Water and Wastewater Technology Diploma

​Diploma Program

The Water and Wastewater Technology Diploma is designed to address the education requirements of both operators working in the water treatment industry and entry-level students interested in entering the water treatment and wastewater treatment industry. The program is designed to provide a progressive credential structure through which students can gain two certificates and a diploma. The diploma credential can be further laddered into the Water Environmental Technology AAS degree program.

The main objective of the program is to provide a comprehensive educational opportunity for immediate and future plant operators and treatment employees and managers. People who may be interested in this program:

  1. Entry-level students interested in entering the field of water or wastewater treatment technology.
  2. Plant operators working on improving their industry certification level through attainment of coursework.
  3. Plant operators laddering their education into the Water Environmental Technology degree.

Nearly every employer requires state certification at some level. The DMACC WET program provides you with the fastest educational track to achieving each level of certification and gives you the knowledge you need to take the exams. A 2-year AAS WET degree is an extremely valuable tool that will benefit you your entire life. Those who rely solely on non-credit (CEU) training must take hundreds or thousands of hours of classes over many years whereas the DMACC WET program can be done in 2 or more years and give you a distinct advantage in the industry. Many employers have told DMACC that they look at the WET program as their "pipeline" for future staff.

Work experience requirements must be met before you are eligible to take an examination for certification. Be sure to refer to the certifying body in your area to determine eligibility. In Iowa, visit the DNR website.

Program entry requirements:

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.
  4. Complete a high school chemistry course and biology course or equivalent with a "C" or higher.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology diploma, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. A grade of 2.0 (C) or better is required in all courses required for this diploma.

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