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NRWA, in a partnership with the Texas, Florida, and Kentucky Rural Water Associations, launched Water University in 2009 in an effort to ensure the continuity of the knowledge developed by modern utility managers.

Today, the water and wastewater industry is more complex than ever before. Economics, increased complexity in regulatory requirements and a changing society are crafting the water and wastewater systems of tomorrow. As our industry changes, there is a strong need to recognize the individuals who provide leadership to the industry and create a standard for the future.


Water University certification programs are designed to recognize the professional educational achievements of individuals and to market their achievements and skills to increase the value of today’s water professionals.


Water University highly-recommends the use of study material before taking certification examinations, including the purchase of study guides and attendance of Water U preparation courses. Examinations cover a wide array of topics in great technical detail.


Water University currently offers a nationally recognized utility management certification program and governance certification program is in development. Visit the Water University Web site or use the navigation links to find out more about current programs.

Utility Management Certification    

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The Utility Management Certification Program is designed to enhance the financial, managerial and operational effectiveness of drinking water and wastewater systems across the country and to create a national designation for qualified utility managers.


The demonstrated competency and effectiveness of utility managers will be enhanced and be of great value to the systems they manage. The national certification will lead to confidence by the utility managers, the utility governing bodies, the utility industry and all of the individuals who are provided service and products by the local water and wastewater utilities. The demonstrated competency and certification will give governing bodies of water and wastewater utilities a qualification certification and demonstrated competency standard for which to advertise and hire, which will lead to better utility management and compensation criteria for our industry. This certification will benefit, improve and further public health and environmental protection from utilities across the nation.

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