NTL ALASKA, INC.

Understanding Water

Most of our classes are held at the Dimond Center Hotel in Anchorage or the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks. At times we will have to find another venue, so please check on your registration form to make sure where the class will be held.

Our classes run Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm with a one hour lunch break.  Exams are held on Friday beginning at 8:00am. Each exam allows 3 hours for completion, so you can plan your return flights, if needed, accordingly.

The Introduction classes are designed so a student finishing the class will be able to test for a provisional level one certification in Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Collection or Wastewater Treatment. After achieving the required number of hours working in the field, you can apply directly to the State of Alaska for your Level One License. For further information on the certification program, please contact Martin Suzuki with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, 907-465-5140.

INTRODUCTION TO SMALL WATER SYSTEMS

This is the official introductory course for Alaskan small water systems operations and maintenance. This course is accredited for 3.0 CEU’s and qualifies the student to take ADEC Provisional Level 1 certification exams.  


All persons applying for Provisional exams must have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Provisional exams require that an operator have at least three FULL TIME months of operations experience OR completion of an approved training course such as Introduction to Alaskan Water Systems.  

Exam applications will be filled out during the class and the exams will be proctored on the last day of class (Friday).


INTRODUCTION TO SMALL WASTEWATER SYSTEMS


This is the official introductory course for Alaskan small wastewater systems operations and maintenance. This course is accredited for 3.0 CEU’s and qualifies the student to take ADEC Provisional Level 1 certification exams.


All persons applying for Provisional exams must have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Provisional exams require that an operator have at least three FULL TIME months of operations experience OR completion of an approved training course such as Introduction to Alaskan Water Systems.


All exam fees should be remitted to NTL along with the class registration fees. NTL will take care of all submittals and remittance to the State of Alaska.


The two exams available for the Introduction to Small Water Systems Class are:

• Water Treatment, Provisional Level 1
• Water Distribution, Provisional Level 1 


The two exams available for the Introduction to Small Wastewater Systems Class are:

• Wastewater Collection, Provisional Level 1
• Wastewater Treatment, Provisional Level 1 


A Provisional Level 1 certificate will be issued to any person who passes the exam with a 70% or higher score at an approved course. Provisional certification can be upgraded to Level 1 certification without further testing once operators meet the Level 1 eligibility requirements. Operators must apply to ADEC for the upgrade by presenting evidence of 1,950 hours of appropriate operational experience. Applications for upgrade of provisional certificates to level 1 will be reviewed four times per year at dates published on the ADEC statewide training calendar. 

The State of Alaska has changed its pricing structure. All exams are $150.00. There is no longer an application fee.

WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS

This is a new 3.0 CEU potable water distribution course for level 1 (introductory or provisional level) through level 2 distribution system operations using the new AWWA Water Supply Operation Series “Water Distribution, Grade 1 and 2” text. This course replaces the Introduction to Alaska Small Water Systems course for water distribution operators and is more directly focused on the source material used to develop the new (2017) ABC Certification Exams. A full range of water distribution topics are covered including math, hydraulics, equipment (mains, valves, hydrants, meters, services, motors, pumps), operations, monitoring, GIS, and SCADA.


Exam applications will be filled out during the class and the exams will be proctored on the last day of class (Friday).


All exam fees should be remitted to NTL along with the class registration fees. NTL will take care of all submittals and remittance to the State of Alaska.


The two exams available for the Introduction to Alaskan Wastewater Systems Class are:

• Water Distribution, Provisional Level 1

• Water Distribution,  Level 2


ALASKAN WATER SYSTEMS Intermediate 


This course was developed by Michael Pollen, NTL Alaska, Inc. President, in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Only operators who have completed a basic water treatment course and passed the Water Treatment Provisional Level 1 exam, or who have a Level 1 Water Treatment license should attend this course.


The student will find that reviewing “Introduction to Alaska Small Water Systems” or a similar text in advance will be useful in recalling some basic material. The student should already have a working knowledge of math or should consider attending the 1-day Math and Hydraulics Review class in advance of this course.


Topics include conventional treatment (coagulation, flocculation, clarification, and filtration), disinfection, membrane separation, softening, fluoridation, iron and manganese treatment, and corrosion control. Throughout the course manual, examples from various Alaskan systems that have kindly allowed the use of their experiences are used to illustrate the topics being presented. The manual, Alaskan Water Treatment Systems, is available separately from NTL for $60 plus shipping and handling.



The three exams available for the Introduction to Alaskan Wastewater Systems Class are:

• Water Treatment,  Level 2

• Water Treatment,  Level 3
• Water Treatment,  Level 4