May 26, 2011

Wastewater Operator Certification, Training Summit Convenes Next Month

Meeting underscores renewed emphasis on education and resources for operators

In support of the Water Environment Federation's ongoing commitment to improving education, training and career growth for wastewater system operators, the association will host an invitation-only meeting for representatives from its Member Assn. and leaders from other organizations who have a stake in operations excellence.

The WEF Operator Certification and Training Summit is slated for June 23-24, 2011, in Alexandria, Va. Participants will discuss and develop an action plan regarding important challenges faced by the operations community, including the need for career growth opportunities, consistency within operator certification requirements and training, and collaboration among organizations with mutual interests.

The Summit is just one aspect of the Federation’s Operator Initiative, a comprehensive effort to provide an integrated program of knowledge and services for wastewater system operators. This renewed emphasis on certification and training includes adoption of a new related position statement by the federation board earlier this month, which calls for mandatory certification, continuing education to maintain certification, sustainable program funding, standardized certification levels and reciprocity among states, and professional recognition.