Operator Basics: Ground Water Systems

Location: Online: Self-Paced

Tuition: $0.00

Operator Basics: Ground Water Systems is focused on basic hydrology, water quality, and issues related to ground water dependent community systems. This course contains 5.5 hours of reading content and 5.5 hours of video-viewing content for a total of 11 hours.

The course provides water operators with a basic knowledge of public water supply systems. Operators will understand the definition of a public water supply system and know the basic criteria by which such systems are classified. They will understand what is required of operators and/or managers of public water supply systems in order to keep their skills up-to-date and ensure that public health is protected.

Key Concepts:
1) Understand the purpose of public water supply systems,
2) Identify types of public water supply systems, and
3) Gain basic knowledge about operator certification and continuing education.

The Operator Basics series contains three complete courses (and a Water Exploration showcase): Ground Water Systems, Surface and Ground Water Systems, and Wastewater and Lagoon Systems. Ground Water Systems is an update of the Ground Water Systems module of the Operator Basics course that was initially released by the Montana Water Center in 2005 with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The content has been reviewed and updated to match current standards and regulations. The content from the original courses has also been repackaged so it can been accessed using current technology.

Operator Basics: Ground Water Systems is brought to you by the Montana Water Center in partnership with Academic Technology and Outreach at Montana State University. The course was developed with funding from the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a National Science Foundation-supported effort that has grown science and technology infrastructure in Montana since 1980.

For questions regarding course content, please email water@montana.edu
For technical questions, please email nehasil@montana.edu

Fee:   $0.00


Online: Self-Paced

This online class is self-paced. You will receive an automated email from MSU Outreach with login instructions for the Brightspace (D2L) learning management system within one business day. If you do not receive an email within one business day, please contact outreachadmin@montana.edu

The primary audience is small systems water operators, yet information on water systems and groundwater can benefit a wide variety of professionals, such as local and state level policy makers and planners, educators, construction managers, landowners, natural resource managers, real estate professionals, and others.

Individuals may take a 50-point final quiz and attain a certificate of completion for this course. A score of 70% must be achieved to earn the certificate. We cannot guarantee that the certificate will be accepted for continuing education credits (CEUs). However, we are able to vouch for the content, accuracy and relevance of these resources should individuals desire to apply for CEUs, in their own state, using these resources. We strongly recommend investigating this potential with your state's certifying organization before beginning this program.

Individuals who complete the course can also obtain a digital badge. You can find more information about badges on the ATO Digital Badge page. To see all of the badges that Academic Technology and Outreach (ATO) has to offer, visit the MSU-ATO page at Credly.

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will be issued a digital badge.

Learn more about Digital Badges at Montana State University.


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