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

On November 8, 2013 the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) toured Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s (DSWA) Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located in New Castle, DE. The MRF, which opened on August 29, 2013, is the product of an innovative partnership between DWSA and ReCommunity. The automated recycling facility operates under a 20-year agreement to provide service to the entire state.

AAEES trustees gear up with safety equipment (lt) attendees on the tipping floor of the MRF (rt)

AAEES President Pat Canzano opened the event by explaining the importance of recycling to the state’s economy and environment. This partnership aligns with statewide objectives for universal recycling programs with the goal of converting waste into economic opportunities.

ReCommunity invested $15 million to repurpose the existing 64,000 square foot facility, also installing state-of-the art sorting equipment within the Delaware Recycling Center (DRC) to process recyclable aluminum, plastics, paper, cardboard, tin and glass collected throughout Delaware.

“When DSWA reviewed the proposals for green industries at the DRC, it was clear ReCommunity is a leader in the recycling industry,” said Pat Canzano DSWA CEO. “But what was most impressive about them is their commitment to Delaware and the surrounding community.” The retrofitted facility allows DSWA to keep recycling operations in state, which has created more than 35 new jobs in Delaware, which is expected to increase to more than 70 jobs over time.

The world-class operation and design showcased within the ReCommunity Delaware facility includes advanced automated sorting capabilities that allow identification, separation and recovery of recyclables. The equipment includes screening, optical sorting, air and controls technology to recover more than 90 percent of available recyclables. The state-of-the-art facility can process more than 35 tons per hour, with the capacity to handle more than 160,000 tons per year.

At full capacity, ReCommunity Delaware will recover material that will prevent 464,331 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gases from being emitted annually, which is equivalent to removing 85,045 cars from the road each year. It will also save 218,587 cubic yards of landfill space and avoid 1,806,539 gallons of wastewater from entering landfills.

AAEES trustees tour DSWA’s new Environmental Education Building AAEES trustees tour DSWA’s new Environmental Education Building (above)

AAEES trustees tour DSWA’s new Environmental Education Building (above)

After touring the automated recycling center, AAEES attendees visited DSWA’s new Environmental Education Building. The Education Building is equipped with interactive exhibits that demonstrate how recyclables are sorted and processed from initiation to completion including waste collection, processing and landfill operations.

AAEES is a recognized authority on technical licensure and certification. As with most professions, the interests of the public and practitioners are connected to the delivery of quality engineering and science services. Reputable environmental professionals ensure better conditions for the public.

The AAEES specialty certification program establishes the specific expertise of licensed professional environmental engineers and environmental scientists through peer evaluation and examination. The Academy ensures that appropriate examinations for the environmental engineering and environmental science disciplines are available through support provided to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. The Academy demonstrates its commitment to quality environmental engineering and environmental science education programs through active participation in the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

AAEES trustees meet to develop environmental engineering and science programs (above)

AAEES trustees meet to develop environmental engineering and science programs (above)

An essential component of Certification is the Academy’s continuing education requirements. The Academy’s tour of DSWA’s MRF and Education Building provided the leadership with an enlightened and inspired training opportunity. Through innovative partnerships such as the one between the DSWA and ReCommunity the profession, continues its journey toward making inclusive environmental leadership in the engineering and scientific fields a reality.

Board Certification is the next step beyond Professional Engineering licensure. The Academy also offers certification to scientists and membership categories that serve all levels from students to senior managers. To learn more about the organization, benefits of membership, and how to join, please go to the website at http://www.aaees.org.

Join your colleagues in this interactive session.  Secure your spot today for one of our upcoming CWEA Technical Certification Preparation Sessions below 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!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
CWEA’s Northern San Joaquin Section
San Joaquin County Office of Education
Earn 7.2 CWEA Contact Hours
Register online by November 26th

Thursday, December 5, 2013
CWEA’s Tri-Counties Section
Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention
Earn 6.6 CWEA Contact Hours
Register online by November 27th

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.  After reviewing the tools and tips for preparing for your exam, you’ll divide into vocation focused groups and learn more about specific ways to study and prepare.  You’ll be given an action plan tool for you to fill out and 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 in this interactive session.  Secure your spot today for one of our upcoming CWEA Technical Certification Preparation Session below 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 5, 2013

CWEA’s Tri-Counties Section
Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center
Earn 6.6 CWEA Contact Hours
Register by November 27th

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.  After reviewing the tools and tips for preparing for your exam, you’ll divide into vocation focused groups and learn more about specific ways to study and prepare.  You’ll be given an action plan tool for you to fill out and use throughout the day to track your action items and plan you’re 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 in this interactive session.  Secure your spot today for one of our upcoming CWEA Technical Certification Preparation Sessions below 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 now!

Saturday, October 19, 2013
CWEA’s Desert & Mountain Section
Victor Valley College
Earn 7.2 CWEA Contact Hours
Register by October 15th

Friday, October 4, 2013
CWEA’s Redwood Empire Section
Fairfield Suisun Sewer District
Earn 8 CWEA Contact Hours
Register by September 27th

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 focuson during your studying.  After reviewing the tools and tips for preparing for your exam, you’ll divide into vocation focused groups and learn more about specific ways to study and prepare.  You’ll be given an action plan tool for you to fill out and use throughout the day to track your action items and plan you’re 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. Including some new tools:

  • CWEA’s Certification Path
  • KSA Gap Analysis
  • Action Plan
  • Resources to tap into

At the end of the session, you’ll be glad you took the class because you’ll leave the workshop with a better idea of what areas you need to focus on as you prepare for your exam.

Things to bring:
Paper
Pencil
Calculator
Study materials
Fresh brain
Get your study guide (get yours at www.CWEA.org/study)

You can still save $30 at our NRTC 2013 Annual Conference on September 10-12 in Modesto.  The early registration deadline has been extended through August 26.  Improve your professional knowledge; find solutions to challenges at your organization, gain certification hours, and network with colleagues — all in one place.  Book your hotel by August 26th to get the special CWEA rate of $92.00 per night.  Register today and save!

  • Choose from over 70 Technical Sessions
  • Earn up to 20.4 CWEA Contact Hours
  • Earn up to 23 DPH Hours
  • Start your education early by attending one of the pre-conference workshops:
    - Competent Person and Trench Safety Awareness Training
    - Train the Trainer Certification Preparation
  • Attend one or both of our technical tours on Tuesday:
    • E&J Gallo Winery Tour
    • Jennings Road Tertiary Treatment Facility
  • Browse the booths & expand your knowledge on the latest technology and services at our exhibits.
  • Take advantage of being in the right place at the right time, connect with colleagues.

NRTC 2013 Conference Guide
Detailed event information & registration

Conference Rates before August 26, 2013
Member Full Conference – $199
Member One Day — $149

Book Your Hotel Today!
CWEA rates expire August 26
Doubletree Hotel Modesto
1150 Ninth Street
Modesto, CA  95354
Book online or call 800-222-Tree (209-526-6000)
Request California Water Environment room block / Conference Group Code is CWEA 2013

CWEA is pleased to announce the opening of new test centers in California’s north coast region. One site is available now at Hank Brenard Environmental Consultants in Fortuna and the other is scheduled to open in the fall at Humboldt State University in Arcata. The sites will provide on-site, on-demand certification testing in all 8 of CWEA’s occupational vocations.   CWEA works with Pearson VUE to provide secure and convenient testing at more than 100 locations throughout the state ready to serve our 5000+ certificate holders.

Take your career to the next level through CWEA’s certification program.

Locate a test center near you.

August 15, 2013

Prepare for your upcoming CWEA technical certification exam by participating in this interactive session held on Thursday, August 15 in Whittier at the Swiss Park Banquet Center.  Our trained moderators will share how to use the many resources and tools to get you on the path to your certifications on Collection Systems, Environmental Compliance Inspector, or Laboratory AnalystRegister now by fax, mail or scan and email your form or register online, space is limited.

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.  After reviewing the tools and tips for preparing for your exam, you’ll divide into vocation focused groups and learn more about specific ways to study and prepare.  You’ll be given an action plan tool for you to fill out and use throughout the day to track your action items and plan you’re 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.   Including some new tools:

  • CWEA’s Certification Path
  • KSA Gap Analysis
  • Action Plan
  • Resources to tap into