The Wastewater Treatment and Collection System Technology certificate is designed to give entry-level students and entry-level water industry employees training in skills and theory directly related to water operations. This certificate is designed to be a starting point for people who are interested in a career in the treatment field and will prepare them for entry-level employment. The diploma and AAS degree programs are designed to build from this certificate to allow workers in treatment operations to be a more comprehensive and valuable employee by giving them the skills to work on advanced equipment, controls and troubleshoot problematic equipment.
Nearly every employer requires state certification at some level. The DMACC WET program provides you with the fastest educational track to achieving each level of certification and gives you the knowledge you need to take the exams. A 2-year AAS WET degree is an extremely valuable tool that will benefit you your entire life. Those who rely solely on non-credit (CEU) training must take hundreds or thousands of hours of classes over many years whereas the DMACC WET program can be done in 2 or more years and give you a distinct advantage in the industry. Many employers have told DMACC that they look at the WET program as their "pipeline" for future staff.
Work experience requirements must be met before you are eligible to take an examination for certification. Be sure to refer to the certifying body in your area to determine eligibility. In Iowa,
visit the DNR website.
Program entry requirements:
- Complete an
application for admission.
- Attend any required information/registration session.
- Complete a high school biology course or equivalent with a "C" or higher.
These credits are applicable to the
Water and Wastewater Technology Diploma and the
AAS degree in Water Environmental Technology.
Total Credits Required to Complete This Certificate: 18