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Certification Code of Ethics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Who is affected by the Code of Ethics and Procedures?
A: Only CWEA certificate holders and those who hold certificates in other states through certificate programs administered jointly by CWEA and other WEF Member Associations. CWEA members are not affected by the Code.
Q: What are the penalties for violating the Code?
A: The penalties may be suspension of a certificate for at least one year or revocation. A person with a revoked certificate can petition after 5 years to regain his or her certification.
Q: Will I be in violation of the Code if I get a poor performance review at work?
A: No. CWEA will not be monitoring your work performance. Violations will occur only if significant evidence comes to CWEAs attention that work behavior is below minimal competency standards. Then the Code of Ethics Procedures will be used to determine if that person should remain certified by CWEA.
Q: What will happen if I dont sign the Code of Ethics?
A: You will be reminded about the requirement 3 times, just as you would with any other certification requirement not met. After that, you will not be able to become certified or renew an existing certification. Signing the Code is a requirement.
Q: What if my religious beliefs do not allow me to sign a pledge?
A: In this case, please contact us and we will make other accommodations, if possible.
Q: If I see somebody violating the Code what should I do?
A: You can contact CWEA and a preliminary investigation will occur. Only if a significant possibility of a Code violation is found, then CWEA may take further steps to start an ethics investigation. 
Q: Is the Code of Ethics Legal?
A: Yes. It is simply an extension of the standards that are required to  become certified. Once certified, a certificate holder needs to perform his or her work competently and safely. If not, then they are not meeting the standard of certification. The Code has been reviewed and approved by CWEA's legal counsel and Human Resource departments at two major sanitation districts.
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