Online Training Academy - Technology

The Online Training Academy (OTA) is a series of web-based courses designed to build strong authorities. This convenient and cost-effective training has been developed for authority board members, consultants and management staff, billing departments, financial staff, treatment plant and work crew employees.

Each one-hour webinar will consist of a 45 minute presentation along with an interactive question and answer period. Webinars allow us to provide more training to an even broader geographic area and make learning opportunities more accessible to all employees throughout your organization. Every member of the authority team benefits from these courses!  The registration fee is $40, unless prepaid credits were purchased.


Developing and Implementing Social Media and Internet Policies

(Originally presented November 18, 2014. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

Internet usage and social media have pervaded the workplace. With the increase in the use of mobile devices in the workplace, having internet and social media policies and training employees to follow them are critical practices for every municipal authority. Even if your authority is not using social media, you still need internet and social media policies because your employees are using it in their private lives and they need guidance to protect the authority’s interests from potential consequences ranging from financial, to legal and ethical issues.

During this webinar, a number of legal considerations will be addressed:

  • Liability that can arise from employee use of the internet and social media;

  • Liability arising out of employer use of the internet and social media;

  • The use of social media for screening purposes;

  • Types of protected activity; and

  • Various other considerations for developing a social media policy.

Romel L. Nicholas, Esquire, GTN Law
Christine M. Seymour, Esquire, Law Offices of Christine Seymour and Special Counsel to GTN Law

Leveraging GIS to Optimize Asset Management for Utilities

(Originally presented June 10, 2015. A link of this archived session will be emailed to you to view at your convenience. Please use the registration link below.)

A thoughtfully-developed asset management strategy will guide decision-making for your water, wastewater, or stormwater utility at all levels of operations.  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology collides with your asset management needs to increase your understanding of the types and number of your assets, turn conditions assessments into capital improvement planning tools, and enhance the flow of information between the office and field.

This presentation is intended for utility managers and public works directors who oversee the long-term planning and day-to-day operations of water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities.  We will review current advances in GIS technology for utilities and provide examples of ways to leverage GIS as a component of your asset management process.

During this webinar, we will address the following topics:

  • The asset management process and how it applies to your utility

  • What is GIS and why use GIS for asset management?

  • How to determine if GIS is right for you (… aka requirements analysis)

  • Examples of GIS for office and field operations

  • Walk-through of an online GIS of a wastewater system on a laptop and on an iPhone

Presenter: Lori A. Burkert, P.G., Entech Engineering, Inc.


Click here to register and pay online for any of the above listed webinars.


Click here to register if your authority has pre-paid webinar credits.


Important Information

What you need: -A computer (Mac or PC) with high-speed internet access -Speakers or headphones to listen to the audio portion of the sessions -A valid email address for registration You will receive login information via email two days prior to the scheduled event and a final reminder one hour before the start of the webinar.

Webinar Cost – $40 per session

Cancellation Policy All cancellations must be received in writing and sent to PMAA via fax, mail or email.  No refunds will be granted for a cancellation notice received less than 48 hours before each session. Substitute registrants are welcome; please email Craig Fahnestock at