Entry-Level Course for Drinking Water Operators (for Operators-in-Training)

The Entry-Level Course (ELC) is a mandatory course for all drinking water operators developed by the Ministry of the Environment. It provides new operators with a basic understanding of water characteristics and pathogens, treatment and distribution processes, and the regulations that govern water quality. This course is intended to complement the on-the-job training that Operators-in-Training receive from their employers.
Individuals who have received an operator-in-training (OIT) certificate from OWWCO must take the Entry-Level Course within 36 months from the date their certificate was issued or their OIT certificate will expire. 

  • Click here to visit WCWC's Course Registration page.
  • Click here for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Entry Level Course fact sheet.
  • Click here for information regarding (OIT) certification, please visit OWWCO's website
  • Click here for information regarding the Exam Rewrite Policy for Mandatory Courses.
  • Click here Ministry of the Environment Brochure: A Student's Guide to Drinking Water & Wastewater Operator Certification

The following Ontario Colleges have incorporated the Entry-Level Course into their environmental program.