Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2016 - (Page 18)

eDuCatION aND a Career IN water water university s Raising water industry standards and providing advanced recognition BY CHrIS wIlSON Since its founding in 2010, Water 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 for certification. "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 more valuable. 18 SeCOND Quarter 2016 "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 that career. 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
Water University
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
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2016