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Course Name: Microbiology of Activated Sludge
Course Code: EO0501CA23
Date: June 6 & 7, 2023
Time: 8:30 am – 3:45 pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 8:00 am)
Location: Environmental & Natural Resource Building, 14 College Farm Rd., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (Directions & Map)
Format: Classroom course with hands-on activities
Registration Fee: $350 per person
Multi Person Discount Fee: $320 per person (Save when you sign up with a colleague!)
Registration Closes: June 2, 2023 at 3:00pm
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Taught by Peter Strom, Ph.D., this two-day course gives you the opportunity to discuss the workings of your treatment system with one of the experts in the field! The course focuses on practical applications to help you better understand how the activated sludge process works, with bulking and foaming receiving particular attention.
The afternoon of the second day offers a unique hands-on exercise that will apply the information presented directly to your work and facility. Using microscopes, you will examine and evaluate samples from your own treatment plant (and those from your classmates’ facilities as well) and leave with a better understanding of methods of troubleshooting and process improvement.
Who Should Attend?
This class is a great source of information for anyone who works at a treatment plant that utilizes activated sludge to treat sewage or industrial wastewater. Past participants have included:
- Bio Solids/Energy Supervisors
- Lab Lead Analysts
- Lab Technicians
- Lead Plant Operators
- Plant Operations Supervisors
- Process Control Supervisors
- Project Managers
- Senior Maintenance Technicians
- Utilities Operators
- Wastewater Operators
- Water and Sewer Directors
Meet Your Instructors
Peter Strom, Ph.D.
Dr. Strom is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Environmental Sciences School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Strom’s research has focused on the microbial ecology of the biological treatment of wastes. This has included work on activated sludge and rotating biological contactors (RBCs) for wastewaters, nitrification in wastewater treatment, and much more. He has also worked on surface water pollution issues and stormwater characterization.
Craig D. Phelps, Ph.D.
Dr. Phelps is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
“I enjoyed the course and gathered some useful information to take back to my team.”
– Past Participant
“[I] Learned a lot of great information about activated sludge and I look forward to taking more classes at Rutgers.”
– Past Participant
“[I learned] How to look under the microscope and key in on all the bacteria and organisms.”
– Past Participant
Continuing Education Credits
The Microbiology of Activated Sludge course is approved for 1.2 Rutgers CEUs, as well as the following credits from professional organizations.
NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): 12 Technical Contact Hours
NJ Professional Engineers: 12 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits
NJ Wastewater Operators ONLY: 12 TCHs (Approval #01-010108-20)
PA Wastewater Operators ONLY: 12 Recert Hours
No breakfast will be provided. Box lunches will be available for pre-registered attendees only.
NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.
Course Requirements and Policies
Manual on the Causes and Control of Activated Sludge Bulking and Foaming – This suggested book can be purchased on Amazon.
COVID-19 Mask & Vaccination Policies for Face-to-Face Classes
Registrants attending OCPE events are not currently required to wear face masks or provide proof of vaccination.
To continue to protect yourself and others:
- Masks are welcome.
- If you have symptoms, testing is encouraged.
- If you feel unwell, please recover at home. Contact us to cancel your registration at 848-932-9271, option 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-registration is required. We’re sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials, or meals for walk-in registrants.
Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.
Campus Parking Policy
All visitors must register their vehicles ONLINE to park on campus. Please follow the guidelines below. Failure to comply with these policies may result in a citation.
- A link to register your vehicle will be provided in your course confirmation email. Please be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus.
- When you park on campus, be sure that your license plate is unobstructed and visible from the driving aisle.
- All Rutgers faculty/staff/students must use their regular Rutgers permit and park in the nearest lot assigned for their permit type.
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Cancellations and Substitutions
A $75 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
Attention U.S. Veterans
This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. Learn more.
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Program Questions? We’re Here to Help!
If you have any questions about Microbiology of Activated Sludge, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Assistant Director: Carol Broccoli
Administrative Assistant: Claudine Oleskin
For registration assistance, please contact our Registration Department at 848-932-9271, option 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.