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

Course Attendance Fee Schedule External (183 KB)

Spring 2019 Operator Education Seminars

Attention: Water and Wastewater System Operators

Please refer to the following table for information pertaining to seminar topics, locations, dates, and times. Operators, municipal staff, municipal officials, and other interested water professionals are welcome to attend. There is no fee for municipal participants to attend these seminars; however associated travel costs, including meals, are not included. There is a fee for non-municipal participants to attend these seminars.

Location Date Time Topic Contact Person
Curling Center
April 30 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution System Basics Darren Patey
May 1 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution System Hydraulics
May 2 8:30 – 4:30 Water Quality Issues
May 3 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Fire Hall
May 7 9:00 – 12:00 Proper Handling of Chlorine and Chlorine Containers Genny DeCoste
Corner Brook
Sir Richard Squires Bldg. - 3rd Floor Training Room
May 14-15 8:30 – 4:30 Potable Water Dispensing Unit Course Deneen Spracklin
May 16 8:30 – 12:30
May 16 1:30 – 4:30 Certification Exam
St. John’s
City Depot
25 Blackler Avenue
May 14 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution System Basics Darren Patey
May 15 8:30 – 4:30 Water Distribution System Hydraulics
May 16 8:30 – 4:30 Water Quality Issues
May 17 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Corner Brook
Sir Richard Squires Bldg. - 3rd Floor Training Room
May 28 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Basics Jim Pollett
May 29 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Day 2
May 30 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Gerry Byrne Room
June 12 9:00 – 12:00 Proper Handling of Chlorine and Chlorine Containers Chris Blanchard
Fire Hall
June 18 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Basics Jim Pollett
June 19 8:30 – 4:30 Wastewater Collection Day 2
June 20 8:30 – 12:00 Certification Exam
Fire Hall
June 26 8:30 –12:30 Waterborne Pathogens Deneen Spracklin
Fire Hall
June 26 1:30 – 4:30 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:

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 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: Please contact (709)729-4393 for any questions regarding the funding application.

If you have any questions regarding the Spring 2019 Operator Education Seminar Schedule please contact the following:

Darren L. Patey
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)729-7363
Jim Pollett
Enviromental Scientist
Phone: (709)292-4225
Deneen Spracklin
Program Lead
Phone: (709)729-1158
Gerry Lahey
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)637-2035
Chris Blanchard
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)637-2034
Genny DeCoste
Environmental Scientist
Phone: (709)729-2558

Additional Education Resources

ACWWA Newfoundland and Labrador Course Schedule:

Course:Watermain System Disinfection and Safeguarding

Date:April 17, 2019

Time:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Description:This course will appeal to water distribution system operators, operation engineers, environmental and health agencies and other industries with an interest in obtaining valuable knowledge related to watermain disinfection principles, flushing, testing and de-chlorination procedures related to new watermain installations, upgrades and emergency repairs.

Location:Comfort Inn Airport 106 Airport Rd. St. John’s, NL

Contact Information:Registration details including the registration form and course cost can be found by following the link: External

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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