CWEA offers various study aids for certification exams,
the study session being one of them. Study sessions
are provided by CWEA to anyone taking a certification
exam (though registration to take the next exam is not
necessary in order to attend). These sessions are
at least one month prior to the exam; one for the northern
and one for the southern region of the state. The purpose
of these sessions is to give those who are taking the
upcoming exam (and those who are interested in taking
an exam in the future) an opportunity to ask questions
about the subject matter in their discipline. It also
provides an opportunity for test takers to share information
and study with other test takers. The study session
is designed to be a helpful way for anyone taking a
test to determine additional topics to study and to
learn how to continue studying. A moderator facilitates,
and is available to answer questions.
Moderators for the sessions are chosen by the TCP (Technical
Certification Program) Chair of the local section in
which the session is being held. Those who are chosen
are usually selected based upon certification experience
(holding a grade 3 or 4 certificate in the discipline)
but a gift for teaching is the main consideration, according
to Richard Delgadillo, Southern Regional Liaison to
TCP. Previous moderators like Heather Duckett, Larry
Whitney and Steve Taylor have offered a wealth of information,
usually an entire library of sources, in the study sessions
they have facilitated for CWEA.
Study Guides are sold at the sessions, and Candidate
Handbooks, which have sample questions and additional
source references, are also distributed, free of charge.
Candidate handbooks can be downloaded, also: http://www.cwea.org/cert_howcert_handbooks.shtml
Here are some helpful hints/ideas for taking exams offered
from previous moderators/test takers:
1.) Target your weakest areas and concentrate your
studies there. Refer to the Candidate Handbook in your
discipline, which can help you find sources for areas
you need help in, such as math, safety, standard
2.) Establish a study schedule and stick to it. Set
aside at least one hour a day to study uninterrupted.
3.) Take notes on what you've read and review them regularly.
Underline important passages in your reading.
4.) Make a set of flash cards to help you study.
5.) Keep in mind that in order to take full advantage
of the study session, it is a good idea to thoroughly
study prior to the session. Come prepared with specific
questions or topics that you don't understand. Use the
session as an enhancement to other study aids.
Other Study Sources
Some other study sources available to test takers are:
1.) CWEA study guides (available to order online at www.cwea.org,
or by calling the CWEA office).
2.) Selected References in each candidate handbook (addresses,
phone numbers and websites provided where available).
3.) California State University, Sacramento, Office
of Water Programs. Call 916-278-6142, (or call CWEA
for a "Operator Training Opportunities" brochure).
4.) WEF Publications (Call 1-800-666-0206). Website:
Registering for the Study Session
The sessions usually have pre-registration and onsite
registration available. Prices differ depending on membership
status (CWEA/WEF/MWEA members receive a discount,
non-members must pay a non-member fee). Further
information about locations can be found on the CWEA
website when it becomes available. Information about
study session dates and places is mailed to all certificate
applicants who apply before the session dates. The CWEA
of Events also lists study sessions and training
information for upcoming study sessions