CDC-Sponsored Water Fluoridation Training
CDC offers limited training in water fluoridation engineering and operations and does not have the staff resources to provide special training for groups, organizations, or utility systems. CDC offers the following courses to assist with managing state fluoridation programs and water treatment facility operations. Enrollment in these courses is open to any state program official, water utility system staff, trainers of water facility operators and support personnel, and registered engineers.
Water Fluoridation: Principles and Practices presents basic information on community water fluoridation, including engineering and administrative guidance. The course is conducted over three days and is available periodically in Tennessee and California. Attendance is limited because of space and facility considerations, so pre-registration and approval are necessary, with preference given to state employees. There is no tuition fee for accepted state program employees, though attendees are responsible for their own travel and per diem expenses. CDC awards participants 1.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 17 professional development hours for completing the course.
Using the Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS) is an optional half-day course (0.3 CEUs) for those responsible for maintaining state program records. This course immediately precedes the Water Fluoridation: Principles and Practices course.
Future training dates:
- Murfreesboro, Tennessee:
CDC will offer Water Fluoridation: Principles and Practices on September 19–22, 2016, at the Doubletree Hotel and the Julian R. Fleming Training Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Murfreesboro is located in the southern sector of metropolitan Nashville. Course attendance is limited to 25.
- Sacramento, California:
CDC will offer Water Fluoridation: Principles and Practices from February 22–25, 2016. Training will be held at the Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn and at the City of Sacramento Fairbairn Water Treatment Facility. Course attendance is limited to 21.
A 6-hour Water Fluoridation Training Course offers assistance to states in providing water treatment facility operator training. The template can be customized by individual state programs. CDC does not offer CEU credits for this course, but state program sponsors often do provide credit. Contact your state dental director, drinking water administrator, or trainers of water treatment facility operators to learn when this training will be offered in your state.
CDC has been reviewed and approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 8405 Greensboro Drive, Suite 800, McLean, VA 22102. CDC awards 0.3 CEUs to participants who successfully complete the WFRS training and 2.0 CEUs for completing Water Fluoridation: Principles and Practices training.
Contact CDC if you have questions about any training.
Water Fluoridation: Principles and Practices is a CDC-sponsored course on basic community water fluoridation. It is intended to build the skills needed to manage and operate a state water fluoridation program, as well as to train engineers in drinking water programs and water fluoridation specialists on the principles of fluoridation engineering.
Operators of water treatment facilities and engineers in private practice have also found this course to be useful in building their skills and knowledge. CDC awards 1.8 Continuing Education Units (CEU) or 18 Professional Development Hours to participants who complete it.
The training is normally preceded by an optional half-day course on the use of the Water Fluoridation Reporting System for those who are responsible for maintaining records for a state program.
The following is a sample three-day agenda for a typical course.
View a typical course agenda by clicking the bar below.
Fluoridation and Public Health
The Problem of Tooth Decay
Fluoride's Mechanism of Action
Commonly Used Additives
EPA Regulatory Perspective
EPA and Water Fluoridation
Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) and Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level (SMCL)
Method of Feeding
Fluoride Additive Equipment
Design of Fluoridation Systems
Water Treatment Context
Planning and Permitting
Overview of Risk Communication
Health Effects and Current Issues
Charges and Claims of the Opposition
How to Address Allegations of Health Effects
Chemistry of Fluoride Analysis
SPANS Colorimetric Determination
Specific Ion Electrode Determination
Errors and Methodology Interferences
Laboratory Safety and Session Directions
Management of State Programs
How State Programs Are Organized
Engineering and Administrative Recommendations for Water Fluoridation (EARWF)
Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) Best Practices
Data Management and CDC Responses
Water Fluoridation Reporting Systems (WFRS)
My Water's Fluoride
Oral Health Maps
Hands-on Testing of Fluoride Content in Water
Results and Statistics
Water Treatment Plant Tour
Context of Water Fluoridation
Operation of Water Fluoridation Systems
Planning for Safety in Fluoride
Handling Fluoride Exposure
Toxic Exposures: Chronic and Acute
Personnel Safety Gear and Techniques
Managing Fluoride Levels and Defluoridation
Methods for Fluoride Removal
Running Successful Community Fluoridation Campaigns
Coalition and Program Capacity
Implementing Improvements in Your State Program
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- Page last updated: October 6, 2015
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