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Academy of Water Education



California Rural Water Association
4131 Northgate Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95834
(800) 833-0322

The Academy of Water Education (AWE) is the onsite training center of the California Rural Water Association. Our instructors have spent years in the field. These experienced men and women know the ins and outs of being operator and bring that practical knowledge to the classroom. AWE onsite workshops allow participants to learn hands-on skills. Our approach is unique and takes the learning experience from theoretical to practical. Hop on over to our training schedule to sign up today!

Class sessions to select from:
Water Distribution Operations and Maintenance
5-day course, $900 for CRWA members, $1100 for non-members. Students may earn 36 CDPH water contact hours or 3.6 IACET Continuing Education Units. This course prepares students to take the Grade 1 or Grade 2 Water Distribution Operator exam. This class also satisfies the 36 contact hour (3-unit) specialized training requirement for the Grade2 Water Distribution Operator exam.

Water Treatment Operations and Maintenance
5-day course, $900 for CRWA members, $1100 for non-members. Students may earn 36 water contact hours or 3.6 IACET Continuing Education Units. This course prepares students to take the Grade 1 or Grade 2 Water Treatment Operator exam. This class also satisfies the 36 contact hour (3-unit) specialized training requirement for the Grade 2 Water Treatment Operator exam and Grade 2 Water Distribution Operator exam.

Backflow Tester Certification
5-day course, $900 for CRWA members, $1100 for non-members. Students may earn 40 CDPH Water Contact Hours.
Class Topics:
-Cross connection control program regulations and plumbing codes
-Hydraulics and hazards of backflow and presentation of backflow incidents
-Tester safety training (including personal and work area protection and confined space entry procedures)
-Approved test procedures and diagnosis of possible failures when testing various backflow assemblies
-Use of a test simulator to create a variety of failure conditions to help testers recognize and diagnose problems in the field
This hands-on class meets CDPH requirements for backflow tester certification.

Utility Management Certification
3-day course, $625 for CRWA members, $775 for non-members. Students will earn up to 24 CDPH Water Contact Hours.
The Utility Management Certification course is designed to prepare the student for the National Utility Management Certification exam. This course will utilize the study manual provided and produced by NRWA’s water university. CRWA is a state affiliate of NRWA, which is currently the largest utility organization in the country with over 27,000 utility members nationwide. This course will cover such areas as: 
• Financial sustainability and capacity development 
• Accounting practices and principles 
• Personnel policies and procedures 
• Water and wastewater operations as well as 
• Information in human resources; including federal wage and hour laws, requirements, and public relations and policy.
The class will conclude with an opportunity to take the Certification Examination on a computer based test with immediate results available upon completion. After passing, a plaque will be mailed to each attendee.


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