CERTIFICATION CLASS TIMES
In-person and virtual classes start at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and end at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and noon on Thursday.
One-day Workshops start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.
All class times take place in the time zone of the in-person class.
*The Stabilization Pond class deals strictly with ponds and is the best class for preparing for the Small Wastewater System exam. The Basic Wastewater Treatment Class deals with all types of wastewater treatment besides ponds and is the best class for preparing to take the Class I Wastewater Treatment exam. Small systems that use ponds for treatment can comply with the OpCert Law by passing either the Class I Wastewater Exam or the Small Wastewater System exam.
**Water systems serving less than 500 people that use wells can come into compliance by passing the Small Water Treatment exam. Larger systems must pass the Class I Water Treatment exam.
Beginning July 1, 2021, all exams cost $60. There will be no fee for the annual renewal. All exam applications are due two weeks before the exam date.
Questions regarding exams can be directed to Tammie Hill with DANR at 605-773-3577.
DANR has water exam study material to lend to operators. These include manuals from Sacramento State:
Advanced Wastewater Treatment
Topics covered include: wastewater lab testing & microbiology, activated sludge, trickling filters, sludge handling; anaerobic digestion; aerobic digestion, sludge land application, sedimentation, stabilization ponds, disinfection, DMR’s Surface Water Discharge Permits, and advanced wastewater treatment math. Day 1 & 2, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Day 3 - 8:00 AM to Noon.
Basic Water Treatment
Topics covered include South Dakota Drinking Water Regulations, disinfection, fluoridation, groundwater and wells, pumping, hardness, cross connections, pH, filtration, turbidity, and mathematics. Day 1 & 2, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Day 3 - 8:00 AM to Noon.
Basic Wastewater Treatment
Topics covered include: natural biological processes in lagoons, water level controls, summaries of troubleshooting procedures, control of vegetation and odors, correction for low dissolved oxygen, primary treatment, trickling filters, and RBCs, activated sludge, sampling, reporting, DMR’s, and wastewater math. Day 1 & 2, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.; Day 3, 8:00 to Noon.
Class III & IV Wastewater Collection
This one-day class is for those operators who may wish to take a higher-level wastewater collection exam. Items covered will be those topics not covered in the basic wastewater collection course. The class will begin at 8:00 AM and will end at 4:30 PM local time.
Intermediate Water Distribution Workshop
This course is designed to assist those operators who will be attempting a class II or III water distribution exam. Items covered will include the operation and maintenance of a water distribution system, safety, and class II and III mathematics. The class will begin at 8:00 AM and will end at 4:30 PM local time.
Intermediate Water Treatment (IWT)
Topics covered include South Dakota Drinking Water Regulations, surface water treatment, lime/soda ash softening, chemistry, advanced mathematics, and new technologies in the drinking water industry. Day 1 & 2, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Day 3 - 8:00 AM to Noon.
Leak Detection Workshop
This one-day course will discuss issues on leak detection, repair, and safety within a water distribution system. Topics covered will include equipment that may be used to locate leaks within a distribution system. The Workshop will start @ 8:30 PM and end around 4:00 PM local time.
Small Water Treatment Workshop
Topics covered include; small water treatment systems, groundwater issues, disinfection issues, and regulatory issues for small community and non-community water systems. This course is designed for those who are not involved on a full-time basis with water treatment. This is a one-day course starting at 8:30 a.m. and finishing at 4:30 p.m.
Stabilization Pond Workshop
This workshop is designed to help those systems that operate a wastewater stabilization pond and/or a constructed wetland. Topics covered include pond design, operation and maintenance, troubleshooting, and certification mathematics. These one-day workshops start at 8:00 AM and end around 4:30PM.
This workshop will cover tools, equipment, and products important to the operation and maintenance of a water distribution system. Attendees will be provided the opportunity to view and inspect various water distribution products and ask questions of the suppliers of the equipment and manufacturers' representatives. The workshop will begin at 8:30 AM and adjourn at approximately 4:00 PM.
Wastewater Collection Workshop
This one-day workshop will focus on wastewater lift station O&M. The session will include information on lift station pumps and controls. The class will begin at 8:00 AM and will end at 4:30 PM local time.
Wastewater Collection/Water Distribution
Day 1 will be Wastewater Collection, Day 2 Water Distribution, and Day 3 will cover topics related to both. Topics covered include components of distribution & collection systems, system maintenance, disinfection procedures, South Dakota Drinking Water Regulations, wastewater characteristics, safety, and mathematics. Day 1 & 2 - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Day 3 - 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM