Computer-Based Testing Period #2, April 1, 2015, through June 30, 2015

Computer-Based Testing Period #2

April 1, 2015, through June 30, 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 the following professional certifications through ITCA, independent of attending ITCA training courses.  This is the second of four periods for Computer-Based Testing during the 2015 calendar year.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

Click Here: Application for Wastewater Operator Certification

Click Here: Application for Tribal Utility Management Certification

POSTPONED Safe Drinking Water Act 101: Basics and Consumer Confidence Reporting Training, Phoenix, AZ

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

This training has been postponed.   It has tentatively been rescheduled for August 11-14, 2015.

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.

A new announcement is forthcoming.

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

The NAWMA meetings serve as a forum for Tribal water operators to share and discus matters concerning their Tribal drinking water systems and for learning more about compliance with federal safe drinking water regulations.  During this meeting, a guest speaker will provide a short training seminar on the importance of distribution operation and maintenance to maintain safe drinking water, and a hands-on-exercise on disinfectants/disinfection byproducts in drinking water – reduction/control and proper sampling.  A roundtable discussion session will be held for Tribal water professionals to share with each other on matters of interest.  You are encouraged to participate in the roundtable sharing session and bring ideas or suggestions to the meeting.  The NAWMA-NM Chapter Meeting is your workgroup forum and all input and suggestions are welcomed.

Click Here: Announcement, Agenda, 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

The Water Distribution – 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: drinking water distribution and system design, piping, meters and valves, fire hydrants, pumps, water storage, water disinfection, the Safe Drinking Water Act, water sampling and testing, math relating to water system operation, 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 Distribution – Level 1 (WD-1) operator certification.

CLASS IS FULL: REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Water Treatment – Level 2 Training & Exam, May 4-8, 2015, Scottsdale, Arizona

Water Treatment – Level 2 Training & Exam
May 4-8, 2015
Two Waters Complex
10005 East Osborn Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85256

Hosted by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Public Works Dept.

The Water Treatment – Level 2 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, sources and intakes, wells, pump maintenance, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, corrosion control, math overview, disinfection, taste and odor control, iron and manganese control, fluoridation, softening, demineralization, sludge disposal, instrumentation, the Safe Drinking Water Act, water sampling and testing, and worker safety.  During the training course, a tour of a Surface Water Treatment Plant is planned.  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 2 operator certification.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 Training & Exam, May 12-15, 2015, Flagstaff, Arizona

Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 Training & Exam
May 12-15, 2015
NAU Main Campus – Native American Cultural Center
318 W. McCreary Drive
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011

Hosted by the Hopi Tribe Water Resources Program

The Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 training course is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of Tribal wastewater system operators.  Subjects covered in this training course will include:  an overview of activated sludge wastewater treatment with review of lagoon processes; activated sludge components; pumps and motors; disinfection; operational tests for process control using laboratory sampling and testing; process control using observations and appearances of treated wastewater sludge at various points of the activated sludge process; wastewater treatment mathematics; 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 Treatment – Level 1 operator certification.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Wastewater Operator Certification

Paper-Booklet Testing Session at the 2015 Tribal Drinking Water Conference, May 21, 2015, Sacramento, CA

Paper-Booklet Testing Session at the 2015 Tribal Drinking Water Conference
May 21, 2015, Sacramento, California

In an effort to provide improved pathways for Tribal water and wastewater system operators to achieve professional certification, ITCA has partnered with the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) to offer a Paper-Booklet Testing Session at the 2015 Tribal Drinking Water Conference.  The Paper-Booklet Testing Session provides Tribal water and wastewater utility personnel the opportunity to apply and test for professional certifications following the training program of the conference.  To be considered for prior approval, you must submit a registration form and a completed application by the April 24, 2015, deadline.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

Click Here: Application for Wastewater Operator Certification

Click Here: Application for Tribal Utility Management Certification

Please Note: Registration and application for the Tribal operator certification exam session is separate from registration for the Tribal Drinking Water Conference, May 18-21, 2015.  To register for the conference, please contact RCAC by phone at (916) 447-9832 ext. 1429, by email at registration@rcac.org, or visit the conference website at:

https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?MODE=&ID=504

General Module Training and Very Small Water System Exam, June 1-5, 2015, Billings, Montana

General Module Training and Very Small Water System Exam
June 1-5, 2015
Office of Barlett & West Engineering & Consultants
3470 Gabel Road, St. #1
Billings, Montana 59102

Hosted by the Crow Tribal Water Resource Department

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 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 operator certification exam.

The Very Small Water System (VSWS) Operator Certification serves as a stepping stone for entry-level water operators that are embarking on their career path of earning Level 1 (or higher) water operator certification.  Pursuant to the Tribal Drinking Water Operator Certification Program Final Guidelines (U.S. EPA, 2005), Tribal operators of less complex systems serving 500 or less people may earn the Very Small Water System (VSWS) Operator Certification as a single certification that jointly satisfies the Level 1 water treatment and Level 1 water distribution certification requirements.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

Water Distribution – Level 2 Training & Exam, June 1-5, 2015, Scottsdale, Arizona

Water Distribution – Level 2 Training & Exam
June 1-5, 2015
Two Waters Complex
10005 East Osborn Road
Scottsdale, Arizona

Hosted by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Public Works Dept.

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

General Module Training and Very Small Water System Exam, June 15-19, 2015, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

General Module Training and Very Small Water System Exam
June 15-19, 2015
AMERIND Training Center
502 Cedar Drive
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico 87004

Hosted by the Santa Ana Pueblo Utilities Department

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

Wastewater Collection – Level 2 Training & Exam, June 15-19, 2015, Maricopa, Arizona

Wastewater Collection – Level 2 Training & Exam
June 15-19, 2015
Ak-Chin Water Reclamation Facility
42600 W. Ralph Street
Maricopa, Arizona 85138

Hosted by Ak-Chin Indian Community Water Operations

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Wastewater Operator Certification

General Module Training and Very Small Water System Exam, June 22-26, 2015, Portland, Oregon

General Module Training and Very Small Water System Exam
June 22-26, 2015
Backflow Management Inc.
17752 NE San Rafael St.
Portland, Oregon 97230

Hosted by Backflow Management Inc.

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 popular training additionally focuses on water treatment and distribution for small drinking water systems. This expanded General Module training course helps prepare water operators for the Very Small Water System operator certification exam.

The Very Small Water System (VSWS) Operator Certification serves as a stepping stone for entry-level water operators that are embarking on their career path of earning Level 1 (or higher) water operator certification. Pursuant to the Tribal Drinking Water Operator Certification Program Final Guidelines (U.S. EPA, 2005), Tribal operators of less complex systems serving 500 or less people may earn the Very Small Water System (VSWS) Operator Certification as a single certification that jointly satisfies the Level 1 water treatment and Level 1 water distribution certification requirements.

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

Safe Drinking Water Act 202: Compliance Monitoring & Lab Awareness Training, June 23-25, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona

Safe Drinking Water Act 202: Compliance Monitoring and Lab Awareness Training
June 23-25, 2015
TestAmerica Phoenix Laboratory Conference Room
4625 East Cotton Center Boulevard, Suite 189
Phoenix, Arizona 85040

Hosted by TestAmerica Phoenix Laboratory

Coming Soon: Announcement and Registration

Yogurt and Whole Wheat Pasta, Fresh Fruit and Veggies for Infants, now available on WIC!

Effective April 1, 2015, ITCA WIC added yogurt and whole wheat pasta to the foods available on WIC! Women and children participating in WIC will be able to purchase a 32 ounce container of a variety of plain or flavored yogurt. Loaded with calcium, vitamin D and protein, yogurt can be used for parfaits with fruit and cereal, as a dip for fruit or as a topping to tacos. Whole wheat pasta will be allowed as an option in addition to the whole wheat bread or tortillas, corn tortillas or brown rice currently offered. Whole wheat pasta is loaded with fiber and is so versatile- it can be used in soups, macaroni salads or pasta dishes.

Parents will be happy to hear that babies 9 months and older will have the option to receive a check for up to $8 in fresh fruit and veggies if their child is developmentally ready for finger foods! This allows parents to provide appropriate foods for their baby’s age.
Whole Wheat Pasta with Vegetables and CheeseYogurt parfait

Competing for Federal Grants Training

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. is pleased to welcome the “Competing for Federal Grants” training to Phoenix, Arizona. We would like to invite you to participate in this one-of-a-kind workshop. The training will be held March 23-27, 2015, at 2214 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona.

The Grantsmanship Center introduced the first grants training ever for nonprofit organizations and government agencies in 1972, and continues to lead the field. The Grantsmanship Center’s programs have been described as the “gold standard” of grants training. To date, the Center has trained more than 115,000 program planners, grant proposal writers, and decision-makers in nonprofit organizations, academia, and government agencies nationwide and abroad.

“Competing for Federal Grants” will equip you with the skills you need to develop proposals that will be competitive at the national level. The trainer uses recent application guidelines and funded proposals for presentations, classroom discussion, and hands-on activities. During the training, you’ll develop a workplan for proposal development, write key proposal sections, review proposals drafted by your peers, and have your own work reviewed by others.

This training is designed for all who need to:

  • Understand federal funding programs
  • Read and interpret application guidelines
  • Assess, realistically, whether it makes sense to enter a particular competition
  • Assemble a workplan for proposal development
  • Develop effective, well-documented arguments
  • Assemble proposals that follow guidelines and respond to the funder’s requirements
  • Upon completion of the workshop, graduates receive a full year of free follow-up services through the Alumni Membership Program. These include professional proposal review and access to a comprehensive online database of foundation, corporate and government funding sources.

    The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. is hosting this training to provide an opportunity to our tribal partners with the training needs and information to build program capacity and operate programs that comply with federal regulations and policies. As a non-profit organization, we know the funding challenges facing Arizona nonprofits and tribal communities. We believe that well-planned programs, like those that The Grantsmanship Center training emphasizes, are the key to increased grant support for organizations and communities like ours.
    Tuition for this premier training program is $1,195.00 ($1,095.00 for early registration). To qualify for the early registration discount, payment must be received 30 days prior to the start of the workshop.

    To ensure personalized attention, enrollment is limited to 25 participants. These workshops often fill to capacity, so we encourage you to enroll early. To register, call The Grantsmanship Center directly at (800) 421-9512 or (213) 482-9860. Or you may enroll online at www.tgci.com. For more information about the training site, contact Africa Dorame-Avalos at (602) 258-4822 or africa.dorame-avalos@itcaonline.com

    We hope you’ll be able to join us for this special training opportunity on March 23-27, 2015.

    More Information and On-Line Registration

    Registration Form

    2015 TWS 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

    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 upcoming Computer-Based Testing Period #2, which is available from April 1, 2015, through June 30, 2015, at 200 regional testing centers.

    Coming Soon: 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.

    Tribal Pesticide Inspector Training

    Tribal Pesticide Inspector Training Announcement

    Tribal Pesticide Inspector Training Agenda