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Examples of When the Certification Code of Ethics Might Be Used
Each of the example below have actually occurred with wastewater professionals in California. The Code of Ethics and Procedures will help to ensure that each case is dealt with fairly. 
Falsifying Information Given on a Certification Application
Since there is a standard for relevant education and experience for certifications above Grade I, providing false information on the application undermines the ability of CWEA to make a determination of competency. In this case, if the applicant cannot provide satisfactory documentation supporting claims made on the application, then an ethics complaint will be made and processed.
Forging a Continuing Education Certificate of Completion
Forging a certificate of completion is one way to circumvent the continuing education requirement. If CWEA receives a falsified certificate of completion, or other similar document, it may choose to initiate an investigation and the Code of Ethics Procedures.
Cheating on a Certification Test
Cheating on a test includes a wide array of intentional activities that call into question the validity of an individualís test performance. Once a test-taker cheats on a test, then CWEA can no longer make a determination about that personís competency. Cheating also can adversely affect the integrity of the entire certification program and devalue certifications of all CWEA certificate holders.
Negligence in Duties and Falsifying Records
Allowing a discharge in violation of the NPDES permit which threatens public health or disregarding failing monitoring tests is an example of a person not performing up to minimal competency standards. These types of violations are often coupled with falsifying records or disregarded failing monitoring tests.
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