Excellence in Environmental Training
The University of Florida Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF TREEO) is the University’s environmental training center providing pre-certification, pre-licensure courses and continuing education for essential workers.
Why Do We Do What We Do?
We believe in the necessities of life: clean drinking water, flushing toilets, breathing clean air, and having trash picked up and properly disposed of regularly. The way we support this effort is to offer high-quality, industry-recognized, pre-certification/pre-licensure courses that transform workers into highly skilled and knowledgeable professionals.
UF TREEO started training environmental occupations in 1978. Since then, over a quarter million students have been trained using high-quality course content delivered by knowledgeable and highly skilled instructors who uncompromisingly meet industry standards.
UF TREEO was created to provide continuing education for water and wastewater operators so they could operate their plants in compliance with federal and state regulations.
University of Florida has a long history of training water and wastewater operators beginning in the 1940’s with Dr. A. P. Black, whose name graces one of the engineering buildings on the UF campus.
UF TREEO expanded its course offerings as new environmental legislation was passed in the 1980s and 1990s to include Asbestos Abatement, Solid Waste, HAZWOPER, and RCRA training. Several years ago UF TREEO began providing assistance to utilities wishing to improve operations and costs by implementing an Environmental Management System. Now, TREEO’s purpose is continuing to enable our students to understand federal and state regulations, environmental processes, and best management practices.
Since 2005, UF TREEO has been the administrator for Florida Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (FLAWARN) that provides assistance to utilities during hurricanes and other emergencies.