Learning Center

Wastewater Treatment Training and Mentoring Series

The following are ten 1-hour training sessions available at NO COST to operators, managers and engineers. 
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available when participants meet award requirements. 
Select:  VIEW MORE to see sample SLIDES and EXAMPLE QUESTIONS participants should be able to answer after attending the session and mentor followup.

Questions:  Scroll to Bottom for Q/A  

Receive a Zoom Invitation: Send request to:
EMAIL: wwixjohn@gmail.com  or  TEXT:  971-563-7471

For CEUs or PDHs Include:

    1. Contact Name and Organization

    2. City/State where WWTP or Business is located
    3.  Contact Email and Phone

 Registration will be for all 10 classes.  You need only attend one (1) class to receive a 1-hour contact award.  Credits are awarded based on actual class time.  Attendance will be taken during each class. 

If 3 or less at an organization are interested, then sign up as "individuals".  However where more than 3 individuals at an organization are interested in attending then please arrange for a "classroom" station.  For more on Classroom,   see Q/A # 6 at bottom of site.
1.  Wastewater Treatment Basics
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Introduces participants to the broad picture of wastewater treatment starting with wastewater sources and characteristics. Clearly describes the function of each step in wastewater treatment and gives pictures or examples of equipment often used in both liquid and solids treatment. Presents basic information on percent removal and treatment performance.

Scheduled:  Wed 2 Feb 2022 at 11 am PST
For CEUs or PDHs include in your registration items listed in Box at top of page
2. Introduction to Biological Treatment
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Discusses the evolution of biological wastewater treatment from lagoons to membrane biological reactors (MBRs). Covers fixed film reactors (trickling filters-TF’s) and related processes.  Simplified flow schematics and photographs of primary equipment are provided.  Attendees will understand acceptable loading rates and limitations of commonly used biological treatment processes.

Scheduled:  Wed 9 Feb 2022 at 11 am PST
For CEUs or PDHs include in your registration items listed in Box at top of page
3.  Operation of Activated Sludge
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Conveyed will be a clear understanding of the activated sludge process, process control, monitoring equipment, and troubleshooting including determining the effects of changing WAS and RAS rates.  Participants will become familiar with treatment units and components of activated sludge.  They should be able to grasp the acceptable range and use of parameters such as: food-to-microorganism (F/M) ratio, respiration rate, and the mean cell retention time (MCRT). 

Scheduled:  Wed 16 Feb 2022 at 11 am PST
For CEUs or PDHs include in your registration items listed in Box at top of page
4. Operation of Trickling Filters and Related Processes
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The effects of media choice on TF performance will be discussed.  Recent advances in flushing techniques using hydraulic and mechanical drives are presented.  Methods for calculating dosing/flushing rates are given.  Case histories of plants successfully dealing with nuisance organisms and odor control are discussed.  Operators of combined plants such as TF solids contact or TF activated sludge will learn the strength of each portion of their plant.

Scheduled:  Wed 23 Feb 2022 at 11 am PST
For CEUs or PDHs include in your registration items listed in Box at top of page
5. Natural Treatment Systems
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Learn how to incorporate “Natural” systems as an integral part of a wastewater treatment and reuse strategy.  This session is especially suited for small to moderate sized facilities where land may be available. Natural systems include alternatives which depend primarily on natural biological reactions for treatment rather than relying on the use of mechanical equipment or the addition of chemicals. Presented are the basics of natural systems. Learn what can be expected from natural systems and where the limitations are. Presented are case history information on natural systems.

Scheduled:  Wed 2 Mar 2022 at 11 am PDT
For CEUs or PDHs include in your registration items listed in Box at top of page
6.  Biological Nutrient Removal 
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Attendees will learn the impact of nutrients (nitrogen-N and phosphorus-P) on the environment and on human health. Common biological processes for removing nitrogen and phosphorus will be described. Factors that affect the ability to accomplish nutrient removal will be covered such as water temperature, alkalinity and wastewater characteristics. Case histories of successful nutrient removal will be presented.  Methods of coping with floating solids and foam that often occur with nutrient removal will be discussed.

Scheduled:  Wed 6 Apr 2022 at 11 am PDT
For CEUs or PDHs include in your registration items listed in Box at top of page
7.  New and Emerging Wastewater Technology
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Many plants need to modernize or upgrade because of capacity issues or the need to meet new treatment standards.  New technologies are finding greater acceptance in order to upgrade/modernize and save space or energy.  Participants in this session will learn about membrane bioreactors (MBRs) that produce high-quality effluent without the use of clarifiers.    Given will be descriptions, design criteria and performance when converting activated sludge to moving bed bioreactors (MBBR) or integrated fixed film activated sludge (IFAS).  Experiences from case histories will allow participants to judge the advantages and disadvantages of the emerging technologies.  

Scheduled:  Wed 13 Apr 2022 at 11 am PDT
For CEUs or PDHs include in your registration items listed in Box at top of page
8. Aeration and Power Consumption
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Next to effluent quality, energy conservation and wise selection of aeration equipment are often of major concern at the wastewater treatment plant.  Participants will learn in which parts of the plant energy use is the highest and where the greatest gains can be made to reduce power cost.   You will be able to calculate energy requirements based on BOD and nutrient loads.  Attendees will learn how to estimate air and power requirements for various types of aeration equipment.  The differences between field and standard oxygen demand will be explained.  Participants will be better prepared when procuring aeration equipment.

Scheduled:  Wed 20 Apr 2022 at 11 am PDT
For CEUs or PDHs include in your registration items listed in Box at top of page
9.  Foam and Bulking Sludge Control
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Much information can be gained by observing the secondary clarifier as to what type of solids are floating on the water surface.  Participants will see examples of various types of visible solids near or at the surface of the secondary clarifier.  Microscopic examination of indicator organisms will also be discussed.  Examples of modifications to reactors that minimize foaming and bulking sludge will be presented. 

Scheduled:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 at 11 am PDT
For CEUs or PDHs include in your registration items listed in Box at top of page
10. Operator Certification and Engineering Review
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Training whether it be to engineers/managers (Photo) or to operational staff is best done in person.  When that is not possible three virtual review sessions are planned.

Designed to help operators or engineers reach their goals for professional certification.


  • Targets the needs for entry and mid-level Operator Certification.

  • Would be good for mid and higher Operational Certification. 

  • Suitable for for plant managers, supervisors and engineers.  


The approach to learning is to use past class materials to bring participants up-to-speed as quickly as possible.

Scheduled:  Wed 4 May 2022 at 11 am PDT
For CEUs or PDHs include in your registration items listed in Box at top of page
Answers to Common Questions:
Find your answers by selecting the Q below or email John Harrison (JRH) at wwixjohn@gmail.com  

2. If I REGISTER now, what am I obligated for and what happens if I find out there is a future time conflict?

We realize things can change - no problem. About 1-week before the Session you will be sent a reminder and the Zoom Link. You can let us know at that time of the change. If things change on the day of the session, again - no problem. In either case you will be sent an invitation in the following zoom class to see if there is still interest in attending the session.

4. What will I receive upon completion of the Training Session?

Participants who complete the any of the classes will receive a "Certificate of Completion" with Contact Hours awarded. The Certificate will contain the Session title and Participants: Name, Registration type/number and contact information. The awards will be based on actual number of hours attended and verified. This means that if 10 hours (10 sessions) of class are attended, then 10 Contact Hours (1.0 CEUs) will be awarded. If 2 hours of class are attended, the 2 Contact Hours (0.2 CEUs) will be awarded.

5. Who keeps the CEU or PDH awards and will they be recognized by my state license board?

A record of the training award will be maintained by JRH Consulting and also sent to the CEU certification boards in these west coast states: CA, WA, OR and HI. For those who live outside the west coast or desire PDHs, award verification will be available to your licensing board upon request through JRH Consulting. Acceptance of the award is the sole decision of the local state licensing board. Pre-approvals have been requested in the states of: CA, WA, OR and HI. Applications at othr states will be considered if the need arises.

3. What if several participants want to join the Session in a Plant Training Room or Office?

That is fine. However, to receive Contact Credit Hours a qualified Lead Participant (Training Coordinator) must be given prior appoval by JRH. Email JRH with the request for "Classroom" Training giving the Name, Title, Organization/Agency, Email, and business phone. The Training Coordinator will be sent necessary documentation to award all in attendance their credits. See Q/A # 6. Only the Training Coordinator need apply for the Zoom Session. The Training Coordinator will be sent a Sign-in Sheet and instructions. The Training Coordinator should be a lead Professional Environmental or Engineer/Operator who will be present during the Training Session.

1. After Registering -What's Next?

About 1 week before the Session you will be sent a zoom link. Unless you want CEUs or PHDs your all done. Individuals wishing CEUs or PDHs - please reply with the following information: 1. Full Name: 2. Organization or Agency: 3. Location (State & City): 3. For your "Certification of Completion" - should hours be CEUs or PDHs? 4. If Questions Arise - a Business Phone or Cell: 5. If more than one (1) person is at the Zoom Location - see Q/A # 6.

6. Is Classroom registration for us and what is involved?

A classroom approach is available only WHERE SOCIAL DISTANCING IS NOT AN ISSUE. If several operators/engineers want to attend using a Classroom approach then a “Training Coordinator” will be designated. The Training Coordinator must have senior authority and preferably be a registered environmental professional. The Coordinator takes on additional duties including overseeing attendance, completion of a signup sheet and verifying attendance. An signup roster and instructions will be sent to the Training Coordinator. Individual registration is NOT required with the Classroom approach. The Training Coordinator must be registered.

7. How is attendance verified?

This is still being evaluated, but based on present knowledge, a 2-fold verification procedure will be used. First, Zoom log on/off reports will be used to see that the zoom site is open. Second, during the event a verification code will visually be made available to participants. To be awarded CEUs the verification code must be emailed back to the instructor within 1-hour from the end of the class.

8. When and how will the Mentoring Sessions take place?

Sessions for Contact award are delivered every other week. On the week following each Contact Hour Training session, participants will be invited to attend an interactive Q/A and mentoring session. Further details on mentoring will be provided at the conclusion of each class session.