Operator in Training (OIT) Program
The goal of the Operator in Training (OIT) Program is to
prepare individuals for a career as plant operators in the
Wastewater Treatment/Water Reclamation Industry. The OIT
Program will assist individuals with becoming well trained,
certified Grade I Wastewater Treatment/Water Reclamation
Plant Operators who are qualified by virtue of academic
education and practical experience to perform their duties
in a professional, safe, and permit compliant manner.
Where the Training Takes Place
The City of Riverside owns and operates the Riverside Water
Quality Control Plant (RWQCP). The WQCP has the capacity to
treat 40 million gallons of wastewater per day (MGD). The
facility incorporates preliminary screening and grit
removal, primary treatment, the activated sludge treatment
process, flow equalization, tertiary filtration,
chlorination, de-chlorination, production of Reclaimed Water
for offsite use on golf courses and other landscape
irrigation needs, anaerobic sludge digestion, bio-solids
dewatering, and co-generation using digester gas as a fuel
supply. The City is currently in the construction phase of
major improvements to the facility and expansion of
treatment capacity from 40 MGD to 52 MGD. This includes
installation of cutting edge Membrane Bio-Reactor Technology
which will allow substantial improvements in the quality of
the water which is produced by the plant. OITs will be
trained to operate all of the equipment and process units at
the plant under the direct supervision of qualified
operators. The variety of existing and future treatment
units at the RWQCP offers any prospective Operator in
Training (OIT) the opportunity to establish a solid
foundation of experience that covers most of the practices
which are in common use in the wastewater treatment/water
reclamation industry today.
Requirements for Entry and Continuance in the OIT Program
There are two sets of requirements for entry to and
continuance in the Operator in Training Program. The first
set of requirements is stipulated by the California Water
Resources Control Board, Office of Operator Certification.
The Office of Operator Certification requires that each
person working as an OIT be issued an OIT Certificate. The
second set of requirements is stipulated by the Management
of the Riverside Water Quality Control Plant (RWQCP).
- Requirements for the Issuance of Operator in Training
Certificates as stipulated by the California Water Resources
Control Board, Office of Operator Certification:
Requirements for Entry to and Continuance in the Operator
in Training Program as stipulated by Riverside Water Quality
Control Plant Management:
- The OIT candidate will be required to submit an
application and an application fee for the OIT Certificate
to the California Water Resources Control Board, Office of
Operator Certification. The application must be signed by
the Chief Plant Operator at the RWQCP. Once issued, the OIT
Certificate will only apply to work experience gained at the
RWQCP. The certificate cannot be used to work at any other
- Operator in Training Certificates at the Grade I level
are valid for up to two years. At the discretion of the
Office Of Operator Certification, the certificate may be
renewed for an additional two years if the OIT successfully
completes the Grade I examination before the first two year
term expires. If the OIT does not successfully complete the
Grade I examination before the first two year term expires,
the Grade I Operator in Training Certificate cannot be
- The OIT must have six education points at the time that
he or she submits the application for the OIT Certificate.
Education points are awarded by the Office of Operator
Certification based upon academic credit earned by taking
appropriate college courses. Education points are not
awarded on a one to one basis for college credit earned.
Please see the Office of Operator Certification web site for
more details on how education points are awarded. The Office
Of Operator Certification Web Site is as follows:
- The OIT must accumulate 2,080 hours of work experience
before his/her Grade I OIT Certificate expires.
- Upon completion of the 2,080 hours of work experience and
passing the Grade I exam, the OIT will be eligible to become
a certified Grade I Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator.
- The OIT candidate must apply to become a Municipal
Volunteer with the City of Riverside by visiting the Job
Application Section of the City of Riverside’s Web Site. The
OIT candidate must specify a desire to work at the Riverside
Water Quality Control Plant on the application.
- OIT candidates will be selected for appointment to the
available OIT positions from the list of Municipal
Volunteers as the result of a competitive process. This
process will include a review of education and work
experience as stated on the applications. Candidates who do
not have the six education point required by the Office of
Operator Certification cannot be considered. After the
applications have been reviewed, the candidates deemed most
suitable will be invited for an oral interview. The final
selection will be based on the results of the interview
along with successful completion of a background check (i.e.
Live Scan) as required and conducted by the City of
Riverside Human Resources Department.
- In order to meet the 2,080 hour requirement established
by the Office of Operator Certification, all OITs will be
required to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per week. At 20
hours per week, an OIT will accumulate 2,080 hours in two
- Once accepted into the program, an OIT’s work performance
and progress will be evaluated on a regular basis.
Continuance in the OIT Program will be contingent upon
receiving satisfactory performance evaluations and making
satisfactory progress through the training program.
Apply for the Riverside OIT Program
- To sign up for the OIT program, please visit the City Jobs site
- Select the Municipal Volunteer Application or click
- Click the
Apply link at the top right corner of
For Question 11 on the volunteer application, please select
Public Works as the department you wish to work for.
For Question 12 on the volunteer application, please
type "RWQCP" in the text box.
Save and proceed with all steps of the application prior
to certifying and submitting application.
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- If you have an existing account, please enter your
username and password.