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RCAP Self-Paced Training

Self-paced instruction at RCAP provides an easy way to access the curriculum you need, when you need it. Review our course information via the web and set your own schedule for learning.

Why RCAP Training?

RCAP self-paced training provides instruction for water system operators, government officials and local administrators. If traveling for in-person training is not an option, consider the courses provided by RCAP. Instruction can be taken for class credit, or as a way to supplement your own in-house coursework.

New Self-Paced Platform

RCAP is pleased to launch a new platform for free, self-paced online training. In September 2020, we revamped two of our most popular courses:

101: Utility Management for Local Officials

The Utility Management course for Governing Boards was developed by the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) in Ohio. Participants will receive an overview of the three capabilities of a properly operated and maintained utility system, which include Managerial, Technical, and Financial. Governing board roles and responsibilities, along with applicable laws, will be presented. Participants also will discover the importance of the technical capacity of a utility system including the role of certified operators and properly maintained assets.

This course is completed with a discussion about financial management, record keeping, rate setting, and funding capital projects. Participants must spend at least 90 minutes reviewing course materials in order to receive a certificate of completion. 1.5 OEPA contact hours (Both 'X' hours) are expected.


201 Financial Management for Local Officials 

Financial Management for Governing Boards was developed by the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) in Ohio. Participants will receive an introduction to financial management best practices for water and sewer utilities. Course material includes a focus on planning, budgeting, accounting, customer outreach, and the importance of good reporting and financial record keeping. Guidance on building a mission and system goals to steer policy and financial decision-making will be highlighted. This course also addresses how asset management planning informs budgeting, which in turn provides the revenue target for rate setting.

Local officials seeking credit for Ohio EPA Principal Forgiveness and operators seeking contact hours must spend at least 90 minutes reviewing slides and completing exercises. 1.5 OEPA contact hours (Both 'X' hours) are expected.

Important Time-Tracking Feature

Please review the informational video below so you understand how to track your time in each course. Once you create a username and login, you can reference the video again to find the time-tracking feature in our portal.

How to Log In:

To enter the self-paced training portal, please follow these instructions. Courses are self-paced, so you can stop at any time and resume when you are ready.

Step 1: Go to the GLCAP training website:

Step 2:
 From the account login screen, enter your username and password. If you need to set up a new account, scroll down to these instructions: 

Don't have an account? Sign up for free.

Step 3:
Once you have an account, you can browse the RCAP catalog or click on 101: Utility Management for Local Officials or 201 Financial Management for Local Officials.

If you need assistance, please e-mail our Community Development Program Assistant.

About Contact Hours, Course Credit

Important Information About Contact Hours and Credit for OEPA Principal Forgiveness

Course #101 and #201 have been submitted for 1.5 contact hours. In order to receive credit for attending, including those who need to complete the course for OEPA Principal Forgiveness awards, you must spend a minimum of 90 minutes reviewing the course materials and completing all exercises, pre and post-test questions. We encourage all participants to watch the introductory video, below, to gain an understanding about creating a login and tracking their time spent in each course:

It is expected that an average participant may spend 2-3 hours reviewing all materials and you are welcome to take longer in this self-paced course. You are permitted to exit the course and return at any time. All cumulative time is automatically tracked and reported. 

If you have any issues with these courses, please e-mail our Community Development Program Assistant or call 1-800-775-9767. 

Option for Group Participation/Satellite

If you are hosting this training for others to view, please download the attached sign-in sheet and list the names and contact information for all the attendees and operator ID #, if applicable. This signed document helps us verify that all the participants were in attendance and participated for the entire training. 

Future Courses

We are in the process of creating additional courses targeted to local officials, administrators, operators and other support staff of public water and sewer systems. Topics include written SOPs, rate setting, asset management plan development, valve exercising plans, financial management and utility management. Courses will be approved for Ohio EPA operator contact hours, and first-time users will be asked to register.