Jul 27, 2017

Resources Help Professionals Earn Continuing Education Credits

WQA shares tips on how to earn credits, including writing a trade magazine article

WQA shares ways to earn continuing education credits

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) shared options for earning continuing education credits. WQA's 2017 professional certification cycle will end Sept. 30, 2017.

Report cards with continuing education credit status were recently emailed to all certified personnel. To be eligible for recertification, certified personnel must earn the continuing education credits (CPDs) required by their certification title: 3.0 CPD for CWS & MWS and 2.0 CPD for CI, CST, CWR.

In a recent survey, 88% of certified personnel credit professional certification with improving their confidence in front of customers and 64% report that certification helps them be more competitive in the marketplace.

WQA suggests the following ways to earn continuing education credit:

  • Fall brings a number of regional water-focused meetings with technical presentations that are pre-qualified for WQA CPDs. Sign the roster when you attend.
  • Continuing education for plumbing licenses, water treatment specialty licenses, and state water plant and small system operator licenses all qualify for CPDs. Use the external seat time form to report attendance.
  • Write a trade magazine article, teach a course or conduct training on water-treatment topics. These qualify for CPDs as long as the focus is on technical information. Use the experiential learning form to report activities. Contact WQP if you’re interested in contributing an article to the magazine.
  • MEP Mentors can get credit for every badge their learner(s) complete. Check the learners’ progress and submit the MEP EL form.
  • Try one (or several) of WQA’s annual education kits online. WQA's new kit, Volume VIII, will be released at the end of August.
  • Legacy materials, like the ozone review quiz, are still available. Check the Educational Materials booklet for more options.