The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) is a California nonprofit dedicated to the educational development of its members – wastewater professionals. CWEA conducts training, disseminates information, produces training manuals, and tests for competency. CWEA has been a leader in the industry since 1927 and every year, CWEA offers hundreds of educational events training thousands of wastewater professionals. CWEA is part of a national clean water association known as the Water Environment Federation (WEF).
CWEA also certifies wastewater professionals in six specialties, with up to four grade levels each: Collection System Maintenance, Wastewater Treatment Plant Maintenance, Laboratory Analysis, Biosolids Land Application Management, Environmental Compliance Inspection, and Industrial Treatment Plant Operations. Of CWEA’s 8,800 members, 4,900 currently hold certificates. Each year CWEA give approximately 2,000 tests through a complex set of 24 validated certifications. Many wastewater agencies use the certificate as a basis for hiring and promotion decisions.
Most of CWEA’s 8,800 members (about 80%) work for wastewater agencies, both large and small, throughout the state. About 13% work for consulting engineer firms that assist agencies with projects. And approximately 3 percent work for equipment manufacturers serving the wastewater industry.
CWEA also has 16 local sections which host monthly meetings and regular training events.