What is a self-paced course?
Self-paced courses are delivered exclusively online, and progress is driven solely by the student. This format allows the student to move through course content at his/her own pace, taking into consideration the individual’s knowledge level and capacity. Self-paced courses can be completed anytime during a 90-day period after registration. These courses may include presentations, pre-recorded audio, supporting articles, online learning activities, videos, quizzes and evaluations. View AWWA's full list of courses here
What is an instructor-led course?
Instructor-led courses are delivered exclusively online with some pacing, interaction and direction provided by a facilitator. These courses are delivered at set times during the year and comprise pre-recorded presentations, online learning activities, videos, quizzes and evaluations. Recognized experts on a topic are available to regularly answer the students’ questions, grade homework and provide feedback on student progress via discussion boards and emails.
How do I register for an eLearning course?
Log into your AWWA profile by selecting LOGIN in the upper right corner of the screen. Once you're logged in, select eLearning Courses from the Events & Education menu. Find your course from the list, register and pay for your course.
When the transaction is complete, an email receipt will be sent to you giving details about where to login on the website so you may begin your course(s) immediately. You will need to read and agree to the User Agreement terms before you will be allowed to begin any course.
How does AWWA calculate CE Credits?
1.0 CEU = 10 Contact Hours. 1 Contact Hour = 60 minutes of instruction.
Will I earn Continuing Education Credits?
You may be awarded CEUs for AWWA trainings by your licensing agency. Please note that although AWWA may apply for approval, this does not guarantee that your agency will award you credit. It is the individual's responsibility, before registering for any education program, to contact his/her licensing agency: 1. To confirm that the education program is acceptable for continuing education credit towards your particular license; and 2. To confirm what you need to submit for credit approval. You must contact your specific licensing agency for details. Learn More
How do I view my transcripts and see the courses that I’ve registered for?
You can login and view your account to manage your CEU credits and view approvals.
High Tech Operator Certificate Program (HTO)
Do I have to take Course 1 before I can take Course 2 or 3?
No. All courses within the high tech operator programs (HTO) cover different topics or the same topics in more depth- knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis or evaluation. Each course has its own audience, and its selection is dependent on the experience and knowledge of the individual taking the course. The High-Tech Operator (HTO) series of courses educates attendees on the advanced concepts related to water treatment plant operators. The courses help attendees gain an understanding of SCADA Systems, CMMS, GIS, and GPS, as well as information management technologies, both server-based and Web-hosted. Courses may be taken in any order!
Water Treatment Operator Certificate Program (WTO)
Do I have to take the Level 1 before I can take Level 2 or 3?
Yes. All courses within the water treatment programs (WTO) are sequential and build upon the previous course. This series of courses educates attendees on the basic concepts related to water treatment plant operators. The courses focus on the critical information operators need to protect public health, including job functions and responsibilities, regulations, and conventional and advanced water treatment processes and procedures. Taking these courses provides you with the information you need to pass the appropriate certification exam, gain employment, and/or advance your career within the water industry. This series takes into consideration the Association Board of Certification Need-to-Know Criteria for water treatment operators. The courses are designed to be taken in sequential order.
What is the ABC Need-To-Know Criteria?
The Water Treatment Operator courses take into consideration the Association of Boards of Certification Need-To-Know Criteria for Water Treatment Operators. The ABC conducts a job analysis of water treatment operators and the capabilities required to competently perform these job tasks. The results of this job analysis provide ABC with the foundation for the development of valid water treatment certification exams.
What is the Association of Boards of Certification?
The following is directly from the Association of Boards of Certification website:
“In 1972, water and wastewater industry leaders began conversations which developed the groundwork for an association to foster operator certification throughout North America. From those early discussions, the Association of Boards of Certification was born. Today, our Association includes almost 100 certifying authorities, representing more than 40 states, nine Canadian provinces as well as several international programs. These programs certify over 150,000 water and wastewater operators, laboratory analysis, plant maintenance technologists, biosolids land appliers and backflow prevention assembly testers.”
Where do I begin?
Step 1: All learners MUST create their own AWWA profile. AWWA courses are associated with individual learners. Registration for a course must be done through the learner’s profile, especially if the individual is claiming credit hours.
Step 2: Are you in need of continuing education units? If so, we recommend verifying which AWWA courses are approved in the state in which you require units. It is the learner’s responsibility to research their state-specific credit requirements.
AWWA submits many online courses to states for pre-approval and webinars based on the attendance demand. To find out which trainings are pre-approved in your state, please email Education Services and include your AWWA Customer # and Licensing Agency State.
Alternative training options – If you have a training scenario that would benefit your organization/utility that is not listed here, please contact us at Education Services An example might be that you would like to purchase one of our courses to add to your Learning Management System (LMS), for ongoing on-site training.
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Customer Service Support
If you would like to register for a course or have customer service or billing questions, please contact customer service at 800.926.7337 (Option 1) or 1.303.794.7711, or email Customer Service.
Continuing Education Units
If you have any questions regarding CE Credits, email Education Services or call 800.926.7337.
Please read this agreement carefully prior to purchasing an online Course. Participants must agree to its terms on the honor code in order to participate in the program. This agreement describes the terms and conditions pursuant to which the American Water Works Association offers this service. Participants will be asked to accept the agreement in order to access a course(s). If you have any questions, contact Education Services.
Please read this agreement carefully prior to purchasing an eLearning course. Participants must agree to its terms on the honor code in order to participate in the program. This agreement describes the terms and conditions pursuant to which the American Water Works Association offers this service. Participants will be asked to accept the agreement in order to access a course(s). If you have any questions, contact Education Services.
The purpose of our courses is to provide you with a general overview of the subject matter covered and to help you comply with various state and local continuing education requirements. AWWA attempts to ensure that the information provided in its courses is accurate at the time of posting; however, standards of practice and regulatory requirements are constantly evolving and vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Further, many of our courses may only discuss federal regulations. State and local regulations must also be observed, and they may be more stringent. It is your responsibility to make sure the most current federal, state and local regulations applicable to a particular project are being observed.
Certificate of Completion
A Certificate of Completion from AWWA indicates that the student has completed the requirements of this online course, which may include passing exams, completing required laboratory assignments, and spending the requisite amount of time in the course. A certificate from AWWA does not guarantee that a student possesses a minimum level of skills or knowledge regarding the subject matter.
You will have 90 days to complete a self-paced course(s) once the course has been started. Instructor-led courses have a set begin and end date with weekly assignments due that count towards course completion.
Continuing Education Units
You may be awarded AWWA CEUs/PDHs for this course by your licensing agency. AWWA grants CEUs for this course at a rate of 1 CEU for 10 contact hours. It is your responsibility, when taking any training program, to contact your licensing agency beforehand to confirm that the coursework:
- Meets all requirements so that you will be awarded continuing education credit towards your license by your licensing agency.
- Meets all requirements for certification.
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