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How to become certified

Steps to Get Certified
Start here if you want to be certified in:

  • Biosolid Land Management
  • Collection System Maintenance
  • Environmental Compliance Inspection
  • Laboratory Analysis
  • Industrial Waste Treatment Plant Operator
  • Electrical & Instrumentation Technology
  • Mechanical Technology
Program Policies
Check the policies for information about rescheduling or canceling tests, test site restrictions, renewal information, and other important policies
Code of Ethics
A signed certification Code of Ethics is required to become certified. Those renewing January and July 2006 do not need to sign the Code to renew.  
TCP Candidate Handbook
The new TCP Candidate Handbook is for certification applicants of all vocations. It contains an overview of the certification program's policies and procedures - simplified in one easy to read document! Find information about qualifying for an exam, submitting an application, scheduling an exam and more.
Applying for Certification
Tests are administered within quarterly windows throughout the year. The deadline to apply is one month before each testing window. 

Test Window Application Deadlines Test Dates
Spring February 28 April 1 - June 30
Summer May 31 July 1- September 30
Fall August 31 October 1- December 31
Winter November 30 January 1- March 31
Preparing for the Test
CWEA offers a number of opportunities for you to prepare for your certification test including in-person study sessions, study guides, specialty conferences, and free Candidate Handbooks. Find out more about preparing for your test.
Test Sites
There are a number of test sites throughout California, Hawaii, Michigan and Missouri. View list of testing sites.