Water Sustainability Technician Program August 2024

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Water scarcity is a global phenomenon that’s predicted to get worse as demand increases and freshwater supplies diminish. 

Water management is difficult if not outright impossible to solve because the water used for one sector of society or the environment may then be unavailable to another. 

Ecologists, engineers, agrologists, geologists, hydrologists, technologists, technicians, and scientists, as well as federal, provincial, state, and municipal governments all, contribute to sustainable water management but often with competing interests. 

Who gets to use water? Who goes without? We’ll explore these and other questions around water sustainability in the modules that follow.

This course, offered through Career Choice, is a 120-hour training program spread over 10 weeks. Through these 10 weeks, students will spend about two-thirds of the time in online learning and one-third live with an instructor. Through exercises and assignments, participants will develop practical skills for measuring water availability, water quality sampling, measuring contaminant dilution, and work through water management simulations challenging participants to make and justify tough decisions.


Upon successful completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the concepts of water scarcity, sustainability, and water management as a “wicked problem.”
  • Describe the global water cycle and how nature replenishes the freshwater supply.
  • Identify and describe human effects – both positive and negative – on water quantity and quality.
  • Measure water discharge and access and interpret online water resource data.
  • Describe how aquatic ecosystems function and apply tools for evaluating environmental water needs.
  • Identify and describe threats to water quantity and quality and propose mitigation strategies.
  • Collect water quality samples utilizing appropriate techniques.
  • Describe water treatment processes.
  • Apply water management strategies

This course includes free lifetime admission. Enroll once – come back anytime. This is a great way to upgrade your skills and remain current.


The Career Choice delivery of Water Sustainability Training has been designed to minimize the equipment requirements of the student. Aside from your computer, Internet access, pen, and paper, no other equipment is required.


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Activities & Grading

To successfully complete the online version of the Water Sustainability Training program, the learner must:

  • Complete more than 90% of all online modules
  • Attend (through live sessions or viewing of recordings of live sessions) 50% of live sessions
  • Assignments are optional but we strongly encourage participants to complete them. Assignments enhance the learning experience, develop your skills, and provide an opportunity for instructor feedback. 

The schedule for these activities is outlined below. Click ‘Course Schedule’ to view.

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