Water and Wastewater Technician (Part-time studies)

School of Natural Resources and Built Environment Certificate

Program Overview

**Note:  This program has been suspended for 2022-2023 intake

Saskatchewan requires trained technicians to help ensure the safety of our drinking water, water supply and environment. The Water and Wastewater Technician program is the first step in becoming a certified operator for municipal, industrial, agricultural and recreational water systems.

The program is designed for individuals already working in the field, but is open to anyone wanting to get started. It can be physical work—lifting, bending, walking and climbing ladders—but it also involves monitoring equipment and process monitoring. You could be involved in reservoir operations and lagoon maintenance, chlorination, water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection and wastewater treatment.

Water and Wastewater Technician is a self-paced certificate program offered on a course-by-course basis. It is offered entirely through distance learning, and administered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus. You can take up to 5 years to complete the program.

You’ll learn how to meet the demand for water of acceptable quality and quantity for municipal, industrial, agricultural and recreational use. You’ll also learn how to collect and treat wastewater to an acceptable level for discharge. The program includes training in:

  • Water treatment;
  • Water distribution;
  • Wastewater treatment;
  • Wastewater collection;
  • Communications;
  • Computer applications;
  • Drafting.

Once you are on the job, many employers require both a valid Saskatchewan driver's licence and a clean driver's abstract. For international students, it can take up to 12 months to obtain a driver's licence; therefore, it is to your advantage to come with a driver's licence from your home country if possible.

Some job opportunities require a criminal record check and/or drug and alcohol testing.


If you’re already working in the field, the program can prepare you to challenge the Saskatchewan Provincial Operator Certification Examinations. The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Water and Wastewater Technician program is accepted as two years of post-secondary education by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Water Security Agency and Operator Certification Board (OCB) of Saskatchewan. Certification will open doors to more career choices.

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Students do not apply to this program, but take courses part time and apply to graduate (pdf) through Enrolment Services once all courses are completed.


Basic Computer Operation (COMP-170)
Introduction to Microsoft Word (COMP-171)
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 1 (COMP-174)
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2 (COMP-175)
Introduction to Microsoft Access 1 (COMP-176)
Graphical Communications 1 (GRPH-123)
Graphical Communications 2 (GRPH-124)
Water and Wastewater Laboratory Principles (LABS-121)
Water and Wastewater Laboratory Principles 2 (LABS-122)
Technical Mathematics 1 (MAT-124)
Workplace Communication (TCOM-102)
Technical Communication (TCOM-103)
Water Treatment 1 (WTER-130)
Water Treatment 2 (WTER-131)
Water Distribution 1 (WTER-132)
Water Distribution 2 (WTER-133)
Wastewater Collection 1 (WTER-134)
Wastewater Collection 2 (WTER-135)
Wastewater Treatment 1 (WTER-136)
Wastewater Treatment 2 (WTER-137)