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Water Treatment and Distribution System Operation Certification- (California T2 and D2 License Training)

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Water Treatment and Distribution Operator Program
(California T2 and D2 License Training)

Program Fee $99

March 23, 2024 - July 13, 2024

Saturdays 9am-12pm via Zoom

Why Water ?

Did you know 80% of the jobs in the global workforce are dependent upon having access to an adequate supply of water and water-related services, including sanitation? So many of us could not do our jobs without water. If you are looking to start a new career and be classified as an essential worker where the median annual salary is $60,000-$70,000 a year, then the water distribution program is for you.

Course Overview

The goal of the Water Treatment and Distribution System courses is to prepare students for the California Water Treatment (T2) and Distribution (D2) Operator Certification Exams. 

This online course taught by Dr. John Rowe who trains operators in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining water treatment and distribution systems, emphasizing safe practices and procedures. Successful completion of the course establishes eligibility to take the Water Distribution Grade 2 exam. After passing the exam, students will have the opportunity to apply for their certificate and license to become a California Grade 2 Water Treatment or Distribution  Operator. Classes will meet on Saturdays at 9am-12pm via Zoom.

Students will learn:  Water treatment and distribution system operator duties, procedures for operating and maintaining clear wells and storage tanks, perform basic water laboratory procedures, components and characteristics of distribution system facilities; maintaining water quality in the system, disinfecting new and repaired facilities, as well as water delivered to consumers; complete math calculations commonly used in plant operation, and techniques for recognizing hazards and developing safe procedures and programs. 

About the Instructor

Dr. John Rowe is a certified water, water distribution, and wastewater treatment operator.  He also has a PhD in Environmental Sustainability from Colorado.  To date he has trained students for careers in Water Distribution System Operations, Water Treatment Plant Operations, and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations.  He has trained more than a 1,000 operators in the water industry who are presently on the job.  He is interested in Direct Potable Reuse Drinking Water Treatment, and has conducted several water industry seminars and workshops concerned with potable reuse treatment technologies.  He is student friendly, and is closely involved with helping students become certified operators.   Management, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health Environmental Management.


  • Must be a resident of California
  • A Highschool Diploma or GED

  • Prior to enrolling, students should have a strong understanding of secondary level math and science concepts and at least a ninth grade reading level.

Example Math Equations

1. Given a=1.5, b=2.5, c=8.34;Solve for x

      a ? b ? c = x

2. Given a=70; solve for x

      a ? (2.31/a) = x

Course Requirements

  • Attendance

    • Classes will meet on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm via Zoom. Students are expected to attend each live (synchronous) session. Attendance will be taken. Supplemental coursework, exams and quizzes will be available online via Moodle. Students are expected to complete assigned coursework.  

  • Required Text: 

    • (2018). Water Treatment Plant Operation Volume 1.New York: Pearson Education.

  • (2018). Water Distribution System Operation and Maintenance, Seventh Edition. New York: Pearson Education

**Free book rentals are available through the Cañada College bookstore **

Technical requirements and specs

  • A computer running a compatible web browser

  • A computer or tablet compatible for downloading Zoom 

  • Stable Internet connection 

  • Speakers/headphones, microphone, and web-camera to hear audio from a computer, smartphone, or tablet

  • Lessons can be completed on any desktop computer, or tablet

    Questions? Contact Mercedes White, Program Coordinator

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Class Details

17 Session(s)
Weekly - Sat

NA - Online

Mercedes White 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/23/2024 - 7/13/2024 Weekly - Sat 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM N/A - Online Mercedes White