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Professional Licensing Update: News You Can Use BY TRISHA L. HENSHAW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DPOR WHEN I WAS first named as the new Executive Director of the Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals in 2012, it was a new experience for me. My previous positions involved developing new regulatory programs from the ground up. I thought this Board would be a piece of cake because I did not have to create new regulations - they were already there! However, any time you have new people, you have new perspectives, new experiences, and ultimately, new ways of doing things. Change just for change's sake is not a good thing and must be based on sound data and information that something needs to be changed, not just that someone wants something to be changed. After all, movement is only considered progress when it's in a forward trajectory. What does all of this mean for you? It means that you will continue to see changes in processes, regulations, and requirements related to professional licensing, but any changes are based on feedback from you - the experts in the industry - as well as issues and concerns that need to be addressed. Here is a brief summary of a few of those changes. Current Regulatory Actions The Board establishes the rules for all classes of licensure for waterworks and wastewater works operators-as well as licensure for onsite sewage system operators, installers and soil evaluators-through its regulations and guidance documents. The Code of Virginia (law) provides the Board's authority to establish regulations. The Board can amend, adopt and repeal its regulations through regulatory actions, which must follow a lengthy process that provides ample opportunities for public comment and participation. Current Action What it means Current stage Fee Adjustment State law (known as the "Callahan Act") requires the Board to collect sufficient fees (application, renewal, Governor's review. Then, there will etc.) to cover its operating expenses as well as its be a 60-day public comment period proportionate share of overall agency costs. To avoid a and public hearing. deficit, the Board is amending the regulations to increase the renewal fees for all licenses from $80 to $100. General Review The Board is conducting a complete review of its regulations. Text under development. Then, the regulations will be adopted as proposed and filed for executive branch review. Regulatory Reform Removes specific documentation necessary for conventional installer exam waiver. Governor's review. Then, the regulations become effective after a final 30-day public comment period. Amend Definitions, SDS Experience, Documentation for Installers Clarifies definitions, documentation for installers, and SDS contractor licensing requirements. Governor's review. Then, the regulations become effective after a final 30-day public comment period. "The most damaging phrase in the language is 'It's always been done that way.'" - Rear Adm. Grace Hopper 29

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

From the President: A Disinfection Byproducts Odyssey
From the Executive Director: It’s Over
Importance of Professional Relationships in the Water and Wastewater Industry
Spring Cleaning … All Year Long
Region Meetings: the Next Big Thing
Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses
Virginia Source Water
USDA Rural Development
A Successful Model for Waterworks
Professional Licensing Update: News You Can Use
NRWA Recap
Tank Team Tackles Water Distribution
VRWA 2015 Conference Highlights
Town of Lovettsville Wins the ‘Great Water Taste Contest’
Throwing My Loop: Helpers in Our Path
Wastewater Crossword
VRWA Booster Club
e-Learning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
New Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Summer 2015