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Training Information

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

Training Calendar

As part of an effort to improve our customer service to operators, the DNR operator certification program is happy to unveil our new and improved Training Calendar. This calendar has several filtering options to help make it easier to find the training you need.

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. Note, online training is only approved for municipal waterworks (MW) operators and wastewater (WW) operators.

Once you complete a course, keep a copy of the certificate of completion on file and turn it in with your other credit documentation when it is time for you to renew your certificate.

Some training providers use the term Continuing Education Unit or CEU. One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 10 continuing education credits 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
Montana Water CenterMW/WW http://watercenter.montana.edu/training/ [exit DNR]
Free training. Mostly municipal waterworks, however, one 9 hour wastewater ponds/lagoon course
California State University - SacramentoMW/WW www.owp.csus.edu/courses.php [exit DNR]
Several 18 hour online courses, as well as longer correspondence courses.
Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA)MW/WW www.wrwa.org/ [exit DNR]
Partners with CEU Plan to offer a number of courses ranging from 1 to 6 hours.
Technical Learning CollegeMW/WW www.tlch20.com [exit DNR]
360Water.comMW/WW www.360water.com [exit DNR]
AWWA Online InstituteMW www.awwa.org [exit DNR]
Water Environment Federation (WEF)MW/WW www.wef.org [exit DNR]
At Your Pace OnlineMW www.aypotech.com [exit DNR]
RoyCEU.comMW/WW www.royceu.com [exit DNR]

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 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.

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 DNROpCert@Wisconsin.gov 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 and Credit Policy

Obtaining credits - The importance of operators 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-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. Therefore, operators who fail to check out will only be granted half of the maximum number of credits.

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 at the beginning of the event. Instead of picking up a credit slip at the end of the event, operators must check-out to claim their credits. Operators will be given credits based on total amount of time spent at the conference and expo. Each individual session will not be reported.

Last revised: Thursday April 03 2014