Northwestern Polytechnic (NWP) is adding another program into its career-focused education stream. Starting in Fall 2024, students with an interest in the control and operation of water resources will be able to complete a 12-month Water and Wastewater Technician certificate locally.

“Water management is integral to the maintenance of safe, healthy, and sustainable communities,” says NWP President and CEO, Dr. Vanessa Sheane. “This new program is yet another example of NWP’s commitment to advanced technical education that meets the needs of our region and produces knowledgeable and skilled graduates who can add value.”

NWP will be working collaboratively with local industry leader, Aquatera Utilities to develop Level 1 and 2 Water and Wastewater Technicians who will be able to monitor and operate essential water control systems and equipment.

NWP’s new program will be the second of its kind in Alberta and is a welcome local training solution. Students will focus on maintaining and operating specialized equipment, water and wastewater treatment, as well as wastewater collection, freshwater distribution, and industry awareness. Classroom theory is then followed by 600 hours of an industry practicum prior to graduation.

By offering a range of certifications, NWP can provide foundational knowledge to new students, as well as upskilling opportunities for existing technicians who are looking to expand their scope of practice.

Aquatera is also eager to welcome NWP students. The industry leader has deep roots in the community and is looking forward to supporting local talent with a scholarship fund for operator training.

Learn more about NWP’s Applied Science and Technology programs and opportunities at

Information provided by the Northwestern Polytechnic

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