Fundamentals School

Rocky Mountain Water and Wastewater Fundamentals School

The Rocky Mountain Water and Wastewater Fundamentals School is a basic, comprehensive overview for water and wastewater operators.  The course is divided into two separate classes, one on water and one on wastewater.  The course is designed for people who are new to the field or have been in it for only a few years.  It should be beneficial to those seeking Class “C”, “D” “T”, and “S” certification.  

The goal of the Fundamentals school is to provide education for operators so they possess a better understanding of the water and wastewater fields.  The courses are designed to furnish operators with basic concepts of how treatment processes work and the requirements of government regulations.  The Fundamentals school curriculum also provides opportunities to prepare for either the water or wastewater certification exams.  However, operators should not use the courses as their only study guide for certification exams.

 “A” and “B” operators are encouraged to participate in the Intermediate and Advanced School in April, which offers courses geared for experienced treatment plant operators.

Scholarships covering the tuition for one course of study in the Fundamentals School will be awarded to  applicants employed by a town or municipality water or sewer district serving fewer than 3,300 residents within the Rocky Mountain Region. (CO, NM, WY)
Scholarships will be reviewed and awarded based on size of community served, location, and level of certification required for that entity by the scholarship review board. Link to scholarship application form


New location: Fundamentals School now takes place at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO. The hotel is located off I-25 (Exit 259) and Clydesdale Parkway.

An option for Lunch is now included on your registration form. AND if you are staying at the Embassy Suites, breakfast and a Manager’s Reception in the evening will be included in your room reservation. To reserve a room, call 970-612-2440 or go to

Water Fundamentals

Tentative Topics



Types and Characteristics of Water Supplies

Well Operations

Chlorination and Chlorine Safety
Water System Safety

Pumps, Motors, and Valves

Operator's Math

Water Chemistry
Operator Certification - Regulation 100
Sampling and Testing

Emergency Response Planning


Water Treatment

Drinking Water Regulations

Principles of Sanitary Surveys
Water Treatment Overview / Unit
Operations Demonstration

Wastewater Fundamentals

Tentative Topics



Overview of Wastewater Environment

Activated Sludge
Lagoons and Oxidation Ponds
Biosolids Use and Regulations

Fixed Film Reactors

Applying Your Wastewater Math
Aerobic/Anaerobic Digestion
Electrical Equipment and

Wastewater Characteristics and Stream Standards
Understanding Wastewater Math Preliminary & Primary Treatment
Pumps, Motor, and Valves
Wastewater Sampling & Preservation
Industrial Pretreatment
Wastewater Chemistry

Wastewater Disinfection

Wastewater Treatment Overview / 
Unit Operations Demonstration
Small Systems
Wastewater Plant Maintenance

DMR Review

Ethics in Wastewater / Reg 100 
Wastewater Reuse