Below is the training calendar, a list of online training opportunities, and information for training providers.
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.
The following training providers have been approved for continuing education credits. Refer to the chart below to determine the certification that training is approved for: Municipal Waterworks (MW) or Wastewater (WW).
Most online training providers will submit attendance directly to the DNR on a monthly basis, so that your credits will show up automatically on you training history report. Those training providers are 360 Water, Approved Environment Inc, At Your Pace Online, Bismarck State College, First Net Learning, RoyCEU, Technical Learning College, and Zarathom. For other training providers, you will need to submit an Operator Training Report Form (available on the forms and applications page), and attach a certificate of completion.
"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 Provider||Certification Type||Website|
|Approved Environment Inc||WW||www.approvedce.com|
|At Your Pace Online||MW||www.aypotech.com|
|AWWA Online Institute||MW||www.awwa.org|
|Bismarck State College - National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE)||MW/WW||http://bismarckstate.edu/|
|32 and 48 hour courses.|
|California State University - Sacramento||MW/WW||www.owp.csus.edu/courses.php|
|Several 18 hour online courses, as well as longer correspondence courses.|
|First Net Learning||MW/WW safety||http://www.firstnetlearning.com/|
|Courses approved for safety credits only; most 1 hour in length.|
|Kirkwood Community College||MW/WW||http://www.kirkwood.edu|
|Contact Kathy Bates email@example.com at MATC to register.|
|Technical Learning College||MW/WW||www.tlch20.com|
|Water Environment Federation (WEF)||MW/WW||www.wef.org|
|Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA)||MW/WW||www.wrwa.org|
|1 hour courses|
For Training Providers
Training providers need to complete the Training Approval Form (4400-288) 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 DNROpCert@Wisconsin.gov, 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 opening the Training Approval Request form.
Note: The Wisconsin DNR is currently not approving any additional online training providers.
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.
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 and emailed to DNROpCert@Wisconsin.gov within 10 business days of completion of the training.
- Training Attendance Spreadsheet Detailed Instructions
- Sample Sign-in sheet Note: The sample sign-in sheet is for training providers' use only and does not need to be submitted to the DNR. Only the Training Attendance Spreadsheet (above) needs to be submitted to the DNR.
About our new electronic tracking system
On January 1st, 2014, the DNR implemented electronic tracking of credits. Please refer to the following documents for more information about this process:
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. 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.
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.
Application for wastewater training providers
An 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 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."
Approved courses are listed online: Approved advanced coursework list . Operators who complete approved advanced coursework will receive points towards advanced level certification according to the following table.
|Minimum Hours||Advanced Points|
Training providers must submit an application 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.
Questions about advanced courses or the approval process should be directed to Jack Saltes, wastewater operations engineer, 608-264-6045, Jack.Saltes@Wisconsin.gov