New CWEA Online Learning Platform OWEN Launches Soon

The Online Wastewater Education Network is a new way to learn
Announcements, Certifications

CWEA is beta testing our new Online Wastewater Education Network (OWEN). We expect to debut the system for members in April.

OWEN will provide members with access to timely, relevant training and certification preparation classes that can help you excel throughout your career.


We are loading OWEN with all of the great content from the CWEA and local section training webinars; our premier conference presentations and talks from our specialty workshops.

Take a sneak peak at these screenshots of the new OWEN platform.

Once launched, you’ll have access to these categories of online training resources:

  • Certification preparation – Gain confidence with exam prep from CWEA-certified trainers. CWEA is dedicated to providing the most valuable industry certifications, training, and networking opportunities.
  • Content organized by career stage – whether you are in the early stages of your career, at the journey/middle career level or an experienced, seasoned wastewater professional – OWEN has classes just for you. This section will make it easier to find content wherever you are on your career journey.
  • Content organized by practice area – browse CWEA’s complete library of content based on your practice area. From collection systems to utility executive, we’ve organized content into 10 different practice areas to make it easier to find the classes you’re interested in taking.
  • Find content fast to maintain your certification – We’ve also tagged every piece of content based on the contact hour type. Need to make up some hours for your Collection System Maintenance (CSM) certification – we’ve got those! Everything ready to go and easy to watch and earn those contact hours.
    Need State Water Board drinking water or wastewater CEUs? We’ve got those too. Just select those contact hour types and OWEN will find you the applicable training.
  • Advanced Topics – grow what you know about the wastewater sector by watching recordings of our webinars focused on cutting edge engineering and resource recovery topics. Recorded content includes deep dives into COVID, co-digestion, water reuse and more.
  • Content from our conferences – enjoyed a great session at CWEA’s Annual Conference or P3S conference and want to watch it again? Browse this section to see all of the recorded talks from our conferences.

As we get closer to launching OWEN, we’ll be sending members frequent updates, so stay tuned.

Volunteers Welcome

Want to volunteer as a CWEA trainer or have an idea for a training webinar?

Please contact:


Online Education Manager
[email protected]

Note on CWEA Certifications

One note about certification preparation classes –  CWEA is careful to separate our training activities from our certification program to ensure no conflicts of interest exist. Any educational material or training are designed to prepare candidates for an exam are developed and conducted by individuals that do not have access to the exams.

It’s important to keep in mind one single class cannot prepare someone for a certification exam. Download the handbook, use the knowledge gap analysis tool and read up on the topics you want to improve on. This can include taking a certification preparation class or two on OWEN.

Learn more about the CWEA certification and apply >