Everything depends on water.
We help you gain the skills needed to work in the drinking water and water sanitation sectors.
The Yukon Water and Wastewater Operator program (YWWOP) offers a range of courses designed to meet the needs of new and prospective water and wastewater operators, as well as current operators working within governments (municipal, territorial, federal or First Nation) and the private sector (e.g. mining, water delivery). Our courses are also relevant to any health professional, supervisor, technician or homeowner involved with or interested in water and wastewater.
Our ‘Core’ courses are designed to prepare the participant to write a related Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) exam. ‘Elective’ courses are designed to develop technical and workplace essential skills related to the water and wastewater sector, and offer continuing education units (CEUs). ‘Specialized’ courses can be developed to meet the needs of a specific group.
Certification and exams
The Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) administers certification of water and wastewater operators in the Yukon. To write a certification exam, contact EOCP at least three weeks in advance: crm.eocp.ca or 1 866 552 3627.
EOCP exams are typically web-based; paper and oral options can be available in certain circumstances.
YWWOP courses and EOCP exam sessions are typically held onsite at the Whitehorse Ayamdigut Campus and can also be facilitated at any Yukon University community campus or surrounding Northwest Territories and Northern BC community on an on-demand basis. Alternatively, YWWOP courses are available through web-conferencing (Zoom) and attending part through web-conferencing and part onsite is an option.
Please note that attending through web-conferencing requires strong commitment from any remote participant.
Contact the program advisor for details or to organize a course in your community.
Registration closes three weeks prior to the beginning of any YWWOP course. YWWOP requires a minimum enrolment, which varies from from course to course, in order to run a course.
Specific course deliveries can be purchased by a group or employer.
Contact the program advisor for details or to purchase specific course deliveries.
The Yukon Water and Wastewater Operator Program (YWWOP) works with professionals and regulators to improve and enhance the water and wastewater industry and help address and advocate for its needs for training and education.
This focus is reflected in the members of the YWWOP Steering Committee, which is comprised of a mix of operators, government and private business representatives. The goal of the steering committee is to provide advice to Yukon University.
The Steering Committee also provides strategic direction to YWWOP. Its expert advice helps YWWOP determine what training, services and activities are needed, what will be required in the future, and what resources might be available in the industry to help make that happen.
Steering Committee Members
- Atul Jain (Chair), A/Manager, Environmental Health Services, Government of Yukon
- Dave Albisser, Director, Community Operations, Community Services, Government of Yukon
- Blake Battersby, Owner, Lobird Park
- Laura Eby, Executive Director, Association of Yukon Communities,
- Chris Evans, Manager, Environmental Affairs, Community Services, Government of Yukon
- Mike McLachlan, Operator, Utility Systems, Water and Waste Services, City of Whitehorse
- Andrea Morgan, Senior Engineer, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
- Franklin Patterson, Circuit Rider Trainer, Northern Utility Maintenance
- Steve Perrin, Supervisor, Community Operations, Community Services, Government of Yukon
There are no formal admission requirements to participate in any YWWOP course.
The Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) has specific eligibility requirements for writing certification exams; please contact the YWWOP program advisor or EOCP for details.
Water and wastewater operators typically work within governments (municipal, territorial, federal and First Nation) and are increasingly recruited by the mining industry, water delivery and wastewater collection companies and circuit riders. Operators of Large Public Drinking Water systems (≥15 service connections) and Bulk Water Delivery systems (≥5 delivery sites) are required to be certified and certification is highly encouraged for all other water and wastewater operators. In the Yukon, certification is administered by the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP), which regularly holds exam sessions at Yukon University.
The water and wastewater industry is a rapidly changing and growing career area with a shortage of qualified workers to fill positions. A Yukon water and wastewater sector profile found that 25% of respondents have a salary range over $80K per year and that this sector has a top heavy and maturing workforce, with 35% of the workforce expected to retire in the next ten years (YG, 2017).
For those experienced in the water and wastewater industry, YWWOP will help expand skills, maintain certification and keep up with changing technology. For those looking to join the industry, brush up their skills, or join the job market, or those who are simply looking for a new and exciting field to enter, YWWOP can open a range of employment doors.
Please see individual courses for tuition fees.
YWWOP tuition fees currently represent a break-even situation, where tuition solely and entirely support any external instructor salaries and logistics, and most of the program’s costs. Thank you for your kind understanding, and please join your voice to ours should you wish to see public authorities further involved in directly supporting YWWOP, and possibly decrease tuition fees.
CIRNA-YWWOP funding agreement
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs (CIRNA) can support Canadian Indigenous Individuals and Governments – employed or unemployed – for eligible* expenditures related to participating in YWWOP courses. Reimbursement can be up to 100% of total cost**.
- The First Nation Government pays, or the First Nation individual pays and submits all receipt to their First Nation Government to be reimbursed.
- The First Nation Government submits all receipts to our YWWOP Coordinator.
- Yukon University (on behalf of CIRNA) reimburses the First Nation Government.
* Eligible expenditures:
- Transport costs (mileage at federal rates)
- Accommodation (hotel)
- Per diems (meals and incidentals at federal rates)
PLEASE NOTE: reimbursement is allocated on a first-submitted basis until the yearly funds are extinguished.
Sectoral Community Training Funds: Community Training Trust Fund
The Community Training Trust Fund can support staff and elected officials of Yukon municipal and First Nation governments and local advisory groups for eligible expenditures related to participating in YWWOP courses. See details at education.gov.yk.ca.
Regional Community Training Funds
Regional Community Training Funds can support rural Yukon individuals – employed or unemployed – for eligible expenditures related to participating in YWWOP courses in view of acquiring/upgrading occupational skills for a job. The funds are region-specific, and each region has its own application process and funding policy; please contact your region-specific representative for details.
Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program
Government of Canada's Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program can support Canadian Indigenous individuals for eligible expenditures related to participating in YWWOP classes. Please contact your First Nation Government for details.
Environmental Operator Certification Program (EOCP) Financial Award
The Environmental Operator Certification Program (EOCP) can support individuals with awards. See details at eocp.ca.
Northern Territories Water and Waste Association Training Fund
The Northern Territories Water and Waste Association (NTWWA) can support Northwest Territories and Nunavut individuals and community groups with a scholarship for such activities as participating in YWWOP classes. See details at ntwwa.com.
Ted Parnell Scholarship Fund
The Yukon Conservation Society can support Yukon Individuals with a scholarship for such activities as participating in YWWOP classes. There will be an annual scholarship of $500 attributed to a student/individual who demonstrates outstanding interest and motivation in the environmental field.