The University of Florida, Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF/TREEO) has the staff and network of available resources to ensure that those working in the water industry will learn meaningful procedures and techniques for understanding water systems and providing safe drinking water.

Students who successfully complete a training course are awarded Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Operator Certification Program units (OCPs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to benefit them as they progress in their career.

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Engineering PDH's available

Florida Statutes require that engineers complete eight hours of continuing education per renewal cycle.

  • Four hours of Florida's engineering laws and rules
  • Four hours in the licensee's area of practice

The University of Florida, Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF TREEO) is an approved FBPE continuing education provider. There are many UF/TREEO courses that are approved for FBPE professional development hours, this is indicated in the individual course description. UF/TREEO also offers the FBPE required course Laws and Rules for Florida Engineers in November of each even year. If you are interested in earning engineering continuing education credit, please bring your license number and photo identification with you to class.

For additional information about these courses, please contact Stephanie West.

Florida Board of Professional Engineers



Definition of Terms

Exam Prep The Exam Prep and Review Courses prepare students for the State of Florida Water and Wastewater Operator Exams. They should be taken after the training course and before scheduling your exam.

Re-certification these courses assist the Backflow professional maintain his/her certification, through the offering of these two courses:

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Florida Water Wastewater Agency Response Network (FlaWARN)

UF/TREEO is proud to be the administrator of FlaWARN and work with our member utilities to provide assistance. For more information contact Carol Hinton, chinton@treeo.ufl.edu.

Environmental Management Systems

UF/TREEO has worked with several utilities and municipalities to assist them in developing an EMS. An EMS offers an integrated approach to the management and measurement of environmental practices and activities. Developing an EMS will increase the scope beyond just the environment to create a relationship between natural resources, business activities, people and community issues and the triple bottom-line for the organization; ‘people, planet and profit’.  An organization that is guided by sustainability goals will focus on issues critical to the mission of the organization.

Why Develop an EMS?