Continuing education for operators has been a core program of the BC Water & Waste Association since the organization’s inception in 1978. For more than four decades, we have been one of the largest and most trusted source of training in BC and the Yukon, preparing operators for certification exams, providing continuing education unit (CEU) credits, and helping operators advance their careers.

 

Want to progress your career as a water or wastewater operator? Take one of our certification preparation courses, online or in-class, ahead of a certification exam. To learn new skills and gain CEUs, complete one of our skills-specific elective in-class courses.

 

In light of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in B.C. and the subsequent health advisories from our government, we will, unfortunately, be cancelling our Spring Operator School, which was set to be held in Langley from May 4-15, 2020. Course registration credits will be kept on file and will be fully transferable to our fall classes and/or online classes for those who wish to re-register.  For those who require refunds, please refer to our current cancellation/refund policies and procedures below.

While we are saddened to be cancelling this course, our mandate is to “safeguard public health”. We take this mandate very seriously and will always prioritize the health and safety of our water community.

That being said, we are delighted to offer a variety of online courses that fulfill operator CEU requirements. For a full list of our current online courses (running until April 30, 2020), including course descriptions and registration information, click here.

Our next semester of online courses is set to begin May 4th, 2020. We will be opening registration for our May online courses shortly and are also looking at possible dates and locations for our Fall 2020 Operator Schools – please refer to bcwwa.org for all course information and updates.

For any immediate questions or concerns pertaining to educational offerings, please contact Jelena Ninkovic at jninkovic@bcwwa.org.

If you have any questions relating to exams, we’d like to remind you that exams are offered by EOCP, therefore, please contact EOCP directly for all exam-related questions or concerns.

We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincerest gratitude to our water community for your patience and understanding throughout this time. We look forward to connecting with you online and through future courses and events.

 

Refund/Cancellation Policy & Procedures pertaining to the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • The BCWWA will be processing refunds as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that, due to the unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, refunds may be delayed. We are committed to providing the best customer service possible and will make every effort to respond in a timely manner.
  • The BCWWA will be waiving all cancellation fees for the foreseeable future as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop
  • All refunds will be issued via the original method of payment and to the original purchaser
  • We will not be accepting phone call requests for refunds. All questions or concerns pertaining to cancellations or refunds must be submitted via email to contact@bcwwa.org including your name and contact information. One of our customer services representatives will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
  • To view our standard cancellation policy, click here. Please keep in mind that cancellation fees noted in this policy do not currently apply.

 

IN-CLASS COURSES

 

Our schools occur in the spring and fall around the province. Primary locations for these schools are New Westminster, Nanaimo, Kelowna and Prince George. Check out our upcoming courses and register now!

 

We also offer courses on-demand with a minimum number of confirmed attendees. If you would like to bring a course to your area, contact us education@bcwwa.org or 604-630-0094.

 

Note: You must meet Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) certification requirements (from the EOCP Program Guide) before attempting a certification exam to advance to the next certification level.

 


 

CUSTOM TRAINING

 

Do you have a group of operators that require training? Are you looking for customized training curriculum tailored for your operation? Do you want to host a training event at your facility? We work with employers to design the curriculum and delivery method that best suits your needs.
 

Want to discuss your unique training needs? Contact us at education@bcwwa.org or 604-630-0094.

 


 

ONLINE LEARNING

 

Are you unable to attend in-class courses? Would you like to gain new knowledge or upgrade old skills at your own pace? Learn at home or at the office with our online courses. All courses carry the same CEU value as classroom-based courses and offer the same skills training that comes from in-person education. Online learning includes regular access to a course moderator to answer questions and to help guide your learning. 

 

Visit our upcoming class calendar and register today.

 


 

OUR INSTRUCTORS

 

We are committed to providing quality education for operators and continuously finding opportunities to deliver in engaging and relevant ways. This reflects in the quality of our courses and in our instructors.

 

The BCWWA's certified instructors are knowledgeable and experienced specialists in their field, who are trained to deliver interactive and engaging courses.

 

If you are interested in becoming an instructor or learning more about our education programs, contact us at education@bcwwa.org or 604-630-0094.

 


 

WHY CHOOSE THE BCWWA

 

Our commitment to quality

The BCWWA regularly reviews course content and design, incorporating new technology and best practices so that our courses are always current and relevant.

 

Training for operations specialists, by operations specialists

Our certified instructors have extensive industry experience, and are trained in the latest teaching methods to provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment.

 

Flexible training solutions to suit every budget

We work with employers to design the curriculum and delivery method that best meets your needs - in-class, online or as a custom program delivered at your site.

 

Advance your career

Our courses are designed to build and apply technical knowledge that aligns with the competencies and skills needed to enhance job performance and advance your career.

 

Socially responsible

As a not-for-profit organization, we reinvest all of the proceeds from our courses into advancing the interests of the water sector and enhancing our course offerings.