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"It has been estimated that almost 50% of today's water and wastewater operators will retire within the next five to seven years. They'll need to be replaced." - The American Water Works Association 

Water and Wastewater operators serve their neighbors by protecting public health. They are the first line of defense against waterborne diseases, and our guardians of water quality.  SUNY Ulster’s training programs satisfy the necessary requirements dictated by the NYS Department of Health for Grades A, B, C, and D Water Treatment Plant Operators, as well as the education needed to work in a Wastewater Treatment facility as an approved training provider by the Department of Environmental Conservation. SUNY Ulster also provides continuing education training for certified Water/Wastewater operators. Water courses are approved by the NY State Department of Health for pre-certification training. Under Part 5 of the NY Sanitary Code, all NY State Grades A, B, C, and D Water Treatment Plant Operators are required to complete an approved training program as a prerequisite to becoming certified.

Course Offerings

Activated Sludge

Required for candidates applying for certification for an activated sludge or “A” facility. Developed to instruct how to efficiently operate the activated sludge portion of a wastewater treatment plant. Control strategies and application of laboratory data are presented. Safety and regulatory recordkeeping are emphasized.

PSP 1503 CRN 67085 T/R 5/14-6/13 6-9:15pm Remote $645

Basic Wastewater Operations

Designed to train operators in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the use of safe practices and procedures. Information presented includes the role and responsibilities of a treatment plant operator, an explanation of why wastes must be treated, and detailed descriptions of the equipment and processes used in a wastewater treatment plant. Textbooks Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants Vol 1 & 2 are included with this class.

PSP 1502 CRN 30388 T/R 1/9-3/28 6-9:15pm Remote $1050

Basic Wastewater Operation Lab

Designed to give students an introduction to wastewater laboratory including chemical nomenclature; laboratory safety; description of glassware, chemicals, lab equipment, and instrumentation; quality assurance, flow measurement and sampling.

PSP 1501 CRN 67086 T/R 4/2-5/7 6-9:15pm Remote $645

Grade D Water Operator

This course of study is designed for operators of distribution systems serving greater than 1,000 people. Topics include pressure zones, booster stations, storage tanks, fire protection and disinfection. This course is offered remote via zoom with one in person class held at KCSU on Monday May 13th from 6-9pm.This is a required in person lab component for this course.

PSP 1508 CRN 67107 M/W 5/1-6/3 6-9:15pm Hybrid $725

Grade 3 Technical Module

This course meets NYS Department of Environmental Conservation requirements for those persons desiring Grade 3 or higher certification that have previously completed NYSDEC approved Supervision course. It is designed to help operators improve technical skills. Technical module topics include Odor Control and Nutrient Removal, Toxics, and multi-media.

PSP1512 - Email us at to be added to the waitlist.

Grade 3 Supervision and Technical Operations

This 30 hour course meets NYS Department of Environmental Conservation requirements for those persons desiring Grade 3 or higher certification. The course is designed to help operators improve supervision skills and management skills. This course includes problem solving and decision making skills, communication and training skills, planning and organizational skills as well as health and safety issues and requirements.

This course includes the textbook, Manage for Success.

PSP 1006 TBA - Email us at to be added to the waitlist.

Grade 4 Management

To prepare Operators seeking their Grade 4A License to manage capital projects from concept to completion including grant writing, energy efficiency, adherence to regulations, community relations, budgets and contract management.

This course includes the textbook, Manage for Success: Effective Utility Leadership Practices 1st Edition.

PSP 1005 CRN 67106 T/R 6/11-6/27 6-9:15pm Remote $499








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