AWWA Leads the Industry in Operator Certification and Training
The Water System Operations (WSO) series has been completely revamped and is easier to use for both students and trainers. Illustrated with full-color graphics, these guides also contain over 100 study questions, as well as access to additional online video resources. It is also the only book series that meets the latest ABC-Need-to-Know Criteria.
Practice Exam Questions and Answers
- 1,400+ all-new questions and answers
- Vetted and approved by water industry experts
- Arranged by subject matter for easy reference
- Pairs with AWWA's Certification Exam Prep App
Take Studying on the Go
AWWA's Exam Prep App allows you to study wherever it is most convenient.
- See detailed answer explanations
- Track your performance
- Filter by question type or subject
Download the app for free today! It includes 20 sample questions. Additional question sets are only $19 each.
Wastewater Certification Study Guide
Pass your wastewater certification exam with this guide that is specially developed to give wastewater operators practice answering questions that are similar in format and content to the questions that appear on certification exams.
The ONE AWWA Operator Scholarship
The One AWWA Operator Scholarship is funded through a matching fund from AWWA’s The Water Equation Campaign and participating Sections. Contact your Section on how to apply or receive more information on this new operator scholarship.
Training and Education
American Water Works Association and the 43 sections across North America have come together to create the One AWWA Operator Scholarship to support continuing education within the water industry. AWWA’s Water Equation matches funds raised at the section level to provide books, tuition, training, education and certification to operators at water and wastewater treatment plants.
Recent statistics show that an additional 7,000 water and wastewater operators will be needed over the next decade. The demands for water operators will increase as technology becomes even more complicated. The One AWWA Operator Scholarship is intended as an incentive to increase the number of new operators as well as address the needs of the current workforce.
Contact your AWWA local section to apply for a scholarship!
Online Operator Education
AWWA offers instructor-led online courses to help you learn relevant material that you will see discussed on the operator certification exam. A convenient alternative to trade schools or in-person training, these programs offer you a convenient and cost-effective way to learn the material.
Water Treatment Operator | Level 1
February 11 – March 15
July 22 – August 23
Refresh your skills while learning how to prepare for the certification test. This course introduces the basic functions and responsibilities of Level 1 operators, as well as water treatment processes, their uses, characteristics, sizing, and calculations and analyses of these processes.
Water Treatment Operator | Level 2
March 18 – April 19
September 9 – October 11
Learn concepts and practices about conventional water treatment processes, membrane/UV processes, and basic laboratory and sampling skills. Gain an in-depth understanding of surface water treatment, groundwater treatment, and the particular parameters that dictate successful treatment of both sources.
Water Treatment Operator | Level 3
April 22 – May 24
October 14 – November 15
This course offers a unique combination of advanced process troubleshooting knowledge and introductory preparation for supervisory responsibilities. Also, this course will also help you learn how to manage employees and the legal obligations for regulatory compliance.