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Current e-courses offered

The benefits of e-learning

 

How to begin

E-learning FAQ

Welcome to e-learning, a Web-based training program developed by the Texas Rural Water Association. E-learning offers water and wastewater operators the opportunity to access education, training and continuing education units via the Internet, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

E-learning is powered by a software system that delivers, manages and tracks online learning. It enables water supply professionals to obtain education and training credit hours through self-paced courses. All online courseware offered by TRWA is eligible for TCEQ Operator Training Credit.


Current e-courses offered

Basic Water Works Operations | Course Code: 1426 | Registration Fee: $235 | 20 credit hours | Water Credit Only

Water Utility Safety | Course Code: 1132 | Registration Fee: $235 | 20 credit hours | Water and Wastewater Credit

Chlorinator Systems and Chemical Handling | Course Code: 1133 | Registration Fee: $235 | 20 credit hours | Water and Wastewater Credit

Pump and Motor Maintenance | Course Code: 0397 | Registration Fee: $235 | 20 credit hours | Water and Wastewater Credit

Introduction to Water Sources | Course Code: 1388 | Registration Fee: $30 | 2 credit hours | Water only

Personal Protective Equipment | Course Code: 1391 | Registration Fee: $60 | 4 credit hours | Water and Wastewater Credit

 

 


The benefits of e-learning

Industry studies have shown that employee training budgets for most water and wastewater utilities are tighter than ever. Web-based operator license and license renewal training provides employers and employees the flexibility to take training courses at their own pace without the hassle and cost of attending live classes. Studies show that online training can be as effective as, live classroom instruction, correspondence or CD-ROM-based courses. Plus, online training is more convenient, less expensive and easier to manage.

TRWA uses SunCoast Learning Systems to host our online courses.

No travel cost

Water and wastewater utilities can save a significant amount of money by using the e-learning training system versus having employees travel great distances in order to attend instructor-led classroom training. Significant time and money can be saved by not having the expense of a hotel, meals and lost productivity of an employee’s time.

Convenience of anytime, anywhere training

Log-on to e-learning courses anywhere you have internet access, day or night, 365 days a year. Courses can run on Windows, Mac and Linux computers using a modern browser (such as Chrome, Safari, IE 11, etc.). Some courses are also compatible with mobile devices, with more becoming mobile-ready in the future. Access to mobile-ready courses does not require downloading an app--simply log-in with your web browser. An internet connection speed of at least 10 Mbps is recommended for taking courses.

Self-paced lessons

Students move through the e-learning courses at their own pace. A quiz at the end of each module reinforces the student’s knowledge of the subject matter. Students must master each module quiz and the final exam with a 70% or higher. The learning management system allows a student to exit and return to the course at any time.

Easy to use

E-learning courseware is very user-friendly and is designed to keep the attention of the student through the use of charts, graphs, video clips, audio clips and other interactive technology.

Wide variety of courses available

Water and wastewater operators registering for e-learning courses will have a menu of courses from which to choose. We are currently working to add and update courseware to reflect changing industry needs and regulations.

Automated course tracking

Automated tracking of student progress and completion of classes is easy to access and manage.

How to begin

First, complete the online registration. You will find the registration page by clicking the "Register for an online course" link at the top of this page. You will be asked to provide your name, company name (if applicable), address, e-mail, and telephone number. You will choose your own username and password. Please write these down for future reference.

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House Bill 1508

  •    You must acknowledge that you have been notified about HB 1508 before you can register for a course.


Third, enroll in and pay for the course you wish to take. Payments made by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express) through our secure online payment site are processed within seconds. You also have the option to pay by check or money order, but this usually takes 10 business days after receipt by TRWA to allow for processing before you can begin your course. You will find specific instructions regarding check/MO payment on the checkout page.  Send checks, payable to TRWA, to TRWA - Training Department, 1616 Rio Grande St., Austin, TX 78701. Please be sure to put the student name, company name, class enrolled in and email address used to register.

You will be notified by e-mail when payment has been processed and the course is available to start. Now you can begin your course! Once payment clears, click on "Take my course." Open the module by clicking on the Module Name or the blue "Launch" button under the "Actions" column. Once you have completed the first module, you can proceed to the next module. Need to take a break from a particular module? You are free to move on to the next module at any time.

You are not required to complete the course in a single learning session. Unless stated otherwise, you may start and stop as often as you like until you complete the course.

If you have questions about course material and content, please email training@trwa.org or call (512) 472-8591.

If you have software technology issues, please call SunCoast Learning at 800-269-1181 or visit their support page here.

If you have questions on licensing requirements, please click here to view the TCEQ licensing requirements.

E-learning FAQ

How do I register for an e-learning class?

Registration is simple and takes only a few minutes. If you have already signed up for a course, simply log in here. If you have not previously created a user name and password, visit New User.

 

What does an e-learning course cost?

Prices vary, click here for more info.

Do you accept credit card payment online?

Yes, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express payments online.

Can I pay by check?

You also have the option to pay by check or money order, but this usually takes 10 business days after receipt by TRWA to allow for processing before you can begin your course. You will find specific instructions regarding check/MO payment on the checkout page. You will be notified by e-mail when payment has been processed and the course is available to start. Send checks, payable to TRWA, to TRWA - Training Department, 1616 Rio Grande St., Austin, TX 78701. When you send your check please be sure to include the following information: student name, company name, class enrolled in and email address.  You will be notified by e-mail when the course is available.

Must I complete the course at once or can I come back to the course at a later date?

You may log on and off as often as you like, resuming the course where you left off last. Take the course at your pace and access it 24/7 at your convenience. After you finish the course, it will be available to review at any time.

Do you track my courses and credit hours online?

Yes, the Learning Management System (LMS) software tracks your registration, enrollments, time in course, quiz scores, and course status. You may access your student history and course progress whenever you log in to the system.

If I do not pass the course will I be able to take it again?

Students must master each module quiz and the final exam with a 70 percent or higher. If you fail the final exam, you may review the course material again without charge, as many times as necessary, until you master a passing score of 70 percent.

 

If I have a question about the course material, how can I find an answer?

 

If you have questions, please email training@trwa.org or call 512-472-8591.

Do I receive a certificate indicating that I have passed the course?

Yes, upon completion of the course, TRWA electronically submits online training  results to TCEQ once a week, usually on Mondays and will also provide you a certificate indicating the name of the course and hours of credit earned.

Does completing this online course mean I am now licensed?

No. To become a licensed operator, you must apply to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and take their licensing exam. Exams are offered once per month in all their regional offices. 

See House Bill 1508 for more information on licensing and eligibility.

 

For more information, click here.

Can I take the TCEQ exam online?

Exams and licensing fees are separate from TRWA courses. You must contact TCEQ to apply/renew your license and register for the exam.

 

For more information, see the TCEQ Approval Process

 


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