OFNTSC's Circuit Rider Training Program (CRTP) focuses on administering Certified-Education-Unit (CEU) and on the-job-training (OJT) to First Nations water and wastewater systems operators
What we accomplished in 2019/2020:
- Extended the CRTP funding agreement until 2020-21.
- Doubled the number of Circuit Rider Trainers able to facilitate OFNTSC’s Operator training services.
- Increased the number of CEU & OJT training hours facilitated through the CRTP.
- Extended the CRTP into National prominence by facilitating CEU training to Operators from other regions of Canada.
- Support the development of additional First Nation partnerships.
KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2019/2020:
- By displaying that operator training is an integral component of maintaining community health, the OFNTSC maintained a training curriculum specific to First Nation water & wastewater infrastructure.
- The OFNTSC’s CRTP training plans ensured that water and wastewater systems operators are up-to-date on their specific treatment plants’ operations & maintenance requirements and are prepared for any unplanned events that may be detrimental to water quality in their community.
- The OFNTSC has created a clear relationship between training, operational support & pending development of a regulative body. Ongoing discussions continue with a multitude of partners with a target eventually leading to the formation of a First Nation owned water & wastewater governing commission.
- By facilitating First Nations’ operational support services through the CRTP, the OFNTSC has not only demonstrated a flexibility in its services but the ability to have the Operators of First Nation water & wastewater systems attain provincially accredited licensing. Establishing partnerships with Tribal Councils that include KO, PWI, IFNA, & Bimose, recognized water industry organizations that support First Nations KCE, WCWC and AWWAO and developing relationships with academia will ultimately ensure that our First Nations have a water source that is both dependable and healthy.
Dennis Big George is currently a Circuit Rider Trainer with the OFNTSC
Gerald started working as a trainer in 2017 and has been in the water industry since 2004, and currently holds a level 2 Water Treatment License.
Ray Hanstead is a Circuit Rider Trainer with the OFNTSC
Mohammed N. Karim, M. Eng, P. Eng., is CRTP Training Consultant and brings over 35 years of plant operation experience from municipalities and First Nations to his work with OFNTSC.
GOALS FOR 2020-2021:
- Increase the number of Water Treatment Operator’s-in-Training on First Nations.
- Develop Preventative Maintenance Plans for First Nations water & wastewater Infrastructure.
- Decrease the number of BWA’s & LTDWA’s on First Nations.
- Increase the number of First Nation Operators participating in the CRTP.
- Expand on the OFNTSC’s partnerships with industry & government and develop relationships with academia.
- Establish the CRTP as an OFNTSC core service delivery program.