Manitoba Water and Wastewater Training

Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Exam Preparation Courses

Throughout the year, Red River College Polytechnic offers a series of four-day training courses designed to prepare operators to pass the provincial Water and Wastewater Operator Certification exams.

NOTE: Interactive Alternative Delivery Courses

All 2022 Exam Prep courses will be offered online by interactive alternative delivery. This adaptive delivery will be online through RRC Polytech’s learning management system (LEARN), entailing approximately 80% voice over PowerPoint presentations and video resources, and 20% interactive sessions through Webex with the course instructor.

All participants are required to have access to a computer and high speed internet from 8am – 4:30pm for each day of the course time frames, as outlined below. As with our face to face courses, some self study is required outside these time frames.

Course costs have been reduced as a result of the change in delivery format to reflect the move off campus to remote delivery.

Access to the material on LEARN will be available for three weeks past the course finish date, as exams do not always directly follow the course.

The CEUs credited from MB Environment, Climate and Parks (formerly called MB Sustainable Development) are the same as for RRC Polytech’s existing face to face training.


The associated certification exams are available to be written in person at 215 Garry Street, Winnipeg (Ricoh Plaza), on a variety of dates outlined in each section below. The listed fees are for the RRC Polytech course only; you must register for the exam separately through Manitoba Environment, Climate and Parks. The certification exams are administered by Manitoba Environment, Climate and Parks; not RRC Polytech.

Spring Dates (Two sessions daily – 8:30am and 1pm)

May 6, May 13, May 16, May 20, Jun. 3, Jun. 10, Jun. 17, and Jun. 26, 2022

Fall Dates (Two sessions daily – 8:30am and 1pm)

Dates TBD

It is the course participant’s responsibility to register and pay for the exam (online payment available) no later than 14 days prior to the exam date.

Download the exam registration form ›

For more information, please contact the Certification Program at 204-945-0675 or 204-945-7065.


NOTE: Students who cancel their registration less than eight days before the start of the course will be charged a $50 fee.

To register, please contact

Contact Information

For information regarding contractual water and wastewater treatment training:

Patricia Oleksiew
Phone: 204-632-3017

For information on the Manitoba Certification exam fee and registration:

Certification Program
Phone: 204.945.5924 or 204.945.7065


Onsite Wastewater Management (Septic Field Installation)

NOTE: The Onsite Wastewater Management (Septic Field) Installers Course at RRC Polytech is currently on hold as we wait for course redevelopment by Manitoba Environment, Climate and Parks. An online course is available thru MOWMA – please call 204-771-0455 for information. If you need further clarification on your certification, please contact Derek Smith at Manitoba Environment, Climate and Parks at 204-794-1176 or

The Onsite Wastewater Management Course is a five-day program designed for septic field installers and contractors who wish to be certified with Manitoba Conservation as Onsite Wastewater Management Systems Installers. The course consists of a manual, classroom instruction, a written exam and a half-day field trip providing instruction in soil and site assessment.

Upon successful completion of the course participants will receive a Certification number that they can present to Manitoba Conservation to be registered as a Certified Installer.

Course Description

This course prepares the participants to write the exam required by Manitoba Sustainable Development in order to apply to be a Certified Installer of Onsite Wastewater Management Systems.

Course topics include: basic mathematics, legal and administration requirements, health and safety, confined space entry, wastewater characteristics and treatment, soils analysis, soils field test, disposal fields, septic tanks, pumps / controls / alarms, secondary treatment systems, sand mounds, total area fields, field design calculations, construction and installation, inspection and maintenance, wastewater hauling, and permit requirements / review.

Contact Information

Patricia Oleksiew
Phone: 204-632-3017


Plumbing Cross-Connection Control

A cross-connection is any physical connection between two separate systems, one of which is drinking water and the other polluted water or contaminated fluids, gases, or substances.

Offered at the RRC Polytech Notre Dame campus in Winnipeg, this is a five-day program starting in March (full-time) and November (part-time). Learn more ›