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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.
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
Economic Opportunity: USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Rate Setting – It’s Easy?
Throwing My Loop: Fresh Water
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
2015-2016 Membership Directory
Board of Directors
VRWA Members Corner
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Winter 2015