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Program Overview

Water Quality Technician, College Credit Certificate (C.C.C.)

The Water Quality Technician Certificate program is designed to prepare individuals to enter the water quality field, in the area of water, wastewater, or water distribution. The first two courses provide the scientific and mathematics background for students planning to enter the career field. The Special Topics courses satisfy the Florida DEP requirement for completion of a course of study take the operator’s certification test. Students with active water or wastewater treatment operator licenses may articulate experiential learning for college credit.


Florida Gateway College Online

Testing Entrance Requirements

Students must demonstrate competence in reading, math, or language through placement examination or by passing the appropriate reading, math or language courses, if not exempt by state board of education rule 6A-10.0315. A student who does not achieve minimum scores will be required to take developmental educations classes in English, math, reading, and SLS 1501 the College Experience.


Classes are delivered online.


  • Tuition: $1,239.84
  • Lab Fees: $160
  • Books: $916.26
  • Test: $100
  • Total: $2,416.09


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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Median salaries for graduates of this program are approximately $47,760.

Employment Opportunities

Because of the anticipated retirements of many current workers, this industry provides excellent career opportunities in an industry vital to the public health, quality of life, and economic development of the state and the nation. With this certificate, graduates can initiate or advance their careers as water and wastewater treatment operators.

Courses articulate into the Environmental Science Technician Certificate and Associate of Science in Environmental Science Technology degree for further education opportunities.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Students must have a high school diploma or GED certificate and take a placement exam, if not exempt by the State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.0315.

Program Guide & Syllabi

This program requires 18 credits and can be completed in two semesters at full-time student status.

Upon successful completion of this certificate, graduates have earned over half of the
Environmental Science Technician College Credit Certificate and nearly a third of the required
coursework for FGC’s A.S. in Environmental Science Technology.