Water/Wastewater Program

The University of Florida, Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations Center (UF TREEO) has the staff and network of available resources to ensure that those working in the water and wastewater industry will learn meaningful procedures and techniques for understanding water and wastewater systems and providing safe drinking water.

Students who successfully complete a training course are awarded Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Operator Certification Program units (OCPs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to benefit them as they progress in their careers.

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Course Offerings

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Water C/B Course State Approval at a Glance

Wastewater C/B Course State Approval at a Glance

Water/Wastewater Course Request

UF TREEO is able to bring courses to your area based on demand. Please fill out this form to let us know which course(s) you are interested in, time frame and your location. We will do our best to accommodate your training needs!

Student Resources

The resources below are provided as an aid to students studying and practicing for their state exams as well as a helpful resource in the daily operation of a water/wastewater treatment plant.

Meet The Instructors

Phil has been employed with the City of Jacksonville Beach for 26 years. He started with the city as a Lift Station Mechanic, was promoted to Plant Mechanic and is now the Water/Wastewater Deputy Superintendent. When Phil obtained his Wastewater C license he fell in love with the industry and continued his education until he received his Wastewater A license. Phillip also has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Leadership with a minor in Business. Phillip is happily married with five kids and five grandchildren. “When you love your job it’s no longer work anymore.”

Charlie has Florida Class A Water and Wastewater Operator Licenses. He has a Doctorate degree in Civil Engineering, a Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering, a BS in Biology/Expanded Physical Science and an AA degree in Chemistry.

Presently, Charlie is the Water/Wastewater Director for the City of Graceville. There he has an Advanced Wastewater Treatment facility and directs a NELAC certified Drinking Water/Environmental Water Laboratory.

Daniel Pfleiderer (Rick) recently retired as a Director of Water Resources. He graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and obtained his MBA in Technology Management.

He started his career as an intern for Six Flags NJ and worked at a municipal owned WTP. He left that position and accepted a job at a privately owned WWTP with tertiary treatment, collection system and a distribution system supplied by wells. He then became a Project Manager for one of the largest contracts in NJ and was responsible for customer service, water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment and collection systems. He was promoted several times and became a Division Director responsible for several systems. These positions included managing union and non-union work forces and working with municipal and private companies. As Director of Water Resources he was responsible for a DAF and conventional WTP, lab, reservoirs, water shed and distribution system.

He maintains the highest licenses for Water and Distribution with NJ, SC, Texas and Association of Board of Certifications. He is also certified in the second highest in Wastewater Treatment in NJ, SC and the Association of Board of Certifications.  In addition, he holds the highest license in NJ for wastewater collections and the second highest in Industrial Treatment. He is certified in ICS 100, 200 and 700.

Steve is an instructor for the Water Programs at the University of Florida TREEO Center. In addition to his knowledge and experience in water plant operations, Steve brings to students a diverse and well-rounded perspective of local water resources conditions, issues and needs.  He has performed instruction throughout the state of Florida.  These added values are supported by having 40 years of related experiences in the public sector.  This includes engineering consulting, municipal water, reclaimed water and storm water system operations, maintenance, planning, and executive management.  He is a licensed Florida Class A Water Operator. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health Environmental Management with a concentration in Environment Management.

Chuck Saunders has been an Electrician/ Electronic and Instrument Tech for over 38 years, working first in the steel industry for 18 years and later in the Water / Wastewater field. Chuck studied Industrial Electricity at Florida Junior College and continued his education in the fields of electronics and instrumentation. He has been an ISA Certified Control Systems Technician for 19 years and has published two white papers for ISA on automation in the wastewater industry. In 2001, Chuck began working for the City of Jacksonville Beach to begin automating the Waste Water Treatment Plant there. From 2009 through 2011 he was instrumental in the design and construction oversight of a new 4.5MGD Sequential Batch Reactor Treatment Plant at Jacksonville Beach. In addition to his work bringing the SBR Plant to life, he redesigned the electrical systems for Jacksonville Beach’s 38 lift stations in order to standardize all the stations control systems into one design.

Chuck has two daughters and two grandsons. He is an avid motorcyclist having ridden extensively throughout the mountains of the southeast and he plays lead guitar in a working blues/classic rock band. Besides playing at many Jacksonville area bars and nightclubs he has performed at Buddy Guys Legends in Chicago and numerous Blues Festivals.

Glynn is a certified environmental trainer and owner of GLS Environmental Associates. He has over 30 years experience in maintaining and managing underground utility systems. As a training consultant, he has delivered thousands of hours of training throughout the country on the safe operation, maintenance and construction of water, sewer and storm drain systems, including the development of a series of courses to assist construction inspectors in obtaining NICET certification. He also provides training in water system security, emergency response planning and asset management and is a regular guest instructor at the Florida Water Utility Management Institute. In addition to his work with UF/TREEO, he conducts training for the Maryland Center for Environmental Training at the College of Southern Maryland, the Technology Transfer (T2) Center at the University of Maryland and the Environmental Training Center at Delaware Technical & Community College. He has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and is recognized as a Certified Environmental Trainer and Certified Instructional Technologist by the National Environmental, Safety and Health Training Association.

Staff Expertise/Qualifications – Ron Trygar, CET/CIT is the Senior Training Specialist for Water and Wastewater programs at the University of Florida TREEO Center.

Ron entered the water and wastewater treatment field soon after graduating high school in 1983, and during the past 38+ years he has worked his way up the career ladder from Plant Mechanic/Operator Assistant to become a Treatment Plant Chief Operator, a Project Manager Intern for a worldwide operations firm, as an Education Specialist in the US Virgin Islands and as a Process Control Specialist at Hillsborough County Public Utilities Division. Ron has been employed at UF TREEO Center for more than 14 years, teaching most all the drinking water and wastewater treatment courses. Ron has also developed many online courses that are approved by the Florida DEP and many other states as plant operator exam prerequisites. Ron is an accomplished author of many laboratory and troubleshooting related articles for Treatment Plant Operator (TPO) magazine.

Ron has been a Certified Environmental Trainer (CET) and Certified Instructional Technologist (CIT) through the National Environmental, Safety and Health Training Association (NESHTA) since 1998, as well as obtaining Master Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer status in 2021.

Ron currently holds Florida Class A Wastewater Operator and Class B Drinking Water Operator licenses, and voluntary certification through the Southeast Desalting Association (SEDA) as a Membrane Treatment Plant Operator. Ron has also been a member of the Florida DEP Operator Certification Program’s Water and Wastewater Exam Review Committee since 1997.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions for the Drinking Water (DW) or Wastewater (WW), and Water Distribution System (WDS) Classes

You can sign up for our email list here: https://treeo.ufl.edu/uf-treeo-email-sign-up/

You will receive a registration confirmation with the necessary details regarding your course. Please be present for the class online/ In-Person at the date and time the course is scheduled.

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You can cancel your registration up to a week prior to the start date of the course using the online registration system.

Please contact the TREEO center at 352-392-9570 to request refunds.

Please sign up for the waitlist using the online registration system if the course section is currently full.

You will automatically be emailed when a space becomes available and will have a limited amount of time to claim their seat. If you do not claim the seat in the specified amount of time, you will be moved to the back of list and the next person in line will be contacted.

Your manuals/handouts will be mailed to the address you used to register for the course.

Your meeting link will be emailed to the email listed in your registration.

If you have not received your manual or meeting link a week prior to the course please contact the W/WW Coordinator.

You will need an updated operating system, camera/microphone capabilities and 1.5 Mbps internet streaming bandwidth.

After your registration has been processed you will receive an email requesting you complete your enrollment.

Please be sure to read the course description thoroughly for the system requirements necessary to successfully access the course before registering.

Depending on the available time the student has to devote to the course, 5-6 months

If the certificate is not past the 5 year expiration date please contact the DW/WW Coordinator for a emailed PDF certificate.

Taking the 5 Day Exam Review course is not a guarantee that you will pass the state exam.

This Review also will not substitute for the core competency class required to sit for the state exam: https://floridadep.gov/water/certification-restoration/documents/certification-handbook.

You will not be allowed to register for the A or B Certification Reviews if you do not already hold the license directly below the certification review level you are seeking to register for:

  • A Certification Review- B Level License
  • B Certification Review- C Level License
  • C Certification Review- Completed Core Competency Course

No, TREEO does not sell the review books.

Please see our student resources section.

Please submit a course request listing the course(s) you are interested in.

All DW, WW and WDS licenses are renewed on a two-year cycle. The end of the renewal cycle is always April 30 of odd-numbered years. We are in the 2021-2023 renewal cycle, so the renewal deadline is April 30, 2023. Licenses expire if they are not renewed by this deadline.

If you hold ONLY a DW or a WW license (not dual certified), then:

  • DW or WW Class C – 1.0 CEUs
  • DW or WW Class B – 2.0 CEUs
  • DW or WW Class A – 2.0 CEUs

If you are DUAL certified (both DW and WW licenses), then:

  • DW and WW Class C – 1.0 CEUs each; total 2.0 CEUs
  • DW or WW Class C, DW or WW Class B or A – 1.0 CEUs for the Class C, 2.0 CEUs for the Class B or A; total 3.0 CEUs
  • DW Class B or A, WW Class B or A – 1.5 CEUs for each license; total 3.0 CEUs

Water Distribution (All Levels) – 0.5 CEUs

As long as you have not taken the same course during the previous 2-year renewal cycle (2019-2021), you can repeat the course.
However, if the course number has changed, it can be counted for CEUs (please check your certificate and the course description to find the course number)

Connect With The Coordinator

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Areiole Williams

Coordinator Water/Wastewater Programs

Mon – Fri 8 AM – 4:30 PM EST

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