2023 IRWA Annual Spring Conference

We are excited for you to join us on March 8th-10th at the Riverside Hotel in Boise. 

Submit a Conference Presentation

Idaho Rural Water Association is now accepting presentations for its Spring Conference - March 8-10, 2023 in Boise, Idaho. We are grateful for the professionals who volunteer to teach. Since we have repeat Conference attendance from our Operation Specialists, we are looking for NEW and UPDATED presentations. We ask that you teach the principle and not provide a commercial for a specific product (no sales presentations).  Hands-on training is encouraged.

In order to qualify for continuing education units (CEUs) from the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses all training must be relevant to the job. Criteria used to determine if the subject matter offered in a training class is relevant and approvable are based on the Associated Boards of Certification (ABC) "Needs to Know Criteria." Relevant training is instruction or education that:

  • Is pertinent to or consistent with what an operator needs to understand to successfully perform a job in the drinking water or wastewater field; and
  • Includes instruction that familiarizes operators with public health issues and source water protection issues; and
  • Is identifiable as only that information an operator "needs to know," which does not include information superfluous to the drinking water or wastewater aspect of the job.

Among the subject matter eligible for professional growth training are:

  • Operation and maintenance of water/wastewater treatment systems and associated equipment;
  • Operation and maintenance of water/wastewater transport systems (distribution and collection) and associated equipment;
  • Electrical systems;
  • Hydraulics;
  • Chemical treatment;
  • Sampling/testing requirements, biological, chemical and radionuclide;
  • Disinfection
  • Water/wastewater public health issues;
  • Mathematics and
  • Drinking water source water protection
  • Operator Safety

Because operators' length of service ranges from entry level to decades spent at the same licensed class, similarly classified individuals can have very different training needs. Training providers are encouraged to consider progressive levels of training for the various types and classes of operator licensures.

Please use the Submit A Presentation platform to send IRWA your information. The Information buttons to the right of the questions provide guidance. Please read the instructions found in those buttons as there are some new requirements. The deadline is November 8, 2022. Presenters will be notified in early December if their presentation is selected. If you have any questions, please contact Tondee Clark, IRWA Training Coordinator, at (208) 343-7001.


Please use concise language and pick a title that represents the main crux of your presentation. Shorter titles are easier to format in IRWA marketing materials!
Please put the name of the person(s) teaching the training. If you are the marketing person or administrator, please provide us your contact information in the last field at the bottom of the form.
Please provide the mailing address of the instructor.
Please provide the cell phone number of the instructor.
Please provide the Email address of the instructor.
If you choose More please tell us in the Length of Presentation Proposed field why you need more than two hours for your presentation.
If you would like to teach a class that is more than 2 hours, please explain why you need more time and what will be taught.
Check all that apply
How technical is your presentation? Are you going to start at an entry level knowledge and define all acronyms used? Or is this for people that have worked in the utility industry for some time and have a firm grasp of the basics? Please think about your presentation carefully, so that we can advertise it to the appropriate audience. If this is a review course for operators preparing to test, please select "License Exam Review."
Select the date you are available to teach your class. Select all the dates that apply.
Preferred by attendees.
Each classroom will be equipped with a laptop computer, screen, and projector. We ask that you bring your presentation on a thumb drive. Besides the equipment provided, will you need anything else? If you mark yes, please go to the next line.
Let us know if you have an idea for something more than a normal PowerPoint presentation.
We will have the parking lot area available for product demonstrations. Please indicate if you would like to take advantage of this space for your class, and provide details of the product/skills/ technique/learning module you will be presenting.
If you answered, "Yes". What would you like to display in the parking lot. What would you like to demonstrate in the parking lot?
Instructor Resume outline qualifications, education, experience and license number (if applicable). Please submit for each presenter. Please tell us why you are qualified to teach this particular course.
Please provide a course description about your presentation and why it would be of value to operators.
Please provide a BRIEF description about this class that will be used in the Fall Conference Program. Please use no more than two sentences.
The Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses requires an agenda showing the topics covered and the time spent to cover the topic.
Is this a new presentation? Have you given this presentation at a previous IRWA conference?
Please list all the IRWA Conferences this presentation has been presented in the last four years.
If you are the presenter, thank you for giving us your contact information. If you are not the instructor, but perhaps are the marketing person or administrator, please provide us with your name, email address, and phone number.
We would like to give a special THANK YOU to our 2022 Spring conference sponsors! We look forward to seeing you all in 2023! 


Publish Date: Friday, May 20, 2022

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