Excellence in Environmental Training

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The University of Florida Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF/TREEO) is the University’s environmental training center providing non-credit continuing education courses and certificate programs to those working in environmental professions. Delivery methods for these courses and programs include on-siteonline courses, and hybrid models.

UF/TREEO has content experts, dedicated Senior Training Specialists, partnerships with outside consultants and UF faculty that help to develop and teach the training courses for environmental occupations professionals. Currently over 5000 students are trained annually in Gainesville, around Florida, the US and overseas.


About Us

UF/TREEO was created to provide continuing education for water and wastewater operators so they could operate their plants in compliance with federal and state regulations. The land UF/TREEO sits on is located across from the Kanapaha Water Reclamation Facility and was donated to the University of Florida by the City of Gainesville. UF has a long history of training water and wastewater operators beginning in the 1940’s with Dr. A. P. Black. One of the engineering buildings on campus bears his name.

UF/TREEO expanded its course offerings as new environmental legislation was passed in the 1980s and 1990s to include Asbestos Abatement, Solid Waste, HAZWOPER, and RCRA training. Several years ago UF/TREEO began providing assistance to utilities wishing to improve operations and costs by implementing an Environmental Management System.

Since 2005 UF/TREEO has been the administrator for Florida Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (FLAWARN) that provides assistance to utilities during hurricanes and other emergencies.

On-site Custom Training

UF/TREEO can bring courses to your facility, industry or agency. Existing programs may be customized to meet your specific needs or a new program can be developed for your organization in a variety of subject areas. Our customized programs offer flexibility in scheduling based on your requirements and can be offered in a location of your choice.

If you only have a few people to be trained, we can partner with you by using your training room and letting other students attend.

On-site Training Inquiry Form

Environmental Organizations

UF/TREEO staff are proud members of the following environmental organizations:

Featured Instructor

In Memorial

UF/TREEO is saddened by the death of our former director, Dr. Bill Engel. Bill passed away, January 17, 2014 in Ocala, FL. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from American University in Washington DC. Dr. Engel was the Director of  UF/TREEO  from 1994 until he retired in 2010. He was a Certified Environmental Trainer, past President of the National Environmental Training Association (NETA). His other professional memberships included AWWA, WEF and he achieved the honor of being chosen as a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers.

Visit UF /TREEO at the following summer Conferences and Expos:

SWANA-FL 2014 Summer Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, July 27-29, 2014

Florida Rural Water Association Annual Conference August 4 - 6, 2014 Booth 503


Recent Conferences:

TREEO Calendar

Click on the calendar to view available courses by date, then by course location.

Online courses show up first since they are ongoing.

You can view the course outline, agenda location and links for more location.

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Featured Courses

Initial Training for Operators of Landfills and Waste Processing Facilities

and Refresher Operator/Spotter Training

July 22-24, 2014  Tampa

Offering initial training and refresher courses together over 3 days

Activated Sludge Process Control & Troubleshooting

July 29-31, 2014 Gainesville, FL at the TREEO Center

 A three-day, interactive workshop that allows the plant operator to investigate and participate in solving real world problems!



Train the Trainer

This course is prepared for business and industry personnel responsible for developing, delivering, evaluating and managing environmental training. Practical application exercises are used in conjunction with course materials to teach students how to design and deliver an effective environmental training program. Next offering: Spring 2015,   More information.