2015 Training and Exam Calendar

Calendar

The Tribal Water Systems Program is excited to offer another year full of training and professional certification.

The 2015 Training & Exam Calendar is now complete and has been mailed to our Tribal contacts.  If you have not received one, please contact our office.

Feel free to contact our office with general questions or for more information on a particular event.

We may be reached at (602) 258-4822.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Download the calendar by clicking on the image to the right.

Online Training for Professional Development Hour Credit, October 2014, through September 2015

Online Training for Professional Development Hour Credit 
October 2014, through September 2015

The ITCA Program offers free access to online trainings that are ITCA-approved for non-specific PDH credits for certification renewal.  The goal of this endeavor is to make continuing professional development training more accessible to Tribal operators for certification renewal purposes, thus reducing the need for costly travel.  ITCA purchased a limited number of access licenses from an online training provider to offer non-specific PDH training courses during the 2015 fiscal year.  These licenses will provide a certified operator with access to the online courses for a specified time period.  Course durations (the number of PDHs) vary, depending on subject and skill level being covered.  Please note the training contact hours earned from these online training courses are non-specific and cannot be applied towards the certification-specific 10 PDH credits requirement that is explained in the announcement.  ITCA-certified Tribal operators that have access to the internet are encouraged to enroll in this online professional development training program.  If interested, please download and submit the Enrollment Application Form below or contact the TWS Program at (602) 258-4822.

Click Here: Announcement and Enrollment Application Form

Computer-Based Testing Period #1, January 12, 2015, through March 31, 2015

Computer-Based Testing Period #1

January 12, 2015, through March 31, 2015
200 Regional Testing Centers Nationwide

In an effort to provide improved pathways for Tribal water and wastewater personnel to achieve professional certification, ITCA is offering a year-round opportunity for eligible tribal personnel to take professional certification exams through Computer-Based Testing.  Advantages of Computer-Based Testing include scheduling a convenient testing date at a regional testing center at over 200 locations throughout the country, as well as immediately receiving your exam score.  The Computer-Based Testing Period is a window of time in which Tribal water and wastewater utility personnel may apply and test for professional certifications through ITCA, independent of attending ITCA training courses.  This will be the first of four periods for Computer-Based Testing during the 2015 calendar year.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: ITCA Application Packet

Click Here: ITCA TUMC-1 Application Booklet

General Module Training and Very Small Water System Operator Certification, March 9-13, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona

General Module Training for Water and Wastewater Operators & Very Small Water System Operator Certification

March 9-13, 2015
Phoenix North Valley Campus of Northern Arizona University
15451 N. 28th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85053

The General Module training course is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of Tribal personnel entering into the career path of water and wastewater system operations for the first time. The General Module provides a solid foundation of understanding of the principles of electricity, hydraulics, water and wastewater systems, basic math, and federal regulations. This training is highly recommended for those who endeavor to apply for Level 1 operator certification. ITCA Level 1 operator training courses are designed with the expectation that students have already had training on basic introductory topics such as those that are covered in the ITCA General Module training course. This popular training has been expanded to additionally focus on water treatment and distribution for small drinking water systems. This expanded General Module training course may help prepare water operators for the Very Small Water System (VSWS) operator certification exam.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for New (Water) Certification to apply for the VSWS exam

Tribal Water Systems Program Advisory Committee Meeting, March 24, 2015, Phoenix, AZ

Tribal Water Systems Program Advisory Committee Meeting

March 24, 2015
Phoenix North Valley Campus of Northern Arizona University
15451 N. 28th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85053

The Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Program of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (the “ITCA Program”) was created to meet the needs of Tribal communities and is maintained “by tribes and for tribes” through oversight from the Tribal communities it serves. The purpose of the ITCA Program’s Advisory Committee (the “Advisory Committee”) is to have direct involvement by Tribal water and wastewater utility managers and system operators in the advisement and planning of the certification program’s continuation and growth. Your participation is critical for the continued success of the program.  The Committee will discuss the initiative of ensuring Tribal representation at the national standardized exam development committees, revisions of the Program’s guidelines and application forms, and challenges faced by the ITCA Program. Your input is necessary to ensure the ITCA Program’s services are genuinely “by tribes and for tribes.”

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Joint Meeting of the Tribal Operator Workgroup & Arizona Chapter of NAWMA, March 25, 2015, Phoenix, AZ

Joint Meeting of the Tribal Operator Workgroup & Arizona Chapter of NAWMA

March 25, 2015
Phoenix North Valley Campus of Northern Arizona University
15451 N. 28th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85053

Since 1983, the Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Workgroup Meetings have been a forum for Tribal water and wastewater system operators to share ideas and concerns with peers, attend short training sessions, and contribute directly to the continuing development and planning of the certification and technical assistance services provided by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA).  As professional Tribal water/wastewater utility and environmental staff, your feedback is vital to maintaining the quality and effectiveness of the Tribal Water Systems Program at ITCA.  You are encouraged to participate in the roundtable sharing session and bring ideas or suggestions to the meeting.  The ITCA Tribal Water Systems Program is your program and all input and suggestions are welcomed.  The Tribal Operator Workgroup Meetings help ensure that these services are genuinely “by tribes and for tribes.”

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Basic Mathematics Training for Water & Wastewater Operators, March 26, 2015, Phoenix, AZ

Basic Mathematics Training for Water & Wastewater Operators

March 26, 2015
Phoenix North Valley Campus of Northern Arizona University
15451 N. 28th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85053

This training is designed for Tribal personnel entering into the career path of water and wastewater system operations for the first time and for Level 1 certified operators in need of a refresher.  This one-day training course covers basic concepts and applications of mathematics for both drinking water and wastewater system operators.  Emphasis will be placed on the typical math problems and formulas that are fundamental to everyday Level 1 water and wastewater operations.  Please Note:  the more in-depth Advanced Math for Water & Wastewater Operators training course will be offered April 8-9, 2015.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Paper-Booklet Testing Session #1, March 31, 2015, Phoenix, AZ

Paper-Booklet Testing Session #1

March 31, 2015
Phoenix North Valley Campus of Northern Arizona University
15451 N. 28th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85053

In an effort to provide improved pathways for Tribal water and wastewater system operators to achieve professional certification, ITCA is offering its first of two Paper-Booklet Testing Sessions in 2015.  A Paper-Booklet Testing Session provides Tribal water and wastewater utility personnel the opportunity to apply and test for professional certifications through ITCA, independent of attending ITCA training courses.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for New (Water) Certification to apply for a water exam

Coming Soon: Application for New (Wastewater) Certification to apply for a wastewater exam

Click Here: ITCA TUMC-1 Application Booklet

Water Treatment – Level 1 Training & Exam, March 31-April 3, 2015, Maricopa, AZ

Water Treatment – Level 1 Training & Examination

March 31-April 3, 2015
Ak-Chin Water Reclamation (Wastewater Treatment) Facility
42600 W. Ralph Street
Maricopa, AZ 85138

Hosted by the Ak-Chin Indian Community

The Water Treatment – Level 1 training course is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of Tribal drinking water system operators.  Subjects covered in this training course will include: surface water, groundwater and wells, well pumps, water disinfection, water softening, fluoridation, the Safe Drinking Water Act, water sampling and testing, math relating to water system operations, and worker safety.  ITCA does NOT “teach to the certification exams.”  ITCA staff will be available to proctor the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) standardized 100-question paper-booklet exam following the training course (at the same location) to eligible Tribal personnel seeking Water Treatment – Level 1 (WT-1) operator certification.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for New (Water) Certification to apply for the WT-1 exam

Advanced Mathematics Training for Water & Wastewater Operators, April 8-9, 2015, Phoenix, AZ

Advanced Mathematics Training for Water & Wastewater Operators

April 8-9, 2015
ITCA Offices
2214 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

This training covers intermediate to advanced mathematics for both drinking water and wastewater system operators.  The course is designed for Tribal personnel who are advancing into Level 2 or 3 operator certification as well as for those Level 2 or 3 certified operators in need of math review.  This two-day training course covers advanced concepts and applications for mathematics for both drinking water and wastewater system operators.  Emphasis will be placed on the typical math problems and formulas that are fundamental to everyday Level 2 and Level 3 water and wastewater operations.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Wastewater Collection – Level 1 Training & Exam, April 14-16, 2015, Scottsdale, AZ

Wastewater Collection – Level 1 Training & Examination

April 14-16, 2015
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Two Waters Complex
10005 E. Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Hosted by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

The Wastewater Collection – Level 1 training course is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of wastewater system operators.  Subjects covered in this training course will include: wastewater collection mathematics, an overview of wastewater collection systems, sewer system inspection and testing, pipeline cleaning and maintenance, lift stations, and worker safety.  ITCA does NOT “teach to the certification exams.”  ITCA staff will be available to proctor the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) standardized 100-question paper-booklet exam following the training course (at the same location) to eligible Tribal personnel seeking Wastewater Collection – Level 1 operator certification.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Coming Soon: Revised Application for Wastewater Operator Certification

SDWA 101: Basics and Consumer Confidence Reporting Training, April 14-17, 2015, Phoenix, AZ

Safe Drinking Water Act 101: Basics and Consumer Confidence Reporting Training

April 14-17, 2015
ITCA Offices
2214 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

The Safe Drinking Water Act 101 training course will explore the regulatory structures of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) as it pertains to Tribal water systems.  Course subjects covered include:  SDWA history; regulatory framework and enforcement (including the nexus between the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act); Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) and water quality constituents of concern; compliance monitoring requirements; interpreting and reporting sample results; and SDWA rules such as the Public Notice, Total Coliform, Lead & Copper, Groundwater, and Arsenic rules.  With the guidance of the course instructor, students will have the opportunity to develop a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) for their own water systems during a hands-on training module on CCR writing.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Native American Water Masters Association (NAWMA) New Mexico Chapter Meeting, April 22, 2015, Sandia Pueblo, NM

Native American Water Masters Association (NAWMA) New Mexico Chapter Meeting

April 22, 2015
Sandia Pueblo Tribal Police Training Room
West of I-25, Off Roy Avenue (Tramway)
Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico

Hosted by the Pueblo of Sandia

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

Water Distribution – Level 1 Training & Exam, April 28-May 1, 2015, Camp Verde, AZ

Water Distribution – Level 1 Training & Examination

April 28-May 1, 2015
Yavapai Apache Housing Building
1500 E. Cherry Creek Rd.
Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Hosted by the Yavapai Apache Nation

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

Video Production RFP

Video Request for Proposals

ITCA is seeking proposals from qualified bidders for video production to modify an existing video for the WIC Program. See the RFP at the link below:

ITCA RFP WIC 15-02

Responses to Bidder Questions

AAA Brochures

Elder Abuse Brochure

Summer Health Tips

WIC: Strengthening Families for 40 Years

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We are happy to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of WIC! WIC is one of our country’s most important public health programs, and it has enriched the lives of millions of families over the years. WIC improves birth outcomes, reduces infant mortality, and prepares kids for learning.

We are excited to join with the National WIC Association in this celebration by sharing the video and print materials they created to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of WIC. They have developed short animated videos and print pieces to help illustrate what WIC does and how it helps strengthen families. Go to WICturns40.org to view these amazing materials.

ITCA WIC 40th Anniversary Proclamation

 

Senior Services Procedures and Manuals

DAAS Scope of Work – Tentative

NEW! Tribal Utility Management Certification-Level One (TUMC-1)

For Tribal Water and Wastewater Utility Personnel

The purpose of the Tribal Utility Management Certification-Level 1 (TUMC-1) is to create a standardized pathway for Tribal water professionals to advance into and ascend through the field of water and wastewater utility management.  The TUMC-1 is designed specifically for experienced Tribal water/wastewater utility professionals that are newly entering into utility program management.  The TUMC-1 professional certification is a voluntary mechanism that can be used to strengthen one’s career as well as the credibility and integrity of Tribal water utility programs.

Testing for TUMC-1 is available during the current Computer-Based Testing Period #1, which is available from January 12, 2015, through March 31, 2015, at 200 regional testing centers.

Click Here: Computer-Based Testing Period #1, January 12, 2015, through March 31, 2015, Announcement and Registration

Please contact our office for more information by phone at (602) 258-4822.

ITCA 2014 Tribal Operator of the Year Award

Dear Tribal Operators

Congratulations to SELWYN SEKAQUAPTEWA for being selected as the ITCA 2014 Tribal Operator of the Year!

The need for safe and reliable drinking water and effective wastewater management is critical to the health, safety, welfare, economic viability, and self-determination goals of Tribal communities throughout Indian Country. Water and sanitation services are provided to our communities by certified tribal operators.

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Tribal Water Systems Program is honored to work with hundreds of system operators across Indian Country every year that directly protect the health of their communities. We believe that the daily work performed by these public health professionals, who are often on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is admirable. Our team believes that exceptional operators, who go above and beyond their responsibilities in making outstanding contributions to their communities, should receive recognition for their dedication.

The Advisory Committee of the ITCA Program completed the review of nominees and selected Selwyn Sekaquaptewa, who serves as Water Commissioner for the Kykotsmovi Village of the Hopi Tribe, as the second annual ITCA 2014 Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator of the Year. We recognize and publicly thank the following 2014 nominees for the care, service, and dedication they have shown to their communities.

ITCA 2014 Award PlaqueITCA 2014 Tribal Water/Wastewater System Operator of the Year nominees were:

Bret Sellars with Pueblo of Sandia,

Elmer Yazzie with Ramah Navajo Chapter, RNUA,

Jason Burbank with Navajo Tribal Utility Authority,

Meghann Olson & Bob Bradley (Joint nomination) with Pipe Springs National Monument and Kaibab Paiute Tribe respectively,

Rick Miller with Quechan Casino Resort, and

Selwyn Sekaquaptewa with Kykotsmovi Village

Fresh Bananas coming to WIC for infants!

The new food rule released in May 2014 by USDA allows WIC to provide bananas to infants as a substitute for a portion of the allowed baby foods. ITCA will begin issuing checks with bananas on October 1, 2014.

Fresh bananas are being added to address the changing developmental needs over time.  Fresh bananas allow parents to provide the appropriate texture for the baby depending on the age and needs of the baby.

Click here for more information.

EBT Planning Request for Proposals

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations that are interested in performing planning for Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) for the ITCA, New Hampshire and Kansas WIC Programs (MSC).

Below are links to the RFP and related documents for more detailed information.

ITCA (MSC) EBT Planning Request for Proposals

ITCA (MSC) EBT Planning Request for Proposals Amendment #1

EBT Planning RFP Responses to Bidder Questions

Tribal Pesticide Inspector Training

Tribal Pesticide Inspector Training Announcement

Tribal Pesticide Inspector Training Agenda

Tribal Public Health on the Horizon: A Tribal Leaders Symposium on Strengthening Governance and Public Health

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. Tribal Epidemiology Center (ITCA TEC) invites you to attend the Tribal Leaders’ Symposium on Strengthening Governance and Public Health meeting, which will be held on June 3, 2014.

Tribal Public Health on the Horizon: A Tribal Leaders Symposium on Strengthening Governance and Public Health

Date and Time:
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
9:00am – 4:00pm
(Please note time change)
Location:
Heard Museum – Monte Vista Room
2301 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix AZ, 85004

The Tribal Leaders Symposium includes an Arizona-focused Tribal Public Health Accreditation Roundtable for Tribal and State leaders to discuss Public Health Authority and Accreditation.

A memorandum, tentative agenda, registration form, and hotel list are available below.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Serena Denetsosie, Epidemiologist, by email at serena.denetsosie@itcaonline.com or by phone at 602-258-4822 with any questions or concerns.

Memo & Tentative Agenda
Registration Form
Hotel List

Introduction to Injury Prevention

Introduction to Injury Prevention

This 3-½ day course introduces participants to injuries as a public health problem. It addresses the principles of effective injury prevention through a combination of presentations, case histories, and group exercises.