Water Quality Control Operations at ERTC

Courses at the Environmental Research Training Center (ERTC) are designed to assist individuals interested in preparing to enter a career in drinking water and wastewater treatment systems or to pursue further education to upgrade job skills, obtain advanced certification levels, and prepare for more responsible positions.

Graduates are eligible to take their Illinois and Missouri certification exams for public water supply and wastewater treatment system operations.

The Water Quality Operations Control Certificate can be completed in:

  • One-Year Entry Level Program

  • Self-Study Courses

  • Daytime and Evening Workshops

Career Outlook

  • Graduates of the ERTC are employed in Illinois, Missouri and fifteen other states.

  • The demand for safe drinking water and quality recreational waters is continually rising. As a result, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency indicated that Illinois may need as many as 400 additional operators each year.


  • Wastewater Plant Operator | $45,580

  • Environmental Engineer | $73,419

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent | $66,466

  • Project Engineer | $63,159

  • Process Engineer | $60,315


To Pursue Water Quality Control Operations at ERTC:

Registration Form

For more information: http://www.siue.edu/ertc/

Contact Case Manager Ron Simpson