Operator certification requirements vary depending on the type of water system. The Ontario Water Wastewater Certification Office (OWWCO) handles the certification and re-certification of operators in Ontario. Please contact OWWCO for certification inquiries, 1-877-231-2122. Systems that are covered under O. Reg. 170/03 require a Trained Person. The Walkerton Clean Water Centre offers the mandatory course for these systems entitled Operation of Small Drinking Water Systems.
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre does not offer job placement services. Like all careers, job prospects for water operators will vary based on location, wage expectations, skills and market competition.
If you are considering a career in the water industry, you may wish to research the current job market in your area.
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has published a Guideline (4.3) that outlines OTJ training criteria. View more information on training requirements, including Guideline 4.3 and the OTJ training record. If you require additional clarification regarding on-the-job training, please contact OWWCO directly.
The number of continuing education and on-the-job training hours required for each renewal period vary depending on the class of license the operator holds. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Guideline 4.2 (Director Approved Continuing Education Training Criteria) provides detail regarding the hours required.
For certificates for training courses delivered by the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, you can log in to “my profile” anytime and view your course history and reprint a copy of your certificate. Or please email email@example.com or call the Centre directly at 1-866-515-0550.
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change permits extensions of OIT certificates under certain circumstances in Guideline 2.4 (Drinking Water Operator In Training Requirements)
Contact OWWCO at 1-877-231-2122.
Ontario’s community colleges have responded enthusiastically to an invitation by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to incorporate the Entry-Level Course for Drinking Water Operators into their curriculum. Currently fifteen colleges have entered into agreements with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. 10 of the colleges currently participate in the Centre’s hands-on training. Taking the Entry-Level course as part of a diploma program broadens the career options for graduates. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change brochure A Student’s Guide to Drinking Water & Wastewater Operator Certification provides in-depth information on operator certification.
Certificates are issued at the completion of the diploma program. Students are required to request their certificate from their College.
Yes, our courses are director approved and the director approved continuing education credits (CEUs) are posted on each course description.