WaterSense Revises Professional Certification Programs Labeling System
Benefits extended to all irrigation professionals certified by WaterSense-labeled programs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program released the final WaterSense Professional Certification Program Labeling System and three revised specifications for professional certification programs. Together, the program labeling system and revised program specifications are designed to:
- Give professional certifying organizations a consolidated and consistent set of requirements;
- Extend program benefits and opportunities to all irrigation professionals certified by WaterSense-labeled programs; and
- Provide WaterSense with a more sustainable framework to accommodate program growth.
These changes allow WaterSense to better provide national recognition and credibility for WaterSense labeled certification programs and the professionals who are certified by them.
With the new system, WaterSense will no longer enter into partnership agreements with individual professionals. This is because the changes extend the benefits of the WaterSense program, including potential job opportunities associated with the WaterSense-labeled new home specification, to all irrigation professionals certified by WaterSense-labeled programs.
The effective date for the program labeling system and certification program specifications was July 24, 2014. Professional certifying organizations offering certification programs that earned the WaterSense label prior to the effective date have one year to comply with the program labeling system. WaterSense also will be making minor changes to its specification for WaterSense new homes and other program documents to reflect the expanded focus to all professionals certified by WaterSense-labeled programs.