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CWEA Local Section Sponsored Study Sessions:
What to Expect and How to Use them

CWEA offers various study guides 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 offered throughout the state; one in Northern and one in Southern California. The purpose of these sessions is to give those registered to take a CWEA certifcation test (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.

The Path to Certifcation is a quick guide on the steps you should take first before committing to your path to professional development.

To enhance your experience the day of the study session, do a self-assessment of your strengths and weaknesses by using this test preparation tool. Jot down the KSAs you need work on and ask the moderator how you can best learn more about the KSA.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) Gap Tool
The KSA gap tool is designed to help the test candidate determine which KSA's they need to learn more about in order to be certain that they qualify to sit for the test and be successful in earning the certification. Each KSA gap tool below includes the KSA statements for all grade levels.

Experienced Moderators
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.

Candidate Handbooks and Study Guides
Candidate Handbooks are a great resource to determine which certifcation vocation or grade level a test candidate is most qualified for. They can be downloaded for free from our Steps to Get Certified webpage. Study Guides are free to CWEA members and can be downloaded from our online service center and are also available for purchase by contacting the certification department.

Test-Taking Strategies
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 methods,  etc.
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 by download online or for purchase emailing us).
2.) Selected references in each candidate handbook
3.) California State University, Sacramento, Office of Water Programs
4.) WEF Publications

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. The CWEA Calendar of Events also lists study sessions and training events.

Registration information for upcoming study sessions