First Northern College Offering of Contractor Training For Municipal Water Works

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KIRKLAND LAKE, ON: Commencing February 2016, Ontario contractors who maintain municipal watermains can access critical employee training through Northern College.  The course, Fundamentals of Water Distribution for Contractor Workers, is a unique and comprehensive training opportunity designed to instruct individuals on the latest technologies, municipal guidelines, specifications, and best practices.  Continuous diligence in safeguarding municipal water systems will ensure the highest quality drinking water is available to residents of Ontario.

It’s expected that the compounded retirement of experienced operators has and will continue to create a critical shortage of certified municipal operators. As a result, there appears to be a trend towards increasing the amount of work being subcontracted out to contractor companies. This program will help municipalities mitigate their risk by mandating that the contractor companies have the necessary skill level and expertise to work on infrastructure that could impact the water quality in Ontario municipalities.

The course builds on an existing partnership between the World Water Operator Training Company (WWOTC) and Northern College.  “By combining Northern College’s quality staff, demonstrated commitment, and reputation for delivering quality environmental training both for Corporate and Post-secondary students, exciting new “blended” training programs are coming to fruition,” says Doug Cooper, the President and CEO of WWOTC.  “This training will help to ensure that Ontario’s contracted drinking water system workers continue to support our stature of being the best trained in the world.”

Contractor workers will be trained on a variety of topics including safe work practices, distribution systems, watermain construction/installations, disinfection protocols, watermain breaks & repairs, regulatory compliance as well as moral and ethical responsibilities to the community.

After successful completion of this course contract workers will undoubtedly be prepared with the required knowledge, skills and abilities to help safeguard Ontario’s drinking water now, and into the future. The 5 day training course will take place in Windsor – February 22nd, followed by Kirkland Lake – March 7th, Hamilton – March 14th, and once again in Kirkland Lake, March 21st. Training can also be arranged at other locations across the province where there is a demand. Please contact Northern Training Division for more information on the course and how to register at 705-567-9291 ext. 3624 or by e-mail at
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