Intro to Small Water Systems Correspondence Course

Course Information

If you are unable to attend a classroom version of the Introduction to Small Water Systems course, taking this correspondence course is a convenient way to become eligible for water treatment and water distribution provisional certification.
  • You will also earn 4 core CEUs for completing the course
  • You must score 85% or higher on each of the chapter quizzes to pass

Taking the Course

To sign up for the course, complete the order form, available here, and mail it back to us with the $80 course fee. On the order form, you can choose to take the chapter quizzes online or in a paper and pencil format.
Online Quiz Format:
    • Once we receive your order form, we will email you the link to the online quizzes. We will also email you your user name and password which are necessary to access the quizzes.
    • Download the PDF for the chapter, read the chapter, and complete the online quiz for that chapter. If you fail the quiz, you will be required to retake it. You will be given two opportunities to retake the quiz. Once you pass the quiz proceed to the next chapter.
    • You will receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of all the chapter quizzes. Please allow two to four weeks for processing.
Paper and Pencil Quiz Format:
    • Once we receive your order form we will mail you the quiz booklet, answer sheets, and self-addressed envelope.
    • On our website, download the PDF for the chapter, read the chapter, and complete the quiz for that chapter. Once you have completed all the quizzes, mail back the answer sheets in the envelope.
    • At this time we have no printed manuals available; however, we can send you a copy of the manual in PDF format on a CD on request.
    • It will take two to four weeks for us to process your quizzes and mail back your results. However, if you score less than 85% on a chapter quiz, you will be required to retake that quiz.

Applying for Provisional Certification

    • Once you have successfully completed the course, and if you have already passed the level one exams for either water treatment or distribution, you may apply for provisional certification by completing the "Application for Operator Certification" available by clicking here.
    • If you have not yet passed a level one water treatment or distribution exam, you can register to take exams by completing the "Exam Registration" form available by clicking here.
    • Click here for more information about the exam application and certification process

Course Manual (PDF)

For more information, please contact:

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Operator Training and Certification Program
410 Willoughby Ave., Suite 303
P.O. Box 111800
Juneau, AK 99811-1800
Phone Number: (907) 465-1139
Fax Number: (907) 465-5177
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