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Certification Code of Ethics
This Code of Ethics is intended to reflect the standards and behavior that California Water Environment Association (“CWEA”) certificate-holders and applicants expect of each other as they perform their work protecting public health and the environment and that reaffirm the value of holding a CWEA certificate.  The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to ensure public confidence in the integrity and service of professional water quality workers while performing their duties.  

The Code identifies the types of circumstances that may compromise the reliability of CWEA’s certification process to establish, or certify, a certificate holder’s or applicant’s ability to perform the Essential Duties of the vocation with at least minimal competency. For purposes of this Code of Ethics, “Essential Duties” is defined as the basic vocational activities that are expected to be performed by CWEA certificate holders. “Minimal Competency” is defined as the ability to perform the Essential Duties safely and effectively. The Essential Duties are developed by a diverse cross-section of industry professionals and agencies following standard psychometric methodology. The Essential Duties are the basis for the subject matter of the CWEA certification tests and are published in the certification candidate handbooks. Any action of a certificate holder or applicant that compromises the reliability of the certification process, or is incompetent, negligent, dishonest, fraudulent or deceptive while performing the Essential Duties of the CWEA certified vocation may subject the certificate holder or applicant to the process described by the Ethics Procedures (e.g. cheating on a test, falsifying certificate application information, or gross incompetence in the performance of the Essential Duties of the CWEA certified vocation).  CWEA does not monitor on-the-job behavior or actions. Adherence to these standards is expected from all certificate-holders and applicants.  
Certification Program Ethics:

All California Water Environment Association certificate holders and applicants are expected to meet, the following standards of professional conduct and ethics: 

1.       To protect public health, themselves, their co-workers, property, and the environment by performing the Essential Duties of the CWEA certified vocation safely and effectively, and complying with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.

2.       To represent themselves truthfully and honestly throughout the entire certification process.

3.       To adhere to all test site rules and make no attempt to complete the test dishonestly or to assist any other person in doing so.

4.   To refrain from activities that may jeopardize the integrity of the Technical  
      Certification Program.


Learn more about the Code of Ethics at www.cwea.org/code