Safety Standards for Wastewater Treatment Operations | At Leisure
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The Massachusetts Wastewater Continuing Education course is a 10-Hour Safety course that can be completed online.

This is a self-paced course, which allows you to complete the material at your leisure! State-approved by the MA Department of Environmental Protection to meet all continuing education requirements, completion of this course results in immediate access to your certificate. 

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Board File #: BC-2019-3532
# TCHs: 10

Course Details & Benefits:

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Approved by the Department of Environmental Protection. Board File #BC-2019-3532. Please click here to view our letter of approval. 

This course covers safety standards for wastewater treatment operations and is approved by the MA Department of Environmental Protection as 10 TCHs. Course topics include standards related to Wastewater Treatment Works (314 CMR 12.00 & 257 CMR 2.00), safety standards related to personal protective equipment (PPE), fall protection, confined spaces, and standards related to the MA 3A Hoisting license, which is required for the operation of cranes often utilized in wastewater management.


This course is self-paced and allows you to login at anytime, from any device, and may be completed intermittently.

Topic Details
314 CMR 12.00: Operation, Maintenance and Pretreatment Standards for Wastewater Treatment Works These regulations establish standards and pretreatment requirements to ensure the proper operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment works.
257 CMR 2.00: Certification of Operators of Wastewater Treatment Facilities These regulations establish the process for evaluating and certifying wastewater treatment facility operators.

3A Hoisting Modules:

  • MGL c. 146 s. 53-54
  • 520 CMR 6:00: Hoisting Machinery
  • 29 CFR Part 1926 Subpart K: Electrical Standards for Construction
  • 29 CFR Part 1926 Subpart N: Helicopters, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors
  • 29 CFR 1926.803: Compressed Air

Wastewater management requires a significant amount of heavy lifting, and specialty cranes are key to this process, including bridge cranes, jib cranes, and gantry cranes.

Personal Protective Equipment (29 CFR 1910.132-138) Employees must protect themselves from a variety of hazards in wastewater treatment facilities through the proper use of personal protective equipment.
Fall Protection (29 CFR Part 1926 Subpart M) Catwalks, wet floors, falls into pits, vats, treatment ponds, etc. are a danger.
Confined Spaces (29 CFR Part 1926 Subpart AA)
Hazard awareness can save lives when it comes to confined spaces like aeration basins, digesters, applicator machines, tanks, manholes, etc.


Upon completion of the course, your certificate is immediately available for download.  Your certificate will be presented to you in an electronic format (PDF), which may be printed.  

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Some of our competitors only grant you 30 days access to your course. When you enroll in our continuing education courses, you gain more than enough time to complete your course (4 months, to be exact). However, should you need more time, we'll make it happen! Our world-class customer support team is standing by to ensure your experience is as positive as it can be.

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Operators with an Active wastewater treatment plant operator (WWTPO) license are required to obtain 20 training contact hours (TCHs) during the 2-year renewal period that ends on December 31 of odd numbered years. 

No more than 10 TCHs can be a safety-related training. The rest can be technical training. There is no requirement to take safety training – just a max. There is no cap on technical training – you can earn all 20 hours in technical training.

Renewals occur every two years and are due by December 31 of odd-numbered years. Renewal forms are mailed out at the beginning of September. The renewal fee is $75. ALL operators, Active or Inactive, are required to renew their WWTPO license, which includes paying the renewal fee. All operators are issued a pocket/wallet license card (showing a license expiration date) once renewed.


For questions about or for more information on renewals, contact the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commussion (NEIWPCC) at 978-323-7929 (x 105) or by email at