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Primer for Municipal Wastewater Treatment Systems

COURSE NO: C03-033
Primer for Municipal Wastewater Treatment Systems
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an overview of the need for and characteristics of municipal wastewater treatment systems.  Various types of pollutants are described. Primary, secondary, and advanced treatment processes are discussed.  Issues of disposal of wastewater residuals and biosolids are presented.  The discussion is extended to decentralized systems as well.  Technical terms are clearly defined and explained.


This 3 PDH online course is intended for civil, mechanical, and construction engineers who need a basic overview of municipal wastewater treatment systems.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding the Clean Water Act requirements for wastewater treatment
  • Understanding the need for wastewater treatment
  • Learning about centralized collection
  • Familiarizing with the types of pollutants
  • Learning about the advanced methods of primary and secondary treatment
  • Learning about disinfection through the use of chlorine, ozone and ultraviolet radiation
  • Learning about the use or disposal of wastewater residuals and biosolids
  • Understanding the management of onsite/decentralized wastewater systems
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publication titled, "Primer for Municipal Wastewater Treatment System", EPA 832-R-04-001, dated September 2004. 

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Primer for Municipal Wastewater Treatment Systems (4.5 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this EPA publication.


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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