Certificate of Completion: Water Quality Control Operations, ERTC at SIUE

The Water Quality Control Operations program at ERTC at SIUE is a one-year, full-time program of study leading to a Certificate of Completion. Classes meet Tuesday through Friday (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for nine months starting mid-August each year. During the summer, students complete a 10 week internship program, where they work five weeks at a drinking water treatment plant and five weeks at a wastewater treatment plant. Upon completion of the full year program, students are eligible to take Illinois and Missouri certification exams to become certified as entry-level public water supply or wastewater treatment system operators.


ERTC 101 Wastewater Operations I

ERTC 102 Water Supply Operations

ERTC 103 Water Quality Laboratory I

ERTC 105 Mechanical Maintenance

ERTC Water Quality Math and Science

ERTC 201 Wastewater Operations II

ERTC 202 Water Supply Operations II

ERTC 203 Water Quality Laboratory II

ERTC 205 Electrical/Instrumentation Maintenance

ERTC 207 Water Quality Communications

ERTC 208 System Maintenance

ERTC 300 Supervised Work Study (40 hours per week for 10 weeks)


  • Graduates of this ERTC program are employed in Illinois, Missouri, and numerous other states.
  • The demand for safe drinking water and quality recreational water is continually rising. As a result, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has indicated a statewide need for as many as 400 additional operators each year.


  • Wastewater Plant Operator or Technician
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent
  • Water Resource Specialist
  • Public Works Director
  • Process Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer

To pursue Water Quality Control Operations at ERTC: Registration Form

For more information: http://www.siue.edu/ertc/

Contact Case Manager Ron Simpson: rsimpson@co.madison.il.us, 618-659-6737