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Approved Classes for Water Well Drillers and Pump Installers

Basic continuing education 

Since January 2011, a person who installs or repairs water well pumps must be licensed by the Indiana DNR. In addition, a licensed water well driller or pump installer must complete at least six hours of approved continuing education before Dec. 31 of each even-numbered year for license renewal.

Dec. 31, 2020 is the next continuing education cycle deadline. The minimum requirements must be met to be eligible to renew a license for 2021.

An individual must complete each cycle of continuing education before accumulating points for the next one.

A minimum of six hours of education is required for the renewal of each license. A combination water well driller and pump installer license will require a minimum of twelve total hours of approved continuing education for license renewal.

Continuing education courses must be pre-approved at least thirty days in advance by application to the DNR by the course provider. Attendees are required to receive written verification of attendance and then keep the written verification on file for three years.

For further information, contact the Division of Water:

Mark Basch, 317-232-0154, mbasch@dnr.IN.gov
Vanessa Gonzalez, 317-234-1085, vgonzalez@dnr.IN.gov

2020 Continuing Education Opportunities

  • October 2020 - The Indiana Ground Water Association is hosting its biannual convention in Michigan City, IN on Oct. 22. The event is approved for 6 hours for both well drillers and pump installers. To register, please visit the website at indianagroundwater.org/event/100964/?instance_id=34. Registration begins Aug. 1.

Approved Online Continuing Education Opportunities

  • The International School of Well Drilling: Courses are approved for both well drillers and pump installers and available for 1 or 2 hours each depending on topic. A total of 11 hours of continuing education is available. Visit website for topic availability and registration. Course fees vary.
  • National Drilling Association: Drilling Safety Certification (3 hours), Monitoring Well Construction Certification (6 hours); and Groundwater Knowledge Certification (4 hours) Approved for water well drillers. Course fees vary. See website for registration. Course fees vary.
  • Approved Environment: Multiple topics covered and available in one hour increments. Course fees vary. See website below for registration and purchase. The following topics are approved for one hour each for both well drillers and pump installers and are clearly marked on the webpage: Groundwater and Wells; Ammonia, pH, and Chlorine; Disinfection using Chlorine; The Mircrolife; Water Chemistry; Safety; Pump Maintenance; and Parasites and Pathogens. Pay attention to which topics are approved for well drillers and pump installers — they are marked on the Indiana page with a WD/PI in the ‘course type’ column.
  • Goulds Water Technology: E-learning program ‘Basic Water Systems Training’ is approved for 2 hours of continuing education for Indiana water well drillers and pump installers. The webinar contains 11 modules that focus on pump basics, discharge conditions, understanding pump curves, sizing and selecting pumps, pressure storage tanks and other similar topics. To register and begin the course, visit the website.
  • Goulds Water Technology: Second edition of the e-learning program ‘Variable Frequency Drives’ is approved for 2 hours of continuing education for Indiana water well drillers and pump installers. The webinar explores the typical VFD system and selection, sizing, start up, and troubleshooting. To register and begin the course, visit the website.