Professional Certification & Training Committee

The Professional Certification and Training Committee provides guidance on professional certification policies and educational topics for the training and certification programs offered to the industry. The committee helps to bring collective knowledge to the industry to improve the industry as a whole.

The committee's input was key in restructuring WQA's distance education into its current modular, online format. In the last few years the committee has also overseen the completion of several new certification exams and has been focused on improving the end-user experience with the new online training.

Watch a video replay of the Professional Certification and Training Committee meeting held online during the 2020 Mid-Year Leadership Conference. Watch here (requires Member log-in).


  1. Manage the tasks of WQA relating to education, professional certification, seminars and other information in support of members needs (does not include data collection for matters relative to market development, consumers or trade shows)
  2. Provide semi-annual reports to the Board of Governors

What We Are Looking For:

  • Industry members passionate about certification and the benefits it provides the industry
  • Individuals with the ability to speak to the technical training needs of industry personnel for the various job roles (sales, treatment system configuration, installation, service)
  • Individuals with the ability to provide insight on existing training processes used in dealerships and by manufacturers
  • Individuals with the ability to offer technical guidance on accuracy and timeliness of existing WQA materials
  • First-hand familiarity with WQA's Professional Certification and Modular Education Programs
  • WQA-certification is not a requirement

Frequency of Meetings:

  • In Person Meetings: WQA Convention & Exposition,  WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference
  • Conference Call: approximately once every 2 months

Staff Liaison: Professional Certification & Training Director Tanya Luber

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Committee Roster

NameCompany NameRole
Doug AndersonCulligan International CompanyBOD Liaison
Kelly R. ThompsonMoti-VitalityChairperson
Matthew G. MahanySoft Water Specialists LLCMember - 1st Term
Justin BrazeltonCulligan of Ann Arbor/DetroitMember - 1st Term
Kent F. NicholsKX Technologies LLCMember - 1st Term
Alena MetznerMetzner's Culligan Quality WaterMember - 1st Term
Marianne MetzgerEastern Water Quality AssociationMember - 1st Term
Michael S. Kinney, MBAStenner Pump CompanyMember - 1st Term
Michael D. HeatwoleWater-Right, Inc.Member - 2nd Term
Peter S. Cartwright, PECartwright Consulting CompanyMember - 2nd Term
Clifford L. FasnachtPacific Purification Inc.Non-Voting Member
Erika GonzalezChem-AquaNon-Voting Member
Jennifer L. SmithMoti-VitalityNon-Voting Member
Maureen AltoPentair Water PurificationNon-Voting Member
Kyryhan LindsayEnviro Tech Waste and WaterNon-Voting Member
Tanya Lubner, PhDWater Quality AssociationStaff Liaison
Thomas J. BruursemaWater Quality AssociationStaff Observer
Daniel LeBlanc, Jr.Water Quality AssociationStaff Observer
John C McCartanWater Quality AssociationStaff Observer
Vikas ThusooEnvirogard Products, LimitedVice Chairperson