April 17 - 21, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton Loveland Hotel Conference Center & Spa
4705 Clydesdale Parkway
The Intermediate and Advanced School offers courses that are designed to furnish established operators with information needed to better understand treatment processes and to perform their duties in an ever-changing environment. The courses offered at this school include:
These courses provide opportunities to prepare for the certification exams. However, the courses should not be used as the only study guide for the exams. The conference is NOT affiliated with the Colorado Operator Certification Program Office. The school registration does not include the exam.
RMWEA also offers an annual Fundamentals School focusing on the basics of water and wastewater treatment for new operators.
Scholarship options are available. Submit the Scholarship Application by April 2nd, 2023. Scholarships covering the tuition for one course of study in the Intermediate/Advanced 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 the size of the community served, location, and level of certification required for that entity by the scholarship review board.
Course Instructors - Please complete the Instructor Acceptance Form.
The Intermediate Water course is designed for C and B operators.
Operations and Maintenance
Disinfection and Chlorine Chemistry
Chlorination and Chlorine Safety
Operator Certification – Regulation 100
Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention
Conventional Surface Water Treatment
Sampling and Testing
Principles of Sanitary Surveys
Pumps and Valves
Water Security and Emergency Response Planning
This course provides information on new topics facing the water field. The course is not geared toward the operator’s certification testing for certification. The course is geared toward operators with multiple years of experience in the field.
Unit Process Optimization
Taste and Odor
Granular Media Filter Operation
Biological Filter Operation
Sanitary Survey and Inspections
Advanced Treatment Technologies
This basic course is geared toward the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants. It includes practical approaches to problem-solving, as well as awareness of the moral, legal, and ethical responsibilities of an operator.
Activated Sludge Processes – SBRs/MBRs/MBBRs
Aerobic/Anaerobic Sludge Digestion
Safety in Wastewater
O & M Lagoons
Ethics & Professionalism
Discharge Monitoring Reports
Practical Pump Operation
Industrial Pretreatment Program
The Activated Sludge process control course provides a basic understanding of the process and how to control it. It is the most difficult activity in wastewater treatment. This course teaches how to monitor and control activated sludge microbial environments to improve effluent quality, and provides opportunities for cost savings. The course includes a field trip to a wastewater treatment plant.=. Enrollment is restricted to 35 people.
Application of Process Control Data
Overview of Activated Sludge Process
Foam, Bulking, and Filament Control
Activated Sludge Microbiology
Mass Balance and Wasting control
Oxygen Uptake & Respiration Rate
Process Awareness and Physical Observations
Return Sludge Control
Representative Data Collection
Process Control Plan
Field Trip for Evaluation
Evaluation of Plant
Elements of Process Control
Biological Phosphorus Removal
Bantam Slough Presentation
This course trains operators in the safe and effective operation of industrial wastewater treatment plants, with a focus on physical-chemical processes. Emphasis is given to facilities that neutralize acidic and basic water and that remove metals from wastewater.
Carbon Adsorption/Ion Exchange
Clarification Sludge Processes
Math for the Process Operator
Activated Sludge Processes
Industrial Pretreatment Program