The Walkerton Clean Water Centre launched the course to support water professionals who require a refresh of their math skills
WCWC is pleased to announce the launch of a new course, Conversion Math.
This workshop-style course will teach participants how to apply conversions that relate to water operations. Key concepts such as base units, order-of-operation calculations and the basics of the metric system using distance, area and volume will be reviewed. Common units of measurement will be discussed, with a focus on how these units are expressed. Participants will perform calculations using conversion tables to solve for either metric or imperial units. Conversion Math places special emphasis on common units used in the water industry, including those related to temperature, pressure, velocity, flow, dosage, density and feed rates.
This course is directed to treatment and distribution operators who require a refresh of their math skills. The course may also serve as a precursor to Fundamental Math for those with limited math knowledge.
Conversion Math will be offered through both classroom and virtual sessions to support water professionals across Ontario. Successful participants will receive 0.7 Continuing Education Units.Read More
Are you interested in contributing to course development and delivery for drinking water professionals? The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) has opened a procurement for instructors, course content developers and reviewers. Tammy Flett, Accounting & Procurement Associate, answers some of your frequently asked questions about the procurement process.
1. I’m interested in becoming a WCWC instructor. What qualifications are required?
WCWC has two different instructor levels; Technical Trainer and Small Systems Trainer. The qualifications for each are noted below.
For a Technical Trainer, bidders/applicants must meet one of the following;
- Drinking water industry related post secondary diploma/degree,
- Certified Engineering Technologist,
- Certified drinking water operator (Class 1-4 in treatment and/or distribution).
For a Small Systems, Trainer bidders/applicants must meet one of the following;
- Public Health Inspector within the drinking water division,
- Limited Subsystem Operator,
- Trained Person,
- Well Technician,
- Licenced Plumber.
For each of these levels the combination of number of years of drinking water experience and adult learning and instructor experience will also be taken into consideration.
2. I’m interested in becoming a WCWC Course Content Developer and/or Reviewer. What qualifications are required?
To be considered for a Course Content Developer and/or Reviewer a bidder/applicant must meet one of the qualifications listed below.
- Drinking water industry related post secondary diploma/degree,
- Certified Engineering Technologist,
- Certified drinking water operator (Class 1-4 in treatment and/or distribution),
- Public Health Inspector within drinking water division,
- Limited Subsystem Operator,
- Trained Person,
- Well Technician,
- Licenced Plumber.
For the Course Content Developer and/or Reviewer the combination of number of years of drinking water experience and course development experience will also be taken into consideration.
3. I’m only interested in becoming a Course Content Developer and/or Reviewer. Is it possible to only apply for this role?
Yes, should bidders/applicants only wish to be part of the Course Content Developer and/or Reviewer and not instruct any courses this is acceptable. Self identify on your bid/application only the category of Course Content Developer and/or Reviewer.
4. What is a Vendor of Record and how do I apply to become one?
A Vendor of Record means a contractual relationship between WCWC and multiple vendors for the potential delivery of training services which includes development, review delivery and improvement of various training courses throughout the Province of Ontario, on an as and when required basis.
To become a Training Service Vendor of Record for WCWC, you will need to apply through the Ontario Tender Portal, Jaggaer Supplier Network. You may access this by following www.ontario.ca/tenders. The tender details are:
Project Tender # 16843
Project Title: Potential Provision of Training Services
Publication Date: 26/04/2022 12:10
You must register with Jaggaer Supplier Network to download the documents. Note, there is no cost to register. It is important to remember that you must express interest in the procurement to download the documents.
Important steps to remember
If you click on the button ‘Opportunities open to all Supplier’ you must express interest at the bottom of the screen. This will take you to a new screen with express interest at the top of the screen. If you go directly to RFX Open to All Suppliers you express interest one time.
To be fair to all bidders, it is mandatory for all interested parties to acquire the “RFB document”, and all “subsequent documents” related to that RFB only through www.ontario.ca/tenders (see Section 1.4 – Bid Process Requirements of the RFB).
Please note that bid submissions must be made electronically through the Ontario Tender Portal. Bid documents must not be mailed.
Important information about Jaggaer Supplier Network
WCWC recommends that bidders/applicants not upload any submission prior to the May 16, 2022 date of posting the addendum. If any submission is uploaded prior to an addendum being posted, the submission will be invalid and the bidder/applicant will be required to resubmit prior to the deadline.
For Technical Support contact Etenderhelp_CA@jaggaer.com, toll free 866-722-7390, or direct 484-335-4586.
5. What is the application deadline?
Bidders/applications must be received through the Ontario Tender Portal, Jaggaer Supplier Network before 11:00 a.m. Toronto time on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, but not prior to May 16, 2022.
6. Who do I contact if I have questions about the bid/application process?
Should you have Jaggaer Supplier Network system questions please contact Technical Support at Etenderhelp_CA@jaggaer.com or toll free at 866-722-7390.
Should you have any questions related to this procurement please contact Vijay Kandiah, Procurement Advisor, Category & Sourcing Execution Branch, Supply Chain Ontario. Vijay can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
Join WCWC at Ontario’s Water Conference & Trade Show at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, May 2 – 4.
Wednesday, May 4 at 9:00 a.m.
A study to reduce disinfection by-products and their precursors in Poplar Hill First Nation’s drinking water system
Jeff Avedesian, Scientist
Wednesday, May 4 at 2:15 p.m.
Finding the source of NDMA precursors in a chloraminated system
Devendra Borikar, Science & Technology Lead
WCWC is proud to be a platinum sponsor of this outstanding event.
We look forward to seeing you in Niagara Falls!Read More
Since 2007, the Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) has offered hands-on training to support Ontario’s postsecondary students. Operation of Conventional Treatment Processes (OCTP) is a three-day course that gives participants the opportunity to operate, monitor and troubleshoot a pilot conventional drinking water treatment plant. It also provides hands-on experience in the laboratory where participants monitor basic water quality parameters and work with on-line, bench-top, and handheld analyzers. Training has been provided to nearly 1,000 students to date.
WCWC followed up with Lindsay Taylor, a recent participant from Niagara College and Environmental Technician candidate, to talk about her experience with the course:
What can students expect to learn from the OCTP course?
LT: “Through in-class and hands-on experience, students can expect to enhance their existing knowledge of the conventional processes for treating drinking water. The OCTP course was focused primarily on daily sampling and analysis processes that one might encounter as an entry-level drinking water operator. Day one, we went on a tour of the Technology Demonstration Facility and began laboratory techniques for general water quality analysis which included jar tests, calculating coagulant dosage, and turbidity. Experiencing these techniques firsthand was extremely valuable to my coursework.”
How did you find the course material related to your studies?
LT: “The OCTP course is an exceptional compliment to Entry-Level Course for Drinking Water Operators. Personally, the OCTP course brought to life the concepts we learnt about disinfection and maintaining water quality. For example, we explored the concept of breakpoint chlorination and other critical chlorine disinfection information through in-class training and a group-based lab activity. This combination allowed students the time and space to engage thoughtfully with the material and safely make mistakes.”
Have you had the opportunity to use any of the information you learned?
LT: “The material that comes out of this course comes up time and time again in the classroom. While I am still training to take my Operator-In-Training exam and complete Entry-Level Course for Drinking Water Operators, I look forward to using the technical skills I gained out of the OCTP course as a future drinking water operator and Environmental Technician/Scientist.”
Would you recommend the OCTP course to others?
LT: “If you envision yourself as a future drinking water operator and are in a recognized Ontario college program, I highly recommend you take this course. The instructors and course outcomes are designed in a way to set everyone up for success. Everyone that participated in the program was able to take away something that suited their individual interests. The memories made throughout the program, both in the classroom and between colleagues, are priceless.”Read More
Training has been provided to 100,000 participants ensuring safe drinking water across Ontario
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) is excited to announce that it has provided training on drinking water treatment, technologies and regulatory requirements to 100,000 participants across Ontario.
To thank the drinking water professionals whose hard work and dedication helps to ensure the safety and sustainability of drinking water across Ontario, WCWC will be hosting a series of four weekly draws. Every training participant from January 1, 2022 – February 4, 2022 will be entered into one of four weekly draws for a free one-day virtual training session of their choice.
WCWC would like to thank every one of its clients for their support and suggestions that contribute to the continuous improvement of critical programs. WCWC looks forward to continuing to expand and improve the training offerings available to drinking water professionals, both in the classroom and through virtual and on-demand options.Read More
New Advanced Training for Drinking Water Professionals: Iron and Manganese Removal/Control Strategies
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre launched the virtual course to support experienced drinking water treatment operators and supervisors
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new virtual course, Iron and Manganese Removal/Control Strategies.
This course will review various aspects of iron and manganese in drinking water — occurrence, aesthetic implications, chemistry, impact on water quality and microbial activity and removal and control strategies. Participants will learn about iron and manganese removal technologies and their limitations, with a specific focus on iron and manganese sequestration advantages and disadvantages.
This course is intended for experienced drinking water treatment operators and supervisors. It may also be of interest to distribution operators wishing to gain a better understanding of sequestration.
The virtual sessions will be offered over two mornings, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Virtual training provides opportunities for interaction between the instructor and participants. Participants will require access to a computer with internet connection, a camera and microphone. A course manual will be couriered to each participant prior to the session. The cost to register is $275.00 + HST. Successful participants will receive 0.7 Continuing Education Units.Read More
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, WCWC launched e-learning in 2020. Although uptake has been tremendous, nothing beats the information exchange possible through in-person training. Carol Siegfried, Training Coordinator, explains the ins and outs of on-site training and how to book your own private session.
What is an on-site course?
This is a private session, held at your location. If you are interested in including participants from outside of your organization, you would be responsible for billing, etc. for those participants.
Can all WCWC courses be provided on-site?
The majority of our courses can be provided as on-site training. Our courses that have a hands-on component will have special requirements. As an example the host may have to supply lengths of pipe or have a larger room to accommodate the training and equipment that is shipped, area needs to be in a bay, or other requirements.
How many people can participate?
The minimum number of participants is 10 for billing, the class maximum is based on the course itself.
What do I have to provide?
As the host of onsite training, we would ask that you provide a suitable room, an overhead projector and screen, a flipchart and markers, and lunch for your participants and the trainer if this is something you customarily provide.
Who do I contact to book an on-site course?
You can contact me or you can email your request to email@example.com and I’ll then forward you the required forms and requirements.
Are you curious about the Operation of Conventional Treatment Processes course for postsecondary students? Elliot Jones, Acting Scientist, answers your most common questions:
1.What can I expect from the course?
The course is an excellent opportunity to gain a glimpse at the roles and responsibilities associated with operating a drinking water system in Ontario. It gives attendees a chance to operate, monitor and troubleshoot our pilot-size conventional treatment plant. It also provides hands-on experience in the laboratory monitoring basic water quality parameters, and the chance to work with various on-line, bench-top, and handheld analyzers found throughout the water industry.
2.What will I learn about?
Through this hands-on course, participants gain a better understanding of operating and optimizing the conventional water treatment process. The course also provides an excellent opportunity to become familiar with jar testing at the bench-scale, collecting water quality data, and scaling the learned results to the pilot-scale treatment plant, including the necessary skills required for setting up chemical feed systems.
3.What do I have to bring?
Because this is a hands-on course, operating in both the lab and the Technology Demonstration Facility, closed toed shoes (preferably steel toe) and pants (no shorts) are required. Bring a great attitude and willingness to learn alongside industry professionals while using specialized treatment equipment to ensure you have an excellent time!
4.Is lunch provided?
Lunch is provided, and the desserts and coffee add to the great three-day experience!
Since 2007, WCWC has offered hands-on training to support students who are enrolled in Ontario colleges that include the Entry-Level Course for Drinking Water Operators as part of their curriculum. For more information on WCWC training, please visit wcwc.ca, or contact us at 866-515-0550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) is pleased to announce the launch of its first course available on-demand, Ethics for Drinking Water Operators.
Ontario’s drinking water operators hold a position of trust in safeguarding public health and should recognize the importance of highly ethical behaviour as part of their role. This course will introduce participants to the concept of ethics and core ethical values. Participants will review incidents where unethical operator behaviour has jeopardized public health. The relationship between ethics and the law will be discussed, as well as the personal and legal consequences resulting from unethical behaviour. The session will include strategies for creating an ethical environment in the workplace.
This course has been developed for drinking water operators of all levels, but will be of interest to drinking water supervisors, managers and other drinking water stakeholders. Successful participants will receive 0.3 Continuing Education Units.
Ethics for Drinking Water Operators is WCWC’s first course to feature a user interface with integrated registration and curriculum. Participants are able to register and complete the course at their convenience. Work is underway to expand the number of courses available in this new format.
It has been nearly one year since the Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) focused its efforts on developing e-learning and the response from clients has been positively overwhelming.
To improve access to training and help slow the spread of COVID-19, WCWC accelerated its goal to launch e-learning and since June 2020, has added 20 courses to its virtual training catalogue.
These live virtual sessions provide opportunities for interaction between instructors and participants and are delivered from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. over two days. This structure has been well received by clients:
“The instructor did an excellent job of setting the pace early in the course. Breaking it up into two half days is exactly the right amount of time to be glued to a computer” noted one participant.
WCWC’s virtual courses are offered at reduced rates but provide the same Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and are held to the same quality standards as their classroom counterparts. Clients have been appreciative of the new training options and their feedback has been encouraging, with one participant reporting, “I have done a number of virtual training courses during the pandemic. This was by far the best one to date.”
In addition to the virtual training sessions, WCWC recently launched its first fully online course, Ethics for Drinking Water Operators, which features a user interface with integrated registration and curriculum. Participants are able to register and complete the course at their convenience. Work is underway to expand the number of courses available in this new format.Read More