Water Quality Management

In less than one year, our Water Quality Management program prepares students for entry-level positions in the water utilities industry as operators of water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, distribution systems, and collection systems. Students learn about distribution, collection and treatment of water and wastewater through hands-on laboratory analysis. 

Students also learn about water issues important to Colorado and participate in various field trips to wastewater treatment plants and water treatment plants throughout the program. What does water quality mean in Colorado? Find out here.

Earn your water treatment certification in our Water Quality Management program for $5,642. Additional fees for material and books may apply.          Become a water treatment operator and earn up to $42,731 per year as an entry level employee!           Go to school part-time for 10 months to earn your water treatment certification.


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2019–2020 Program Dates

Please note that end dates are approximate.


Start Date End Date Days Time Status


7/1/2020 M-Th 1:00pm–5:00pm Closed


1/20/2021 M-Th 1:00pm–5:00pm  


Part-Time/Online Hybrid

Start Date End Date Days Time Status


7/6/2020 T/Th 5:00pm-9:00pm Canceled
1/13/2020 1/20/2021 T/Th 5:00pm-9:00pm  


Full-Time/Online Hybrid

Start Date End Date Days Time Status









2019–2020 Program Cost

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Earning Potential

Occupation Projected Job Growth 2014-2024 10% Wage 25% Wage Median Wage 90% Wage
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators 17% 19.54/hr ($40,650/yr)

22.70/hr ($47,210/yr)

27.14/hr ($56,450/yr)

36.71/hr ($76,350/yr)

Wage information is based on the O*NET Online Occupational Database and Career One Stop for the Denver Metro Area. Entry-level employees can expect wages between the 10% and 25% rates in the first 1-3 years in a job. The 90% Wage is typical of someone who has been working in the occupation for 7 years or more. 


*Salary is not guaranteed and should be used as a guideline only. 


To what types of jobs do these skills apply?

  • Collection and Distribution Technician
  • Customer Service Representative 
  • Distribution System Worker
  • Facilities Mechanic 
  • Facilities Operator 
  • Industrial Pretreatment Specialist 
  • Instrument Technician 
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Plant Maintenance Technician 
  • Process Technician  
  • Pump Station Operator 
  • Water Distribution Treatment Technician 
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators
  • Water Meter Reader 
  • Water Utilities Technician 
  • Water Quality Analyst 


What types of companies might hire me?

  • Public and private water and wastewater utilities

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