Oct 26, 2007

New WQA Recertification Policy

Professional recertification will no longer mean losing earned credits that have gone beyond the minimum requirements, the WQA announced.

Under previous policy, WQA-certified professionals who earned more credits than necessary would see those lost during regular three-year recertification. The WQA Education/Certification Department decided this is unnecessarily punitive and has modified it to allow some carryover of credits that exceed the minimum requirements and still fulfill the certification program’s dedication to encouraging continuing education.

All certifications earned in WQA’s Professional Certification Program must be kept updated through the recertification process. This helps encourage continuing education and ensures that knowledgeable professionals are available to serve consumers.

Recertification credit can be obtained using WQA educational materials available in print and online, and by attending technical sessions at conferences such as the WQA Aquatech USA 2008 Convention, March 25-28, in Las Vegas, NV.

WQA certification is a voluntary credentialing process. To achieve any WQA-certified title, the candidate must pass a comprehensive exam and accept the WQA Code of Ethics for the Water Quality Improvement Industry.

WQA certification is becoming the important credential for the industry, according to Tanya Lubner, PhD, WQA director of education and certification. Among the benefits of certification are increased customer confidence, a listing on WQA’s website, the certification insignia for display to customers and greater employment and business opportunities.