The Associate Certificate in Fundamentals of Water and Wastewater Operations provides the essential knowledge and skills for entry-level positions in the water and wastewater treatment sector.
The program is designed to meet the educational requirement for an “Operator in Training” and the competencies gained in this program will serve as a foundation for passing the theoretical component for the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) Level I certification examinations for all four facility/system types. These include water distribution, water treatment, wastewater collection, and wastewater treatment.
The program is offered as a series of part-time courses. Courses are delivered using a cohort model in a hybrid format primarily in an online format, with some virtual components and work experience placement to water and wastewater facilities. The mix of theoretical and real-world learning opportunities will enable students to apply their learning in meaningful and concrete ways.
The program is designed to be completed by a cohort of up to 24 students over a 12-month period.
The program schedule has been created to allow individuals to remain working while taking the Associate Certificate.
Courses are not currently available to be taken individually. They are delivered sequentially as part of the associate certificate. It may be possible to arrange individual courses as a single company offering. Please contact SOCE Industry Services at 604-456-1012 to inquire.
Funding for Indigenous Students
BCIT and the First Nations Health Authority are partnering to deliver the Associate Certificate in Fundamentals of Water and Wastewater Operations. This program offering is designed for a cohort of Indigenous people who are looking for employment, or who are working in water and wastewater operations and need formal training. Delivered in a series of five online courses, it can be completed over a 12-month period on a part-time basis beginning April 2023. Full funding is provided for accepted Indigenous students thanks to the generosity of the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation. Please contact Andrea_Dusanj@bcit.ca to receive an application package. The first round of applications will be reviewed on February 28, 2023, and selected applicants will be notified of their acceptance. Applications will continue to be accepted until April 3rd, if there are remaining available seats. Please view a recent information session about this opportunity for Indigenous students below.
Graduating & Jobs
The Associate Certificate credential provides a solid knowledge base and a set of skills required for entry-level positions in the water and wastewater treatment sector. The amount of course work is also sufficient to meet the theoretical component for the EOCP Level I certification examinations for all four facility/system types.
Operators are hired by municipalities or private industries which own or are contracted to manage these facilities. Operators typically join as an operator-in-training, and progress in their careers by obtaining Operator Level I to Level IV EOCP certification.
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