Jun 13, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog & Student Handbook 
2024-2025 College Catalog & Student Handbook

South Carolina Environmental Training Center


Central Carolina Technical College and the South Carolina Environmental Training Center are dedicated to providing quality training and technical assistance to environmental professionals across the state. We deliver training on campus, online, and onsite to meet the needs of operators and their facilities. Our programs are developed to provide operators with access to the latest technologies and educational services in the water and wastewater industry. Our staff works with utilities, municipalities, and industry to explore, develop, and deliver training that prepares operators for state certification examinations, provides opportunities to maintain continuing education requirements, and offers programs to enhance the skills of operators.

Registration Information

4 easy ways to register:

You will need to complete a registration form: click here

  1. MAIL the completed registration form to: Central Carolina Technical College, SCETC 506 N. Guignard Dr. Sumter, SC 29150 Please include credit card information or a check payable to Central Carolina Technical College.
  2. FAX your registration form, with the credit card portion of the registration form completed, to SCETC: 803-774-6995
  3. HAND DELIVER your registration form to a staff member at: SCETC in the AMTTC at 853 Broad Street, Sumter, SC 29150 Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter
  4. EMAIL your registration form to etc@cctech.edu.

Enrollment Information

Course registrations are taken on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Class sizes are limited, and it is recommended that students register at least one month in advance. Courses with low enrollment are subject to cancellation prior to class start date. In the event of cancellation, students will be notified and the tuition refunded.

  • Payment must accompany registration.
  • When using a credit card for payment, registration forms may be faxed or emailed: please include card expiration date and security code. If card is declined, alternate form of payment is necessary; STUDENT IS NOT REGISTERED UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED.
  • Registration form MUST include student’s date of birth and Social Security Number.
  • Certificates will be given for each course; duplicates may be purchased for $10 each.

Confirmation or receipt available upon request. Call 803-778-6656 or email etc@cctech.edu

It is the policy of the Central Carolina Technical College not to sell or otherwise distribute course materials outside the venue of controlled courses. Materials are copyrighted and all rights are reserved.

Central Carolina Technical College Youth Apprenticeships

The South Carolina Environmental Training Center recognizes the need to recruit young people into the industry. South Carolina is experiencing a shortage of licensed water and wastewater professionals. This shortage will develop into a crisis if action is not taken immediately to recruit younger operators.

What is PathWAY?

This is a unique program for high school students to learn more about the water and wastewater industry and gain hands on experience before they graduate. Central Carolina Technical College’s PathWAY–Water Apprenticeships for Youth–combines college credit courses and an opportunity for high school students to work at a local utility and be registered in a US Department of Labor Youth Apprenticeship program.

Water and wastewater dual enrollment programs at CCTC are an opportunity for high school students to take online college courses and high school courses at the same time. The college credits could count toward both high school graduation and college.

Youth Apprenticeships are registered through the Department of Labor and are a rigorous program for high school students that combine job related education with mentored on-the-job learning.

High schools students will:
  • Enroll in CCTC’s Operator Certificate dual enrollment program
  • Be registered as a Plant Operator Youth Apprentice
  • Work at a local utility for hands-on experience
Local utility will:
  • Pay students for their work
  • Mentor the student
  • Be responsible for on-the-job training
SC Environmental Training Center will:
  • Sponsor the apprenticeship through the USDOL
  • Cover the student’s insurance
  • Be responsible for job related education
  • Work with students and utilities to ensure program value

For more information, contact: Josh Castleberry at 803-778-6601 or castleberryjs@cctech.edu

Environmental Certification Board

The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) recommend the South Carolina Environmental Training Center (SCETC) for training to help prepare operators for state certification exams and continuing education units for water and wastewater training.

Operators are required to obtain at least 12 hours of continuing education over a two-year period or take and pass an exam. This period begins on July 1st of an odd year and ends June 30th two years later - also an odd year. Operators may use the same hours to cover more than one certification if the subject is relevant to both/all areas. Operators must maintain their own records for continuing education credit. Visit LLR’s website for additional information here.

Operator Exam Information

The Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) offers standardized and client-customized certification exams. South Carolina exams include the categories of water treatment, water distribution, biological wastewater and physical/chemical wastewater. ABC offers valuable examination resources for operators preparing for an exam. Visit ABC’s website to learn more about the following resources here.

  • Formula Sheets - ABC Formula/Conversion Tables are provided during the examination and should be used to solve exam calculations.
  • Sample Exam Questions - Get a feel for the exam with sample questions. While you will not find questions directly from an exam, they will help you familiarize yourself with a certification exam.
  • Need-to-Know Criteria - Need-to-Know Criteria describe the core competencies covered on the ABC standardized exams and are a valuable preparation tool.
  • Computerized Examination Help - View the features of the computerized exam software.

Before an operator is allowed to sit for a Biological Wastewater, Physical/Chemical Wastewater, Water Distribution, Water Treatment, Bottled Water or Well Driller examination they must be approved by the South Carolina Environmental Certification Board. Applications for operator certification are available on LLR’s website. The South Carolina environmental certification examinations are administered by PSI. The exams are given on a computer at over 300 locations throughout the United States. In South Carolina, exam facilities are located in Columbia, Spartanburg, Florence, Greenville, Beaufort, Myrtle Beach and Charleston. A current listing of PSI Assessment Centers, including addresses and driving directions, may be viewed at the PSI’s website located at www.schedule.psiexams.com. The examinations are administered by appointment only; Monday through Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Candidates are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for an exam go to www.schedule.psiexams.com or call 833-256-1420.

Course Offerings

Biological Wastewater

Biological Wastewater Reviews             

Biological Wastewater Short Schools

Math Courses

Math for Operators - 12 hours

Math for Operators - 6 hours

Online Courses

Online training is designed to mirror face-to-face courses and provide participants with the tools necessary to enhance operating skills and prepare for the certification exam (Short Schools) or gain continuing education credit (Reviews). Glossaries, crossword puzzles, slide presentations, and quizzes enhance the learning experience. Students will have direct communication with their personal instructor to help answer questions. All levels of Short Schools and Reviews are available for online training.

12-Hour Reviews

6-Hour Reviews

Advanced Math for Operators

Basic Math for Operators

Pool & Spa Operator

Short Schools

Operator Maintenance

Electrical Maintenance

Pump Maintenance

Physical/Chemical Wastewater

Physical/Chemical Wastewater Reviews

Physical/Chemical Wastewater Short Schools


These courses can be offered at your facility.

Chlorine Safety

Confined Space Entry

Confined Space Entry and Rescue



HAZWOPER (08 hour)

HAZWOPER (24 hour)  

HAZWOPER (40 hour)  

OSHA General Industry (10 hour)

OSHA General Industry (30 hour)

Water Distribution

Water Distribution Reviews

Water Distribution Short Schools

Water Treatment

Water Treatment Reviews

Water Treatment Short Schools               

Well Driller

Between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2023, every South Carolina well driller must obtain twelve (clock hours) continuing education units or pass an exam of the next higher level. Well drillers should keep records of all courses attended. When you receive your renewal form in 2023, there will be a space to record the number of hours you have received. Continuing education can be obtained from schools, workshops, seminars, conferences, online training, and/or in-house training sessions. For more information, visit the SC Environmental Certification Board website here.

A number of our courses meet approved course topic criteria for well drillers.

Electrical Maintenance - 6 hours  

Pump Maintenance - 6 hours

Basic Math (online & classroom)

Advanced Math (online & classroom)