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Enforcing the Certification Code of Ethics
Certificate Holders
CWEA does not monitor its certificate holders' work performance. The Code relies mostly on an honor system where certificate holders are expected to perform their work within the standards expected of a certificate holder. In other words, it is expected that  those who are certified by CWEA will work safely with basic competence (this is what CWEA certifies). If it comes to the attention of CWEA that a certificate holder is not performing at  a standard of very basic competency and safety levels, then CWEA is likely to look into the matter.  The standard of basic competency expected of certificate holders is the same as the standard of basic competency set for the certification process.
Certificate Applicants
All CWEA certificate applicants are required to go through each step the certification process honestly and without circumvention any of the procedures designed to determine basic competency.  Some examples of circumvention of the certification process would be providing false work history on an application, using prohibited reference materials during a test, and taking test materials from a test site. Any action that might undermine CWEA's process of certifying basic minimal competency will be investigated.
Procedures for Processing Potential Code of Ethics Violations
The Ethics Procedures provide a fair process for dealing with ethics complaints. The Procedures define the participants in an ethics case and how each case will be handled. Individuals going through the process will be given opportunities to defend themselves and appeal any decisions made. The Ethics Officer handles all official ethics complaints and determines if there is enough merit in each case to follow though with the Procedures. If appropriate, the Ethics Officer may suggest mediation to resolve ethics disputes without the formality of going though the entire procedural process. Read the Procedure
Examples of how the Code might be applied
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