Apprenticeship Program



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Water and Wastewater Systems Operation Specialists are in HIGH DEMAND

The program is open to anyone currently employed or seeking employment in the water or wastewater service industry.

This new two-year program covers 4,000 on-the-job learning (OJL) hours and 288 related classroom instruction hours. Apprentices must be employed by a Virginia water utility to satisfy OJL hours.  

Applications for the Water or Wastewater Systems Operation Specialist Apprenticeship will be accepted on a rolling, year-round basis. 






Highly skilled wastewater professionals are responsible for removing pollutants and other harmful materials from wastewater, making it safe to return to the environment and protecting the health of the community.  Well-trained specialists are needed to keep up with stringent regulatory standards and to maintain and replace standards and to maintain and replace aging infrastructure.

Wastewater System Operation Specialist Related Classroom Instruction Includes:

Introduction to wastewater training
Operators mathematics
Preliminary, primary and secondary wastewater treatment
Lagoon systems
Laboratory procedures and chemistry
Plant maintenance and safety
Utility management certification
Activated sludge
SCADA computer systems
Analysis and presentation of data
Solids management
Odor control

Wastewater reclamation and reuse


Highly skilled water professionals are responsible for the supply of safe drinking water, meeting stringent regulatory standards, replacing aging infrastructure and responding to and recovering from disasters.

Water System Operation Specialist Related Classroom Instruction Includes:

Orientation and professional requirements
Operators mathematics
Security and emergency response
Laws and regulations
Distribution systems
Distribution O&M
Sources of water
Water treatment
Utility management certification
ASSE backflow 



For more information, contact -


Betty Green



Minimum Qualifications

Age - 18yrs or older

Education - high school diploma or equivalency

Physical - physically capable of performing essential functions with or without reasonable accomodations and without threat to health and safety of self or others


Upon acceptance to program and prior to employment

Drug screening - take and pass drug screening 

Background check - pass a qualifying background investigation

Driver’s license - must possess a valid state issued vehicle operator license and be insurable at normal commercial rates



VRWA will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older.  VRWA will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.