Level III/IV Water Distribution Certification Preparation


1.2 CEUs



The following in-class course has been postponed. Online and home study options are still available. More information will be sent as it becomes available. For any inquiries, please contact training@awwoa.ca.

This class is available in three formats: in-class (2 days), home study or online.

This two day course was developed to assist operators prepare for writing the provincial certification exam for Level III and/or IV Water Distribution.

NOTE: Applicants who wish to write the certification exam must qualify and MUST apply to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) prior to the deadline for their preferred paper exam -or- during the application window for online exams. For additional certification information, please contact Alberta Environment and Parks at 780-427-7713 or 780-643-1992 or email: WaterandWastewaterOperatorCert@gov.ab.ca

Dates & Locations

    • Session #1
    • Apr 14, 2020 8:00am - Apr 15, 2020 4:00pm
    • Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre - 11727 Kingsway Ave - Edmonton


Candidates should hold Level II or higher Water Distribution Certification and should be working in a Class II or higher facility.

Course Completion Exam:
At the end of the course (in any format) a completion exam will be given. It consists of 50 questions. An overall minimum of 70% is needed to achieve a passing grade. If unsuccessful, one rewrite will be allowed.

Delivery Formats

Online, Home Study, In Class


Topics Include:
-Certification - provincial program, requirements, exams, renewals.
-Support Systems - components, valves and operation, pumps, impellers, flow patterns, types of centrifugal pumps, operation, hydraulics, inspections, bearings, motors, instrumentation types of meters.
-Water Distribution Systems - operators, system flow characteristics, operation & maintenance, water quality, design factors, system hydraulics.
-Piping - pipe types and characteristics, installation, trenching.
-Hydrants, Reservoirs & Pumphouses - fire hydrants, potable water reservoirs, pumphouses.
-Disinfection, Leak Detection & Backflow Prevention - water quality, disinfection, leak detection, backflow prevention devices.
-Corrosion, Flushing & Pigging - prevention, system flushing, water line pigging.
-Mathematics - math basics, metric system, percentages, dimensional analysis, volume, proportions, percent solution, formula manipulation, temperature, Langelier Index, detention time.
-Hydraulics - density, density, pressure/force/head, flow and velocity, horsepower, kilowatt calculations.
-Safety Hazards - hazards, tool safety, ladder safety.
-Confined Space & Lockout Procedures - confined space entry, ladder safety, lockout & tag.
-Excavations, Traffic & Safety Programs - trenching safety, traffic control.
-Administration - employee management, communication, maintenance programs.
-Drinking Water Guidelines - drinking water quality, biological parameters, physical & chemical parameters.
-Glossary and references included.

Inclass: No manuals will be forwarded to students in advance of this course – the instructor will provide all material on-site including a course completion exam.

Home study: Materials will be mailed upon registration. Confirmation of this will be emailed.

Online: Course materials are available immediately upon registration through AWWOA online profile. Further instructions and information about the course are emailed after registration.


$460.00 Must have current AWWOA Membership

$560.00 Non-Members

$345.00 (For in-class courses only) Must have a current AWWOA Membership and be an operator of a small public rural water/wastewater facility.