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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

Spring/Summer 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
St. John’s
(Mundy Pond Visitor Center)
FULL
April 19 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution
System Basics
Darren Patey
April 20 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution
System Hydraulics
April 21 8:30 – 4:30 Water Quality Issues
April 22 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
St. John’s
(Mundy Pond Visitor Center)
May 4 1:00 – 4:30 Proper Handling of Chlorine and Chlorine Containers Genny DeCoste
Deer Lake
(Holiday Inn Express)
May 10 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution
System Basics
Darren Patey
May 11 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution
System Hydraulics
May 12 8:30 – 4:30 Water Quality Issues
May 13 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
St. Anthony
(Polar Center)
May 11 9:00 – 12:00 Proper Handling of Chlorine
and Chlorine Containers
Chris Blanchard
Corner Brook
(City Hall)
FULL
May 31-June 2 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Treatment
Class 1 & 2
Gerry Lahey
June 3 8:30 - 12:00 Certification Exam
Gander
(Hotel Gander)
June 7 8:30-12:00 Proper Handling of Chlorine and Chlorine Containers Genny DeCoste
Happy Valley - Goose Bay
(Hotel North Two)
June 14-15 8:30 – 4:30 Potable Water Dispensing Units Deneen Spracklin
June 16 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Marystown
(Marystown Hotel)
June 14 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Basics Jim Pollett
June 15 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Day 2
June 16 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Conception Bay South
(EOC Facility - New Fire Hall)
June 21 8:30 - 4:30 Water Distribution System Basics Darren Patey
June 22 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution System Hydraulics
June 23 8:30 – 4:30 Water Quality Issues
June 24 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Stephenville
(Fire Hall)
FULL
June 28 1:00 – 4:30 Proper Handling of Chlorine
and Chlorine Containers
Chris Blanchard
Grand Falls – Windsor
(Hotel Robin Hood)
July 5 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Basics Jim Pollett
July 6 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Day 2
July 7 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam

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:

2016 Fall Schedule to be released in August/September.

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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