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An Introduction to Pretreatment Considerations for Water Desalination

COURSE NO: H02-006
An Introduction to Pretreatment Considerations for Water Desalination
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course will introduce you to pretreatment techniques, such as solids removal, chemical treatment, filtration, coagulation, pH adjustment, scale inhibition, degasification, deaeration, disinfection and ultraviolet irradiation, at desalination plants.


Water desalination systems may employ different technologies depending on a variety of technical and economic factors.  To one degree or another, these technologies may require pretreatment of the feed water stream in order to produce potable water that is healthy and has a pleasant taste.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for mechanical engineers, civil engineers, electrical engineers and other design and construction professionals wanting an introduction to source water pretreatment considerations for water desalination plants. After completion of this course you will be prepared for advanced learning about water desalination to prepare you for desalination project planning and design.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the principle technologies of water desalination
  • Learning about the need for the pretreatment of source water at desalination plants
  • Learning about the techniques for solids removal
  • Learning about chemical pretreatment processes
  • Learning about filtration and coagulation techniques
  • Learning about the methods for scale inhibition
  • Learning about disinfection using ultraviolet irradiation
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to Pretreatment Considerations for Water Desalination".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Introduction to Pretreatment Considerations for Water Desalination (2.5 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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