Yukon Water and Wastewater Operator

Everything depends on water.

We help you gain the skills needed to work in water provision as well as wastewater management and treatment sectors.

Program Description

The Yukon Water and Wastewater Operator program (YWWOP) offers a range of courses designed to meet the needs of new and prospective water & wastewater operators, as well as current operators working within governments (municipal, territorial, federal or First Nation) and the private sector (e.g. mining, water delivery). Our courses are also relevant to any health professional, supervisor, technician or homeowner involved with or interested in water & wastewater.

Our ‘Core’ courses are designed to prepare the participant to challenge a related EOCP certification exam. ‘Elective’ courses are designed to develop Technical Skills and Workplace Essential Skills related to the water and wastewater sector, and offer continuing education units (CEUs). ‘Specialized’ courses can be developed to tailor to the needs of a specific group.

Certification and Exams

The Environmental Operator Certification Program (EOCP) administers certification of water & wastewater Operators in Yukon. To challenge a certification exam, contact EOCP at least 3 weeks in advance: crm.eocp.ca or 1-866-552-3627. EOCP exams are typically web-based; paper and oral options can be available in certain circumstances. For the complete schedule of EOCP exam sessions, please contact EOCP directly: crm.eocp.ca or 1-866-552-3627.


YWWOP classes and EOCP exam sessions are typically held onsite at Ayamdigut (Whitehorse campus) and can be facilitated at any Yukon College community campus or surrounding NWT and Northern BC community on an on-demand basis. Alternatively, YWWOP classes are available through web-conferencing (FUZE); attending part through web-conferencing and part onsite can be an option. Please note that attending through web-conferencing requires strong commitment from any remote participant, especially in regards to the “hands-on/Q&A” component of any YWWOP class. Contact the Program Advisor for details and to organize a class or exam session in your Community.


Registration closes 3 weeks prior to the beginning of any YWWOP class. YWWOP typically requires ≥ 6 participants to run a class, unless a specific course delivery is purchased by a group or employer. Contact the Program Advisor to purchase any specific course offer.

Admission Requirements

There are no formal admission requirements to participate in any YWWOP class.

The Environmental Operator Certification Program (EOCP) has specific eligibility requirements for challenging certification exams; please contact EOCP directly for details: crm.eocp.ca or 1-866-552-3627. If need be, an option for Adult Graduation Program is the British Columbia Adult Graduation Diploma (BCAGD), also known as the “Adult Dogwood.”

Career Opportunities

Water and Wastewater Operators typically work within governments (municipal, territorial, federal and First Nation), and are increasingly recruited by the mining industry (YG, 2017). Operators of Large Public Drinking Water systems (LPDW, ≥15 service connections) and Bulk Water Delivery systems (BWD, ≥5 delivery sites) are required to be certified, and certification is highly encouraged for all other water and wastewater Operators (YG, 2002). In Yukon, certification is administered by the Environmental Operator Certification Program (EOCP), which regularly holds exam sessions at Yukon College.

The water and wastewater industry is a rapidly changing and growing career area with a shortage of qualified workers to fill positions. A Yukon water and wastewater sector profile found that 25% of respondents have a salary range over $80K per year and that this sector has a top heavy and maturing workforce, with 35% of the workforce expected to retire in the next ten years (YG, 2017).

For those experienced in the water and wastewater industry, YWWOP will help expand skills, maintain certification and keep up with changing technology. Whether students are looking to brush up their skills, or just joining the job market or are simply looking for a new and exciting field to enter, YWWOP can open a range of employment doors.

Money Matters


Please see individual classes for tuition fees.

YWWOP tuition fees currently represent a break-even situation, where tuitions solely and entirely support any external Instructor salaries and logistics, and most of the program’s costs; thank you for your kind understanding, and please join your voice to ours should you wish to see public authorities further involved in directly supporting YWWOP, and possibly decrease tuition fees.

Financial Support

CIRNA-YWWOP Funding Agreement

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs (CIRNA) can support Canadian Indigenous Individuals and Governments –employed or unemployed– for eligible* expenditures related to participating in YWWOP classes. Reimbursement can be up to 100% of total cost**.  See details at aadnc-aandc.gc.ca. Reimbursement process:

  1. The First Nation Government pays, or FN individual pays and submits all receipt to the FN Government to be reimbursed.
  2. The FN Government submits all receipts to YWWOP (CNIM) Budget Officer: Stacey Pennington, 867-456-8649 or spennington@yukoncollege.yk.ca.
  3. Yukon College (on behalf of CIRNA) reimburses the FN Government.

* Eligible expenditures:

  • Tuitions
  • Transport costs (mileage at .605/km)
  • Accommodation (hotel)
  • Per diems (meals and incidentals as per Yukon College rates)

** Please note that reimbursement is allocated on a first-submitted basis until the yearly funds are extinguished.


Sectoral Community Training Funds: Community Training Trust Fund

The Community Training Trust Fund can support Yukon staff and elected officials of municipal and First Nation governments and local advisory groups for eligible expenditures* related to participating in YWWOP classes. Reimbursement can be up to 2/3 of total cost or maximum $3,000 (NOTE: the amounts are subject to change). All documents must be received by the deadline. See details at education.gov.yk.ca**. Application process:

  1. The employer submits an application to the Fund Administrator (Association of Yukon communities): Laura Ebby, 867-668-4388 or ayc@northwestel.net.
  2. The application is evaluated and the outcome will be communicated to the applicant.
  3. The employer pays, or employee pays and submits all receipts to the employer to be reimbursed.
  4. Conditional on a successful outcome of the application evaluation, the Fund Administrator reimburses the employer.

* Eligible expenditures (not including GST):

  • Tuitions
  • Transport costs (e.g. mileage at .605/km)
  • Accommodation (e.g. hotel)
  • Per diems (the lower amount of either employer rates or YG rates) 


Regional Community Training Funds

Regional Community Training Funds can support rural Yukon individuals –employed or unemployed– for eligible expenditures* related to participating in YWWOP classes in view of acquiring/upgrading occupational skills for a job. The Funds are region-specific, and each region has its own application process and funding policy; please contact your region-specific representative for details.



Government of Canada’s Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) can support currently unemployed Canadian Indigenous Individuals for eligible* expenditures related to participating in YWWOP classes. All Yukon First Nations are represented for ASETS either through the Aboriginal Labor Force Alliance (ALFA; Kwanlin Dun FN, Liard FN and Ross River Dena Council) or through the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN). Please contact your First Nation Government for details.


Environmental Operator Certification Program (EOCP) Financial Award

The Environmental Operator Certification Program (EOCP) can support Canadian Individuals with an award for such activities as participating in YWWOP classes. There will be 6 Winners, each receiving an award of $500 and an invitation to attend the EOCP September 09-11, 2018 Operator and Tradeshow Conference (registration costs will be waived). See details at eocp.ca. Application process:

  1. The Individual fills out and submits the Application Form*.
  2. EOCP evaluates the applications.
  3. Winners are notified**
  4. The Award is delivered. 

* Current application deadline: May 31, 2018
** Award date: June 30, 2018


Northern Territories Water and Waste Association Training Fund

The Northern Territories Water and Waste Association (NTWWA) can support Northwest Territories and Nunavut individuals and community groups with a scholarship for such activities as participating in YWWOP classes. A maximum of two scholarships, each in the value of $1,500 will be awarded annually. See details at ntwwa.com. Application process:

    1. The Individual or community group fills out and submits the Applicant Package*.
    2. The scholarship committee evaluates the applications.
    3. Winners are notified***
    4. Scholarship is delivered upon reception of appropriate documents (click here for details).

* Current application deadline: June 29, 2018
** Award date: July 28, 2018


Ted Parnell Scholarship Fund

The Yukon Conservation Society can support Yukon Individuals with a scholarship for such activities as participating in YWWOP classes. There will be an annual scholarship of $500 attributed to a student/individual who demonstrates outstanding interest and motivation in the environmental field*.

See details and application process at yukonconservation.org.

*The application deadline is June 30 each year.


Environmental Operator Certification Program Exam Preparation
Title Campus Scheduled
WO 001 - Basic Small Water Systems Operations Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
WO 002 - Water Distribution Level 1 & 2
WO 006 - Wastewater Collection Level 1 & 2 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
WO 010 - Bulk Water Delivery Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
WO 021 - Wastewater Treatment Level 1 & 2 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
WO 024 - Small Wastewater Systems Mechanical & Non Mechanical
WO 031 - Water Treatment Level 1 & 2 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
WO CE55 - Water Distribution Level 3 and 4
WO CE71 - Wastewater Collection Level 3 and 4 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
Technical Development
Title Campus Scheduled
WO 003 - Hypochlorination & Disinfection
WO 004 - Iron & Manganese Removal Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
WO 007 - Centrifugal Pumps: Design and Application
WO 008 - Water Quality for Distribution Operators
WO 009 - Vibration Analysis
WO 011 - Groundwater Quality & Treatment
WO 016 - Cross Connection Control Awareness
WO 018 - Membrane Filtration for Drinking Water Treatment
WO 022 - Chlorine Handling
WO 023 - Water Analysis, Water Quality Monitoring and Recordkeeping Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
WO 025 - Well Development, Pump Installation, & Well Maintenance Theory
WO 027 - Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Data Communications Systems - Introduction
WO 032 - PVC Design & Construction for Water and Wastewater Pipe
WO 034 - Water Distribution Systems Operations (1/3 Practical)
WO 036 - Basic Hydrogeology
WO 037 - Wellhead Protection Planning Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
WO 041 - Reservoir Maintenance and Cleaning
WO 042 - Household Drinking Water Storage Practices
WO 046 - Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
WO 047 - Arsenic and Uranium Removal
WO 049 - Cross Connection/Backflow Assembly Tester Certification
WO 050 - Climate Change Impact on Water and Wastewater Infrastructures
WO 051 - Lagoon Design, Operation and Maintenance
WO 052 - Disinfection By-Product Formation and Prevention
WO CE54 - Gas Chlorination and Disinfection
WO CE56 - Polyethylene Pipe Fusion - Small Diameter
WO CE57 - Polyethylene Pipe Fusion - Mid-Range Diameter
WO CE58 - Thermography Level 1 Certification
WO CE59 - Cross Connection Control Inspector Certification
WO CE64 - Wastewater Sampling, Analysis and Recordkeeping
WO CE66 - Chlorine in Yukon
WO CE67 - Passive Wastewater Treatment North of 60: Beyond Lagoons
WO CE68 - Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions (SCADA) Systems in Yukon - Introduction
WO CE69 - Jar Testing for North of 60 Applications
Workplace Essential Skills
Title Campus Scheduled
WO 026 - Math Review for Small Water Systems and Bulk Water Delivery Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
WO 028 - Computer Basics for Operators: Email, Internet, MS Excel, and MS Word
WO 033 - Emergency Response Planning for Water & Wastewater Systems
WO CE60 - Taking Care of Your Drinking Water System for Decision Makers Online/Video
WO CE61 - Soft Skills in the Water and Wastewater Context 1 - People Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
WO CE62 - Soft Skills in the Water and Wastewater Context 2 - Projects
WO CE63 - Soft Skills in the Water and Wastewater Context 3 - Communication and Finance
WO CE65 - Math Review for Small Wastewater Systems
WO CE70 - Yukon Water & Wastewater Operator Program (YWWOP) Source Water Protection and Watershed Stewardship
Title Campus Scheduled
WO 039 - Parks Canada Water Systems
WO 040 - Little Salmon Carmacks Water Treatment Plant