We’ve received a request from California WateReuse and the California Urban Water Agencies (CUWA) to survey operators who are involved in the operation of water reuse facilities.

If that’s you – or if you know water reuse operators – please have as many experienced operators as possible take the survey.

Start the survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/JY5BN5W

Description: WateReuse California (WRCA) and the California Urban Water Agencies (CUWA) are developing a white paper that will identify key components for consideration for a revised or new operator certification program for advanced purified recycled water for potable reuse.

Job categories being surveyed:

  • Upper Management
  • Operations Manager
  • Operator
  • Certified Drinking Water or Wastewater Professional

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The preparation of effective bid specifications are critical to project success. This webinar will provide guidelines to help you prepare high quality specifications for trenchless technologies! Both CIPP and manhole rehabilitation specification guidelines will be discussed, as well as the importance of performance based specification. In addition to CIPP and manholes, several other specification guidelines are available from NASSCO including guidelines for Pipe Condition Assessment Using CCTV, Sewer Pipe Cleaning, Smoke Testing, Pipe Bursting Gravity Sewer Mains with HDPE as well as Folded Pipe and Pressure Testing and Grouting.

This webcast is sponsored by NASSCO with support from Avanti and Parson Environmental.

Registration Information:

Register to attend this webcast here.

There will be 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast. Please check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify. Log-on information will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to the webcast. Included in this email will be information regarding attendance verification, PDH distribution, and procedures to follow during the live event.

Secure your spot today for our upcoming CWEA Technical Certification Preparation Session to prepare for your next CWEA certification exam. Our knowledgeable moderators will share information on how to use the many resources and tools to get you on the path to your certification. Space is limited, register online now!

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – LAB, ECI, E&I
Friday, June 5, 2015 – CSM, MT

CWEA SASD
10060 Goethe Road
Sacramento, CA  95827
Earn up to 7.2 CWEA Contact Hours Per Day

Join your colleagues in this interactive session to review the CWEA Path to Certification and delve into the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) that make up the core of your vocation.  You’ll use the newly developed KSA Gap Analysis Tool to identify areas to focus on during your studying.  Numerous and diverse sample questions will be reviewed as your moderator guides you through the highlights of your vocation.  Learn how to develop your own action plan tool for you to use throughout the day to track your action items and plan your next steps. You will leave this workshop with a better idea of what areas you need to focus on as you prepare for your exam.

Join your colleagues in this interactive session.  Secure your spot today for our upcoming CWEA Technical Certification Preparation Session to prepare for your next CWEA certification exam. Our knowledgeable moderators will share how to use the many resources and tools to get you on the path to your certification.
Space is limited, register online now!


Friday, March 27, 2015

CWEA Northern Sacramento Valley Section
Colusa City Hall
Earn 7.2 CWEA Contact Hours

You’ll review the CWEA Path to Certification and delve into the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) that make up the core of your vocation.  You’ll use the newly developed KSA Gap Analysis Tool to identify areas to focus on during your studying.  Numerous and diverse sample questions will be reviewed as your moderator guides you through the highlights of your vocation.  You’ll be able to develop your own action plan tool for you to use throughout the day to track your action items and plan your next steps. You’ll leave this workshop with a better idea of what areas you need to focus on as you prepare for your exam.

Treatment Operators Only

The State Water Board is conducting an update of the drinking water treatment job analysis that is the basis for the Water Treatment Operator exams. Your help to ensure SWRCB has an up to date description of the job a Water Treatment Operator performs in California is needed. Responses to this survey will be used to update the Expected Range of Knowledge upon which the exams are based. Please complete the survey to help ensure the exams accurately reflect the job in each grade level.

As part of your questionnaire responses, you must indicate your current water treatment operator grade and make ratings based on the job you perform (i.e., the job that reflects your grade). It is important to capture the differences and commonalities between operator grades. Your information will be kept confidential and will be pooled with data from other Water Treatment Operators of the same grade.

When you complete and submit the survey you can request a certificate of completion for three continuing education contact hours that can be used toward the renewal of your certificate.

Please complete and submit the survey by June 1st, 2015.

The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DWOPERATE.

This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board.

Attention Wastewater Operators:

The State Water Resources Control Board Wastewater Operator Certification Program (WWOCP) is ready to implement the online access to the (OCIS) database.

By March 7, 2015 you should receive a letter providing your Operator Number. Please note your Certificate number is different than your Operator Number. You will need your Operator Number and the last four numbers of your Social Security Number to register.

Once you have received your letter, you will be able to view your electronic file in the Operator Certification Information System Database (OCIS)! Once you have registered with your operator number and establish a password, you will be able to view: your certification and examination information, payment history, wastewater experience, and how many educational points have been assigned.

You will only have access to view the information and will not be able to upload or change information. For more information and instructions on how to navigate the database please access the OCIS User Guide on WWOCP home page under Announcements at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/operator_certification/index.shtml.

The OCIS Database is available at: https://smarts.waterboards.ca.gov/opcert/OperatorLogin.jsf.

If you have any questions regarding Operator Certification, please call (916) 341-5819, select option 7 or via e-mail at wwopcertprogram@waterboards.ca.gov.

Join your colleagues in this interactive session.  There’s still time. Secure your spot today for our upcoming CWEA Technical Certification Preparation Session to prepare for your next CWEA certification exam. Our knowledgeable moderators will share how to use the many resources and tools to get you on the path to your certification. Space is limited, register online now!

Thursday, February 19
CWEA San Diego Section
City of Vista
Earn 7.2 CWEA Contact Hours

You’ll review the CWEA Path to Certification and delve into the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) that make up the core of your vocation.  You’ll use the newly developed KSA Gap Analysis Tool to identify areas to focus on during your studying.  Numerous and diverse sample questions will be reviewed as your moderator guides you through the highlights of your vocation.  You’ll be able to develop your own action plan tool for you to use throughout the day to track your action items and plan your next steps. You’ll leave this workshop with a better idea of what areas you need to focus on as you prepare for your exam.

Join your colleagues at this interactive session.  Secure your spot today for the upcoming CWEA Technical Certification Preparation Session to prepare for your next CWEA certification exam. Our knowledgeable moderators will share how to use the many resources and tools to get you on the path to your certification.  Space is limited, register online now!

Thursday, December 4, 2014
CWEA Tri-Counties Section
Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center
Earn up to 6.6 CWEA Contact Hours

Attendees will review the CWEA Path to Certification and delve into the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) that make up the core of your vocation. You will also have the opportunity to use the newly developed KSA Gap Analysis Tool to identify areas to focus on during your studying. Numerous and diverse sample questions will be reviewed as your moderator guides you through the highlights of your vocation.  Develop your own action plan tool for you to use throughout the day to track your action items and plan your next steps. You’ll leave this workshop with a better idea of what areas you need to focus on as you prepare for your exam.

The State Water Resources Control Board recently published a chart comparing key elements of the 3 certification programs they now oversee:  Drinking Water (Treatment), Drinking Water (Distribution), and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. You can find this informative chart here:

http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/operator_certification/docs/ooc_comparison_sheet.pdf

The following information is pulled from The State Water Resources Control Board website:

As of July 1, 2014, the Drinking Water Operator Certification Program transitioned from the California Department of Public Health to the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Financial Assistance. For additional information regarding this transition, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

The site contains additional information on exam changes and important certification contacts in addition to the information about the reorganization.

By Vivien Malig, CWEA Certification Manager

On January 1, 2015 CWEA is launching a new set of Mechanical Technologist certification exams as part of the periodic updates of our certification vocations. The new exams will be delivered through CWEA’s computer-based testing network to over 120 locations in California where certification tests can be taken conveniently almost any day of the year with results given immediately after completing the test.  Over the past year, our CWEA subject matter experts volunteered their expertise to ensure the exam Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) reflect the competencies, practices, and technologies essential to mechanical technologists here in California.  They created new test questions to support the updated KSAs and, most recently, approved the set of new test forms.

Learn more about how CWEA develops new certification tests on page 4 of our 2014 Member Value Report.

With the release of the updated tests we are also introducing a new CWEA Mechanical Technologist Grade 1 certification. Now, Mechanical technologist is offered in all four grade levels.  Since we now offer Grade 1 Mechanical Technologist and Grade 1 Electrical/Instrumentation Technologist certifications, the Plant Maintenance Grade 1 exams will be phased out on January 1. However, current Plant Maintenance Grade 1 certifications will remain valid as long as they are renewed annually and the continuing competence requirement is met.

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Join your colleagues and choose from one of our interactive sessions.  Secure your spot today for the upcoming CWEA Technical Certification Preparation Session to prepare for your next CWEA certification exam. Our knowledgeable moderators will share how to use the many resources and tools to get you on the path to your certification.  Space is limited, register online now!

Thursday, August 21, 2014
CWEA’s Los Angeles Basin Section
Hawthorne Memorial Center
Earn up to 6.8 CWEA Contact Hours

Friday, September 26, 2014
CWEA’s Redwood Empire Section
Fairfield Suisun Sewer District
Earn up to 8 CWEA Contact Hours

Attendees will review the CWEA Path to Certification and delve into the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) that make up the core of your vocation. You will also have the opportunity to use the newly developed KSA Gap Analysis Tool to identify areas to focus on during your studying. Numerous and diverse sample questions will be reviewed as your moderator guides you through the highlights of your vocation.  Develop your own action plan tool for you to use throughout the day to track your action items and plan your next steps. You’ll leave this workshop with a better idea of what areas you need to focus on as you prepare for your exam.

Since the launch of myCWEA.org in December, we have had a tremendous turnout of members signing in and updating their profiles. The actual number logging in for the first time is 2,300, an impressive 26% of our membership. By logging in and updating your information, you are able to stay connected with the rest of CWEA’s 9,000+ members and receive the many benefits of being a CWEA member, certificate holder, local section member or organization. Benefits such as having access to the many educational events that are put on locally, regionally and state-wide; making connections with peers and resources in your industry; registering for events and applying for certification prep sessions are just clicks away from your first login on myCWEA.org.

Many wastewater employers use the CWEA certification as a basis for hiring and promotion decisions. So, stay on top of your certifications by using myCWEA.org to find educational events to earn continuing education contact hours and then renew online. Login today and see for yourself how easy and innovative this service is. We promise to keep moving CWEA forward to help you move forward.

Additional Benefits:

Check your member status at a local section event – by logging into myCWEA.org on your smartphone or tablet while registering in person or picking up your information packet, you can immediately check the status of your membership and certification and if you are due for renewal.

Register your entire group through myCWEA.org – If you need to send a whole group of wastewater professionals from your organization to a training event, you can register them all at once. Simply find the event and click on the “Register Group Now” box.

Stay current with CWEA and your career – Logon to myCWEA.org and check to make sure we have your correct contact information. That way you will be sure to experience everything CWEA has to offer whether it’s a membership renewal notice, an upcoming event in your local section, or the latest news and information about what matters to you as a wastewater professional.

Logon to myCWEA.org and Get Connected!

Here are a few reasons why our members value the connections they have made with their fellow CWEA members:

“Achievement in our jobs is accomplished by networking with other professionals. It’s been a wonderful experience ­– pushing me out of my comfort zone, and therefore helping me grow. Don’t miss this opportunity.” Evy Henkel, Administrative Tech II, Truckee Sanitary District, VP, Sierra Section, CSM Grade I

“I think CWEA has been tremendously valuable in terms of my success and my education. Stay involved and make those contacts.” Michael Hogan, Board Member, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Board Member, San Diego County Water Authority; Board Member, Colorado River Board; Retired, Encina Wastewater Authority; CWEA Past President