Training Can Be Used To Meet CWEA Re-certification
CWEA requires all of its certificate holders to complete
12 contact hours (1.2 CEUs) of vocation-related
education or training every two years. In-house training
can be used to meet this requirement and does not need
to be pre-approved by CWEA. In-house training includes
any training that is conducted by an employer, or a
trainer contracted by an employer.
Vocations certified by
- Collection Systems
- Plant Maintenance
- Mechanical Technology
- Laboratory Analysis
- Industrial Waste
Treatment Plant Operations
- Biosolids Land
CWEA cannot accept any
training unless it addresses these vocations because
certificate holders need training that is relevant to
the vocations in which they are certified.
Duties list the types of skills that are performed in
each vocation. Any training that is relevant to at least
one Essential Duty within a vocation will be acceptable.
Training that is not relevant to the Essential Duties of
a vocation will not be accepted and cannot be used to
meet the re-certification requirement.
Download the Essential Duties
Training Accepted for Continuing
Any kind of training is acceptable as long as it is
related to the Essential Duties of one of the vocations certified by CWEA.
We have developed a growing list of acceptable training
and education for each of the vocations certified by
CWEA. If there is a type of training that you think
should be on the list, but is not, contact us at
The training will then be reviewed and included on the
list if it is related to a CWEA certified vocation.
Download Training Relevancy List (PDF)
Training that is outside the vocation (i.e.
cross-training) will only be accepted as part of the
continuing education requirement if it is also relevant
to the Essential Duties of the vocation. For example, a
lab analyst training cannot be used to meet the
Collection System Maintenance re-certification
requirement unless it has some relevance to the
Collection Systems Maintenance Essential Duties. If so,
the training would be acceptable for both vocations.
Safety training is most commonly applied to multiple
Contact Hours for Multiple
Individuals holding more than one CWEA certificate can
apply the same contact hours to each certificate as long
as the training is relevant to at least one Essential
Duty in each vocation.
Certificates of Completion
Once training is completed, you will need to issue
certificates of completion. Trainees need to submit
copies of the certificates to CWEA along with their
renewal payment when their Contact Hours are due (every
two years). Certificates of completion that are received
at any other time, or without payment of renewal fees,
will be rejected.
completion can be in any form, but they must include the
- The name of the
- The program title or
brief description of vocations addressed
- The name of the
attendee who completed the program
- The number of Contact
- The date of completion
- An official signature
or stamp from the training organization
(instructor's signature is OK).
Download Sample Certificate of Completion-- Acrobat PDF
Tailgate Safety Meetings, Etc.Brief
trainings, such as tailgate safety meetings, are
acceptable if they are relevant to the Essential Duties
of the vocation. Trainers may accumulate brief trainings
into a single program by keeping track of attendance at
each meeting and then periodically combining all
sessions into one singe training program. The total
hours should be listed on the certificate of completion.
Summary of Process
training, documents participation, and issues
certificates of completion to each attendee.
training is relevant to vocation and sends certificate
of completion copies to CWEA with renewal fees when
contact hours are due.
documentation and determines relevancy of training.
Training that is not relevant will be rejected for the
re-certification requirement. Training that is relevant
to the vocation will be applied toward the 12 hour
The information on this web page is also available in
the Documenting Contact Hours for In-house Training Info Page.
Download Certification Info Page-- Acrobat PDF
Please contact us at
if you have any questions.