Continuing Education Opportunities

 
                                       

Wastewater Microlife Basics – Virtual Course
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
8:30 am to 12:00pm
DEP Approved Course ID # 8689
3.0 Wastewater Hours

Biological treatment depends on a healthy community of bacteria and other microorganisms to produce a final effluent that contains very little biochemical oxygen demand and total suspended solids. In many wastewater treatment facilities, enhanced biological removal of nitrogen and phosphorus is also accomplished biologically. The wastewater treatment plant operator needs to be able to monitor the health of the microlife and properly react to adverse conditions impacting its health.

Course Objectives:  At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Explain the importance of monitoring their wastewater microlife;
  • Identify the microlife found under their microscope;
  • Calculate the following parameters:  Food to Mass Ratio, Mean Cell Residence Time, Nutrient Deficiency, and Chlorine Dosage; and
  • Describe the most common causes of excessive filamentous bacteria growth.
Course Format: 
  • The class will be held virtually in three consecutive one-hour sessions. There will be a 10-minute break between each session. A course package will be emailed approximately one week in advance of the class. It will contain the course handouts and information needed to join the class.
  • To successfully pass this course, you must attend the entire three hours and participate in the breakout sessions. You will need to print out the handouts. You will also need a calculator and pencil.
  • A practice session will be set up approximately two days prior to the scheduled class to allow all students to log-in and verify that their system is compatible.

Instructor:  The instructor for this course will be Jim Kern.  Jim is the Chair of the PWEA Training Committee.  He is currently employed part-time by both the Central Delaware County Authority and the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority.   Jim worked in EPA’s Operator Outreach Program for over 30 years, providing onsite technical assistance to wastewater operator.  He is a certified wastewater operator and professional engineer In Pennsylvania.

NOTE: This virtual course is being provided using the Zoom meeting platform.  Please make sure your organization will allow you to use the Zoom App.  Zoom will download a small program onto your computer.  It will be automatically deleted at the end of the meeting.  You are encouraged to use a webcam.  If your computer does not have a microphone and speaker, you may call-in using your phone.  You still must have a computer to view the presentation.

Continuing Education: Transcripts for 3.0 DEP Wastewater Contact Hours and/or for 3.0 hours of continuing education credit will be emailed after successful completion of the course. 

Member Registration Fee:  $65
Non-Member Registration Fee:  $115


This course is limited to 25 participants.
 
Register Online

                                        

Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals I - is a series of eight self-study courses combined with live online webinars. A textbook is shipped to each registrant (a $100 value) and an email will be sent containing the first reading assignment to be completed prior to the first webinar.  Registrants will be given a weekly reading and homework assignment, which will then be followed by a live online webinar with an instructor.  There will also be an end-of-chapter test.  Homework and tests will closely follow material found in the textbook. The courses in this series are limited to 15 studentsThe courses do not need to be taken in sequential order and there is no requirement to register for all eight courses.  Questions about this series of courses should be directed to sboynton@pwea.org.

Current Registration Fees:
PWEA Member:  $75
Non-Member:    $100

 

Course #1 - Introduction to Wastewater Treatment, read more...
The next class will start in October 2021
Course #1 in the series is approved for 15 wastewater contact hours - PA DEP Course ID 8210.
 Estimated time to complete Course #1 is 15 hours over 6 weeks.
 View Table of Contents for Chapters 1 & 2


Course # 2 - Preliminary and Primary Treatment, read more...
Class is Full
Course #2 in this series is approved for 25 wastewater contact hours - PA DEP Course ID 8461.
Estimated time to complete Course #2 is 25 hours over 8 weeks.
View Table of Contents for Chapters 3 & 4


Course #3 - Wastewater Biology and Ponds, read more...
Next class starts June 11, 2021
Course #3 in this series is approved for 22 wastewater contact hours - PA DEP Course ID 8537.
Estimated time to complete Course #3 is 22 hours over 6 weeks.

View Table of Contents for Chapters 5 & 6
REGISTER Online

Course #4 - Fixed Film, read more...
The next class will start in August 2021     
Course #4
in this series is approved for
24 wastewater contact hours - PA DEP Course ID 8542.
Estimated time to complete Course #4 is 24 hours over 7 weeks.

View Table of Contents for Chapter 7

Course #5 - Activated Sludge Part 1 of 2, read more...
The next class will start in October 2021
Course #5 in this series is approved for 30 wastewater contact hours - PA DEP Course ID 8639.
Estimated time to complete Course #5 is 30 hours over 8 weeks

View Table of Contents for Chapter 8

Course #6 - Activated Sludge Part 2 of 2, read more...
Course #6 in this series is approved for 30 wastewater contact hours - PA DEP Course ID 8645.
Estimated time to complete Course #6 is 30 hours over 8 weeks.

*** PREREQUISITE:  Completion of Activated Sludge Part 1 OR passing grade on Activated Sludge Part 1 test
View Table of Contents for Chapter 8

Course #7 - Nutrient Removal, read more...
Course #7 in this series is approved for 28 wastewater contact hours - PA DEP Course ID 8648.
Estimated time to complete Course #7 is 28 hours over 8 weeks.
Next class starts May 27, 2021
View Table of Contents for Chapter 9
REGISTER Online

Course #8 - Disinfection, read more...
The next class will start in August 2021
Course #8 in this series is approved for 30 wastewater contact hours - PA DEP Course ID 8575.
Estimated time to complete Course #8 is 30 hours over 8 weeks.

View Table of Contents for Chapter 10