Massachusetts Wastewater Management Training Program

This one-year management training program has been revamped and is designed to develop essential skills to propel candidates into management positions.

The Massachusetts Wastewater Management Training Program is sponsored by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association.  Classes for the 2017 program are now underway and are expected to conclude in February of 2018.

The program is based on the successful management training programs that NEIWPCC has been involved with in Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Participants will meet once a month for twelve months, addressing a new topic each month.

Candidates were required to complete the application form and return it to NEIWPCC for review. Upon acceptance, applicants were billed $750 for the one year training program. Space was limited and many operators applied to this program, but NEIWPCC accepted 28 qualified operators for the class of 2017.

The program requires that participants, with the support of their facilities, make firm commitments to attend each of the twelve monthly meetings. Attendance at each class is mandatory in order to complete the program. The program will total approximately 72 training contact hours.

Program Details: Classes will be held on the 2nd Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted. Most sessions will be held at the Richard Alden Training Facility in Millbury, MA. Some sessions may be held at other locations throughout the state. Topics will include:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Performance Management
  • Advanced Process Control
  • Saafety in Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Working with the Media
  • Asset Management
  • Finance & Budgeting
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • NPDES Permitting & State Regulations
  • Laboratory Procedures & Micro Biology
  • Engineering Design & Blueprint Reading
  • Job Shadowing

2017 Wastewater Management Training Schedule

As part of the Massachusetts Management Training Program students will use the Office of Water Programs, California State University‐ Sacramental Course “Manage for Success – Effective Utility Leadership practices” textbook.

Program Costs: The cost of the program is $750. This cost will include the required textbook and all handout materials.

Program Application & Selection Process: The management candidate application can be found here. Candidates can be nominated by their superintendents or self-nominated. Pertinent work experience and education should be included. Students and their WWTP need to make a firm commitment to attend each of the monthly sessions.


Contact Information

For more information, contact Ben Smith at (978) 349-2524 or