Certification and Training Advisory


As water and wastewater management and systems become more complex the need for proven skills is increased. Too often new equipment or systems fail, not because they are at the end of their life cycle, but because they are improperly maintained.  Increasingly more and more jurisdictions look to certification to ensure their operators are competent.

Benefits of Professional Certification

Professional certification can be found in almost every industry. Law, construction, auto repair, nursing, accountancy, information technology training, yoga instructing, social work, engineering, software development, and association management are a few of the wide range of professions that have voluntary or mandatory certification in industry today.

In the water and wastewater industry every employer has a general obligation to perform due diligence in ensuring the competency of the personnel providing services.. Public health is at stake. Analysis of some catastrophic failures in the provision of safe potable water, in Walkerton and Flint Michigan, for example, cite a lack of training and competence. Certification provides employers with evidence that the certificate holder has demonstrated a certain level of job-related knowledge, skills and abilities. It provides a documented level of assurance that employees are competent in safe work practices. Certification provides concrete evidence to stakeholders that the utility is staffed with people who know what they are doing and is competitive in any comparison of quality of service. Certification programmes are designed to encourage professionals to expand their knowledge through training and education and ultimately enhance the safe and effective practices in the field.

WWWS is delighted to have experts who can assist in developing a Certification process that enables operators to attain industry standards. Existing models can be examined and customized based on the levels of complexity, cultural differences and government requirements.

Mike Gosselin was the Chair of the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP. The EOCP was responsible for the Classification of all treatment facilities and the Certification of operators for British Columbia Most recently, Mike was  the Chair of the Associated Boards of Certification (ABC). ABC is the certifying body for operators across North America the Caribbean and other jurisdictions around the world.

Dr. Bill Hyslop has spent his career in the water and wastewater industry. Most recently he was the Executive Director of the EOCP.

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