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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
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.
What it means
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.
The Board is conducting a complete review of its
Text under development. Then,
the regulations will be adopted as
proposed and filed for executive
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.
Clarifies definitions, documentation for installers, and
SDS contractor licensing requirements.
Then, the regulations become
effective after a final 30-day public
"The most damaging phrase in the language is 'It's always been done that way.'"
- Rear Adm. Grace Hopper
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
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
VRWA Booster Club
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2015