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Operator Education

The OETC Program delivers classroom-style education seminars at approximately 20 locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. These seminars were developed to deliver the theory of proper operation and maintenance to operators of municipal water and wastewater systems. They also provide operators with the knowledge base to prepare them to challenge certification exams.

Operator Education Curriculum

Operator Education Seminar Schedules

Fall 2016 Operator Education Seminars
Attention: Water and Wastewater System Operators

Please refer to the following table for information pertaining to seminar topics, locations, dates, and times. Operators, municipal staff, municipal officials, and other interested water professionals are welcome to attend. There is no fee associated with the seminars; however associated travel costs, including meals, are not included.

Location Date Time Topic Contact Person
Clarenville
(Clarenville Inn)
Sept 20-22 8:30 – 4:30 Water Treatment Class 1 & 2 Deneen
Spracklin
Sept 23 8:30 – 12:00 Proper Handling of Chlorine and Chlorine Containers
Marystown
(Marystown Hotel)
Sept 28 8:30 – 12:00 Proper Handling of Chlorine and Chlorine Containers Genny DeCoste
Plum Point
(Plum Point Motel)
Oct 4 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Basics Jim Pollett
Oct 5 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Day 2
Oct 6 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Labrador City
(Two Seasons Inn)
Oct 18 1:00 – 4:30 Proper Handling of Chlorine and Chlorine Containers Chris Blanchard
Grand Falls-Windsor
(Hotel Robin Hood)
Oct 18 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution System Basics Darren Patey
Oct 19 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution System Hydraulics
Oct 20 8:30 – 4:30 Water Quality Issues
Oct 21 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Conception Bay South
(EOC Facility – New Fire Hall)
Oct 25 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Basics Jim Pollett
Oct 26 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Day 2
Oct 27 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Bay Roberts
(Bay Roberts Hotel)
Nov 15 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution System Basics Darren Patey
Nov 16 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution System Hydraulics
Nov 17 8:30 – 4:30 Water Quality Issues
Nov 18 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
St. John’s
(Ramada)
Nov 22–24 8:30 - 4:30 Wastewater Treatment Class 1 & 2 Gerry Lahey
Nov 25 8:30 - 12:00 Certification Exam
Gander
(Hotel Gander)
Nov 29 9:00 – 12:30 Source Water Protection Deneen Spracklin

If you plan on attending any of the above noted seminars or certification exam sessions, please register with the appropriate contact person; contact information is provided below. To find out more information on the content to be covered during the seminars visit our website: http://www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/waterres/training/operator_education/index.html

If any communities are interested in scheduling a Community Information Session on the use of the Newfoundland and Labrador Water Resources Portal please contact Deneen Spracklin. These sessions will be arranged with communities on an individual basis.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for challenging a certification exam visit www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/waterres/training/operator_certification/requirements.html. The cost to challenge an exam is $75.00 plus HST and an Application for Certification may need to be submitted.

Any municipal participants attending these seminars may be eligible for funding through the Municipal Training and Development Corporation’s Financial Assistance Fund which assists elected municipal officials, municipal employees and municipal volunteers in gaining access to training and professional development opportunities. Prior approval is required, so if you wish to apply for funding please contact Krista Planke at 726-6405 or email nlama@nlama.ca.

If you have any questions regarding the Spring/Summer 2016 Operator Education Seminar Schedule please contact the following:

Darren L. Patey
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)729-7363
Email: darrenpatey@gov.nl.ca
Jim Pollett
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)292-4225
Email: jimpollett@gov.nl.ca
Deneen Spracklin
Program Lead
Phone: (709)729-1158
Email: dspracklin@gov.nl.ca
Gerry Lahey
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)637-2035
Email: glahey@gov.nl.ca
Chris Blanchard
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)637-2034
Email: cblancha@gov.nl.ca
Genny DeCoste
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)729-2558
Email: gennydecoste@gov.nl.ca

Additional Education Resources

ACWWA Newfoundland and Labrador Course Schedule:

Cross Connection Control: October 7, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This course will appeal to water and wastewater system operators, operation engineers, plant managers, utility managers, environmental and health agencies and other industries with an interest in obtaining valuable knowledge on approved devices and methods to control cross connections between a potable water system and a non-potable system.

Course Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott, St. John’s 199 Kenmount Road, St. John’s.

Contact Information: Registration details including the registration form and course cost can be found by following the link below: http://www.acwwa.ca/pdfs/courses/2016-Fall/CCC%20Fall%20NL%202016.pdf External

Cross Connection Control: October 14, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This course will appeal to water and wastewater system operators, operation engineers, plant managers, utility managers, environmental and health agencies and other industries with an interest in obtaining valuable knowledge on approved devices and methods to control cross connections between a potable water system and a non-potable system.

Course Location: Albatross Hotel, 114 Trans Canada Hwy, Gander, NL

Contact Information: Registration details including the registration form and course cost can be found by following the link below and selecting the appropriate course: http://www.acwwa.ca/courses/courseschedule.html

To obtain information pertaining to education seminar schedules contact:

Deneen Spracklin

Program Lead
PO Box 8700
St.John's, NL
A1B 4J6
Tel: (709) 729-1158
Fax: (709) 729-0320

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