Municipal Affairs and Environment

Operator Education

The OETC Program delivers classroom-style education seminars at approximately 20 locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. These seminars were developed to deliver the theory of proper operation and maintenance to operators of municipal water and wastewater systems. They also provide operators with the knowledge base to prepare them to challenge certification exams.

Operator Education Curriculum

Operator Education Seminar Schedules


Reminder: Water/Wastewater Operator Courses for Spring 2018

Below is a schedule of the remaining water operator courses available for the Spring 2018 season. Unfortunately, the course scheduled for Happy Valley-Goose Bay had to be cancelled due to lack of registrations. The Source Water Protection courses scheduled for Corner Brook and Springdale also have very low registrations and may need to be cancelled. If you have any operators, municipal staff or councilors interested in these courses please let me know as soon as possible.

Location Date Time Topic Contact Person
Harbour Grace(Fireman’s Social Building) June 6 12:30 - 4:30 Proper Handling of Chlorine and Chlorine Containers Genny DeCoste
St. Lawrence(Town Hall) June 6-7 8:30 - 4:30 Potable Water Dispensing Units Deneen Spracklin
June 8 8:30 - 12:00 Certification Exam
Happy Valley-Goose Bay (E. J. Broomfield Memorial Arena) June 12 12:30 - 4:30

Cancelled due to lack of paticipants

Proper Handling of Chlorine and Chlorine Containers
Chris Blanchard
Corner Brook(Sir Richard Squires Bldg.) June 20 8:30 - 12:30 Source Water Protection Deneen Spracklin
Springdale(Manual Hall - Building) June 21 8:30 - 12:30 Source Water Protection Deneen Spracklin

If you plan on attending any of the above noted seminars or certification exam sessions, please register with the appropriate contact person; contact information is provided below. To find out more information on the content to be covered during the seminars visit our website: http://www.mae.gov.nl.ca/waterres/training/operator_education/index.html

If any communities are interested in scheduling a Community Information Session on the use of the Newfoundland and Labrador Water Resources Portal please contact Deneen Spracklin. These sessions will be arranged with communities on an individual basis.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for challenging a certification exam visit www.mae.gov.nl.ca/waterres/training/operator_certification/requirements.html. The cost to challenge an exam is $75.00 plus HST and an Application for Certification may need to be submitted.

Any municipal participants attending these seminars may be eligible for funding through the Municipal Training Financial Assistance Fund (MTF) administered by the Municipal Finance Division of the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment. This funding assists elected municipal officials, municipal employees and municipal volunteers in gaining access to training and professional development opportunities. The funding application form is located here: http://www.mae.gov.nl.ca/training/index.html. Please contact Brenda Manning at (709) 729-4393 for any questions regarding the funding application.

If you have any questions regarding upcoming Operator Education Seminars please contact the following:

Darren L. Patey
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)729-7363
Email: darrenpatey@gov.nl.ca 
Jim Pollett
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)292-4225
Email: jimpollett@gov.nl.ca
Deneen Spracklin
Program Lead
Phone: (709)729-1158
Email: dspracklin@gov.nl.ca
Gerry Lahey
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)637-2035
Email: glahey@gov.nl.ca
Chris Blanchard
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)637-2034
Email: cblancha@gov.nl.ca
Genny DeCoste
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)729-2558
Email: gennydecoste@gov.nl.ca 

Additional Education Resources

To obtain information pertaining to education seminar schedules contact:

Deneen Spracklin

Program Lead
PO Box 8700
St.John's, NL
A1B 4J6
Tel: (709) 729-1158
Fax: (709) 729-0320

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