Water & Wastewater Training

About our training program

We provide a wide variety of trainings on topics relevant to operators, managers, owners, and board members of drinking water and wastewater systems in Vermont. Whether in the classroom or in the field, our courses will provide hands-on learning opportunities relevant to your work.

Note on trainings during COVID-19 outbreak

We will not be holding in-person trainings through the end of April. Most scheduled classes will be held through online webinars. Hands-on classes have been postponed.

Click here for more information about webinar training classes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What trainings do you offer?

We offer approximately 10-15 trainings courses each quarter. You can see our current training schedule here.

How do I sign up for a training?

To register online, follow the registration link below the course on the schedule page. For a detailed explanation of the registration process, watch this video.

You can also register by calling 802-660-4988 or emailing info@vtruralwater.org.

Seating is limited, so register early to ensure your spot. The registration deadline is two days before course start date. Late registrations and walk-ins are subject to a $20 late fee.

How do I pay for a class?

If you register online you can pay by credit card, debit card, Paypal, or check. Checks should be made out to Vermont Rural Water Association and mailed to 20 Susie Wilson Rd, Suite B, Essex Junction, VT 05452.

How do I get TCHs?

At the end of the training you will be given a certificate of the TCHs (training contact hours) you earned. These are applicable to operator license certification and renewal in Vermont. Some courses can be applied towards both water certifications and wastewater licenses, while others are specific to one or the other. It is your responsibility to keep your certificates, track your TCHs, and report them to the state. Replacement certificates can be ordered for a processing fee of $10 for the first certificate, plus $5 each for additional certificates (member discounts apply).

Can I request a training?

Any small group that can provide a suitable training location can request that we hold a course in their area. We will work with you to offer a topic that meets your needs.

In addition, our Water and Wastewater Specialists may be able to issue TCHs during onsite visits when the technical assistance they provide includes relevant training.

What can I expect during the training?

Sign-in begins 15 minutes prior to the course start time. Instructors usually give several short breaks during the training. Snacks and coffee will be provided, but plan to bring a lunch.

We want to accommodate everyone’s needs. Please contact the course proctor or call 802-660-4988 to request accommodations.

What if I have to cancel after I've registered?

If you will not be able to attend a course you have registered for, contact us at info@vtruralwater.org or 802-660-4988 at least 24 hours in advance to cancel. If you do not cancel, you will be charged the full course fee. Note that if you pay with a credit card through PayPal, you will be refunded the course fee less the PayPal transaction fee, which is 2.2% plus 30 cents.