Surface Irrigation System Operator Training School

Online Sessions:  June 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26
In-Person Field Day:  July 29  (Raleigh, NC)

Surface Irrigation School has been modified for 2020 as six online sessions and
one traditional field day.  Attendance is required for all sessions. 

Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns.


We continue to work with local and state health officials, as well as NC State and NC A&T State Universities, to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Please know that training schedule changes are intended to protect the health and safety of our community while striving to provide the resources and services you need.We will continue to closely monitor the situation and act consistently with local, state and national recommendations.



Kathryn Luxford

Joni Tanner

The purpose of this training school is to teach individuals how to properly operate and manage a surface irrigation system for the disposal or reuse of wastewater. This course is an approved training program of the Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission, and completion is required to take the certification examination. All spray/surface irrigation facilities, which hold a permit from the Division of Water Resources for the surface irrigation or reuse of wastewater, are subject to classification as surface irrigation systems. The permit holders of classified surface irrigation systems are required to designate an Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) and a Back-Up Operator who hold Surface Irrigation System Operator Certificates.

Download a PDF Brochure:  Click Here

Registration is open:  Click Here to Register


Online Sessions 1 & 2, June 15 & 17

• Objectives, Outline, History
• Wastewater Characteristics
• Preapplication Treatment

Online Sessions 3 & 4, June 19 & 22

• Surface Irrigation Equipment
• Pumps and Controls
• Math
• Irrigation Scheduling and Calibration
• Optional Math Help Session

Online Sessions 5 & 6, June 24 & 26

• Site Management
• Health and Safety
• Administration and Regulations
• Monitoring and Reporting

Field Day, July 29

(Will be held rain or shine. Please wear appropriate attire.)

• Preapplication Treatment
• Equipment
• Soils and Agronomy
• Soil Moisture and Irrigation Scheduling
• Site Management & Calibration
• Groundwater Sampling




Exam Information

Examinations for certification as a Surface Irrigation System Operator are administered by the staff of the Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission (WPCSOCC) on a quarterly basis at five locations throughout North Carolina. Application for the certification examination is a separate process from registration for the training school and must be made directly to the WPCSOCC. Completion of the training school is a prerequisite for the certification examination. However, there are other eligibility requirements that must be met in order to sit for the examination. The examination application and fee must be submitted directly to the WPCSOCC 30 days prior to the desired examination date.

Application for Examination

For an application to become a certified Surface Irrigation System Operator or for further information concerning the examination, please check the WPCSOCC website, write, or call:


1618 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1618
(919) 807-6353

The first exam date following the School is September 10, 2020. Application deadline is August 11, 2020.

Link to the Examination Application

 Registration Information

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The registration fee includes course materials, lunch on July 29, and a certificate of attendance.

Fee: $475

Online Session Access:

The online sessions will be delivered via Zoom web conferencing as webinars with a live moderator, some live instruction, and some recorded instruction.  Once registered, you will receive full information on how to access the online sessions.

Field Day Address:

Booth Field Learning Lab
4000 Chi Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27603

Nearby Hotels:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
3741 Thistledown Dr.
Raleigh, NC


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
5630 Dillard Dr.
Cary, NC