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Drinking Water Services (DWS) now offers an advanced course that is appropriate for operators who have completed the basics course two or more times. Like the basics course, the advanced course is a free one-day course that meets the training requirement for recertification. However, this course covers new topics and operators use information from their own water systems to complete hands-on activities in class. For this reason, the advanced class is not offered as an online class. More information about the course can be found in the April 2012 Pipeline (pdf).

Advanced courses run from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (PST). Class dates and locations are listed in the table below:

Advanced Course Schedule for 2014
Location Date Address
Wednesday, May 14
Register by April 30
Community Center Room
Marion County Offices
3020 Center St. NE
Salem, OR  97301
Thursday, May 29
Register by May 15
Ford Community Room
Douglas County Library System
1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd.
Roseburg, OR  97321
Hood River Wednesday, October 1
Register by Sept. 17
Ty Taylor Fire Station
Community Room
1785 Meyer Parkway
Hood River, OR  97031
St. Helens Wednesday, October 15
Register by Oct. 1
OSU Extension
Columbia County
505 N Columbia River Hwy
St. Helens, OR  97051

Registration for the advanced course is handled by the DWS Springfield office. To register, contact Drue Edney at or 541-726-2587, ext. 25, or submit the registration form provided in the Course Schedule table, above. Class size is limited.

For other course-related questions, contact Betsy Parry at or 541-726-2587, ext. 30.

Course Credit & Certification
Upon course completion, attendees receive 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This class also meets the training requirements for Small Water System Operator Certification.

At the completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. For small water system certification, please attach a photocopy of the certificate of attendance to the Small Water System Operator application (pdf), complete the application, and mail to the address listed on the application form.

Course Materials
Reference versions of the materials used in the 2012 advanced course are provided below. The course content was revised after its pilot year (2011) and scaled down from four topics to three.

Shock Chlorination Unit
Shock Chlorination (Disinfection) of Small Water System Components PPS -or- PDF
Shock Chlorination for Storage Tank, Well and Distribution System - Procedure and Volume Calculation
Shock Chlorination Worksheet (PDF)
Shock Chlorination Calculation Tool (MS Excel)
Operator Math Sheet (PDF)
Well Disinfection Guidelines (PDF)
Chlorinating a well and water system (9 minute video from Michigan State University Extension)
Operator Responsibilities Under the Groundwater Rule Unit
Groundwater Rule and You: PPS -or- PDF
Coliform Sampling Plan Template for Small Water Systems Serving Up to 1,000 Persons: fillable MS Word -or- PDF
Exercise: Developing a Coliform Sampling Plan for a Small Groundwater System (MS Word)
How to Complete a Microbiological Analysis (Coliform) Laboratory Form (PDF)
Source Water Protection Unit
Groundwater Information and Source Water Protection: PPS -or- PDF
Web Resources and Fact Sheets for Drinking Water Protection (PDF)
Management Strategies for Commonly Identified Potential Sources of Contamination (PCSs) to Oregon's Sources of Drinking Water (PDF)
Exercise Instructions (MS Word)
Small Water System Implementation Matrix: MS Word -or- PDF
Source Water Protection Video: Why Some Public-Supply Wells are More Vulnerable to Contamination than Others
Assistance with developing your source water protection funding application: