WaterWorkforce Academy

Pre-apprenticeship Program

WaterWorkforce Academy

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Program Overview

The five-week WaterWorkforce Pre-apprenticeship Program was developed by WaterWorkforce in collaboration with Cal Poly Pomona College of Professional and Global Education (CPGE). The Program — taught onsite at the Cal Poly CPGE campus in Pomona — prepares students for entry-level water/wastewater operator positions and WaterWorkforce apprenticeship program. Dedicated students will attain comprehensive water systems knowledge, work-ready skills, and industry-recognized certifications. Additionally, students will have job placement opportunities in the water and wastewater industries.

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Basic eligibility requirements

  • High School Diploma
  • 1-2 water or wastewater courses and/or any experience in water/wastewater operations.
  • Pass background check and drug test.


This comprehensive five-week training program is being fully funded by Water Workforce Academy and Transition U, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting veterans.

Who should apply?

The ideal program candidates will meet the basic eligibility requirements and any of the follow criteria:

  • Those who have water quality or plumbing experience.
  • Those who have taken a water and/or wastewater course.
  • Those who have worked, volunteered or interned in the water industry.
  • Military personnel who have worked in water/wastewater or hydraulics.

“We feel that this apprenticeship program is essential to develop a pipeline of trained candidates who are prepared for careers in the field. The pre-apprenticeship accelerates the career readiness of participants for entry-level positions as water systems operation specialists and wastewater treatment plant operators.”

Bret Kadel, CEO, WaterWorkforce

Participants will gain a thorough understanding of essential industry skills including:

  • System operations
  • Tools and equipment
  • Safety procedures
  • Installation and repairs
  • Utility fundamentals
  • Water math
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) principles
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) operations
  • Work readiness and professional skills (soft skills)
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Certifications & CEUs

Students who successfully complete the program will be issued Certificates of Completion by Cal Poly Pomona CPGE and WaterWorkforce (80 contract hours) and receive 8.0 continuing education units.

Additionally, during the program, students will submit their application to State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) to take the Water Distribution Operator 1 or 2 Exam and/or Water Treatment Operator 1 or 2 Exam. Students should receive an accepted application letter and a testing date issued from the state at the completion of the 5-week course.

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Curriculum Overview

Utility Core Functions (Entry Level) – 80 hrs

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Take the First Step!

  1. Attend Mandatory Information Session
  2. Submit Application – sent via email after signing up for info session
  3. Submit resume and high school or college transcripts (unofficial transcripts accepted)
  4. Interview with WaterWorkforce Staff Member
  5. Submit Right to Work Documentation & Selective Service Letter (males, if applicable)
  6. Receive Acceptance Letter (sent via email)
  7. Begin the Training Program!
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Questions? Please contact:

Myranda Kelly
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 840-977-8649
Email: myrandak@waterworkforce.com