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Training Information

Below is the training calendar, a list of online training opportunities, and information for training providers.


For a list of pre-approved training events, visit the Operator Certification Training Calendar.

About iCalendar and RSS Feeds: Two powerful little buttons on the calendar

iCalendar and RSS Feeds are powerful tools to stay informed about training events without having to constantly return to the DNR training calendar. With iCalendar, you can synchronize the DNR training calendar with another calendar, such as with your Outlook or Gmail calendar. Events from the DNR training calendar will automatically show up on your calendar.

Alternately, you can subscribe to a RSS Feed and be automatically notified when the training calendar is updated. RSS Feeds can only be viewed using a RSS Reader. Smart phones and most internet browsers have built in Readers. If you use a browser that does not have a built in Reader, do a search to find a Reader compatible for your device.

To subscribe, set your search criteria before clicking on the iCalendar or RSS Feed icons. For example, if you are a wastewater operator, you can filter by wastewater certification type to only show the trainings applicable towards wastewater certification. Then the iCalendar or RSS Feed will only display wastewater training events.

Click on the icons on the calendar for more information and instructions on how to use the iCalendar or RSS Feed.

Online Training

The following links are provided in order to inform operators of available training sources. These links are not the only source for this type of information and are provided solely as a courtesy. Online training is only approved for municipal waterworks (MW) operators and wastewater (WW) operators.

Receiving Credit

Once you complete a course, save a copy of the certificate of completion and submit that to the Operator Certification Program along with a completed Operator Training Report Form (available on the Forms and Applications page). The one exception to this procedure is for RoyCEU which submits attendance lists directly to the DNR on a monthly basis; RoyCEU credits will show up on your training history report automatically.

"CEU" versus "CEC" Clarification

Some training providers use the term Continuing Education Unit or CEU. One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 10 continuing education credits (CECs) or 10 contact hours. For example, if a course is 0.9 CEUs, it is equivalent to 9 continuing education credits.

Training ProviderCertification Type Website
California State University - SacramentoMW/WW [exit DNR]
Several 18 hour online courses, as well as longer correspondence courses.
Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA)MW/WW [exit DNR]
Partners with CEU Plan to offer a number of courses ranging from 1 to 6 hours.
Bismarck State College - National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE)MW/WW [exit DNR]
32 and 48 hour courses.
Technical Learning CollegeMW/WW [exit DNR]
360Water.comMW/WW [exit DNR]
AWWA Online InstituteMW [exit DNR]
Water Environment Federation (WEF)MW/WW [exit DNR]
At Your Pace OnlineMW [exit DNR]
RoyCEU.comMW/WW [exit DNR]
ZarathomMW [exit DNR]
1 hour courses
Kirkwood Community CollegeMW/WW [exit DNR]
Contact Kathy Bates at MATC to register.

Montana Water Center CDs

The DNR Operator Certification Program has a limited number of Montana Water Center CDs available. The CDs contain courses that an operator can complete to obtain continuing education credits. Note that an operator may only take each Montana Water Center course once for credits. The following CDs are available:

CD TitleCourses Certification TypeCECs
Operator Basics Training SeriesGroundwaterMW11
Surface Water & Groundwater CombinedMW13
Wastewater LagoonsWW9
Contamination ExplorerContamination ExplorerMW2.5

The CDs are available free of charge while supplies last. To request a CD to be mailed to you, send an email to with "Montana Water Center CD Request" in the subject line. State your mailing address in the email and which CD or CDs you would like mailed to you.

Course progress can only be saved at one computer (i.e. you cannot start the program at one computer and then transfer to another). Note that the DNR is unable to provide tech support for these CDs since they were not developed by the DNR; Montana Water Center no longer has a support center.

At course completion, you will be able to print a certificate of completion as proof of attendance. You may mail in that certificate at the time of your certification renewal, or if you would like the course credited to your electronic training history report ahead of time, complete the Operator Training Report Form available on the Forms Webpage.

For Training Providers

Training Approval

Training providers need to complete the Training Approval Form [PDF] if they would like their training to be reviewed for continuing education credits for operators. The form should be emailed to the Operator Certification Program at, along with an agenda or brochure detailing start and end times and time taken for breaks and lunch. Please see the Training Approval Form Instructions for more information on completing the form. Note: Internet Explorer is the recommended browser for downloading the Training Approval Request form. DNR fillable PDFs may not download properly with Google Chrome.

The training contact will receive an email within 14 days stating whether the training has been approved or denied for credits. If approved, the email will state the number of credits granted and for which certification type(s), the Training Approval ID, and the training approval expiration date.

Recording Attendance

It is the responsibility of the training provider to track operators' attendance by providing a check-in and check-out mechanism. Training attendance will need to be entered on the formatted Training Attendance Spreadsheet [Excel] and emailed to within 10 business days of completion of the training.

About our new electronic tracking system

On January 1st, 2014, DNR implemented our new electronic tracking system. Please refer to the following documents for more information about this new process:

Attendance Policy

Obtaining credits - The importance of operators checking in and checking out of events

It is the responsibility of the training providers to track operators' attendance at training events and to report that attendance to the DNR. In order to ensure that attendance is properly recorded, operators must check-in at the beginning and check-out at the end of a training event. The check-out is not a new step for operators, but rather replaces when an operator would have picked up their paper credit slip at the end of training (before DNR went to electronic credit tracking). If an operator needs to leave early, they should also check-out so that they will be granted appropriate credit for the amount of time spent at the event.

Without this check-out method, trainers do not have a way to verify how long an operator was in attendance.

Training Providers may use this script [PDF] to read at the start of training events.

Conferences and Expos

In order to earn credit for training attendance, operators will need to check-in and check-out each day. Operators will be given credits based on total amount of time spent at the conference or expo each day. Each individual session will not be reported.

*A special note for certified septage operators* For sessions pre-approved for septage certified operator "compliance" credits, operators must sign-in and sign-out of every session.

Advanced Coursework

Application for Wastewater Training Providers

Form 3400-210, Advanced Wastewater Coursework Approval Application, is available for training providers to complete if they would like to apply to have a course approved for advanced points under the revised Wisconsin Administrative Rule NR114.

Per NR114.57(3), "The department shall establish and update a list of eligible advanced course offerings by September 1 of each year. Trainers shall submit an application provided by the department for approval of advanced courses by no later than June 1 of each year."

Per NR 114.52 (1) ""Advanced coursework" means education that is beyond the basic knowledge of a particular aspect of wastewater treatment. It concentrates advanced wastewater studies in only a few subjects in blocks of a minimum of 20, 40, 60, or 80 hours. Technical talks or presentations at meetings, single- or part-day classes, or training sessions, seminars, or conferences are not included in this definition."

Operators who complete approved advanced coursework will receive points towards advanced level certification.

Minimum Hours Advanced Points
Advanced Coursework 80 2
60 1.5
40 1
20 0.5

This form must be submitted by June 1st of each year to be considered for approval or to renew a previously approved course. Note: Internet Explorer is the recommended browser for downloading the form. DNR fillable PDFs may not download properly with Google Chrome.

Advanced Wastewater Coursework Approval Application [PDF]
Application Instructions [PDF]

Questions about advanced courses or the approval process should be directed to Jack Saltes, Wastewater Operations Engineer, 608-264-6045,

Last revised: Tuesday January 05 2016