No one can be exactly certain when MWEA began providing training for wastewater treatment plant operators. However, it undoubtedly started with leaders in the profession identifying the need for information to be shared and then recruiting knowledgeable practitioners to perform the instruction.

From that viewpoint, little has changed. The genesis of the cast majority of MWEA training still comes from persons working in the field every day.

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Our conferences (Annual Conference, Wastewater Administrators, Biosolids) have agendas with a number of speakers who will address regulatory issues, industry innovation, case studies, etc.
These events are considered 'repeatable' by MDEQ - meaning CEC credit can be earned more than once in an operator's certification cycle.

One Day Seminars

These training sessions are highly focused on specific areas and address regulatory issues, industry innovation, case studies, etc., much like our conferences. These programs often include six to eight different presenters and are often held in the Lansing area as a central location between our members.These events offer five hours of continuing education contact time (0.5 MDEQ CECs) and are also considered 'repeatable' by MDEQ.
Seminar Time of Year
Operators Day Early February
Infrastructure Project Financing* Early February
Lagoons Late February
Local Sections Late April
Lab Practices Early May
Northern MI Wastewater Operators Mid May
Collections Early September
IPP (Industry Pre-Treatment Process) Mid October
Health & Safety Late October
Process Early November
Watershed Management Early December
Maintenance As Needed
*This seminar is currently not worth any Continuing Education Credit from MDEQ

Basic Training Classes

These courses carry several distinct differences from our conferences and one day seminars. First, they are conducted by a single instructor. Second, they are offered in various areas of the state to cut down on travel time for attendees. And third, they are NOT deemed 'repeatable' by MDEQ; continuing education credit can only be earned once during an operator's certification cycle.
These classes are typically worth 0.5 MDEQ CECs and ideally, attendance will be limited to 20 people per class.

Basic Training Courses
Purpose and Fundamentals of Wastewater Treatment Basic Health and Safety Practices in Water Treatment Plants*
Fundamentals of Wastewater Math I Fundamentals of Wastewater Math II
Fundamentals of Activated Sludge I Fundamentals of Activated Sludge II
Fundamentals of Preliminary and Primary Treatment Fundamentals of Secondary Treatment
Fundamentals of Wastewater Disinfection Fundamentals of Solids Handling
Fundamentals of Anaerobic Digester Operation and Control Fundamentals of Collections Systems
Fundamentals of Maintenance Practices I Fundamentals of Maintenance Practices II
Basic People Skils* Basic Personal Management Skills*
*worth wastewater and drinking water Continuing Education Credit
 MWEA Cancelation Policy for all scheduled events:
If MWEA cancels, full refunds will be issued. If registrant cancels 7 days or more before program, a 100% refund will be issued. If cancelation is less than 7 days before program, no refund will be given. No refunds are made if cancelation is after program date. Registration can be transferred to another person in your organization at anytime. All changes must be communicated to the MWEA office at 517-641-7377.