Welcome to Professional Training Association
Professional Training Association is a non-profit organization that was created to support rural development and communities. Our focus is on supporting small to mid-sized utilities. We specialize in career building training for professionals by professionals.
The wastewater field offers a wide variety of career opportunities.
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Drinking water is on everyone's mind.
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Pumps & Motors
Pumps and motors are essential to water and wastewater treatment and conveyance. We share the basic functions as well as everything related to proper selection, placement, operations, and maintenance of pumps and motors.
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Intake of a surface water treatment facility
Sophisticated water treatment technology makes it possible to produce high quality drinking water from surface water such as lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.
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Rules and regulations provide the framework for what drinking water and wastewater operations must do to protect public health and the environment. We will help you remain in compliance with your local, state, and federal regulatory requirements.
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Lab testing is part of the daily routine in water and wastewater operations. These tests are used to provide treatment process as well as water quality information. Our lab classes guide you through test procedures, QA/QC, compliance, and more.
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Asset management, budget development, grant applications, rate studies, resiliency, emergency preparedness, project management, succession planning, workforce development . . . these are all issues utilities are addressing to become reliable and sustainable operations.
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Solids management and disposal are a daily part of many water and wastewater operations. Learn more about solids management technologies and processes, biosolids, composting, and more.
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Communications & SCADA
Modern technology meats traditional water and wastewater treatment. Let us help you better understand SCADA technology and communications systems and how they can improve your system's performance.
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These days everyone talks about drinking water. Whether it is about water quality, water availability, or failing infrastructure drinking water has everyone's attention. This is the time to learn as much as possible about it.
Turning wastewater into a reusable and environmentally safe resource does not only require skills and knowledge but is also extremely rewarding. Our workshops will help you learn new skills and excel in your career.
SCADA & Communication Systems
Modern water and wastewater operations increasingly depend on computer and modern communication technology to manage and operate the treatment and conveyance system. This is the time to learn these essential skills to operate modern water and wastewater systems.
Many water or wastewater operations produce solids during the treatment process. Various technologies and processes are applied to produce end products we can often reuse rather than dispose of. Check out our workshops to learn more about solids management and disposal.
Rules & Regulations
Water and wastewater operations have to follow local, state, and federal regulations. In our compliance workshops you will learn all you need to know about drinking water, discharge, and biosolids permits, lab accreditation, and more.
Chemical and microbiological laboratory tests are part of the daily routine in water and wastewater operations. Test results form those test help fine tune the treatment process and provide water quality information. Learn more about lab procedures, QA/QC, documentation, compliance, in our laboratory workshops.
Pumps, Motors & Electrical
Water and wastewater operations depend on pumps and motors and electricity to operate them. In our workshops you will learn principles of electrical work in small utilities, how to select the proper style and size of pumps and motors, how to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot them, and how to develop an asset management program.
To provide reliable and sustainable service water and wastewater utilities need to carefully manage their resources. In our classes you will learn about project management, grant applications, rate studies, utility budget development, succession planning, resiliency and emergency preparedness programs.