The Environmental Training Programs

The Environmental Training Programs


The center provides premier operations training, technology assistance, and technology evaluation services and supports activities at locations across the state. As a PA DEP approved provider, most courses count toward operator continuing education and precertification experience.


Basic Math (Certification Math)
March 6, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A foundations course in mathematics that is specifically designed to instruct operators in calculations they encounter on a daily basis.  Some examples of the topics covered include: significant figures, scientific notation, conversions, unit cancellation and area volume calculations. Prepares for DW and WW Part 1 General exam and Part 2 Technology specific exams. (all subclasses)

DEP#6206 approved for 6.0 DW and WW hours.

Fundamentals of Wastewater Treatment
March 7, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Introduction and fundamentals of WW treatment. WW session 1 will provide an introduction to WW treatment including the fundamental treatment processes including solids handling and disposal.  Prepares for WW Part 1 General exam.

DEP#2828 approved for 6.5 WW hours.

Activated Sludge
March 8 and March 9, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The activated sludge process; part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4- Session 3 will discuss all aspects of the activated sludge process beginning with an overview and moving into specifics of treatment, process control and different types of activated sludge plants. Prepares for WW Part 2 subclass 1.

DEP#3858 approved for a total of 13.0 WW hours.

Chemical Addition
March 7, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

An entry to intermediate level course, this workshop will discuss the maintenance and operation of chemical feed systems and pumps as well as safety consideration when working with chemical feed pumps and troubleshooting of these systems. In addition, participants will engage in four hands-on workstations designed to illustrate concepts such as calibration, preventative maintenance and operation of chemical feed pumps. Prepares for Part 2 DW subclass 8.

DEP#6466 approved for 5.0 DW hours.

Hypochlorite Disinfection
March 8, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This workshop focuses on the properties, uses and equipment needed when using sodium or calcium hypochlorite as a disinfecting agent. Regulatory requirements as well as the various mathematical calculations typically applied when using hypochlorite will be discussed. For example, calculating percent concentration, dosage/feed rates, chlorine demand/dose and CT (concentration/time) will be a major part of this workshop. Prepares for Part 2 DW subclass 12.

DEP#6490 approved for 7.0 DW and WW hours.

Distribution Systems
March 9, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This workshop will introduce students to the various components of distribution systems including piping, pumps, storage facilities, valves, hydrants and meters. Pressure, head, energy loss, and demand along with sampling, monitoring and disinfection will also be covered. This workshop will also prepare operators to work in distribution systems and obtain distribution system certification. Prepares for DW Class E.

DEP#6463 approved for 5.5 DW hours.

Tips for Evaluation of MATH Certification Exam Questions
March 10, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Do not fear the formula! This class helps you determine the correct formula to use based on the information given in the problem. This is not a "math class" but a test taking/math problem solving strategy class that will help you remain calm and save time during the exam. 

DEP#7385 approved for 3.0 DW hours.

Certification Prep Classes - also approved for continuing education hours!

Not sure where and when to take the exam? Click here for the 2017 exam certification schedule.


Morning refreshments and lunch included!

PA Laboratory Supervisor Highlights
April 6, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This class highlights the relevant material that is important and/or required for Accredited Laboratories in PA.  It provides a solid foundation of laboratory basics in instrumentation, equipment, and materials as well as chemical biological concepts.  The course also highlights the requirements in terms of QA/QC, reporting, and record keeping accredited laboratories need to maintain.  Additionally the content, while not inclusive, is relevant to DW subclass 15 and WW subclass 5 Laboratory Supervisor PA DEP Operator Certification exam.

DEP#7456 approved for 6.5 DW and WW hours.

Basic Electrical Training for Operators
April 27, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This course presents basic electrical theory and emphasizes safety precautions when maintaining and troubleshooting electrical equipment in a treatment plant setting. Participants will engage in problem solving, electrical calculations and hands-on exercises. This is a beginner/intermediate level class and not intended for those with extensive knowledge/experience in electrical theory or practice. 

DEP#6398 approved for 6.5 DW and WW hours.

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Meet Your Drinking Water Instructor

Desiree Hertzog is a licensed Drinking Water Operator for the State of Pennsylvania, she has worked for the Citizens Water Association of Deer Lake and has served as Vice President of the Association. She currently owns and operates Waste Cost Reduction Strategists, LLC, a waste and recycling consulting firm that assists companies with increasing the efficiency of their waste disposal streams while decreasing costs. Over the years, she has enjoyed working with Schuylkill Headwaters Association and the Delaware Riverkeeper as a volunteer water monitor and macroinvetebrate study partner helping to track the health of Pennsylvania’s waterways. Desiree holds a Masters in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State Harrisburg as well as undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Liberal Arts and Humanities. As a mother of 2 young boys, she enjoys being outdoors, road trips with her family, landscaping and kayaking.

Meet Your Wastewater ETC Instructor

The majority of Keith's Smithyman's career has been devoted to wastewater. This adjunct professor (at PSU, Lincoln University and Delaware Co. Comm. College) speaks several “stakeholder dialects”, as well: Local governance, engineering-lingo and “sewer-rat chatter”. An undergraduate in biology from the University of Delaware, got him in the door of DuPont’s Experimental Station, of Wilmington.  There, he was chained to a lab bench, aiding the efforts of their Molecular Biophysics Group. After Widener graduate school, stints in both engineering and environmental health consulting ventures, Keith founded his own firm, appropriately PA- incorporated as “MicroLife Management”.  He is still married to the same woman, after 40 years. Ann was the driving force in raising 3 girls, who then kindly brought 6 more into the clan, as grand-daughters. Thank God there’s one grandson, too.  Keith looks forward to helping you keep waste principles straight in your mind.

Meet your Basic Electrical Training for Operators Instructor

Vuaghn Wenger is an Assistant Superintendent of Maintenance and Grounds for The York Water Company. Prior to becoming a supervisor Vaughn worked as an Electrician for the same company and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers where he received his training. During his tenure at the I.B.E.W. He earned his Master Electrician's License for the City of Harrisburg. Vaughn has worked and trained at many locally known and internationally renowned companies such as York International, P.P. & L.'s Brunner Island, Harley Davidson, Mott's, Knause Foods, Caterpillar, and many more. Currently he is responsible for YWC's generators, tanks and booster stations, and man-made reservoirs. He holds his Distribution Water Operator License Class E and Waste Water Operator License Class D, E 1,4. 

To Register

  • Register three or more people from the same company and receive a 20 percent discount on the regular registration fee.
  • Penn State Alumni and Penn State Employees receive a 10 percent discount.

Note:  To receive the 10 percent or 20 percent discount, contact Kristin Deibler at 717-948-6500.


Contact 814-867-4973 for immediate assistance.