Collection & Distribution Schools

The NC AWWA-WEA Collection & Distribution School committee organizes 3 Collection & Distribution Schools each year.

Western Collection & Distribution School
Foothills Higher Education Center
2128 South Sterling Street, Morganton, NC 28655



Important Deadlines
Early registration ends July 11, 2014. Advanced Book Purchase Deadline is July 11, 2014. Refund and final registration deadline is July 28, 2014.

Class Locations
All classes will meet at Foothills Higher Education Center located at 2128 South Sterling Street, Morganton, NC 28655.


Comfort Inn: 1273 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton, 28655
Phone: (828) 430‐4000
Single $74.99 + tax per night, Double $84.99 + tax per night. Rate includes breakfast

Quality Inn: 2400 S. Sterling Street, Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: 828‐437‐0171
Single or Double $74.99 + tax per night. Rate includes breakfast.

Sleep Inn (Next door to Quality Inn)
Phone: 828‐433‐9000
Single or Double $74.99 + tax per night. Rate includes breakfast.


Coastal Collection & Distribution School
October 13-17, 2014
Carteret Community College – Morehead City, NC


Purpose & Classes Offered

The objective of these schools is to REVIEW the basic concepts in the proper operation and maintenance of water distribution and wastewater collection systems. The curriculum will provide information that should be helpful in preparing a participant for the voluntary certification exam in Meter Technician and the mandatory certification exams in Water Distribution, Backflow, and Wastewater Collection.

Schools includes course programs in:

Advanced Collection Systems
Contact Hours: 6.0, Class Day: Monday

Advanced Distribution Systems
Contact Hours: 6.0, Class Day: Tuesday

Contact Hours: 6.0, Class Day: Tuesday

Backflow/Cross-Connection (Class size very limited. May not be offered at all schools)
Contact Hours: 25.0, Class Days: Monday-Friday

Collections I, II, III, & IV
Contact Hours: 17.0, Class Days: Wednesday-Friday

Distribution A, B, & C

Contact Hours: 18.0, Class Days: Wednesday-Friday

Meter Technician
(Not offered at Coastal School)
Contact Hours: 15.0, Class Days: Wednesday-Friday

Distribution D
(In 2014 this class will only be offered at the Eastern School.)
Contact Hours: 12.0, Class Days: Thursday-Friday

Those pursuing Distribution should be aware that Distribution-D is traditionally intended for persons who work at VERY small systems that are designated at the D or C level. Before deciding which level of Distribution to begin with, review the Rules Governing Water Operators (Subchapter 18D Section .0200) to verify exam requirements. Once you obtain your distribution certification, you must maintain your current level for one full year before you are eligible to take the exam for the next level. If you have any questions about the rules or exam qualifications contact the NCWTFOCB at (919) 733-0379.

Study Materials

It is highly recommended that students refer to the Bookstore page and have access to the books that correspond to their class.

As of January 1, 2013, NC AWWA-WEA is no longer fulfilling book orders by shipment. School attendees may use the form available with registration materials to order their books in advance and pick them up at the school. Depending on inventory, there may be a limited number of books available for purchase at the school. If you would like to purchase books from another source  you may download a spreadsheet of books and potential vendors (current as of 1/2/13).

Please note, the appropriate Needs To Know Manual for each course is included in the registration fee and students will receive their manual when they arrive at school. Needs To Know Manuals are also available at, and may be downloaded for free.


Course Descriptions & CEU’s

Details will be available in 2014 Training Catalogs.

To learn more about the voluntary Meter Technician program you may also refer to


Vendor Show

When: During an extended lunch on Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Lunch will be served)
Vendors may begin setting up at 9:30am and are invited to remain set-up until students leave at 4:00pm. Door prize drawings will take place during lunch.
Where: Foothills Higher Education Center
Who: All students registered for Backflow/Cross Connection, Collections I, II, III, & IV, Distribution C, B, & A, and Meter Technician are invited to attend.

For information on exhibiting refer to pages 14-5 of the 2014 Volume 2/Spring Training Catalog, or contact the NC AWWA-WEA office at (919) 784-9030.

Exhibit opportunities are available at a Vendor Show at all three Collection/Distribution schools. Companies are invited to display products targeted towards collection system operators, distribution system operators, meter technicians, and backflow/cross connection operators. Registration information will appear throughout the year in the quarterly NC AWWA-WEA Training Catalog. Exhibit booths include a covered 6 foot table, 2 chairs, electrical service (upon request), a printed copy of the attendees list for the school at which you exhibit, and a meal.


Prohibition of Recording Statement: Recording of any sounds or visual images, and use of any recording device or medium now known, or later developed, is prohibited at all NC AWWA-WEA Seminar, School, Conference or other training events unless prior written permission has been expressly granted by NC AWWA-WEA.