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O que eu aprenderei?

The operation and management of water and wastewater treatment systems to safeguard against water-borne diseases, and ensure a healthy environment in an efficient and sustainable manner are paramount in both public and private sector industries. The provision of potable water and the effective treatment of the municipal and industrial wastewater streams are growing fields in the environmental sector. The Ontario government has passed into law rigorous training requirements for water and wastewater treatment operators, in response to recommendations made in the Walkerton Commission of Inquiry reports. Under the Safe Water Drinking Act, operators require training and certification to run these systems safely. This one-year Graduate Certificate program in Advanced Water Systems Operations and Management will provide you with:

  • The opportunity to do real, hands-on manipulation of equipment and data collection, learning about water systems operation in our labs and wet-work facilities.
  • Faculty expertise to guide you in understanding government regulations on the treatment of water and wastewater in this highly regulated and changing industry.
  • The knowledge needed to pass the Ministry of Environment Licensing and Certification exams for Water and Wastewater Operators.
  • Project management skills, essential to your success in this field.
  • Critical thinking and troubleshooting skills required to respond to emergency or non-routine situations as an operator or supervisor in this challenging field.

Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize a wide variety of instrumentation and standardized protocols for the collection and analysis of samples and data required in the operation of water and wastewater facilities;
  • Collaborate with individuals and groups in testing and troubleshooting equipment at various water treatment and distribution facilities and at wastewater collection and treatment facilities;
  • Evaluate system design and operations based on current legislation, regulations and standards affecting water and wastewater treatment plants, scope and authority of facility permits and owner/operator responsibilities;
  • Develop risk management strategies including emergency response and disaster preparedness for water and wastewater systems;
  • Test and monitor microbiological parameters in water and wastewater applications and propose remediation strategies to reduce/ eliminate contaminants;
  • Assess current, innovative and emerging technologies in such areas as water conservation, alternative supply (e.g. rainwater) and zero-discharge for the provision of potable water and wastewater treatment and their possible applications within the industry;
  • Assess the sustainability of current infrastructure in water operations, considering maintenance plans, addressing future needs, energy utilization improvements, population growth and financing of water services.
  • Manage projects in the maintenance, renewal, and replacement of utility infrastructure using project planning and project management tools.

Career Opportunities

This program has been designed to be forward-thinking, incorporating industry trends, job requirements and legislation requirements, to prepare graduates for this work. Employment opportunities include work in municipalities with water and wastewater treatment systems, in water-use industries, in inspection or environmental monitoring agencies. Employment in this sector is expected to increase due to upcoming retirements, environmental factors and changes in legislation.


There are two, 13-week semesters, followed by the 16-week co-operative education placement. The program concludes with a series of presentations and co-op evaluations at the Graduate Field Summit.

De qual departamento farei parte?

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Opções de estudo

Período integral (3 semestres)

CAN $9,781.36 per semester
Data de início

Esperado Setembro 2021


Frost Campus

200 Albert Street S.,


Ontario (ON),

K9V 5E6, Canada

Requisitos de admissão

Para estudantes do(s)/da Estados Unidos

Students must have a College diploma or university degree in a program-related field. English Language Score: IELTS - 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); TOEFL - 90 Internet-based (iBT); Paper-based (PBT) TOEFL – 577; Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) - Overall 70; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) - 85; PTE Academic (Pearson Test English) - 60+.

Para estudantes internacionais

Students applying to Advanced Water Systems Operations and Management Co-op must meet the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree or Ontario College diploma in a related field or equivalent

English language proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS : 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL : 90
  • Pearson Test English: 60+

Os requisitos para o IELTS podem variar de acordo com o curso que você escolher.