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Information for Those Seeking a Wastewater Career

Technical Certification Program (TCP)

History of CWEA Certification

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Benefits to Employers

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Many wastewater jobs require you to be certified. To become certified you must meet certain qualifications and pass a written test that tests technical knowledge in the field. In California operators of wastewater treatment plants owned by the public must be certified by the State Water Resources Control Board. Many employers require CWEA certification for certain jobs. Other employers may give salary or promotional incentives for those employees who are certified by CWEA. If you are considering a career in the wastewater field, you should check job announcements and job descriptions to see which certifications, if any, are appropriate.

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Water Environment and American Water Works Association Career Resources

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