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Water Treatment Certificate Program

  • Why You Should Learn About Water Treatment

    • Drinking water quality is in the news every day. Today, customers are more and more engaged in the quality of water in their community, and have concerns about disinfection by products, lead, and legionella in piping systems.
    • The challenges with drinking water treatment are diverse and make it one of the most interesting fields in civil engineering: new contaminants are found like PFAS or PFOS in groundwaters, or algal toxins are detected because of a bloom of cyanobacteria in a surface water.
    • Public water systems are developing new sources that require treatment. Sometimes these new sources are difficult to treat – like highly saline groundwaters or advanced treatment for the indirect potable reuse of wastewater.
    • The instructor is currently working on a number of water treatment projects including work with a community in California that is dealing with groundwater treatment issues with naturally occurring hexavalent chromium, arsenic, and nitrate in their water supply. Mr. Odell is contributing to an international project for a client to expand their ceramic membrane treatment system to be the largest in the world. He is also working on designing a biological treatment system to remove ammonia.

    ASCE's Water Treatment Certificate Program is designed for the practicing engineer. This program will take your water resources career to the next level. Learn how to use the technology to make drinking water from groundwater, lakes, rivers, streams, oceans, stormwater, and wastewater reuse to all the planning aspects required to lay the groundwork for a new water treatment plan.


    Lee H. Odell, P.E.
    Peter H. Kreft, P.E.

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    Who Should Attend?

    After completing this certificate program, you will be able to:

    • Determine how rapidly changing regulatory requirements and technologies need to be applied to deal with emerging contaminants and customer demands.
    • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the planning elements needed to develop a water treatment plant – from energy consideration and permitting needs, to source water development and pilot testing.
    • Explain the major unit processes used in water treatment, including chemical, physical, and biological processes.
    • Demonstrate the process design criteria for all types of groundwater treatment issues: including iron and manganese, nitrates, radionuclides, arsenic, and many more!

    Perfect for:

    • Civil engineers involved in water treatment planning or design
    • Water utility managers planning or operating groundwater treatment facilities

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    Suggested Pre-Requisites

    • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

    Certificate Requirements

    • Five Guided Online Courses are required to complete this certificate program.
    • Complete all 5 Guided Online Courses within 4 years from enrollment.
    • Earn a certificate of completion after all 5 courses are finished.

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    Upon completing the certificate requirements, you will earn 12.0 CEUs / 120 PDHs.


    Member $5,500 | Non-Member $6,500

    Save up to 35% with certificate enrollment versus purchasing courses individually.

    Certificate Courses*

    *All 5 courses must be completed.

    Suggested order of completion:

    1. Drinking Water Treatment Technology
    2. The Fundamentals of Water Treatment Processes: Physical, Chemical, and Biological
    3. Planning for Water Treatment Plant Design
    4. Surface Water Treatment Plant Design
    5. Groundwater Treatment Design

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