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Ohio Trainings

Ohio RCAP offers multiple training opportunities that include in-person classroom trainings and field days, webinar series, online self-paced trainings, and on-site trainings. Register for one of our trainings listed below.

Important Announcements

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT OUR CLASSROOM TRAININGS:  Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) classroom trainings will be postponed until further notice. RCAP is opting to postpone trainings due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak and with respect to guidance from local, state and federal health officials.


Upcoming Webinars

IMPORTANT NOTICE: In order to receive credit for attending the webinars, you MUST have the webinar as your active screen.  Minimizing the screen will reduce your participation attention and could prevent you from receiving a completion certificate.

Registration is required. You may need to take a short pretest. Don't worry if you don't know all the answers -- this test is designed to help us know what information you need.

Please join us at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the training.

 

COVID-19 Financial Strategies to Help Small Systems

July 30, 2020: 10:00 am - 11:15 am

 

 

 




Are you concerned about short-term and long-term financial impacts from COVID-19? RCAP staff will offer ideas, strategies and resources to help small water and sewer systems financially cope with this difficult time. We'll discuss how to prioritize and cut O&M expenses, apply for available financial assistance, help your customers connect with aid programs, take measures to manage delinquencies, and potentially reduce debt service expenses.

This training has been applied for 1.0 drinking water and wastewater contact hours.

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Tackling Private Property Pipe Issues

Two mornings of Virtual Training

 

 

 

 




Before spending millions to increase the capacity of collection and treatment systems, join us to learn strategies to tackle what may be your utility’s largest source of inflow for sewers or unaccounted loss in water distribution systems!

Each day has been applied for 2.5 drinking water and wastewater contact hours.

Click on the date and time below to register:

August 12, 2020: 9:00 am - 11:45 am   

August 13, 2020: 9:00 am - 11:45 am                            

Day 1 topics: 

Day 2
topics:

- Why are Private Property Service Lines  Important to Your Utility?

- Water Service
Line Programs

- Best Management Practices for Service Lines - Part 1   

- Legal  Considerations
for Private Property
Inspections and Replacement Programs

- Best Management Practices for Service Lines - Part 2

- Program Financing Options

- Sewer Lateral Programs

- Tips for Starting Your Own Private Property Inspection
and Renovation Program

Basics of Budgeting for Water Utilities

September 9, 2020: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm  

This one-hour course will address how to analyze existing rates, and how to forecast and budget for upcoming rate adjustments. The course focuses primarily on ensuring that your rate is generating enough revenue to incorporate a full cost recovery method of rate adjustment utilizing the Asset Management Concept.

This course has been approved for 1.0 drinking water "Other" contact hours.

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Basics of Rate Setting

September 17, 2020: 10:00 am - 11:15 am EST

This webinar provides an introduction and overview of rate setting methodologies and how they are best applied to different systems based on local needs. We'll explain how rate setting is both an art and a science to ensure fixed and variable expenses are covered along with reserve funds while trying to set up a rate structure that will be fair to different classes of customers.

This course has been approved for 1.25 drinking water and wastewater "Other" contact hours.

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Guiding and Funding Your Utility's Future:
A 3-Part Series

Each course has been approved for 1.0 drinking water and wastewater "Other" contact hours.


Planning for Your System's Future - Part 1

October 7, 2020: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Planning is a tool to maintain a unifying vision for the future of your utility. In this training, we will discuss how to establish a formal planning framework and who to involve. The process of using a SWOT program will be introduced. We will explore issues related to community growth or decline, rate setting, system operations and roles of the owner, engineer and operator. The USEPA Strategic Planning Step Guide will be referenced and made available.

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Capital Improvement Plans  - Part 2

October 14, 2020: 10:00 am - 11:00 am 

Water Tank

This training introduces the capital improvement planning process and identifies the key decision factors that determine how a CIP will be put together. We'll cover ten suggested steps in the process. Tools and examples for utilities to complete a short-term plan (5 years) and longer term plan will be shared.

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Planning, Lifecycle Cost and Present Worth - Part 3

October 21, 2020: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This one-hour section will explore how to evaluate your system, assess lifecycle costs and present worth, and use this information in planning and decision-making for the utility, especially as it applies to future capital improvements, or potential regionalization or privatization.

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Controlling Capital Projects:
A 3-Part Series

Each course has been approved for 1.0 drinking water and wastewater "Other" contact hours.


Know What You Need - Part 1

November 5, 2020: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This training will help you understand your problem, determine what you need and why you need it, how much it will cost, and what your options are.

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Preliminary Engineering & Design - Part 2

November 12, 2020: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


This training will help you understand what a PER is and what it can do for you by defining what it should include to help you make the best technical and financial decisions.

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Bidding, Contracts & Specifications - Part 3                 

November 19, 2020: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This training will help you determine how to select design professionals, when bidding is required, how to understand bid documents and how to evaluate them. It will also address important contract items, construction administration, and whether design-build is for you.

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Webinar Series for Local Officials

These instructor-led webinars are offered in three-part or four-part series, enabling busy local officials training opportunities that fit their schedules.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: In order to receive credit for attending the webinars, you MUST have the webinar as your active screen.  Minimizing the screen will reduce your participation attention and could prevent you from receiving a completion certificate.


 

 

Online Self-paced Trainings

Ohio RCAP is please to make available online training for the comfort of your home or office through the Ohio EPA 360 Water Site. Courses are self-paced; you can stop at any time and resume when you are ready. Topics include asset management, financial management and utility management. Courses are approved for Ohio EPA operator contact hours. First-time site users will be asked to register with the site. 

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2020, WE WILL BE CHANGING TO ANOTHER FORMAT.  PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL YOUR TRAININGS ARE COMPLETED BY THIS TIME.

For questions, call GLCAP/Ohio RCAP's program assistant at 1-800-775-9767.

Click here to access the Ohio EPA 360 Water site.

On-site Trainings

Ohio RCAP also offers on-site trainings available by demand. We provide trainings to boards, councils and other organizations. Contact any Ohio RCAP representative for scheduling information. Some of our trainings include:

 

Project Development

Are you facing your first big water or sewer project? Don't know anything about the subject? Ohio RCAP in cooperation with The Ohio Water Development Authority has development a training course consisting of three components for local decision makers who have never experienced a capital improvement project in their community, or are looking for help in planning a project. It covers planning, engineering selection, funding, design, and construction, and what to expect in each segment along the way.

 

Rate Setting

Are you facing a utility rate increase? Not sure which way to turn? Ohio RCAP in cooperation with The Ohio Water Development Authority has developed a training course for decision makers on setting utility rates, consisting of two components: rate analysis and rate structure.

Rate analysis covers topics such as characteristics of a good rate structure; overview of the rate analysis; asset management, safeguarding utility funds; and user classifications and groups.

Rate structure covers topics like types of structure; proportional to use; rate setting tools; lifestyles and economic development; and billing and usage analysis.

This is an excellent course for decision makers to understand what goes into making a good sound and defensible rate structure.