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RTCR 3-hr e-Learning course for Small Systems

Thursday, April 2, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Beard
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Course title: EL219 – Maintaining and Achieving RTCR Compliance for Small Systems

This eLearning course is made possible through a USEPA grant for small systems training in conjunction with AWWA’s training partner, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership.

Registration link:

The EL219 eLearning course is FREE to operators who work with small water systems serving populations under 10,000. AWWA membership is not required; however, registration is required. To register for free, select Add to Cart, then go to Check Out. Registrants will be directed to the Login/Register page. Select the REGISTER button to create a free account. Upon successful completion of the course, registrants will receive a certificate of completion to file with their states for continuing education credits (CEUs).

Course Description:
This eLearning course focuses on 4 major areas needed by small systems to maintain and achieve compliance with the Revised Total Coliform Rule; including when and how to conduct the RTCR assessment, evaluation of sampling procedures, source water treatment assessments and evaluation of distribution system operations and maintenance practices on coliform occurrence.

The course is divided into four modules. The first module introduces the RTCR by describing the latest changes and impact to operators and their water systems. It demonstrates when and how to perform level 1 and level 2 assessments and provides examples and opportunities to apply the new learning.

The second module covers sample site assessment which includes determining if deficiencies exist in distribution system practices that may lead to inaccuracies in sample collection, possible microbial contamination, and data management procedures.

The third module illustrates the major elements of an assessment of sources of supply and treatment in the context of the RTCR.

The fourth and final module illustrates the major elements of an assessment of distribution system operations and maintenance practices in the context of the RTCR.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to Perform an Assessment Under the RTCR
    • What triggers an assessment?
    • Who conducts the assessment?
    • What an assessment entails?
    • How to conduct an assessment.
    • How and when to conclude the assessment.
    • What you can do now to begin to prepare for assessments.
  • Sample Site Evaluation
    • Determine what a sample site evaluation is and how it is triggered.
    • Identify types of data to be gathered during a sample site evaluation.
    • Interpretation of gathered data in the context of the RTCR.
    • General reporting requirements and example form used.
  • Source and Treatment Assessment
    • Understand the process for assessment of source waters and treatment facilities.
    • Identify the data to be gathered during the assessment.
    • Interpret gathered data in the context of the RTCR.
    • Determine appropriate corrective measures.
    • Learn general reporting requirements and typical forms used.
  • Distribution System Operations and Maintenance Practices Assessment
    • Determine the components of a DSO&M assessment.
    • Identify the data to be gathered during the assessment.
    • Interpret gathered data in the context of the RTCR and potential corrective actions.

This eLearning course complements the EPA-funded AWWA workshop titled, “Small System Operator Training to Achieve/Maintain Compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.” While the workshop introduces important concepts with the RTCR, the eLearning course takes the learner through everything they will need to know to achieve and maintain compliance with RTCR in much more detail. For a complete list of upcoming 2015 Workshops visit,


You may be awarded CEUs for AWWA education programs by your licensing agency. AWWA grants CEUs for this course at a rate of 1 CEU for 10 contact hours. It is the individual's responsibility, before registering for any education program, to contact his/her licensing agency: 

  1. To confirm that the education program is acceptable for continuing education credit towards your particular license; 
  2. To confirm what you need to submit for credit approval.

If you have any questions about the course, registration, or CEUs, please contact Chad Weikel –

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