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Wastewater Technology – Certificate


Join the fight for clean water and waterways!


Maine has been at the center of the fight for clean water since the beginning when the Federal Clean Water Act of 1972, legislation was proposed by our very own Senator Muskie in 1971. After the passing of the Clean Water Act, new developments and enhancements were made to the water and wastewater infrastructure creating thousands of jobs. Since those early days, the industry is facing the reality that there are not nearly enough adequately trained, workforce-ready, wastewater technicians to fill the growing number of jobs open today and projected in the future. This industry is a great opportunity for anyone looking to join a stable and reliable industry while providing a secure financial future for you and your family.

The Wastewater Technology Certificate in the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions (TIEP) at Unity College provides an intensive study of the skills and knowledge needed to excel as a Wastewater Technician. The program, based on competency-based education principles, culminates in an academic certificate and preparation for the Wastewater Technician licensure exam. This program prepares the learner to work in municipal wastewater districts, water plants, and even in private industries. The demand for Wastewater Technicians is further expected to grow in response to new and unique emerging needs such as those surrounding net pen and land-based Aquafarms, craft/microbrewery culture in Maine, and manufacturing.  

Our Wastewater Technician Certificate program is unique – delivered in a highly flexible (HyFlex) format, leveraging both live in-person and online options, from our brand-new high-tech classrooms, in New Gloucester, Maine.

Learn more about this program.

How you will learn

We at TIEP believe that we have taken all the best features of in-person learning and combined them with the best parts of online learning to create an innovative experience designed to meet the needs of a modern learner. Our brand new HyFlex classrooms are located at the Unity College campus on Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. 100% of the courses taught at TIEP are leveraging the HyFlex model designed for busy learners. What this means is that all courses start with an “in-person” class where you decide if you’re attending face-to-face or virtually. These live classes supported with cutting-edge technology enable learners to ask questions (live or in chat), participate in classroom discussions and group work, as well as participate in “hands-on” labs and projects. Flexibility doesn’t end there, our state-of-the-art video recording and curating technology means that even if you must miss class (life happens) you can log in on your time and see what you missed. If you’re struggling to grasp a particular subject being discussed in class, simply go back on your own time and re-watch. After viewing the recording questions may come up and our subject matter experts (or professors) are there to help you get answers and host both virtual, and in-person support hours.

What (competencies) you learn

One of our guiding principles is that knowledge is what learners gain from the materials presented in the course, but competency is the ability to apply that knowledge through a task in a simulated work setting. A competency is a way to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities. Below are a few of the many program competencies outlined in the Wastewater technician program.

  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills, and problem-solving skills required in the water and wastewater industry.
  • Describe the regulatory landscape in the wastewater industry. 
  • Describe the biological, chemical, and physical processes used in the wastewater treatment process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the hazards and safety protocols in wastewater treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this an online program?

    Yes and no because it’s up to you. Classes are taught on a specific day and time like a traditional course, but students are free to attend in-person or online from wherever they are. Learners, who cannot attend a particular class in person because of work, childcare, or life can access the LIVE course they missed online once the class ends. Every course will have virtual “drop-in” times for learners to get help from a content expert. Often the content expert is the faculty member teaching the course.

  • How and where will I study?

    Our classrooms are located at our brand-new building at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, with classes happening in real-time (synchronous), either in person or online. Since all our courses are taught from campus you are attending a live class regardless of your location and will be able to ask questions, participate in discussions, engage with classmates, and experience learning in the labs.

  • Do I have to come to the classroom at Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, Maine to attend?

    No, but you’re always welcome. Some learners may opt to attend every class in person and others may never step foot on campus and both are okay! The Technical Institute is designed with this premise in mind and all our learners received a high-quality education regardless of location. You should, however, plan to attend as many classes as possible during course times, as the classes are taught in real-time (synchronously) and have an expectation of participation unlike “fully online” programs.

  • How much does it cost?

    Our cost per credit is $250, we have no additional fees! Even at this price, most learners are eligible for Financial Aid (federal & state), which can reduce out-of-pocket costs significantly. Learn more about Paying for College.

  • How many classes do I need to take to get Financial Aid?

    Our classes start every five weeks, so learners only need to take one class to be eligible for financial aid, but some learners may opt to accelerate their study and take two courses at a time.

  • How do I find out if I’m eligible for Financial Aid?

    The process is simple, complete the FAFSA ( and make sure to include the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions at Unity College school code 006858. If you have questions about financial aid, paying for college, or the process, our career coaches are ready and eager to help.

  • Do I have to take classes all eight terms a year?

    No, you can stop out for two terms at a time and still complete your degree. It will just take you longer to do so. Many students find it helpful to take a term or two off for work, vacation, care for a family member, or just take a well-deserved break. We built the Technical Institute with your needs in mind.

  • When do classes start?

    TIEP terms start Feb. 22, 2021, and then classes start every 5 weeks, so you can start your program whenever you are ready, up to 8 times a year. Note: some programs may restrict starts to designate term starts, for more details speak to a Career Coach.

  • What if I just want to take a class, is that an option?

    Of course! Maybe you just want to dip your toe back into school, looking for a refresher, or are just interested in a course, you are welcome here. Your Career Coach will understand your needs and make sure you get what you need without having to enroll as a full-time learner.

  • What am I going to learn?

    The competencies and skills needed to be prepared and career ready, when entering or progressing in your industry.

  • How many hours a day do I need to spend in class and studying?

    Learners on average spend 1-2 hours outside of the class reading, studying, or doing homework for every hour they spend in a course.

  • How do I apply?

    As we prepare for our launch in Spring 2022, we have opened our inquiry form. Please fill out this form to add your name to our contact list and be the first to receive updates and be notified when our official application is launched. We also recommend all learners submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at Applying will be easy, free, and accessible from almost any device once made available.

  • How long does it take to graduate?

    The Associate degrees and Certificates are flexible meaning that you can “graduate” with a certificate in as little as 6 months but also go at a slower pace and spread your degree over a few years. There is no one size fits all and our career coaches work with you to ensure your path meets your needs and timeline. On average associate degrees take about two years and a certificate about one year to complete.

Contact us Today


Technical Institute for Environmental Professions
70 Farm View Drive
Freeport Hall – Pineland Farms
New Gloucester, Maine 04260

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