers.

2. Complete the test at the end of each chapter on the answer sheet provided by ERTC. Send each completed test to the ERTC for grading.

How Long Does It Take To Complete A Course?

The time needed to complete a course depends upon each person. Set your own pace, but establish a regular schedule. Most students require from 100-150 hours of study to complete each course.

Do I Get A Certificate When I Finish?

Yes. Upon successful completion you will receive a Certificate of Completion and appropriate contact hours. Upon successful completion of a self-study course, equivalent credit may be granted toward the experience requirement necessary to take an Illinois certification exam. For exact information, you must contact the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Public Water Supply and/or Division of Water Pollution Control.


Wastewater Treatment Self-Study Courses
The ERTC offers seven self-study courses (developed by California State University, Sacramento) for wastewater treatment operators, supervisors and managers. Each course includes a manual and test answer sheets. ERTC grades each chapter test and upon successful completion of a course, awards appropriate hours and a Certificate of Completion.

Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants, Volume 1
(90 Hours) $100

ERTC #090

Chapter Contents:
1. The Treatment Plant Operator
2. Why Treat Wastes?
3. Wastewater Treatment Facilities
4. Racks, Screens, Comminutors and Grit Removal
5. Sedimentation and Flotation
6. Trickling Filters
7. Rotating Biological Contactors
8. Activated Sludge (Package Plants & Oxidation Ditches)
9. Waste Treatment Ponds
10. Disinfection and Chlorination

Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants, Volume II
(90 Hours) $100

ERTC #091

Chapter Contents:
11. Activated Sludge (Conventional Plants)
12. Sludge Digestion and Solids Handling
13. Effluent Disposal
14. Plant Safety and Good Housekeeping
15. Maintenance
16. Laboratory Procedures and Chemistry
17. Applications of Computers for Plant O & M
18. Analysis and Presentation of Data
19. Records and Report Writing

Advanced Waste Treatment
(90 Hours) $100

ERTC #092

Chapter Contents:
1. Odor Control
2. Activated Sludge (Pure Oxygen Plants and Operational Control Options)
3. Residual Solids Management
4. Solids Removal from Secondary Effluents
5. Phosphorus Removal
6. Nitrogen Removal
7. Enhanced Biological (Nutrient) Control
8. Wastewater Reclamation
9. Instrumentation

Industrial Waste Treatment, Volume I
(90 Hours) $100

ERTC #093

Chapter Contents:
1. The Industrial Plant Operator
2. Safety
3. Regulatory Requirements
4. Preventing and Minimizing Wastes at the Source
5. Industrial Wastewaters
6. Flow Measurement
7. Preliminary Treatment
8. Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes
9. Filtration
10. Physical Treatment Processes
11. Treatment of Metal Waste streams
12. Instrumentation

Industrial Waste Treatment,Volume II
(90 Hours) $100

ERTC #094

Chapter Contents:
1. The Industrial Plant Operator
2. Fixed Growth Processes (Trickling Filters and RBCs)
3. Activated Sludge Process Control
4. Sequencing Batch Reactors
5. Enhanced Biological Treatment
6. Anaerobic Treatment
7. Residual Solids Management
8. Maintenance

Operation and Maintenance of Wastewater Collection Systems, Volume I
(90 Hours) $100

ERTC #095

Chapter Contents
1. The Wastewater Collection System Operator
2. Why Collection System Operation and Maintenance?
3. Wastewater Collection Systems
4. Safe Procedures
5. Inspecting and Testing Collection Systems
6. Pipeline Cleaning and Maintenance Methods
7. Underground Repair

Operation and Maintenance of Wastewater Collection Systems, Volume II
(90 Hours) $100

ERTC #096

Chapter Contents:
8. Lift Stations
9. Equipment Maintenance
10. Sewer Rehabilitation
11. Safety/Survival Programs for Operators
12. Administration
13. Organization for System Operation and Maintenance


Water Supply Self-Study Courses

The ERTC also offers three self-study courses (developed by California State University, Sacramento) for operators, supervisors and managers of public water supply facilities. Each course includes a manual and and test answer sheets. ERTC grades each chapter test and upon successful completion of a course, awards appropriate hours and a Certificate of Completion.

Water Treatment Plant Operation, Volume 1

(90 Hours) $100

ERTC#101

Chapter Contents:
1. The Water Treatment Plant Operator
2. Water Sources and Treatment
3. Reservoir management and Intake Structures
4. Coagulation and Flocculation
5. Sedimentation
6. Filtration
7. Disinfection
8. Corrosion Control
9. Taste and Odor Control
10. Plant Operation
11. Laboratory Procedures

Water Treatment Plant Operation , Volume II
(90 Hours) $100

ERTC #102

Chapter Contents:
12. Iron and Manganese Control
13. Fluoridation
14. Softening
15. Trihalomethanes
16. Demineralization
17. Handling and Disposal of Process Wastes
18. Maintenance
19. Instrumentation
20. Safety
21. Advanced Laboratory Procedures
22. Drinking Water Regulations
23. Administration

Small Water System Operation and Maintenance
(90 Hours) $100

ERTC #103

Chapter Contents:
1. The Small Water System Operator
2. Water Sources and Treatment
3. Wells
4. Small Water Treatment Plants
5. Disinfection
6. Safety 7. Laboratory Procedures
8. Setting Water Rates for Small Water Utilities

Water Distribution System Operation and Maintenance
(90 Hours) $100

ERTC #104

Chapter Contents:
1. The Water Distribution System Operator
2. Storage Facilities
3. Distribution System Facilities
4. Water Quality Considerations
5. Operation and Maintenance
6. Disinfection
7. Safety
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