In support of its goals to provide the water treatment industry with technically knowledgeable professionals, the Water Quality Association (WQA) Professional
Certification program has extended its Seat Time recertification credit to include product- specific, hands-on technical training.
“WQA’s Professional Certification grew from the industry wanting to educate and regulate itself, and as such, has always been driven by industry and member needs,” said Tanya Lubner, PhD, WQA’s director of education & certification.
“Our members have been telling us that they need more than just theoretical training on treatment technologies; they need to see and try installation, breakdown, maintenance and repair procedures on the technology components,” she said.
To maintain the high quality and integrity of its educational offerings, WQA has issued a policy on hands-on presentation content, eligibility and organization of hands-on training sessions.
These sessions should cater to problems likely to be encountered in the field, and presenters are cautioned against turning the training into a sales presentation. The full policy is available in the Certification/Education section of the WQA Web site, www.wqa.org, and from the Education & Certification department.
“By making Seat Time recertification credit available for hands-on training, we hope to encourage water treatment professional to continue their dedication to learning skills that will help them better serve their customers, their business, and their industry,” Lubner said.