Streamline - Winter 2015 - (Page 13)

Professional or Job Holder Which Will You Be? BY KENNY REYNOLDS, VRWA TRAINING SPECIALIST Dictionary defines a profession as "an occupation for which one must have special education and training," and a professional as "a person who does something with great skill." WEbSTER'S NEW WoRLD Characteristics for the water and wastewater profession include a distinct knowledge of our chosen field, and a willingness to further that knowledge with continuing education, establishing and maintaining a high standard of integrity and code of ethics, and using our skills and practice in our chosen profession to safeguard the life, health, property and welfare of the public we serve. We should always strive to perform our duties to further elevate our chosen profession. As professionals, we have responsibilities not only in our daily duties but also in the training of new employees to our organization. The future of the water and wastewater field depends on their adoption of high standards of integrity and maintaining a professional code of ethics. Each person engaged in the operation and maintenance of a waterworks or wastewater facility should be aware of their responsibilities to the facility, their customers, and themselves. Waterworks and Wastewater System Operation Specialists are expected to develop professionally within their career field. This development may include attending professional conferences or classes, at-home study courses, or online computer classes. The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation/Board of Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals require continuing professional education (CPE) for waterworks and wastewater operators. The period in which the continuing education for wastewater operators is to be obtained runs As professionals, we have responsibilities not only in our daily duties but also in the training of new employees to our organization. from March 1st every even-numbered year through the last day of February of the next even numbered year. The period in which the continuing education for water operators is to be obtained runs from March 1st every odd-numbered year through the last day of February of the next odd-numbered year. In other words, the last day of February 2016 is the end of the cycle for wastewater operator's licenses for the period 2014 through 2016, and then they must be renewed. The last day of February 2017 will be the end of the cycle for waterworks operator licenses for the period 2015 through 2017, then they must be renewed. Water and Wastewater Operators with Class I through Class III licenses are required a minimum of 20 CPE contact hours per two-year cycle. www.vrwa.org 13 http://www.vrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2015

From the President: Performance Evaluation
From the Executive Director: Save the Date!
Professional or Job Holder: Which Will You Be?
Emergencies: Do You Have A Plan?
Finding Your Way
Hearing Protection – Keep Your Employees Safe
Coal
Economic Opportunity: USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Rate Setting – It’s Easy?
Chronic Leaks
NRWA Recap
Throwing My Loop: Fresh Water
Booster Club
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
2015-2016 Membership Directory
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
VRWA Members Corner
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com

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