Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2016 - (Page 18)
eDuCatION aND a Career IN water
Raising water industry standards
and providing advanced recognition
BY CHrIS wIlSON
Since its founding in
University has been advancing recognition
in the water industry through the innovative
Utility Management Certification. The UMC
recognizes achievement and expertise in
the water industry. Qualified, experienced
professionals have the opportunity to take
a detailed, topic-spanning test to qualify
"Water University certification process
has set new standards for the future of the
water industry," said Sam Wade, CEO of the
National Rural Water Association.
Once qualified applicants pass the
examination, they will be certified for three
years. After three years, individuals can
apply for renewal.
The UMC provides standards and
recognition that ultimately make certification
holders more hirable, more promotable and
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"Part of this process is creating
standards that can be recognized by those
outside the industry," Wade explained.
"The councils and boards that oversee
our industry should be able to recognize
leadership and accomplishment without
intimate knowledge of the water industry -
the UMC provides that recognition."
Over 800 water professionals have
graduated from Water University's Utility
Management Certification program, with
over 200 renewals. The program boasted 97
graduates and 86 renewals in 2015 alone.
The UMC has shown its merit in
promoting the industry and providing
value to graduates. One example of the
certification's value is Nick Griffin from
North Carolina, who used Water University
certification as part of a comprehensive
strategy that fueled his rise in pay and
responsibility in the water industry.
"The UMC not only prepared me to
be a better manager, but it also greatly
prepared me for what to expect during a
professional interview," Griffin said. "Many
view management as just a job of hiring
and firing, but it's so much deeper than
that...IF you want to be good at it!"
Griffin's career started early, working
a couple of summers during high school
with what Nick jokingly refers to as the
SWAT team - Sewer, Water and Trash.
It was hard work, but Nick had found a
career he enjoyed. His next move was to
start gaining the recognition to advance
On advice from a manager, Griffin
worked to earn every certification and
qualification possible. That included the
Utility Management Certification - he
wanted something that would set him
apart from other candidates.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2016
From the President
Careers in Rural Water
Credential from Water U Helps Land the Job
Lessons in Water
Finance: Tracking Down Non-Revenue Water
Technology: GIS and the 5 Ws
Emergency Management: Drought to Flood: Oklahoma
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Four Key Benefits to Incorporating Cellular Technology into Your Utility Management System
The WaterPro Online Community
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2016
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