Water Programs – Wastewater & Drinking Water

Program Description

Beginning Drinking Water (Class C and D)

Instructor:  Jason Upton

If you are beginning a career in the water field, this class will prepare you for certification testing as a Class C and D Public Water Supply Operator. This class will also serve as continuing education credits for Class A and B certificate holders.

Topics include:

  • Well and distribution system operation and maintenance
  • Basic water flow hydraulics
  • Chemical dosage mathematics
  • Environmental Protection Agency laws
  • Chlorination and fluoridation

Following class, students are responsible for scheduling their own exam for the Drinking Water Operator Certificate through the Illinois EPA. Books will be distributed on the first night of class. No additional fees.

CRN # 10835
11 Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.
Feb. 18 – April 28
QC Campus Bldg. 1, Rm. 303
Cost: $450

Register by Feb. 13.


Advanced Drinking Water Operations Class A and B
Instructors: Jason Upton and Brianna Huber

This course covers a majority of the significant procedures and concepts related to the operation and maintenance of Illinois Class A and Class B public water supply operations, and will prepare students for the Class A and Class B water operators’ IL EPA exam and certification. Students must meet specific experience, education, and examination requirements in order to qualify for certification.
Topics include:
• Disinfection
• Fluoridation
• Distribution
• Clarification
• Lime-Soda Softening
• Ion Exchange Softening
• Filtration
• Iron & Manganese Control

Students may attend face-to-face classes on campus or the class may be attended remotely via computer. Instruction will be live for both formats. Classes are only available at the designated time.

Distance learners will need the following equipment:
• Computer with webcam and microphone (webcam can be added as external device)
• Speakers
• Phone

Prior to the first class, materials will be distributed to distance learners and instruction given for logging onto the campus system for class and for online assignments.

CRN# 50191
13 Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.
May 5 – July 28
QC Campus, Bldg 1 Library, Room 213 or remotely.
Cost: $465

Register by April 24.
No refunds after 4/29/20.

Contact Susan Llewellyn for information on attending remotely.
309-796-5716 or llewellyns@bhc.edu


Wastewater Treatment (Class 3 and 4)

Instructor:  Lisa Perry

This course will help prepare you for the Class 3 and Class 4 wastewater operators’ state exam and IL EPA certification. Applicants must meet specific experience, education, and examination requirements in order to qualify for certification. You will earn three months of on-the-job credit by completing this class and gain confidence in your abilities as you take this first step in moving up in this vital field.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to wastewater
  • Collection systems
  • Lift stations
  • Flow measurement
  • Stabilization ponds
  • Sampling and laws governing treatment plants
  • Chlorination

Required textbook can be purchased at the Hawk’s Hub (the Black Hawk College bookstore) prior to first class. The textbook is the same book used for the Class 1 and 2 course: Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants Seventh Edition.

CRN # 10836
11 Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.
Feb. 20 – April 30
QC Campus Bldg. 1, Rm. 303
Cost: $425

Register by Feb. 13.


Refund Policy for Water Program Classes: Full refund will be granted when a student withdraws at least four business days prior to class start date by calling 309-796-5718.