March 18-21, 2024 (Raleigh)
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.
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.
Registration will open Fall 2023
March 6-9, 2023
Day 1 Classroom: 8:45am-5:15pm
Day 2 Classroom: 8:00am-5:00pm
5:00pm Optional Math Help Session (Classroom)
Day 3 Field Day: 8:15am-4:20pm
Field activities will be held rain or shine, so please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
Day 4 Classroom: 8:00am-4:00pm
NOTE: An optional math help session will be held the evening of Day 2. You are strongly encouraged to bring a calculator that can perform logarithmic (log) calculations.
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:
The first exam date following the school will be TBD. (Application deadline is TBD.) Finalized exam dates will be issued to exam applicants at the beginning of the exam month.
Registration will open
The registration fee includes refreshments, lunch, materials, and a certificate of attendance. The exam fee is not included in the School registration fee.
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