Water Supply Technology

The jobs in water and wastewater industry will always be located near your home. No outsourcing!

The Water Supply Technology program is designed to serve those individuals employed or interested in employment in the water and/or wastewater field and those who desire to upgrade their skills and/or receive certification from the California Water Environment Association, the American Water Works Association, or the State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB).

The program provides professional classes combined with hands-on experience. Coursework emphasizes the fundamental aspects of drinking water distribution, drinking water treatment, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, water conservation, water quality analysis and related mathematics. Morning and evening classes are available. The Water Supply Technology Program also offers courses in a hybrid setting (50% traditional classroom and 50% distance learning) for those who find it difficult to come to the college campus on a regular basis.

The certificate programs are designed for entry-level job placement in the water treatment and water reclamation industries. The associate of science degree provides coursework and internship experience designed to provide an overview of a wide range of environmental career opportunities. Water quality analysis is a fundamental tool in the management of our water and wastewater resources. The WST075 Water and Wastewater Analysis course prepares individuals to analyze and interpret test data relating to water and wastewater facilities. Advanced level industry certification requires further studies in public work supervision and water utility management. Per the State Water Resources Control Board, certified operators may be granted up to sixteen educational points by completing management courses. For those interested in someday managing water and/or wastewater facilities; the Water Supply Technology Program offers the WST036 Water Utility Management course.      

Water Supply Technology program graduates often pursue jobs with city, county, state or federal agencies, or food and beverage industry in positions such as wastewater treatment plant operators, drinking water treatment plant operator, environmental laboratory technician, ultra-pure water technician, industrial pretreatment coordinator, engineering technician, surface water management, or state and federal regulations.


Certification Exam Prep and Study Sessions 2019 to 2020

  • Water Distribution Certification Exam: March 16, 2019; Application Deadline: January 2, 2019.
  • Water Distribution Certification Exam: September 14, 2019; Application Deadline: July 1, 2019.  
  • Water Treatment Certification Exam: May 18, 2019; Application Deadline: March 1, 2019.
  • Water Treatment Certification Exam: November 2, 2019; Application Deadline: August 30, 2019.    
  •  Wastewater Treatment Certification Exam: April 13, 2019; Application Deadline: February 12, 2019.
  • Wastewater Treatment Certification Exam: October 12, 2019;  Application Deadline: August 13, 2019. 
  • Watewater Treament Certification Exam:April 18, 2020; Application Deadline: February 18, 2020.
Also see the examination schedule for more information, including future examination dates.  

Exam applications are available on the government website

For more general information visit: iewatercouncil.orgbcwaterjobs.comWestern Municipal Water District/Job Opportunities Website 

Free Non-Credit Courses

Test Review Non-Credit Courses Offered: Information flyer.

Water Industry and Education Summit

The Water Supply Technology Program wants to personally invite you to the Water Industry and Education Summit scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. The purpose of this initial meeting is to provide leaders in the water industry and K-16 and postsecondary educators an opportunity to meet and discuss the role education can play in addressing the current and future needs of the water industry.

It is our belief that forging a partnership between industry and education leaders can be beneficial to all parties concerned and will have a positive impact on the Inland Empire economy.  Our goal is to develop a pipeline of students who possess the basic knowledge, skills, and certifications needed to enter the workforce or pursue postsecondary opportunities in the water industry. Developing a K-16 focus through pathway development will help meet that goal. We are hosting this meeting in conjunction with San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. We hope you can attend and lend your expertise and perspective to this important conversation. Please feel free to disseminate the information to your professional networks and invite anyone who might be interested in joining the conversation. Please register by April 25, 2019 at the following link.  https://sbcss.k12oms.org/43-165069


Open Class Sections

If you are looking for additional courses to complete your educational plan or attain water industry certification; the following evening classes are still open. Please note, some classes are also offered off-campus at the Rialto Resource Center (RRC).    

WST 052 Basic Waterworks Math (RRC)   

WST 071 Water Treatment I (RRC)

Distance Learning Classes (Hybrid)

There are also four open 8-week class sections hybrid (50% traditional classroom and 50% distance learning):

WST 081 Wastewater Collections I         (March 19, 2019 to May 7, 2019) 

WST 071 Water Treatment I                     (March 20, 2019 to May 8, 2019)

WST 031 Water Use Efficiency I             (March 21, 2019 to May 9, 2019)

WST 091 Wastewater Treatment I           (March 21, 2019 to May 9, 2019)