Operator Certification & Training
Operator Certification (OpCert)

All PWS operators on the Navajo Nation are required to become state certified
to the appropriate level as established by the Navajo PWSSP. The PWSSP will
recognize state certificates until the Navajo Nation has fully developed and
implemented it's own operator certification program

  • The certifications are valid for the same period as with the certifying

  • Operators are required to submit a copy of their certification along with
    an application form and fee to register with the Navajo PWSSP.

  • Operator certifications received from the States of New Mexico, Arizona
    and Utah acceptable to the Navajo PWSSP.

If you need more information, please contact Valerie Tannie at (928) 871-7757
or email
Operator Training & Workshops

All Navajo Nation Water Operators are encouraged to attend these workshops. Earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) from either
a training or workshop to maintain your operator certification. NOTE: Navajo PWSSP does not reimburse trainees/attendees for their travel
(i.e., meals, mileage, lodging, etc). The trainee/attendee is responsible for their own travel expenses. For all free workshops and training
classes, please contact Valerie Tannie at (928) 871-7757 or fax your training registration forms to (928) 871-7818.
Educational Studies in Water Technologies

Working in the water technology involves monitoring quality of water resources and
maintaining local, state and federal requirements for safety purposes.

Our program has found educational water operator training at some colleges and
universities. These classroom or online sessions are available to operators who are willing
to further to educate themselves and to enhance water resources, protecting public health,
and coordinating job readiness. A successful career in this profession requires technician
and/or operators to have:

  • A high level of math and science proficiency
  • Thorough knowledge of water quality standards
  • Knowledge of plant operations and maintenance procedures
Below are a list of college/universities and government office that accredit towards higher learning to a degree program and/or of a
certificate in that particular field. Check out the links!
Gateway Community College
Water Technology
Maricopa, AZ
Utah Valley University
Environmental Science & Management, B.S.
Orem, UT
Red Rocks Community College
Water Quality Management Technology
Lakewood, CO
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Water & Wastewater Operation Certification
Helena, MT
Bismark State College
Water & Wastewater Technology
Bismark, ND
California State University Sacramento
Office of the Programs
Sacramento, CA
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute - W/WW
College Station, TX
**All registration form are required for all training**
**NEW** Upcoming Webinar for Small Water
January 15, 2019
CLICK HERE for info and registration
11:00 am — 12:00 pm
January 17, 2019
CLICK HERE for info and registration.
11:00 am — 12:00 pm

01-15-19 — Water Loss Auditing: Navigating AWWA's Infrastructure Leakage Index

Using a software program to audit your system’s water loss has many advantages, but only if you know how to use it correctly. In this
webinar, you will learn how to successfully use AWWA’s free Water Audit Software to:

  • Assess your system’s real and apparent water losses
  • Learn about different performance indicators such as the Infrastructure Leakage Index (ILI), Current Annual Real Losses
    (CARL), and Unavoidable Annual Real Losses (UARL)
  • Understand how to interpret the results of your audit

When used properly, these indicators can help you measure your system’s performance, plan for the future, and keep system costs
down. This webinar can be helpful for system managers, owners, and operators interested in using this tool for the first time, as well as
more experienced users that need help interpreting outcomes.  

Presenter:  James Markham, Research Scientist, Southwest Environmental Finance Center at the University of New Mexico

01-17-19 — How To Manage Grants

So you got the grant or loan you needed for your water project. What now?

If you’re managing a small water utility, receiving a grant or loan might be the start of the biggest project you’ve ever worked on.  The
decisions you make up front during the planning and design phase can have a major impact on the overall project. The time to have the
most positive impact for the least expenditure is at the beginning. In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn how project components, such as the alternative selected, material type, and construction method determines the
    operations and maintenance activities you will need to do for the next 20 to 50 years
  • Learn how to track project activities, set and measure project milestones, and interpret outputs and outcomes so that your
    system can demonstrate progress to the funding agency.

Even if you did not receive a grant yet, these activities can ensure that you are spending money in the best way possible for your water
system and your community, and may help you become a more competitive applicant in the future.  Join us as we talk about what to do
after you receive an award for a loan or grant for a project.

For a primer on grant applications, please see our previous
Grant Writing 101 Webinar

Presenter:  Heather Himmelberger, Director, Southwest Environmental Finance Center at the University of New Mexico
**NEW** AWWA Exam Prep App

The new AWWA Exam Prep App allows you to take certification preparation with you wherever studying is most
  • See detailed answer explanations
  • Track your performance
  • Create mock exams

Download the free app with sample questions through the
Apple or Android Play Store. Additional question sets
are only $19 each!

Study anywhere, anytime with 2,000+ practice questions and answers. Study on your phone, tablet, or desktop.
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