U.S. Poultry & Egg Association will sponsor a Poultry Wastewater Operator Training Program, May 25-26, at the association’s office in Tucker, Ga.

The course provides an introduction to the regulatory structure governing poultry plant effluents, along with a primer in math, chemistry and microbiology. It will include a unit-by-unit discussion of the predominant equipment and systems used to properly treat poultry effluent prior to discharge.

While the course is applicable to anyone involved in poultry wastewater treatment, it is particularly useful for operators and supervisors who have been involved in poultry wastewater treatment for four years or less. The program includes 14 hours of classroom instruction and a 200-page operator manual.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion, and continuing education units may be awarded upon approval of the course curriculum by state certification boards. Credit may vary from state to state, but typically 12 hours of continuing education units will be awarded to certified operators who attend.

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The course will be led by professional engineer Paul Bredwell, vice president of environmental programs at USPOULTRY, and Dr. Brian Kiepper, assistant professor at the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Class size will be limited to 20 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

The enrollment fee is $195 per person for USPOULTRY member companies and $390 per person for nonmember companies. The fee includes lunch both days.

For more information and to register for the Poultry Wastewater Operators Training Program, contact USPOULTRY at 1.770.493.9401, or go to the association’s Web site.