Earn a Certificate as a Water Quality Technician

Earn this 12-credit certificate to improve your job prospects and get closer to earning your A.S. degree.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

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Skills you learn in the Water Quality Technician Certificate

  • The analysis and dispensing of water in accordance with federal, state and local laws and regulations
  • Industry standards for transferring and treating water or liquid waste according to the Clean Water Act
  • Methods and strategies to ensure compliance
  • How to maintain records as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Water Quality Technician Certificate without Financial Aid Eligibility


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2018 (550)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2018 (550), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Natavia Middleton
Dean,Natural Science

Program Summary

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster.

The content includes but is not limited to analysis and dispensing of water in accordance with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The certificate will cover industry standards such as those included in the Clean Water Act.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code


Federal CIP Code

03.0104: Environmental Science.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
  • Graduates of this certificate program should be able to research applicable local, state, and federal regulations and implement methods and strategies to ensure compliance; to maintain records as required by OSHA, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and to control the process to transfer or treat water or liquid waste.

Graduation Rules

Students must earn "C" or better in courses required for the certificate.


EVR 1001C Introduction to Environmental Science 3
* EVR 1263 Urban Pollution 3
EVR 1357 Wetland Resources 3
* EVR 2892C Environmental Sampling and Analysis I 3

* CHM 1025/L with a minimum grade of 'C' or permission of the program is required to enroll in this course.

Total Credits 12


SPC's Water Quality Technician Certificate is part of and transfers to our Associate in Science Environmental Science Technology Degree. The A.S. degree transfers to our Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainability Management.

Environmental Science Technology A.S. Degree