Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprenticeship Program
Great news for the future wastewater operators of Wisconsin: A Wisconsin Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprenticeship Program was implemented in the fall of 2011. The program was developed by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (DWD-BAS) in partnership with the DNR. The two agencies worked closely with representatives from multiple municipalities, WWOA, and trainers in developing the program.
The apprenticeship is a 3 year program that comprises approximately 5,568 hours of on-the-job learning and 432 hours of related instruction (offered online through Moraine Park Technical College). Both the trainee and employer benefit from participation in the apprenticeship program. Apprentices gain valuable on-the-job experience and attend wastewater classes while still earning an income. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices gain national recognition as a journey-level (highly-skilled) worker. In addition, pending approval of the proposed NR114 revisions, they will earn significant points towards advanced certification (6 of 10 required points). In turn, employers gain an educated and knowledgeable employee with on-the-job experience.
For questions or to get started with the program, contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards at 608-266-3332 or www.wisconsinapprenticeship.org.