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Certification Code of Ethics
Why Have A Code of Ethics?
Being certified means that CWEA is making a statement that its certificate holders can perform their jobs safely and competently. Certain standards are developed by CWEA to support this statement of competency. The basic requirements are that certified individuals have the required combination of relevant work experience and education, and that they pass a written test covering the breadth of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the profession at a certain grade level. Certificate holders are also required to demonstrate continuing competency through the completion of 12 contact hours of relevant training or education every two years. The purpose of the continuing competency component of certification is to help ensure that certificate holders are remaining current with safe and effective professional practices. 

The Code of Ethics is designed to support the validity of the certification process and the continuing competency requirements. If the integrity of the application or testing process is compromised by an applicant or certificate holder, or if a certificate holders on-the-job actions do not meet standards of competency, then CWEAs statement of competency is no longer valid. The Code of Ethics establishes basic standards that support CWEAs statement of competency. Read some examples of how the Code might be used.