Water/Wastewater Treatment Certificate
Certificate | SC Program: CL.3420
This program is designed to provide entry-level training and upgrading for California water and wastewater public and private agency operators. A student seeking introduction into either water or wastewater fields would benefit by taking the entire course offerings. It is strongly recommended that students complete MATH 101-Basic Algebra and CHEM 2A-Introduction to Chemistry before completing the requirements of the program.
This certificate is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of the listed requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this certificate.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student should be able to:
- Assess existing methods in water and wastewater treatment technology.
- Analyze treatment plant’s relationship and responsibility to the community.
- Evaluate the processes of coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, and distribution in water treatment.
- Evaluate the processes of primary sedimentation, oxidation, disinfection, and disposal in wastewater treatment.
Choose your path
Map your education by viewing the program map for the degree or certificate you’re interested in earning below. Meet with a counselor to create your official comprehensive education plan.
A program map shows all the required and recommended courses you need to graduate and a suggested order in which you should take them. The suggested sequence of courses is based on enrollment and includes all major and general education courses required for the degree.
Fall Semester, First Year6 Units Total
This course is designed to provide the student with a general background in the design, operation, and maintenance of water treatment plants and prepares the experienced operator for the State Water Treatment Plant Operator Certification examination. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
Spring Semester, First Year6 Units Total
This course covers water supply and treatment, historical development of water quality control practices, water sources, public health aspects of water supply, chemical treatment, and evaluation of the various treatment processes. This course will prepare the experienced operator for certification examinations.
Fall Semester, Second Year6 Units Total
This course provides the student with a general background in the design, operation, and maintenance of small water systems and water distribution systems. It prepares the experienced operator for the State Water Treatment Plant and Distribution Operator Certification Examination.
This course is designed to provide the student with a more in-depth background in the design, operation, and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants and to prepare the experienced operator for higher-level certification examinations.
Please see a counselor to discuss options for meeting general education requirements for transfer to California State Universities (CSU) and/or University of California (UC) campuses, as well as any specific additional courses that may be required by your chosen institution of transfer.
*Alternative Courses: Please see a Shasta College counselor for alternative course options. You can also view the following to find other courses to meet degree/certificate requirements:
- California State Universities – General Education
- IGETC – Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum
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